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News & Notes: Jansen, Horton Listed As Doubtful

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The Redskins could be without right tackle Jon Jansen and strong safety Chris Horton for this Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jansen is listed as doubtful for the game as he recovers from a sprained knee.

Jansen was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday, testing the strength of his injured knee. On Friday, coaches held him out due to soreness.

If Jansen is unable to go, then Jason Fabini woud draw the start at right tackle.

Fabini has played both right and left tackle in his 11-year NFL career. He started 13 games at right guard for the Redskins last year.

The Redskins have also listed Horton as doubtful for the Bengals game.

Horton was held out of practice this week after suffering a shoulder stinger in last week's game at Baltimore.

Mike Green would draw the start at strong safety if Horton can't go on Sunday.


Green replaced Horton and finished out the Ravens game with a season-high eight tackles.

Green started the Detroit Lions game in Week 8. For the season, he has recorded 16 tackles.

As expected, Marcus Washington is listed as out for Sunday's game. He remains slowed by a high ankle sprain.

-- GRIFFIN LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE

Cornelius Griffin tried to practice on Friday, but he was ultimately held out to rest shoulder and abdomen injuries.

Griffin's availability for the Bengals game is expected to be a game time decision.

Kedric Golston was able to take some reps in place of Griffin. Golston has missed the last two games due to bone spurs in his ankle.

"He looks promising," head coach Jim Zorn said. "He has to tolerate the pain with those spurs. But I think he's going to go."

Officially, Griffin and Golston are listed as questionable for the game.

Anthony Montgomery would draw the start if Griffin is sidelined. Montgomery started for Golston the last two weeks and played well.

"Anthony has had a real fine season, particularly the last few weeks when he has gotten more playing time," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "Anthony has always been a real good player for us. That has never been an issue. It is just a matter of who starts and who rotates in."

Montgomery has 10 tackles and one sack in the last two games.

-- BLACHE'S GUYS

Want to know how much Greg Blache loves his players? Want to know how much Blache stands by his players?

Read this quote from Blache on Thursday.

"These guys practice hard, they compete and they look out for each other," he said. "I told them, 'We are struggling to win right now,' but I wouldn't trade my guys on defense. There is not a guy in the league--you swap this one for that one, I want mine. I'll play with the ones I have and be totally comfortable and confident. I have no interest in anybody else's.

"They are voting on the Pro Bowl [this week]. They can vote all they want. I have the best group of people and the best group of guys to work with in the NFL and there is no doubt in my mind about it.

"That is why I hurt for them when we don't succeed. It's like there is a pain and you can't remove it. It hurts you as the leader because you can't give them the relief because you know how hard they worked at it."

-- SPRINGS BACK AT PRACTICE

Shawn Springs participated in Friday's practice for the first time this week, a "promising" sign that he could be available for the Bengals game, Jim Zorn said.

Springs has been slowed by a lingering calf injury that has sidelined him for seven games this season. Officially he is listed as questionable.

Springs' services may be needed this week as the Redskins compete against a dynamic Bengals wide receiver corps.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh leads the NFL with 112 catches for 885 yards and four touchdowns and Chad Ocho Cinco--formerly Chad Johnson--has 50 catches for 507 yards and four touchdowns.

"With Shawn getting reps, I know that if he can go, he's going to be out there," Zorn said. "From what I saw out there, he'll go, but it will depend on how he feels.

"The problem is that it has been swelling up on him. There's still an injury there. He's not 100 percent, so it truly will be a game time decision."

-- CAMPBELL: TIME TO 'BELIEVE'

The Redskins have lost four of their last five games to fall to 7-6, and by all accounts the players need a boost in confidence to turn the season around.

Jason Campbell told players this week that they need to stick together and "believe in each other and what we're trying to accomplish" this season.

"If there is one guy who believes that we can't accomplish this, then we aren't going in the right direction," Campbell said. "All of us have to be in this together or it won't happen. I think guys have bought into it and we made a decision that we will go into it together."

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