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News & Notes: Washington Expected Back In Lineup

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After a four-game absence, Marcus Washington could return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins' strong-side linebacker was able practice all three days this week, showing a good base of movement on his injured ankle.

He remains listed as questionable, though, for the Eagles game.

"Marcus has actually improved each day this week," head coach Jim Zorn said. "The more he loosens it up in practice, the better he is. I was nervous about [Friday's practice] because it was raining, but he made it through. It was good to see. He has a smile on his face and he's working hard. He's back."

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache would welcome Washington's size, range and experience back in the lineup.

"Marcus is such a big physical player, to go along with his enthusiasm and passion for the game," Blache said. "Plus, he's an experienced guy. He has been around the block.


"To take nothing away from the guys who stepped in and competed for him, Marcus is Marcus. He's a cut above. It's great to have him back."

In eight games this season, Washington has recorded 37 tackles.

He missed the Redskins' first matchup against Philadelphia--a Week 5, 23-17 win at Lincoln Financial Field--due to a hamstring injury.

-- PORTIS HAS BACK SPASMS

Clinton Portis woke up on Friday morning with muscle spasms in his back, so athletic trainers decided to hold him out of practice.

Officially, Portis is listed as questionable for the Eagles game.

"It would have to be pretty severe for him to stay out," Jim Zorn said. "I think it's something he wants to try to get through. So that's what we're doing."

Portis has played through several injuries this season, including knee, neck and oblique injuries. He has not missed a game.

-- JANSEN DOUBTFUL AGAIN

Jon Jansen is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Philadelphia as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Jansen, who missed the Bengals game on Dec. 14, sat out practice all three days this week.

"Jon is unlikely to play," Jim Zorn said after Friday's practice.

Jason Fabini, an 11-year veteran, is expected to make his second consecutive start at right tackle in place of Jansen.

-- FEDEXFIELD ADVANTAGE

The Redskins are 3-4 at FedExField this season and have lost their last three games at their home stadium by a combined 60-23 count.

Jim Zorn stressed the importance of playing well at home to the team this week.

"We have to establish ourselves at home, at our house," Zorn said. "We'd love to build that this Sunday. I think our guys come to play [at FedExField], I think our guys have battled.

"We're all surprised we have not won more at home more. It is important. We hope to turn it around."

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