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News & Notes: 'Gun' Formation Suits Campbell


Jason Campbell has been effective lining up in shotgun formation this season.

Still, there's no plan to make it a regular part of Jim Zorn's offense.

Campbell is 17-of-22 for 178 yards in shotgun formation this season. He has been sacked once.

"We're not going to make Jason a gun quarterback," Zorn said after the New Orleans Saints game. "There were a couple plays where we wanted to be in the gun, and then there were several plays based on the situation I didn't want him in the shotgun."

Zorn said he would continue to mix in the shotgun offense, but added that it would not become a staple.

"It's not a security blanket," he said. "There is comfort at times in using it on certain routes. But there are some definite advantages to being under center. The mix is how we're going to continue to work it."

Campbell agreed.

"You can't go shotgun formation every play, because defenses will pick up on what you're doing," he said. "At the same time, there are certain situations where you want to go shotgun. It might be that it gives you more time to throw a certain route. Part of it is what we're doing."

Overall, Campbell has completed 39-of-63 passes for 432 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His QB rating is 94.3.


James Thrash and Malcolm Kelly are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

They both are slowed by ankle injuries.

Thrash and Kelly were limited in practice on Friday.

"James is continuing to improve," Jim Zorn said. "Malcolm did less than James [in practice], but he's trying to get up to speed. We'll wait, and that'll be a game time decision as far as who plays and who doesn't. It'll be based on how they feel."

If Thrash and Kelly cannot play, then the Redskins would go into the game with only three wide receivers: starters Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El and rookie Devin Thomas.

Chris Cooley could see more action at wide receiver if that happens.

Zorn said the team is not considering signing one of the two wide receivers on the practice squad.

"I'm hoping that one of the two [Thrash and Kelly] can go," Zorn said. "I'm hoping they both can go. I'm waiting to see, and we'll make adjustments if neither can go."


Marcus Washington is expected to return to action this Sunday after missing the Sept. 14 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Washington was limited in practice on Friday, but just as a precaution. He is listed as questionable for the game.

"Marcus looks good," Jim Zorn said. "I have to think he's going to be okay."

Khary Campbell was "a little ginger" in practice as he returns from a thigh injury, Zorn said.

He is also listed as questionable.

"I think [Campbell] is going to be okay," Zorn added.

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