Landry just bruised, Zorn optimistic on Portis, Springs, Fletcher

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Middle linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback Shawn Springs remained sidelined on Friday, but coach Jim Zorn is optimistic that they’ll play Sunday at Baltimore after testing their injuries in warmups.

Fletcher didn’t practice last week either because of a sprained left foot but still started against the New York Giants. Springs sat out after reinjuring his left calf the previous Sunday at Seattle. They’re both officially questionable for Sunday.

Safety LaRon Landry surprisingly didn’t practice on Friday either after being kicked in the calf during Thursday’s session by tight end Fred Davis but is probable.

“It’s just bruised,” Landry said. “It’s real sore, but I’ll be all right.”

Running back Clinton Portis (neck, ribs, knee) and defensive end Andre Carter (foot) took limited practice. Zorn expects them to play — they’re officially questionable — as they did last week with the same injuries against the New York Giants.

Offensive tackle Chris Samuels (knee), who didn’t work on Thursday, and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), who was limited, both took full practice on Friday and are probable for Sunday. Defensive tackle Kedric Golston, who sat out the Giants’ game with bone spurs in both ankles, didn’t practice again on Friday but is questionable for Sunday.

Linebacker Marcus Washington (ankle) will miss a third straight game. Cornerback Fred Smoot was back after an excused absence on Thursday.


— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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