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Jansen's Pushing Himself to Play

Practice is beginning with all accounted for and Dan Steinberg reports:

Jim Zorn said Wednesday that right tackle Jon Jansen practiced "in a limited fashion" and is still hopeful about playing in Sunday's regular season finale.

"He's just trying to push himself," Zorn said of Jansen, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury. "He really wants to participate, he really wants to be part of the group. We're moving along, and he wants to be a part of it. He's a gutsy guy, and I tip my hat to what he's trying to do."

Zorn said several other players who have battled late-season injuries, including Kedric Golston, Jason Taylor, Clinton Portis and Cornelius Griffin, also were in some way limited during Wednesday's session. All but Golston played last week against the Eagles, and Zorn said "I suspect [Golston's] gonna play" Sunday.

Zorn also reiterated that he will not alter his approach Sunday merely to get more snaps for his younger players.

"I don't think so," he said. "I think if it's within our plan of trying to win the game, yes, but not just to experiment or give a guy a few reps because he's a young guy and we want to see him more. We're not gonna get anything more out of that, out of a few more reps. We're gonna get a lot more out of winning, I think, so that's what I want to do, and I think everybody wants that as well."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2008; 12:46 PM ET
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Someone might want to mention to Zorn that losing the game on Sunday will result in a higher draft spot.

And by the way - Happy Christmas to everyone!

Posted by: tafka | December 25, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all! Hope Santa was good to you. I'm not sure how many updates we'll have for you today, but we're on the job.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 25, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas! Cindy -- I hope you're working from home or at least have plenty of eggnog handy ;->

One thing Zorn has to improve upon is inactivating players who are injured. I think it's gutsy to want to play hurt too, but -- as a coach -- I wouldn't allow an injured player on the field if I thought they couldn't perform better than the backup(s)...

Posted by: siris | December 25, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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