...Clinton Portis said there's no doubt he's going to play Sunday. He did not practice today, but he said his knee has more range of motion compared to last week. It's still painful, but playable.
...Receiver Malcolm Kelly will play as well. The Redskins could really, really use him. But don't expect too much: He can contribute in the red zone because of his size, but he admitted he's still having to think before he can react when he sees certain coverages. He's lost a ton of practice time since camp opened. But he'll still do more than Fred Davis.
...Shawn Springs will play as well. He practiced today and Jim Zorn sounds very confident that he will play. Last week he was simply optimistic.
...It was freezing here today, especially when the wind blew. Days like this make me thankful that we can't watch the entire practice.
...One of the big topics today: Sean Taylor. Reporters are preparing their stories to make the one-year anniversary of his death next week. Haven't talked to a player yet who doesn't think of him often. Nobody's voice cracked when talking about him, though some – like Phillip Daniels – admitted that he still tears up about it. And Portis said time hasn't healed any wounds. If anything, he said, it's only made it harder because he now misses him more.
...It'll be tough for the players next week, with thoughts of Taylor dominating the end of the week and a tribute to him before the Giants game.
...Rock Cartwright said he constantly watches the defense and wonders, "What would Sean be doing out there?"
...For a long time there was little mention of Taylor, at least not around reporters, but you can see the emotion is still high when players discuss him. Those who knew him really liked him.
...Among the things they still talk about: how Taylor went around the room before the team left for Tampa and shook every person's hand, even going out of his way to shake a few such as Cornelius Griffin's. And the last players he spoke to as he left the locker room that day were Portis and Santana Moss.
...On a lighter note, Mike Sellers was back in rare form today. It's amazing what catching a touchdown pass does for that guy. He was trying to harass Jason Campbell during his interview, flapping his lips, pulling his pants down (only by a couple inches) and making noises. He did this every week last year and, in all honesty, it was very annoying. But he hasn't done it much this year.
...One time as Sellers walked by for what seemed like the umpteenth time during Campbell's interview – with a lot of media around – a player, I think it was Shaun Alexander jokingly shouted, "Everyone already knows you have a big puffy chest."
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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