The Washington Times - August 26, 2009, 03:08PM

Management tried to replace him twice during the offseason. He has a 43.1 passer rating this preseason. But Jason Campbell can still poke fun at cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Shawn Springs.

Asked about going against New England Patriots newcomer Springs, his teammate the past four years whom he faced in practice as the scout team quarterback in 2005, Campbell teased, “You know Springs. Let me see if he’s going to play first. Me and Springs are good friends so I can joke with him like that.”

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Campbell said that he ran into the oft-injured veteran at a Washington Kastles match before training camp began.

“The first thing he wanted to talk about was ‘I can’t wait to play against you. All the times that we had in practice, now I get to come there live,’ ” Campbell said. “I was like, ‘All right Springs, if you play.’ “

Rogers, the other half of Washington’s usual cornerback tandem from 2005-08, won’t play against the Patriots with a calf injury, the same ailment that plagued Springs last August.

“I told Carlos, ‘Is Springs rubbing off on you?,’ ” Campbell said before adding that his college and pro teammate wouldn’t miss the game if he wasn’t seriously ailing.

- David Elfin