Midweek Report

John Keim updates Redskins fans on injuries as well as a few locker room topics.

Injury report: Returner Rock Cartwright (quad) and offensive lineman Stephon Heyer (hamstring) did not practice, but center Casey Rabach (groin) and linebacker Marcus Washington (hamstring) did. Safety Pierson Prioleau (coaches decision/soreness), corner Carlos Rogers (knee) and corner Fred Smoot (hamstring) were limited.

For New England, quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder) was limited. Five Pats did not practice -- linebacker Eric Alexander (knee), safety Mel Mitchell (groin), running back Sammy Morris (chest), tight end Ben Watson (ankle) and safety Eugene Wilson (ankle).

Locker room topic No. 1: The Redskins are 16-point underdogs, though word spread that they were 19-point dogs at one point. For the most part, the players weren't fazed by the point spread, mainly because it really doesn't matter to them. "I'm not worried about what people who gamble think about our team and our chances," said guard Pete Kendall. "It's so far removed from being a concern of mine." There was a hint of disdain in some voices for the large spread, considering the Redskins are 4-2. "It's an incentive," receiver Antwaan Randle El said. By the way, the last time Randle El remembered being such a large underdog was in college when his Hoosiers stunned host Wisconsin. "At Camp Randall," Randle El said. "It was Camp Randall El when I left."

Locker room topic No. 2: The Redskins' defenders weren't very available for interviews during the open locker-room session. Those that were seemed under orders not to say too much. Linebacker London Fletcher offered one and two-word answers; corner Fred Smoot ended his interview session a little more than a minute after it started. Apparently, they're tired of hearing about the New England offense. "What is there to talk about?" Smoot said. "We'll be there Sunday to play football."

Joe Gibbs, asked about New England not having beaten Washington since 1972, says: "How much money are you gonna put on that? That would be my answer to that one. There's nothing that's happened in the past that has anything to do with today. I don't think you'll be betting a lot of money on us."

DCProFootball.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


John Keim gives an update on injuries for the Redskins and Patriots going in to Sunday's game.

Forums


5 Fans online
    Join The Conversation

    Tweets