...Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin will not play vs. Detroit on Sunday because of his sprained right shoulder, which has bugged him the past two games. The Redskins hope that having two weeks of rest in the next three will help Griffin recover. His importance to the defense can't be understated.
...Corner Shawn Springs also will not play because of a calf injury. But
that is not a surprise.
...Among those who did not practice today: Fred Smoot, Carlos Rogers,
Chris Horton, Jason Taylor, Pete Kendall and Clinton Portis. All are
expected to play.
...Receiver Malcolm Kelly will not practice for the next two weeks
because of his knee, which has already been drained three times this
season. He will then test his knee during the bye week. If he does not
experience problems then the Redskins will keep him on the roster. If
he does, then they will put him on injured reserve.
...Not having that extra threat at receiver has hindered the offense,
though it's hard to measure by how much. After all, Kelly – and Devin Thomas for that matter – have never done anything here.
...Thomas, though, did make a nice grab in a one-on-one drill today. He
beat Justin Tryon (fill in punch line here). But the catch was good
enough for secondary coach Jerry Gray to shout something out to Thomas.
And a few others yelled at, ‘'Good job T!''
...Want to know the difference in timing for Shaun Alexander? Jim Zorn
said the other day how he needed to press the line more. On the play
Zorn talked about, Alexander took his initial step to the right, took a
step up and then cut back immediately. He had done so the previous
carry and gained eight yards. This time, he missed what Zorn described
as a big hole. The opening wasn't visibly large, but it was to Zorn.
When he gets more carries, it's a read Alexander will be able to make
...Greg Blache did not get off his usual big-chuckle lines today. But he
did, as usual, make some good points. One thing he talked about was how
this defense is the most ‘'professional' he's been around in coaching
because of their study habits and approach to the game. The d-line is
full of guys like that and having players such as London Fletcher and
Shawn Springs, among others, in the back. Few prepare as hard as
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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