Four starters — cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf), middle linebacker London Fletcher (foot), running back Clinton Portis (ribs) and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (stomach) — won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Jacksonville.
According to coach Jim Zorn, Fletcher is going to have “a little bit of medicine put in his left foot, no emergency or anything like that.” Fletcher played the last month of 2008 with a sprain, a deep bone bruise and a chip fracture in the foot.
Fletcher and Portis would play if it was the regular season. Rogers said that he could, too.
Right guard Randy Thomas, who sat out on Monday with a minor calf injury, might not play either. Reserve safety Kareem Moore will be a game-time decision with the hamstring he pulled last Friday against New England.
Backup quarterback Todd Collins is healthy but might not play in order for Zorn to maxmize the snaps of youngters Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel, who are competing for the third spot.
Zorn is unsure if he’ll play backup offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, who returned to practice on Tuesday after missing Monday for personal reasons.
Haynesworth, who missed the past three days with a stomach bug, is the only one of the 75 players who won’t even make the trip to Florida.
“Albert is recovering, but we’re going to keep him back [in Ashburn], get him working out, conditioning, strength training,” Zorn said. “He wasn’t going to play anyway. He’s still a little bit weezy.”
- David Elfin