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News & Notes: Rogers a 'Long Shot' For Giants Game


Cornerback Carlos Rogers is unlikely to play in Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants, head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Rogers sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday, Shanahan said.

"He went through individuals, but he still looks like a long shot," Shanahan said. "I don't want to rule him out. We'll see over the next couple of days."

If Rogers is unable to play, then Phillip Buchanon is expected to start at cornerback opposite Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall.

It's possible Kevin Barnes, a second-year cornerback who has played safety the last two weeks, could also see action back at his natural position in place of Rogers.

Rogers was able to run on the calf this week, but he was uncertain on his playing status.

"I could hardly walk without limping after the [Jacksonville] game," he said on Thursday. "I have a few more days, so hopefully I'll be able to play."

-- SO CLOSE...

Through 15 games this season, the Redskins have played eight games decided by three points or less, which is two more than any other NFL team.

Conversely, the New York Giants, the Redskins' opponent in this Sunday's season finale at FedExField, have played zero games decided by three points or less. They are the only NFL team to not play a game decided by three points or less.

The Redskins also top the league in games decided by four points or less (9), five points or less (10) and six points or less (11).

The Redskins' 11 games decided by six points or less is a franchise record, surpassing the previous mark of 10 set in 1967 and 1989.


Jim Haslett praised DeAngelo Hall's selection to the Pro Bowl, saying he is the perfect cornerback for the Redskins' defensive scheme.

"He has great vision and he's not afraid to take chances," Haslett said. "Sometimes he gets you on the run."

Hall is tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions this season and he leads all cornerbacks with 104 tackles.

"It's well deserved," Haslett said of Hall's selection to the Pro Bowl. "He makes a lot of plays. I told him before the season, 'You'll get somewhere from 6-10 interceptions in this scheme and you can be consistent the rest of the time you're running it.' I thought he should have had 10 [interceptions], too."

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