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News & Notes: Good News On Injury Front

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Redskins' injury situation appeared to be not as serious as it did earlier in the week. Cornerbacks Shawn Springs, Carlos Rogers and Walt Harris are all listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, as is left tackle Chris Samuels.

Springs, Rogers and Harris sat out Wednesday's practice, however. Springs has back and groin injuries, Rogers has a biceps injury and Harris has a calf injury.

"We have a number of guys who missed practice," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "We'll see later this week if we can get some of them back."

Also, safety Matt Bowen has a knee injury and did not practice. He is listed as probable.

Even though the injury news isn't quite as serious, Gibbs said it was a bad time to have the top three cornerbacks missing practice due to injury. Dallas is coming off a game in which quarterback Drew Bledsoe passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Their quarterback is a veteran guy who knows where to go with the ball," Gibbs said. "You don't like the injuries to happen, but it has, so you just have to deal with it."

Samuels, who also sat out practice, sustained a knee injury in last Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. He was optimistic that he would be available to play versus the Cowboys.

Linebacker LaVar Arrington and wide receiver James Thrash returned to practice on Wednesday.

Arrington missed last week's game against the Cardinals due to a thigh injury.

Joe Salave'a, Cedric Killings and Cornelius Griffin were left off the team's injury report for the first time in weeks. Salave'a (foot injury) and Killings (groin) sat out the Arizona game, but returned to practice on Wednesday and are expected to be available for Dallas.

"LaVar and Joe Salave'a did quite a bit at practice," Gibbs said. "James Thrash also took quite a bit of work."


Linebacker Marcus Washington was named the Quarterback Club Player of the Year on Tuesday evening. In years past, the award has been given to defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (2004), cornerback Fred Smoot (2003), defensive tackle Daryl Gardener (2001) and linebacker LaVar Arrington (2001).

Washington, the team's only Pro Bowl representative following the 2004 season, is second on the team in tackles with 102 (77 solo) and leads the defense in sacks with 4.5. He also has six tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

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