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Springs Says Calf Is Better

Jason Reid reports:

Cornerback Shawn Springs (calf) returned to practice today and plans to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

"It's better," Springs said. "I think I'm playing."

(Of course, you can also vote here.)

Springs has played in only three of the last nine games because of the calf injury he suffered during the second half of a 26-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 28. Springs, who also sat out the season-opening loss to the New York Giants because of a shin injury, said his calf responded well in practice. Washington (7-6) is 4-2 when Springs plays.

Considered the Redskins' best defender in press-man coverage, Springs could have a significant role against the Bengals (1-11-1) because T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson are the type of big wide receivers he enjoys facing. "They're a little better than decent," Coach Jim Zorn said of Houshmandzadeh and Johnson. "I know that if Shawn Springs can go, he's going to be out there.

"What I saw out there [at practice], he'll go. But it will all be on how he feels. If it swells again, that's the problem. It has been swelling on him. There's still an injury in there. He's not a hundred percent and this is not game-like conditions."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 12, 2008; 1:40 PM ET
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Definitely playing to I think I'm playing. Another game check is about to be stolen.

Posted by: JasonLaTempleton | December 12, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Zeebs | December 12, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't hold your breath, I will believe it when I see him in the game.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 12, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

First! Go skins!!!

Posted by: StuckInPhilly | December 12, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I'LL SAY it's a special TCCL Week.

Oprah is returning to the scene of the Leap. Well, instead of Cruise coming to jump on her couch, she's going to his Spread" El Ron Hacienda Acres Ranch.

Will he leap again?

Nah. He traded in his whack job Scientology sister as his PR for a professional PR person.

Posted by: TheCork | December 12, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

ok fourth. dammit...kind of like our season thus far.

By the way, if we win out and DAL/ATL lose a game each, then we are in the playoffs...

Posted by: StuckInPhilly | December 12, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Hope he doesn't break his vagina.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | December 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

On the over/under on SS;

He will be game time decision, then scratched.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

curz, agreed, it will 'flare-up' during warm ups....bye-bye Shawn....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 12, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Springs will play this game then be out the next two. I'm through with him being injured all the time. It's time to get rid of him.

Posted by: isonic1 | December 12, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Does that hurt Tyler?

Posted by: mack1 | December 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Anytime there is a chance that Springs will not play...even a small chance...He never plays.

Posted by: mastdark81 | December 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Like the hockey talk up here. I went Duck hunting last night. Had a view from the top of my San Jose Sharks taking care of Anaheim, 2-0, including a great kick save in the final minute by Nabakov (goalie, not dead author) with Anaheim's goalie already pulled.

Three fights, including the enforcers going at it with gloves off. A second fight wound up with 2 guys getting their jerseys ripped off -- clearly not guys expecting to fight (gotta use those tie downs). The last one was a scrum in the SJ crease with 20 seconds left.

Pronger and Selanne got boo'ed every time they touched the puck. Got some good pics.

SJ Sharks have the best record in hockey, which means they'll be fighting for the Stanley Cup, though their MO is to lose in the second round of the playoffs

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 12, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse


What say you?


Which do you think is better?

Posted by: Zeebs | December 12, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

hey jasno, has the thought ever entered your mind that zorny might not be a good coach?????????????

for you to sit there and bash vinny over and over and over and over TIRELESSLY, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE WINNING and yet support his MOST IMPORTANT pick over a PROVEN PLAYER, a teammate's teammate, is plain stupid. think about it.

if zorny is who you think he is then vinny made up for everything bad he has done for this franchise. EVERYTHING!!! and he is a pretty good gm.

just cuz zorny gave you the time of day and didn't cut your balls for suggesting offensive plays does NOT MAKE him a good caoch. try that against a coach who's competent and let's see what beat you end up at next year.

here are the people you have pimped since you've come up here: zorny, casey bramlet, reed doughty, leigh torrence, the punter, and jason campbell. wow!

who is holding you accountable for this nonsense?

Posted by: dealer1 | December 12, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine it does since it seems that his vagina keeps him from playing now and as far as we know it is intact.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | December 12, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

greg, someone suggested that he'll actually play cuz it's a bad team.

Posted by: dealer1 | December 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

dealer my man! I see rage is still all the rage! No but really, the only good thing about jasno is that we get to opine in this forum.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | December 12, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

although we're in the midst of a playoff push..I've heard sides for both drafting based on need vs drafting based on best available...any thoughts as to which is better?

'09 believe we got...

2nd - Mia (J Taylor)
4th - NYJ (P Kendall)
7th - Minn (E James)

Posted by: forever21 | December 12, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Let me take a stab at this one.

First of all, you want to have atheletes on the team. You can build strength, tackling ability, etc, but you can't build speed. So I might lean toward best available if there is a superb athelete available. I mentioned speed, but there are other characteristics that can't be taught also.

The problem is that "best available" is based on judgement. What is the track record of the talent_evaluator. (t_e?)

To me, "ba" only goes so far. I don't think there is a huge difference after the first 20-30 in the first round. So I would say, use good judgement in the first round. If no one is head and shoulders above the rest, go to need.

After first round, go for need.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 12, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

tyler, i'm not mad. i'm just frustrated by his opinions. they don't make sense to me. they're hypocritical (sp).

and you're absolutely right about the forum. i love this blog!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 12, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

So am I getting this sraight Dealer? You think Vinny is a good GM? If so..youre on Elmers glue... bud!!!

Posted by: Tyler84101 | December 12, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse


What say you?


Which do you think is better?

Posted by: Zeebs

In my complete no-hockey-IQ state, I'd have to say that Alexander Semin might be my favorite player to watch. Kinda small and fragile, but absolutely dirty with the puck on his stick.

Posted by: psps23 | December 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

JLC when are you going to stop letting Shawn Springs *play* you each week. There's a pattern here that is little more than hope on Monday and disappointment on Sunday...from both of you.

Posted by: skinsmc | December 12, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

People, lay off Shawn Springs on this one, a torn calf is no joke. I say this as someone who currently is recovering from one. Basically, the muscle tears off of the tendons in your calf, and it has to reattach itself completely. Otherwise you're just going to re-tear it and have to start rehab all over again, especially with the demands the CB position puts on your calf with all the stopping, starting, acceleration, etc. It's not like a sprain or a pull that you can play through at 75% recovery, you have to be 100% sure you're not going to reinjure yourself.

Posted by: bucky_katt | December 12, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

who cares if your going to play..we're damn near out of the playoff race now so really who cares..we needed you along time ago go on injure reserved and say goodbye to washington b/c u will not be here next year

Posted by: ripmeast21 | December 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course he'll play. He'll play the last 3 games so he can fleece another team for at least one more pay out. My bet is he finishes up with the brokebackers. Probably been sending them defensive playbook already. This guy had one good year. It was 2004. Since then he's been up and down. I'd much rather go with Smoot. Hell, bring back Barry Wilburn or Brian Davis. They could at least stay on the field longer than this mercenary.

Posted by: thomasroane | December 12, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

the skins must hire a gm!! ron wolf lives in annapolis, md. we should hire the genious behind the packers' superbowl runs

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 12, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I'd Rather have Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall on the outside. At least Hall creates turnovers and Rogers can stay on the field in addition to being a shutdown corner.

This injury may have been serious, but Springs is always out because of some owwy boo-boo or other. The guy has no heart. He is only playing for the paycheck.

Posted by: ecale25 | December 13, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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