...Chris Samuels (knee), Clinton Portis (knee) and Antwaan Randle El (ankle) did not practice. All are expected to play Sunday. Samuels likely will need extra rest every week from here on out. His knee is bothering him.
...The locker room was rather scarce today, with few starters making themselves available. It's typically like that on Thursdays, but today it seemed as if fewer guys were around. Two guys were rather absent most of the week during the media sessions: Santana Moss and Jon Jansen. Don't know the reason.
...Um, don't ask Greg Blache any more about sacks. He was pressed a little bit on it today and he got a bit intense talking about it:
"We are who we are. We won't be a great sack team. Accept it, like us for who we are. You can wish us to be different, but we're not. ...At some point it will register that, duh, this can't be that big an issue because if it was we'd be in the back of the pack or in the middle at best. There's a reason we're in the upper echelon at this point in the season."
...Players don't want to talk too much about the Pro Bowl voting. They realize the fan portion is worth only a third. And a few of them realize how ridiculous it is that Ryan Plackemeier is the leading vote getter at punter. The Redskins higher-ups phoned one blogger w ho first wrote about the Pro Bowl voting a few days ago to complain.
...One area where Jason Campbell has improved this season is checking down to the backs. It's why he now averages just 6.9 yards per pass attempt. But it's also why he's only thrown three interceptions.
...It's uncertain if Shawn Springs will start at corner Sunday. After missing so much time it would probably be smart to bring him off the bench. But his presence is still a big deal. Nobody studies more than Springs. And his ability to blitz from the slot will give the defense another way to generate a pass rush.
...One thing the Redskins hope with DeAngelo Hall is that his good hands and interceptions become contagious. Maybe the secondary just needed one guy who consistently catches balls to help relax the others.
...The Redskins keep saying that Carlos Rogers is too focused on scoring touchdowns on his dropped picks. But in looking at the five picks he's dropped, only two would have gone for a score had he caught the ball. But I think his lack of focus on the ball is a big issue.
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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