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News & Notes: Springs Inactive For Ravens Game

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Shawn Springs was among the Redskins inactive players for Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Springs aggravated a calf injury in last Sunday's game against the New York Giants. He sat out practice last week and was listed as questionable heading into the Ravens game.

It was the seventh game this season that Springs has missed due to the calf injury, a season-long problem for the 12-year pro.

DeAngelo Hall drew the start in place of Springs. It was Hall's first start in a Redskins uniform since the club signed him on Nov. 9.

Hall continues to emerge in the Redskins' defense. He had two interceptions in his first three games with the team.

Greg Blache said last week that Hall would get more reps at cornerback opposite Carlos Rogers.

"We have become very comfortable with DeAngelo and we feel like he is a premiere shutdown corner. You'll see more and more of him as we go through these next few weeks. We're going to feature him. We're going to give him an opportunity to really try to lead us back there and produce some turnovers."

Two more defensive starters were inactive for the Redskins.

Kedric Golston remained sidelined due to bone spurs in his ankle. He was listed as questionable heading into the game.

Anthony Montgomery started in place of Golston for the second week in a row. Montgomery, who recorded a sack of Eli Manning last week, recorded five tackles against the Ravens.

As expected, Marcus Washington missed his third game in a row due to a high ankle sprain.

H.B. Blades started in his place and finished with eight tackles.

The Redskins' complete list of inactive players was as follows: Springs, Washington, Golston, offensive linemen Chad Rinehart and Jason Fabini, defensive end Erasmus James and tight end Fred Davis.

-- ZORN AND HARBAUGH

Shortly after Jim Zorn earned his first victory as Redskins head coach, Week 2 against New Orleans, he received a phone call from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

Harbaugh, himself a first-year head coach, congratulated Zorn.

This season, Zorn has the Redskins off to a 7-5 start, while Harbaugh has the Ravens at 8-4. That's impressive for two men who were position coaches a year ago.

Zorn and Harbaugh join Atlanta Falcons' Mike Smith and Miami Dolphins' Tony Sparano as first-year head coaches having successful inaugural seasons. The Falcons are 8-4 and the Dolphins are 7-5.

"These are three great guys," Harbaugh said. "I've known Jim Zorn for a long time, but passingly. And then this spring I had a chance to spend some time with him. Great coach. I can see why the players enjoy playing for him.

"I just think it's pretty neat that maybe three or four owners took a little bit of a chance on us, and it's paid off. It's a little different, so it's neat to see."

Said Zorn of Harbaugh: "He has done a great job organizing his group and I think that he has brought some fun to the program. I think the players admire him for his enthusiasm. He coaches with encouragement.

"He has a great staff, too. He has Cam Cameron calling plays and then he has a great defensive coordinator in Rex Ryan. It's pretty awesome when he has those guys to work with."

-- NIGHT MOVES

Heading into Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Redskins were a disappointing 0-3 in nationally televised, prime time games this year.

They have been outscored 53-23 in the three games (against the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys).

Still, the Redskins are excited to get another opportunity to prove themselves in front of a national audience.

The Redskins-Ravens game was flexed to Sunday night because it was a more appealing matchup than the previously scheduled New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks game.

"It's an honor for us because we're looked upon as a team still worth watching," Jim Zorn said. "That's good, because at least we're not getting bumped. And it does mean something to our players. I think they enjoy being the only game on TV and playing for such high stakes."

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