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News & Notes: Redskins Rest Seven Starters At Practice


As the Redskins reconvened for practice on Wednesday, there was as much action on the sidelines as there was on the field.

A slew of players--including seven starters--sat out practice as the Redskins began preparation for this Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

On defense, Cornelius Griffin missed practice to rest a shoulder injury suffered last Sunday in the Eagles game.

Jason Taylor and Shawn Springs remained sidelined due to calf injuries.

Marcus Washington continued to rest a sore hamstring that has cost him two games so far this season.

Reed Doughty suffered a back injury in the Philly game and left Redskins Park early.

On offense, Stephon Heyer remained slowed by a shoulder injury that forced him to sit out the Eagles game.

Pete Kendall and Randy Thomas were given the day off to rest their knees, which take a pounding during the season.

Jim Zorn admitted he was not sure yet if the injured starters would be available for practice this week.

"I was hoping Jason would get out there," Zorn said. "Shawn may practice on Thursday. Every day they feel a little bit better."

He added: "We put them through drills and tried to keep their conditioning up. We're trying to work with them in their respective injuries."

Regarding Kendall, Zorn said: "He's one of those old warriors. He'll be fine. He will play on Sunday--I can tell you that. His body is just beat up."


Practice squad linebacker Johnny Baldwin suffered a left knee injury during Wednesday's practice.

He was carted off the field.

Early indications are that the injury could be serious, but he was expected to go through further evaluation on Wednesday evening.

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