As offensive line coach Joe Bugel told The Washington Times on Thursday, Jon Jansen is back in the starting lineup at right tackle in place of Stephon Heyer (sprained left shoulder). Jansen, who played most of the second quarter in place of Heyer last week in his first regular season action since he broke his right leg and dislocated his right ankle in the 2007 opener.
As many suspected last week but defensive coordinator Greg Blache wouldn’t confirm, rookie Chris Horton has supplanted Reed Doughty at strong safety. Horton was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago against New Orleans and took over last week against Arizona after Doughty was benched after Larry Fitzgerald whipped him for a 62-yard touchdown.
And as predicted on Monday, Demetric Evans will start for Jason Taylor (calf surgery) at left defensive end. One backup end, Erasmus James, is inactive for the second straight week. James just hasn’t completely recovered from major knee surgeries in both 2006 and 2007.
Washington’s other inactives are receiver Malcolm Kelly (ankle), cornerback Justin Tryon, safety Justin Hamilton, offensive linemen Jason Fabini and Chad Rinehart and third quarterback Colt Brennan.
— David Elfin