...On the Injury list: RT Stephon Heyer was limited in practice because of a sprained shoulder and, coach Jim Zorn said, is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Dallas. Zorn said he wants to see Heyer practice Friday to see if he's any better. Right now he's very sore.
Jon Jansen would obviously start in his place. He worked with the first unit today while Heyer worked with the scout team during early drills. Considering the Redskins will be facing a 3-4 and communication is vital, it might not be bad for Jansen to start. Heyer makes a decent amount of mental mistakes and that could be very costly against this type of defense.
Also, the Redskins run to the left side more than half the time. If they don't trust Heyer to block the right guy, then they shouldn't play him.
Receiver Malcolm Kelly (ankle) did not practice and likely won't play. Actually, can't see any way that he will.
... Fullback Mike Sellers (thigh), corner Fred Smoot (hip) and linebacker Marcus Washington (hamstring) also were limited.
...Jason Taylor hobbled out of Redskins Park with one crutch today. Hard to imagine him being ready in another week, but stranger things have happened.
...Though Carlos Rogers covered Larry Fitzgerald last week, the Redskins like Shawn Springs on Terrell Owens this week, a nod to Springs' experience against the Dallaas wideout. But the Redskins say Rogers is paying closer attention to detail this year, perhaps allowing him to finally look like a top-10 pick.
...We've said it before, but it bears repeating: Jim Zorn is as accommodating a coach as you can find. Today, he spent nearly 20 minutes talking to the press and another 20 with Post columnist Mike Wise off to the side. Zorn loves talking to the media. Can't say that about many people.
...The Redskins aren't saying who will start at strong safety, Reed Doughty or Chris Horton. Zorn called Doughty the starter, but Greg Blache wouldn't say who would start. But know this: it wasn't just Doughty who blew the scoring pass to Larry Fitzgerald last week. LaRon Landry was also supposed to be deep and took too flat an angle.
...Though the players say they know this is a big rivalry game, can't say there's a much different feeling in the locker room. This team stays pretty loose all the time.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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