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News & Notes: Brunell Expects to Play

Quarterback Mark Brunell returned to practice on Friday and, according to head coach Joe Gibbs, played well during the two-hour session. Brunell had sat out two practices earlier in the week so that a laceration on his left elbow could heal.

"Mark took all of practice and he looked good," Gibbs said. "I think we're in good shape there."

Brunell told reporters after practice that he expects to play in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He remains listed as probable on the Redskins' injury report.

Brunell is expected to wear some protective padding on the elbow so that the wound doesn't re-open during the game.

"I think he'll wear something soft," Gibbs said. "What he had on [Friday during practice] looked good to me. Really, it was just a cut on his elbow. He'll probably have a soft pad on it, and I don't think it's anything to worry about."


One day after practicing full-go for the first time in two weeks, defensive tackle Joe Salave'a was held out of Friday's practice to rest a calf injury.

Joe Gibbs called the decision to hold him out as "precautionary." Salave'a did not aggravate the injury on Thursday, Gibbs said.

"I think he will play on Sunday, but I think it will be a [game time] decision on him," Gibbs said. "It'll be up to his coaches."

Salave'a remains listed as probable. If he is unable to play, rookie defensive tackle Kedric Golston is expected to draw the starting assignment.

As expected, cornerback Shawn Springs was downgraded to out for Sunday's game. Springs will be replaced by cornerback Kenny Wright, with help by Mike Rumph and Ade Jimoh.

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