"I've never had a real bad, bad injury," claimed the 32-year-old Rabach, who played with the torn labrum and broken hand and who has missed just one game because of injury, with a groin back in 2007. "That's really just pain management."
So it probably should be no surprise to hear the Redskins' center say that he plans to play Sunday, just a week after tearing the meniscus in his right knee in Washington's 19-16 overtime victory at Tennessee.
"I felt (right tackle Jammal Brown) cut the hell out of me and buckle my knee," said Rabach, who left the game against the Titans before halftime and didn't return. "It's sore. I'm just trying to strengthen my quad and play with injury. Pain is tolerable. It's just the instability of it with the torn ligament that you worry about. I'm making progress definitely. Obviously Sunday hurt real bad. Monday hurt real bad. Tuesday's not as bad. Today's (better)."
Rabach said he's planning to play Sunday against Minnesota, but not because guards Artis Hicks and Derrick Dockery are also ailing, leaving Washington's line very thin.
"If I can play, I'm going to play," Rabach said. "It doesn't matter what the other circumstances are. That's what I plan to do on Sunday. As far as (I'm concerned), I'm ready to play. I never want to let my teammates down. As far as taking pride in it, I don't think too much about it other than it's my job to be out there to play football. That's what I love to do and I'm going to do it if I can."
Quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has played much of the season with tender hamstrings, expects that kind of attitude from Rabach.
"He's a Midwest kind of guy," said McNabb, a Chicagoan, who turned 34 on Thanksgiving. "A lot of us Midwest guys are pretty tough. That's what you want your offensive linemen to be. You want them to battle through injury. You want them to play hurt and just sell out for (this) team."
Albert Haynesworth, Phillip Daniels and Vonnie Holliday frequently spell the starting defensive linemen. With Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) and Rocky McIntosh (groin) ailing, outside linebacker Chris Wilson and rookie inside linebacker Perry Riley are the only reserve linebackers. If Phillip Buchanon starts again for cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring), Byron Westbrook would be the nickel back. Reed Doughty will likely make a second straight start for strong safety LaRon Landry (Achilles).
With Clinton Portis (abdomen) out for the year and Ryan Torain (hamstring) missing a third straight game, rookie free agent Keiland Williams should start his second game at running back. Backup tight end Fred Davis sees plenty of action. Joey Galloway is the third receiver. Will Montgomery could make his first start at center for Casey Rabach (knee). Stephon Heyer could make his first start at right guard for Artis Hicks (thigh).