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News & Notes: Haynesworth, Hall Out vs. Raiders

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Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Haynesworth continues to be slowed by an ankle injury and Hall is out with a sprained knee. They join Mike Sellers, ruled out earlier this week due to a thigh injury, on the sidelines.

"They're just not responding," head coach Jim Zorn said. "We're going to continue work [with them]. They're going to be out."

Kedric Golston is expected to start in place of Haynesworth at defensive tackle, while Fred Smoot joins Carlos Rogers in the starting lineup at cornerback.

"One of the things that has always happened is the players who surround those guys have done a great job [in their place]," Zorn said. "There will be a little more communication going on in certain situations and then not having their presence will definitely be felt.

"I'm going to be fired up for who's out there and disappointed not having those three guys."

Phillip Daniels and Cornelius Griffin are listed as questionable for the game. They both are battling knee injuries.

"I suspect game time they will be ready to go," Zorn said.

If Daniels is able to play, then he may shift inside to defensive tackle on certain plays, according to Redskins defensive assistant Jerry Gray.

Daniels' presence helps the Redskins' run defense, which is ranked 24th in the league.

"One thing Phillip does is solidify the run for us," Gray said. "We put a bigger-bodied guy in there and he is able to stop the run...He does an excellent job and hopefully we can keep him doing the same thing."


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The Redskins have played 28 consecutive games (including postseason) that have been decided by 17 points or less, a mark that is third-most in NFL history.

The Indianapolis Colts of 1994-96 hold the record with 40 consecutive games decided by 17 points or less. The New York Jets of 1999-2000 are second with 31 consecutive games.

Washington's most recent game decided by more than 17 points occurred in the 2007 postseason, when the Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks 35-14. One week earlier, in the regular season finale, the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-6.

The Redskins' largest differential since the start of the 2008 season is 17 points, set in a 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3, 2008.

Washington is also on pace to set an NFL mark for smallest average margin of a team's games in the expansion era (since 1960).

The Redskins' average margin of their 12 games this season is 5.6, which is tied for the lowest since 1960 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of 1982 and the Colts of 1995. The New York Giants of 1982 are second with an average margin of 5.8. The mark set by the Buccaneers and Giants was in a strike-shortened season.

The 1967 Redskins held the mark for 15 years with an average margin of 6.0.

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