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News & Notes: Rogers To Miss Colts Game

Cornerback Carlos Rogers, sidelined with a fractured thumb, will not play in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

With Rogers out, the Redskins have a number of options for their secondary as they prepare for the high-powered Colts offense, which features Pro Bowlers in quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receivers Marvin Harrison and left tackle Tarik Glenn.

Shawn Springs could resume his starting role, but he has just returned from a groin injury and is working his way back into playing condition. Troy Vincent, signed earlier this week to play safety, has the versatility to play cornerback, but he may not have a complete grasp of the Redskins' defensive scheme yet.

Kenny Wright, who has started the first six games replacing Springs, could draw another starting assignment. Mike Rumph and Ade Jimoh are in line to see increased playing time.

Rogers' right arm was in a cast and sling on Wednesday. He suffered the injury during last Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. The second-year player expects to use the upcoming bye week to rehab the injury and get ready for the Nov. 5 game against Dallas.

Asked about his rehab, Rogers said: "It'll be a challenge, especially with the thumb and how much you use it in playing defensive back. You use it in jamming receivers at the line and I like to play physical week-in and week-out. It's going to hurt, but [athletic trainers] will work with it and it'll feel better."



Shawn Springs practiced on Wednesday and he is listed as probable on the team's injury report.

Springs returned to action on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, recording three tackles in a reserve role. It was his first game since recovering from abdominal surgery in August and a groin injury in September.

"It's getting better," Springs said after practice. "I'm still rusty. The more I practice, the better my legs get under me. I'm getting in and out of my cuts better. I'm getting more comfortable.

With Carlos Rogers sidelined, Springs could see increased playing time on Sunday in Indianapolis.

"I probably could handle it, but that's not my decision," Springs said. "It'll be up to the coaches."


Defensive tackles Joe Salave'a and Cornelius Griffin participated in individual work on Wednesday, but sat out team work. They are listed as questionable heading into Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

If Salave'a and Griffin cannot play, rookie linemen Anthony Montgomery and Kedric Golston would likely draw starting assignments for the second week in a row. Renaldo Wynn and Demetric Evans could also see action at tackle.

"We'll just have to see how [Salave'a and Griffin] progress through the week," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "Thursday's practice will be another indication of their progress and Friday we'll know if they can play."

Added Wynn: "They're going to do their best and get out there on the field. If they can't go, for whatever reason, we have trust in [Montgomery and Golston] to get out there and get it done."

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