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News & Notes: Springs Deactivated Due to Calf Injury


The Redskins' secondary was without cornerback Shawn Springs in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

As expected, Springs was among the Redskins' inactives due to a calf injury.

He was listed as doubtful heading into the game.

Springs had missed the Week 5 game at Philadelphia due to the injury. He re-aggravated the injury during practice last week.

Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot drew the start at cornerback for the Redskins. Leigh Torrence and rookie J.T. Tryon served in nickel and dime packages.

Smoot entered the game listed as questionable due to a groin injury. Rogers was probable due to a calf injury.

The Browns entered Sunday's game ranked 26th in passing offense, while the Redskins were ranked 13th in pass defense.

Despite the rankings, the secondary faced a challenge in Cleveland. The Browns have a dynamic wide receiving corps that includes Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth.

Tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr., an integral part of the Browns' passing game, saw action despite missing significant practice time last week due to an undisclosed illness. He was listed as questionable entering the game.

The Redskins' complete list of inactives was as follows: wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, Springs, running back Ladell Betts, offensive linemen Jason Fabini and Chad Rinehart and defensive end Erasmus James and Rob Jackson.


Jon Jansen continued to start at right tackle for the Redskins as Stephon Heyer makes his return from a shoulder injury.

Jim Zorn has said there is a "competition" between Jansen and Heyer for the starting job.

He has offered no indication who will be the starter once Heyer is fully healthy, though.

The Redskins have been dominant in the ground game the last three games, all started by Jansen. Clinton Portis has rushed for 100 yards in each of those games.

Heyer was thought to be more effective than Jansen in pass protection.

Last week, Heyer was full-go in practice for the first time in four games. He had injured his shoulder in the Week 3 game against Arizona.


Marcus Washington started for the second consecutive game on Sunday against the Browns, making his return from a hamstring injury.

In last week's game against the St. Louis Rams, Washington recorded five tackles and a forced fumble.

"The old Marcus is back and he had his best game of the season [against the Rams]," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "He was healthy and playing with some spark and pizzazz. That's the old Marcus. He was having fun and it showed in his play."

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