...Receiver Santana Moss (hamstring) will be a game-time decision after not practicing again today. Moss has dealt with these injuries in the past and has gotten more cautious about returning too quickly as he's gotten older. Coach Jim Zorn said he's optimistic, but that's also his nature. He also thought Chris Samuels and Chris Horton would play last week and neither did.
...There might not be a coach in the NFL who gives the media more time than Zorn. Here's an example: under Joe Gibbs, Friday press gatherings would last a few minutes at most. His big days would be Monday and Wednesday and he wouldn't talk on Thursdays.
But Zorn talks for 35 minutes each Monday, almost the same on Wednesday, about 25 minutes on Thursday and, today, another 15 minutes. Then he'll grant one-on-one interviews after these are done. He's very talkative, as you may have noticed, which, of course, we on this end love. Of course, that can make life difficult for the PR staff, which must help keep him on schedule for his other duties.
Zorn is also always relaxed when he's talking. He never seems uptight.
...Believe it or not, but center Casey Rabach made the Sporting News' midseason All-Pro team. Rabach has had a solid season. He's faced some of the top nose tackles in the game. But it's still surprising. On the other hand, that's what happens when you have the NFL's leading rusher in the backfield.
...Here's bad news for MLB London Fletcher: not only was he not on the midseason All-Pro team, but two inside linebackers from the NFC were – Carolina's Jon Beason and San Francisco's Patrick Willis. That could mean another outstanding season that fails to end in Hawaii for Fletcher. And that would be a shame.
...Yes, Clinton Portis was on the list, too.
...There was no one on defense, which is funny considering how well the defense has played. Consider that they've faced five offenses in the top 10 – and have held each one of those teams below their current average for points and yards. The talk in town is about Portis and the offense, but the D, save for turnovers and sacks, has been the better unit.
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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