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News & Notes: Moss, Vincent Questionable

Wide receiver Santana Moss and strong safety Troy Vincent both sat out practice on Wednesday with hamstring injuries and they are listed as questionable heading into this Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Also, wide receiver David Patten is doubtful for Sunday's game, also due to a hamstring injury.

Moss sat out last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the second game he has missed this season. With 31 receptions for 452 yards and three touchdowns, he had been the team's leading receiver until last Sunday when he was passed by Ladell Betts and Chris Cooley.

"We are going to have to take it was we go during the week," Moss said. "I know he wants to go, so we will see."

Vincent suffered his hamstring injury in the first half of the Tampa Bay game. He was replaced by safety Vernon Fox.

It is the same hamstring that forced the Buffalo Bills to place Vincent injured reserve in Week 1, and ultimately led to his release from the Bills. He signed with the Redskins in mid-October.

Vincent said his status is "day to day."

"It's a slight strain," he said. "John [Burrell] and the athletic training staff are doing everything they can physically to increase the healing, naturally as well. I'll evaluate it as the week progresses."

If Vincent can't play, it would be a blow to the Redskins' secondary. The Panthers rushed for over 200 yards in their 15-0 win over the St. Louis Rams last Sunday, and wide receiver Steve Smith is regarded as one of the elite players in the game.

"That's a balanced offense," Vincent said. "They're a very well-coached football team. They establish their ground game to open up their passing game."



The Redskins opted to keep wide receiver Mike Espy on the 53-man roster this week, and on Tuesday signed wide receiver Ryan Hoag to the practice squad.

Hoag, a track star in college and a native of Minneapolis, is a first-year player out of Gustavus Adolphus. In April 2003, he was the last player selected in the NFL Draft, by the Oakland Raiders, earning him the draft day title of "Mr. Irrelevant."

Hoag, 6-2 and 200 pounds, has also had brief stints with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.

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