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Washington Is Doubtful For Packers Game

Linebacker Marcus Washington sat out Friday's practice due to a hamstring injury and he is listed as doubtful heading into Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Washington suffered the injury in last week's game against Detroit. If Washington can't play, then coaches could turn to 12-year veteran Randall Godfrey to replace him.

The Redskins signed Godfrey on Aug. 21 to provide veteran depth at linebacker. Godfrey replaced Washington in the Detroit game last Sunday and finished with two tackles.

"The reason why we brought Randall Godfrey in here was to play," assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said. "Last week, on a few of the snaps that Randall was in here, he played pretty well. He attacked the run game outstanding."

With Washington lining up as a defensive end on pass-rushing downs, it's possible that first-year player Chris Wilson could also see action in place of Washington, Williams said.

"[Wilson] took up those pass rushing snaps that Marcus had last week," Williams said. "We'll rotate a lot of guys into that spot, but Chris is in a position now, he's earned those snaps to play more this week if Marcus can't go.

Washington turned in his best game of the season last Sunday against Detroit, recording two sacks and a forced fumble. For the season, he has 22 tackles, two sacks and five quarterback pressures.

Meantime, Phillip Daniels returned to practice "full go" on Friday despite a shoulder injury, head coach Joe Gibbs said.

Daniels' status is listed as probable, which is certainly good news for the Redskins' defensive front.

"I was surprised [Daniels was able to practice fully]," Gibbs said. "He's intent, he looked good and he said he's going [to play]."


Antwaan Randle El sat out Friday's practice, instead working with athletic trainers to test his injured hamstring. It was the third consecutive day that Randle El missed practice.

He is listed as questionable for the Packers game. He could be a game time decision.

"I think Antwaan is still holding out hope," Joe Gibbs said. "He's a great competitor, so the closer it gets to game time the more he wants to go. He'll probably be one that we warm up on Sunday and make a decision based off of what he does."

Randle El said after Friday's workout that his hamstring felt "pretty good."

"I did get a chance to run misdirection and I ran real hard," he said. "It felt pretty good. I didn't want to do much more than that, but I'm still looking to play on Sunday."

He added: "If I have any pain, then I'm not going to push it. But I expect to come out Sunday morning, test it and see what it feels like."

If Randle El can't play, then he'll be replaced by a wide receiver rotation that includes James Thrash, Brandon Lloyd, Keenan McCardell and Reche Caldwell. Thrash would likely take over punt return duties.

Randle El says that, if he plays, he won't seek a reduced role to guard against further injury.

"If you're in, you're in and you go all out," he said. "I certainly don't want to do half and half."


If Fred Smoot is somehow able to intercept Brett Favre and return it for a touchdown, will he try another Lambeau Leap into the stands?


Last year, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Smoot intercepted Favre and returned it 47 yards for a score. He jumped into the stands to celebrate.

The result: "I had beer thrown at me, and bratz," he said. "I don't know if I'll try that again."

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