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Smoot Is Questionable For Giants Game

Still nursing a hamstring injury, cornerback Fred Smoot said he expects to play in this Sunday's game against the New York Giants but he is listed as questionable.

Smoot was limited in practice for the second consecutive day on Friday.

Asked his status after Friday's practice, Smoot replied: "I'll be there. I'm playing."

Smoot said as much last week, when he was also listed as questionable for the Eagles game. The team opted to deactivate Smoot.

Carlos Rogers and Shawn Springs would likely start at cornerback, with David Macklin and Leigh Torrence serving in nickel and dime packages.

Safety Vernon Fox is also listed as questionable due to a groin injury. Fox was limited in practice this week.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels, who also sat out the Eagles game, is listed as probable for the Giants game.

Daniels has been cautious with a foot injury suffered in the Redskins' Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins.

"I feel good," he said after Friday's practice. "I feel confident."


Was last Monday's win a breakthrough game for quarterback Jason Campbell? Only time will tell.

The game appears to have given him confidence, though. Head coach Joe Gibbs said that, during practice this week, Campbell has had more of a presence on the field.

"I think this week he has had a little different presence in practice based off of what he did Monday night," Gibbs said. "I think he made some real good plays. We all saw the way he played. Anytime you do that, it kind of lifts you."

Asked about Campbell's development, Gibbs added: "The biggest thing for him, the biggest thing for a quarterback, is to get wins. Chances are, if you win a football game, your quarterback has done some good things.

"I think that's what's happened in both of our games. Hopefully, Jason will continue to improve and step up as he gets more experience."


Wide receiver Reche Caldwell was deactivated for his first game as a Redskin--Monday night's game at Philadelphia--as he got acclimated to his new surroundings.

Joe Gibbs was asked on Friday if Caldwell, signed by the Redskins on Sept. 11, could see action against the Giants.

"It depends on our health [at wide receiver]," Gibbs said. "It's hard to get five receivers up. I wouldn't rule it out, depending on the health of the receivers at different times. That's what would give him a chance to play."

Coaches place a premium on backups who can also serve on special teams. Caldwell does not currently play on special teams.

"You don't look at him as much on teams, you look at him as a receiver who can really come in and make plays," Gibbs said.

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