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News & Notes: Distractions Are Many For Zorn

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Turn on the TV, browse the Internet, read the newspapers.

You're bound to find a rumor or report about the future of the Washington Redskins. And you're bound to find a rumor or report that suggests the Redskins' future does not include second-year head coach Jim Zorn.

Zorn is aware of the rumors and reports, if only because reporters keep asking him about it.

Twelve hours after the Redskins lost to the New York Giants 45-12 and dropped to 4-10 on the season, Zorn was asked for his reaction to rumors that some of his own assistant coaches may have interviewed for his job.

"I don't want to have an answer for that specific question--or questions about my longevity here," Zorn replied. "I really believe that our staff is pretty together and continues to be.

"We're frustrated we're losing and we're trying to seek out every single opportunity to put our guys in the right position so that they can be successful. We want to motivate them so they can go out and play with passion and it takes a staff being together to be able to do that."

Zorn added he would not try to be an "investigative reporter" in terms of determining his coaching future with the Redskins.

"I'm trying to be the head football coach and be open with our staff and players about the important things that are going on as they pertain to the game, our preparation, the strategies and the health of our players," he said. "That's really the focal point and that's what I'm called to do.

"I can't go and figure out all the extras. There are so many speculations out there. I don't even know what's true and not true."

Still, there's no denying that it causes a distraction.

Did it impact preparation last week for the Giants game?

No, said Zorn.

"I think there was enough there with the weather, I think there was enough there with trying to get the injured guys back," Zorn said. "I think there were some very serious matters going on with regards to our preparation [for the Giants game] and I thought we put the best plan possible to get the best out of our players and our schemes."


-- CARTER TO PLAY THROUGH TORN BICEPS

Andre Carter was diagnosed with a torn biceps following Monday night's game against the New York Giants.

Perhaps following in the footsteps of fellow defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, Carter expects to play through the injury and finish out the season.

Daniels suffered his torn biceps in Week 5 and has played in every game so far this season. Since it is a tear, there is no risk of further injury.

Carter underwent an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury. Through Week 14, he is tied with Brian Orakpo for the team lead in sacks with 11.


-- HEYER STILL 'QUESTIONABLE'

Stephon Heyer re-aggravated his knee injury in Monday's game vs. the Giants and left the game in the first half.

He was replaced by first-year lineman William Robinson, who saw his first NFL action as a pro.

Heyer is "questionable" for this week's game against the Dallas Cowboys, Jim Zorn said.

"We're trying to get a feel for how Stephon's knee is going to feel, but he's going to try and work through it," Zorn said. "I haven't ruled him out, but I want to see him practice."

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