Portis, Springs Still In Limbo; Evans to Start
Tailback Clinton Portis and corner Shawn Springs are among those who still unsure if they will be able to play. Both are looking to the warm-ups to make a final decision.
Portis missed practice all week, while Springs did take part in some drills Friday with the first team, according to team sources, with his torn calf still not 100 percent (Portis is dealing with a torn MCL.) Springs originally was slated to do just individual drills. He told teammates he was 60-70 percent this weekend, and had yet to really sprint and cut full speed, but could still play tonight depending on how he performs during warm-ups.
It looks like Ladell Betts will be back, and, again, I would not be shocked if Portis dresses and plays some. Just my hunch there.
It is very unlikely that LB Marcus Washington and DT Anthony Montgomery will be able to play.
DE Jason Taylor is slated to play tonight after suffering through a calf injury, but Demetric Evans will remain the starter at left end, according to team sources. Evans, who is having a strong season as an end and an interior pass rusher in the nickel package, is more stout against the run and practiced with the first team this week.
Taylor, whom the Redskins hope can add fire to a pedestrian pass rush, could see a lot of action on third down and on passing downs, but stopping the run is always the top priority with this defense and Evans has excelled. Taylor underwent calf surgery early in the season, and a second procedure to relieve swelling. He was inactive for the last game, against Pittsburgh.
Evans has started four games this season. Taylor has struggled, but he and the team say he is feeling better than he has all season - Taylor injured his knee in the preseason - and he is eager to become a big-play threat again.
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