…The Redskins could have a problem in the secondary Sunday. At the least, they'll face Cleveland with a banged-up defensive backfield.
Starting corner Carlos Rogers sat out practice with a calf injury today. Fellow starting corner Shawn Springs tweaked his calf at the end of practice. Both are expected to play – as of now. With Springs, because he's already missed a game and came out of a second one, we'll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, safety Chris Horton missed a second straight day of practice with a sprained ankle. Coach Jim Zorn said he anticipates Horton playing, but it's not for certain.
The problem if Horton doesn't play is that rookie Kareem Moore will have to play a lot. And it's a lot more than he can handle at this point. The Redskins have used Horton in a variety of ways the more he's played. He can play deep, up in the box and even in the middle of the field as a linebacker in a dime package. Horton also has a knack for knowing how to fill lanes.
Horton earned his spot; Moore has been thrust into it because of injuries. There's a difference.
…Jon Jansen will start at right tackle ahead of Stephon Heyer. Joe Bugel remains sold on Jansen, but does not want to get into who will start beyond Sunday. Just a hunch: there's a difference of agreement as to who should start.
Jason Taylor also sat out practice because of a little swelling in his calf. Chris Samuels did not practice because of his ankle. Both are expected to play. Corner Fred Smoot is more uncertain because of his groin.
…It's really been enjoyable to watch Carlos Rogers mature as a player. Always liked him because he's accountable and available in the locker room, almost the way Champ Bailey was. Rogers has a good temperament for the position and really seems confident this season. Maybe he always was, but it's even more noticeable in the way he carries himself. He's just a confident guy these days.
… That said, he's a southern country kid and that means sometimes he speaks in a way that only other southern country guys can understand. Today, in a TV interview he said something that, oh, a dozen reporters could not interpret when watching a clip later. So later in the day the TV guys from Comcast summoned Rogers into the room to see if he could tell what he was saying. Rogers then waved Smoot in and they easily detected the words. The phrase? Idle it down. That's what no one could tell. But once he said it again, it was clear.
…Reed Doughty will see a specialist next week to determine the next phase of treatment for his back. It's very possible he'll need surgery. If that's the case he wants it done soon so he can be fully ready for training camp.
… He's also not20worried about getting his number 37 back. As he said his goal next summer is to make the team and if he does, then he'll worry about the number.
…Anthony Montgomery is trying to figure out a way to signal to his buddies in Cleveland after he makes a big play against his hometown team.
…Against the Rams, the Redskins used one front where Jason Taylor lined up at right end and Andre Carter was at right tackle. Don't expect that look again, Carter said. Greg Blache said you never know what he'll use.
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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