...Jason Taylor (calf) practiced and appears ready to play, though the Redskins won't really know his status until Friday. All depends on how his body feels after going today. Our hunch is that he will play, maybe about 30 snaps or so. There's no reason to have him play much more than that; Demetric Evans is solid against the run at that spot. Might be best to have Taylor play as a rush end for a week.
...Shawn Springs (calf) also participated in practice and likely is a go as well. Carlos Rogers, though, is the one who likely will face Torry Holt.
...Still no official word on who will start at right tackle. Jim Zorn wants to see how Stephon Heyer feels Friday after practicing today. But Heyer worked with the second unit. I will say: Jon Jansen felt confident about his chances of starting Sunday.
...Greg Blache is genuinely worried about Sunday's game. It's a lot easier to get players' attention when they're facing top offenses. Now they're not. Yes, the Rams have some talent; they've also scored just 10.8 points per game. But Blache knows the work of the past few weeks would be undone with a loss to a lowly team at home.
But Blache really seemed a bit tight during his press conference today. Much more so than normal.
...Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) and Marcus Washington (hamstring) did not practice. Washington's injury has lingered much longer than anticipated, much like LaRon Landry's this summer.
...James Thrash still makes excellent crackback blocks. He did it again Sunday, taking out a linebacker.
...Nobody likes chewing bubble gum more than Danny Smith. You probably see it during games when they show him on TV. But it's just as bad in practice. He ALWAYS has a bunch of gum handy, willing to share it with us schleps as he walks by in practice.
...H.B. Blades is a nice story and a good backup. But I think it would be hard to win with two very short linebackers over the long haul. They'd wear down too much. Blades is not 5-foot-10 as listed. He's also a bit slower than London Fletcher. However, he does have a knack for the ball and is more quick than fast. He's a good guy to have on the roster.
...Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers spend most open locker room sessions sitting on leather couches outside the Redskins radio studio. Just chillin' I guess.
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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