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News & Notes: Williams Still Sidelined, Heyer Starts Again


Left tackle Trent Williams was among the Redskins' inactives for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams was replaced in the starting lineup by Stephon Heyer at left tackle for the second game in a row.

Williams continues to be slowed by knee and toe injuries.

He was listed as questionable heading into the game, but head coach Mike Shanahan said his playing status would be a game time decision.

He showed signs of progress last week but he was limited in practice all three days.

He said the toe has been more of a problem because it has been difficult to push off it coming off the line of scrimmage.

"It's just a nagging injury that you've got to get used to," Williams said.

Heyer held his own against Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole, who finished with four tackles in the game, but he did struggle with penalties.

Heyer was flagged for a holding penalty and two false starts.

The Redskins' complete list of inactives was as follows: cornerback Kevin Barnes, linebacker Perry Riley, Williams, nose tackle Anthony Bryant, tight end Logan Paulsen and defensive ends Jeremy Jarmon and Vonnie Holliday.


Lorenzo Alexander started in place of Andre Carter at outside linebacker on Sunday.

Alexander and Carter appeared to alternate at the position and both were active on defense.

Alexander logged two tackles – as well as a bone-jarring special teams tackle on a kickoff return – while Carter finished with three tackles and a sack of quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Last week, Alexander said he was told he would be in the starting lineup on Wednesday.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has praised Alexander's skill set and work ethic since the offseason.

"I think Lorenzo is a guy who deserves an opportunity to play just because of what you see on the film," Haslett said last week. "He has done a good job when we put him in there and he'll have more and more of a chance as we go along."


Running back Clinton Portis suffered a groin injury in the second half of Sunday's game.

The team is expected to update Portis's status on Monday.

"I'm not really sure how severe it was," Mike Shanahan said. "It was severe enough that he was out of the game and he was walking around in street clothes on the sideline. So that wasn't a good sign."

Portis, who alternated at running back with Ryan Torain, finished the game with 11 carries for 55 yards. He also caught two passes for 26 yards,

Guard Artis Hicks also suffered an injury in the first half and did not return to the game.

The nature of his injury was not announced in the press box during the game and Shanahan said he was "not really sure" about Hicks' status.


Punter Josh Bidwell returned to action on Sunday in Philadelphia.

A week ago, Josh Bidwell thought perhaps his career was over.

He limped off the field at the Edward Jones Domes, his hip sore. He thought he felt a pop in his hip and he was concerned he blew out his hip.

Bidwell visited with a doctor in Tennessee and received a positive prognosis. It turned out that it was just "a little bit of fraying," Bidwell said.

Structurally the hip was fine – surprising news, but certainly welcome.

On Sunday, Bidwell showed signs that the hip injury was still tender. He appeared to struggle on distance, posting five punts for a 37.2-yard average.

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