The list of injuries reeled off by Jim Zorn at the beginning of Monday’s press conference at Redskins Park was a little more straightforward than it has been in recent weeks.
We’ll lead off with good news for Washington fans, as it looks like defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will practice this week, as “his ankle is feeling better,” according to Zorn. Haynesworth, when approached in the locker room by our own David Elfin, wouldn’t say how his ankle was doing, but he did say: “Print this. I’m definitely playing this week.”
The Redskins certainly will need Haynesworth in there, as they lost some depth on the defensive line. Jeremy Jarmon, whom Washington selected in the supplemental draft, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the loss to the Eagles. The team has placed him on the injured reserve, and they have called up linebacker Alvin Bowen from the practice squad. Bowen, who signed with the Redskins in September, was drafted in the fourth round in 2008 by the Buffalo Bills.
Jarmon probably will be joined on the injured reserve this week by tight end Chris Cooley, who still has a cast on his broken ankle. Zorn said he wants to talk to Cooley first.
Zorn doesn’t want to commit, however, to putting Clinton Portis on the IR, though he already has ruled him out for Sunday’s game against New Orleans. Zorn wants to get him checked out again this week, and hopes to get him on the practice field soon.
“He’s a guy we want, we want him to participate, and we want him to be a Redskins player,” Zorn said. “If he’s healthy, he’s going to want to go and we’re going to want him to go.”
And we’re not quite sure yet what the Redskins’ defensive backfield will look like. DeAngelo Hall, the team’s top corner who missed the Eagles game, will start the week listed as questionable, and he’s expected to participate in practice. And Fred Smoot “got dinged,” as Zorn said, and the team hasn’t yet seen the concussion test results. Jim Tryon suffered a mild hip pointer on Sunday but is expected to play.