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Hall out, Rogers will start

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DeAngelo Hall won’t play Sunday at Philadelphia because of a sprained knee. Carlos Rogers returns to the lineup to take his place.

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Hall returned after missing just one series following the injury last Sunday at Dallas but was unable to practice all week.

So Rogers, demoted after getting burned by Denver’s Brandon Marshall on a double move for a 40-yard touchdown on Nov. 15, is back in the lineup against Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who beat him on a double move for a 57-yard score on Oct. 26.

“I’ll be ready to play,” Rogers said. “It ain’t nothing new. … Another week of playing. I’m not going into the game with the attitude of showing [them]. I know I can play. Obviously, they know it, too. That’s just how things shaked out. I just gotta take advantage of the opportunity I get.  We never know what gonna happen once you get back. Put something good on the field right now.”

Fred Smoot will start opposite Rogers. Justin Tryon will be the nickel back. Kareem Moore will be the dime back.

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth remains a game-time decision with the sprained ankle that has kept him out since the Broncos’ game.

Right tackle Stephon Heyer (knee), top special teams tackler H.B. Blades (knee), blocking tight end Todd Yoder (toe) were all limited today but are expected to play. So is fullback Mike Sellers, who was pulled from practice after experiencing tightness in his hamstring. Reserve offensive lineman Mike Williams (ankle) returned to full practice.

— 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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