- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 18, 2005

The injury-ravaged Washington Redskins secondary took another hit yesterday when safety Matt Bowen mildly sprained the MCL in his right knee. Athletic trainer Bubba Tyer said Bowen is day-to-day.

Bowen missed the final 11 games last year after tearing the ACL in the same knee.

Bowen went down 75 minutes into a two-hour practice. He stayed down for several minutes before walking gingerly to the sideline, where he was examined by the training staff before riding a cart into the facility.

Safety Ryan Clark — also out with a knee injury — said Bowen was optimistic in the moments after he was injured.

“Matt’s good,” Clark said. “Any time a player goes down it’s scary and especially a player you work so closely with. I knew what was going through his head, things like, ‘Not again.’ But it was good to go over there and see everything was OK.”

Already sidelined in the Redskins’ secondary are Clark, safety Tony Dixon (hamstring) and cornerbacks Artrell Hawkins (hamstring) and Walt Harris (calf).

In other injury news, running back Clinton Portis was limited during practice by a bursa sac injury to his right elbow.

“I have a little fluid in there, but I’m all right,” he said.

Said Redskins coach Joe Gibbs: “It’s not that big of a deal, but it keeps getting agitated and worrying us. It’s one of those things where it’s inflamed, and we’ve been trying to get it to calm down. But with a running back, it seems like every practice he ends up on his elbow and aggravates it.”

Gibbs said a decision on Portis’ status for tomorrow night’s game against Cincinnati would be made today.

Also out of practice were receiver Taylor Jacobs (toe) and offensive lineman Mark Wilson (back). Center Cory Raymer missed a second day of practice to be with his wife in Colorado, where she experienced complications with her pregnancy earlier in the week.

Boschetti makes impression

Because of injuries to Brandon Noble and Cornelius Griffin, defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti started against Carolina last week, batting down a pass and blocking a field goal.

Boschetti, 24, was in the Redskins’ training camp last year and was signed to the practice squad. He played in two games, starting against Philadelphia. That experience should give him a leg up in the competition to back up Griffin, Noble and Joe Salave’a.

“I have a great line coach [Greg Blache] who really stresses the things I need to work on in terms of technique and all-out effort,” Boschetti said. “I feel like if I keep working hard and getting better every day, I have a chance to be here.”

White to get shot

Fourth-round draft pick Manuel White played little against Carolina, but Gibbs said he plans to use White, an H-back, more tomorrow night against Cincinnati.

“He’s had a big learning curve, and we want to play him more than we did the other night, and [tight ends/H-back coach] Rennie [Simmons] has him scheduled to play more,” Gibbs said. “He can also carry the football, and at some point I would like to get him a few carries to see how he looks there, too. He’s a work in progress.”

White led UCLA with 164 carries and was second with 797 rushing yards last year.

Shabazz in, Brown out

The Eric Brown Era lasted one day; the Redskins released the safety yesterday.

Signed to replace him on the roster was safety Siddeeq Shabazz. Shabazz, who practiced yesterday, has played for Oakland and Atlanta since entering the league in 2003. He played collegiately at New Mexico State.

The Redskins also released defensive lineman Melvin Williams.

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