Is Springs next?

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Shawn Springs

\ The question is whether the Redskins are resting Springs to coax a full season out of his 32-year-old body or whether he’s beginning to get the cold shoulder treatment that one-time face of the franchise LaVar Arrington received in 2005. Springs didn’t win many hearts at Redskin Park by skipping almost the entire offeseason to train in Arizona and for declining to redo his contract.\

\ If Smoot gets the nod over Springs against the Eagles next Monday in Philly, I’d like to know for which game assistant head coach Gregg Williams is saving his presumed No. 1 corner. The NFC East champions didn’t play well on offense or special teams in their opening loss at Green Bay and the Redskins would be two games up on them in the standings if they could spring (no pun intended) the upset.\

\ After the Eagles, the Redskins have the Eli Manning-less Giants folowed by a bye. If Springs, the defense’s highest-paid player, doesn’t start in Philly, that could well signal the beginning of the end of his tenure in Washington.\

\ — David Elfin

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