Injury report: Randy Thomas returned to practice, though he was limited. He’s moving along at the pace doctors and trainers thought, said director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer. They thought Thomas would miss 12 weeks, which would enable him to return for the final three games. Today’s practice suggests that will still be the case.
The list of players limited or missing were long: RB Ladell Betts (illness), DT Cornelius Griffin (foot), LG Pete Kendall (ankle/knees), WR Santana Moss (heel), WR Antwaan Randle El (chest), S Sean Taylor (knee), WR James Thrash (ankle) and RT Todd Wade (knee) did not practice. LB London Fletcher (ribs) and FB Mike Sellers (back) were limited.
For Tampa Bay, FB B.J. Askew (ankle), RB Michael Pittman (ankle) and DE Greg Spires (calf) did not practice. WR Michael Clayton (ankle), WR Joey Galloway (team decision) and RB Earnest Graham (ankle) were limited.
Locker room topic: The continued maturation of quarterback Jason Campbell. The Redskins players are not surprised by what they’ve seen of their second-year starter. The more it trickles out, the more it sounds as if several players spoke with the coaches and let them know Campbell was capable of more. But we also know coach Joe Gibbs still is holding back his trust in letting the Redskins turn into a passing team. As for Campbell, he’ll start Sunday in the place where he made his first NFL start.
"Last year at this time you’re just trying to figure out where you’re at," Campbell said. "You’ve got the speed of the defense and now it’s the total opposite. You know the offense now, it’s not a situation where you only know half of it. You can run the full offense. It gives you a lot of confidence to just go out there and play."
Joe Gibbs says: [On Thanksgiving memories]. "I’ll probably have the same one for about 20 years anyway. It’s eating at Don Breaux’s house or my house and then seeing Don go to sleep. That’s a pitiful thing to take a look at, but that’s what’s going to happen. And then to hear him yell and scream at the TV and then I’ll say, ‘Look, you can’t do anything about it; whoever’s gonna win is gonna win.’ I don’t know what you guys will do but you’ll probably have more fun than I’ll have."