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Washington Has Setback With Hamstring

Linebacker Marcus Washington aggravated his hamstring injury this week and he was downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, head coach Joe Gibbs said.

"He came in a little sore [on Friday], so he didn't take practice," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said that coaches and athletic trainers may work him out on Sunday morning before the game to see if he can play.

Washington suffered the injury in the Week 3 game against the New York Giants. He has missed two games this season as a result.

In five games, Washington has 23 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.

If Washington cannot play, then Randall Godfrey would take over at strong-side linebacker. In two starts this year, Godfrey has 13 tackles and one forced fumble.


Backup offensive lineman Mike Pucillo is questionable for Sunday's game due to a back injury. The team may work out Pucillo at pre-game on Sunday before deciding his playing status.

Meantime, cornerback Fred Smoot is probable as he recovers from a hamstring injury. With Carlos Rogers out for the season, Smoot's presence is thought to be necessary.

"Certainly, going into this week, Fred would be a big part of the defense," Joe Gibbs said. "He had good practice all week, so we don't anticipate a problem there. He plays an important role."

Todd Yoder is listed as probable with an ankle injury.

For the Jets, wide receiver Laveranues Coles--the former Redskin--is listed as doubtful due to a concussion he suffered last game.

If Coles can't play, then Justin McCareins would likely slip into a starting role on Sunday.

Three other Jets starters, tight end Chris Baker (back), safety Kerry Rhodes (knee), defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson (knee) are listed as questionable.


Jason Campbell says he has had made adjustments in practice this week to fix his fumbling woes. Campbell fumbled three times in the 52-7 loss to New England, including one that resulted in an 11-yard return for a touchdown.

For the season, Campbell has had eight fumbles, losing four.

"I'm trying to hold on to the football with two hands," he said. "Sometimes it's tougher when you are in the act of throwing and the ball gets knocked out as your arm is going back to throw.

"The ones that you feel like you can try to tuck real quick, you just have to try to put two hands on it."

Campbell said he has never had a problem with fumbles before in his career.


Ladell Betts, who rushed for a career-high 1,154 yards last season in place of injured starter Clinton Portis, has had just nine rushes the last three games.

With Portis back this year, Betts has just 135 rushing yards on 47 carries, a 2.9 yards-per-carry average.

Is it time to give Betts more carries?

Said Joe Gibbs: "I would love for Ladell to carry it more, but also we want a balance there. We're trying to get what's best for Clinton and Ladell and for the whole team. We need more first downs and more plays."

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