Redskins and Lions injuries and the 'worst defense, ever'

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The first official NFL injury report for this weekend’s Redskins game at Detroit is out, and here’s what we know:

- Washington had three players with “limited participation” in practice today: Jason Campbell (foot), Anthony Montgomery (knee) and Clinton Portis (ankle).

“I’ll definitely be 100 percent by Sunday,” Campbell said after practice, “but right now, I’m taking precautions to get through practice.”

- Cornerback Fred Smoot (rib) went through a full practice after not playing in last week’s game.

- For Detroit, two players didn’t practice: Defensive end Cliff Avril (hamstring) and, more importantly, linebacker Ernie Sims (shoulder). Sims hurt his shoulder in Sunday’s game against Minnesota, and if he misses the game against Washington he could get replaced by a rookie, DeAndre Levy, or second year linebacker Jordon Dizon.

- Six Lions went through limited participation on Wednesday: CB Phillip Buchanon (neck), DE Andre Fluellen (knee), DT Sammie Hill (neck), DT Grady Jackson (knee), CB Eric King (shoulder), and third-string QB Drew Stanton (knee).

It’s worth noting that most of those Lions injuries come on the defensive side of the ball, because the Wall Street Journal had a story today calling Detroit’s unit “The NFL’s worst defense, ever.” Subtle!

You have to think new coach Jim Schwartz will get the defense turned around eventually (he’s a former Gregg Williams protege), but he’s got his work cut out for him. “What Jim Schwartz took over, in my opinion, was worse than an expansion franchise,” former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick told the WSJ. (He’ll call the Redskins-Lions game on Sunday). “There’s only so much you can do in a year.”

- John Taylor

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