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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

October 18-- Rogers Out For Sunday

CB Carlos Rogers (thumb) is out for the Colts game.. He said he hopes to be ready for the Cowboys game, that he had a similar injury while at Auburn and only missed one game.. The team does have the bye week following Sunday’s game..
CB Shawn Springs is officially listed as probable, but did take part in the Wednesday practice.. How much more time he’ll see on the field remains in question.. Newcomer Troy Vincent made it through his first practice saying “I didn’t bust any coverages” but said he worked mainly at safety.. he said he is open to playing corner if the team needs him to but they haven’t asked yet..
During an interview I conducted with him that will air on the pre-game show Sunday he said he “never thought I’d be wearing this uniform.”

Others who missed practice: DT Joe Salave’a (calf) questionable, DT Cornelious Griffin (hip) questionable, LB Lemar Marshall (ankle) probable, LB Marcus Washington (hip) probable, G Derrick Dockery (hip) probable..
WR David Patten did take part in practice but he is listed as questionable (thigh)

The Colts injury list is laughable, 21 players are all questionable.. LB Rocky Boiman (knee), DE Dwight Freeney (shoulder), LB Gilbert Gardner (thumb), DB Kelvin Hayden (ankle), DB Marlon Jackson (calf), DT Dan Klecko (back), DE Ryan LaCasse (quad), G Ryan Lilja (knee), WR Aaron Moorehead (back), DT Monte Reagor (knee), DT Darnell Reid (calf), RB Dominic Rhodes (ankle), DB TJ Rushing (back), S Bob Sanders (knee), C Jeff Saturday (back), P Hunter Smith (groin), WR Brandon Stokley (knee), DE Josh Thomas (ankle), TE Ben Utecht (back), K Adam Vinatieri (groin), WR Terrence Wilkins (concussion)

Stokley has already been deemed out for the game.. Those who actually missed the Colts practice were: Utecht, Sanders, Stokley and Reagor..
And they had a bye week… This by the way stems from one team complaining about their injury report not listing one guy last year who ended up not playing, so now they went the opposite end of the spectrum.. The Patriots do this too..

Asked about Mark Brunell needing a solid performance to keep his job Joe Gibbs said “It’s something I know gathers a lot of attention but not for me. I am not going to spend a lot of time answering questions about this.” When Brunell was asked the same question, he basically stated the obvious which is if this team doesn’t give a solid performance then everyone’s job is in danger.. Brunell went so far as to call it a must win..

I talked to Joe Gibbs about game planning in a situation where you are facing a team that has the propensity to light it up like Indy.. he said that coaches do indeed work on ways to have a methodical game plan and intimated that his hope would be for the Redskins to not only move the ball but move it in a way to keep Peyton Manning on the sideline as much as possible..
Gibbs also said the team is trying to prepare for the Colts scheme but admitted it is very difficult to game plan him because of his freedom to call some many audibles at the line..
When asked how you stop the Colts, LB Marcus Washington said “Hurt Peyton.” He was kidding.. I think..

Randy Thomas said he understood why few run calls came late in the Tennessee game, because the team wasn’t running the plays properly.. He like everyone expects a healthy dose of Portis come this Sunday..

Much of the talk in the locker room was about keeping the faith and not splintering.. Everyone did their job in keeping a happy family mantra going..


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