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News & Notes: On the Road Again...

Joe Gibbs is eager to see how his team responds from Sunday night's 17-10 win over Philadelphia. But he is just as eager to see how his team plays on the road in a hostile environment.

This Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the Redskins' first road trip since Week 8, when the Redskins lost to the New York Giants 36-0 at Giants Stadium.

Washington is 1-3 on the road so far this season. After defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium in Week 2, the Redskins have lost three consecutive road games, to Denver, Kansas City and the Giants.

Since Joe Gibbs' return prior to the 2004 season, the Redskins are 4-8 on the road.

"In the NFL, home is a place you want to protect, but you also have to play well on the road," Gibbs said. "We've played hard on the road. We had a real bad experience in New York.

"I have a lot of respect for Tampa Bay because I spent time down there [in 1978 as an offensive coordinator] with their fans and in that stadium. It will be interesting to see how we react to that and how we bounce back from a real tough, hard-fought Sunday night game."


Quarterback Mark Brunell sat out practice on Wednesday due to a lingering calf injury. Brunell is coming off a very physical game against the Philadelphia Eagles, one in which he sustained a black eye when Eagles' defensive end Jevon Kearse inadvertently got his hand caught inside Brunell's face mask on a tackle.

Gibbs said the reason for sitting Brunell was strictly "as a precaution."

"If he didn't have a calf situation, he would be practicing," Gibbs said. "He wants to practice, but we decided to rest him today. We'll see how it goes the rest of the week."

Brunell is listed as probable on the Redskins' injury report.


Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin did not practice on Wednesday as he continues to recuperate from a hip injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game and team officials have referred to his status as day-to-day.

Safety Omar Stoutmire is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury and also missed practice.

Other players who missed Wednesday's practice due to injury: defensive end Phillip Daniels (ankle), defensive tackle Joe Salave'a (foot) and safety Sean Taylor (ankle). All three are listed as probable.

Another defensive tackle, Cedric Killings, is listed as questionable due to an ankle injury, but he was able to practice on Wednesday.


Pro Football Weekly has named linebacker Marcus Washington and cornerback Shawn Springs to the magazine's Midseason All-Pro team.

Washington, who made the Pro Bowl last season, is second on the defense in tackles with 66 (50 solo) and has two sacks, including one in last week's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Springs has been solid at cornerback, with teams simply not throwing much in his direction. He has 24 tackles (20 solo) and two passed defended.


The Redskins re-signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson to the practice squad on Tuesday. Patterson is a 5-11, 196-pound rookie out of Tuskegee who has bounced up and down between the practice squad and the 53-man roster. He has seen limited action on special teams for the Redskins this season.

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