Even though nine Washington Redskins, including the team's top three cornerbacks, did not practice yesterday, all are expected to play Sunday against Dallas.
That outlook is far rosier than the one coach Joe Gibbs gave on Monday when he said he was "hoping for some miracle recoveries."
All seven players on the official injury report are listed as probable and defensive tackles Joe Salave'a and Cedric Killings, who did not play last week at Arizona, aren't even on the list.
Cornerbacks Shawn Springs, Carlos Rogers and Walt Harris did not practice, but are confident they can recover in time.
Springs (groin): "I'm starting at left cornerback Sunday and will be at full speed."
Rogers (biceps): "I'm straight."
Harris (ankle): "The bottom line is I'll be ready Sunday."
Salave'a has missed the last two games with a foot injury but said he took all of the practice work yesterday.
"It was good to be back out there with the guys and go through a practice," he said. "Most likely, I'll be out there Sunday. They'll have to lock me up somewhere to keep me from playing."
Additionally, Gibbs said linebacker LaVar Arrington (thigh) practiced and "took a lot of team work."
Safety Matt Bowen (knee) said he will practice today and left tackle Chris Samuels (ankle) is expected to play. Receiver James Thrash (hamstring) has missed the last three games but practiced and is probable.
Springs and Rogers were injured against Arizona and Harris went down last week in practice and missed the Cardinals game. With Dallas featuring receivers Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson, who have combined to score 12 touchdowns, the Redskins will need all their defensive backs to be ready. Ade Jimoh was the only corner in pads yesterday.
"The way it's looking, we'll get everybody back but if not, you have to get the other guys ready because I don't think Dallas is going to take it easy on us because we might be short-handed," safety Ryan Clark said.
Dallas coach Bill Parcells is expecting to see all of the nicked-up Redskins on Sunday.
"I'm counting on everybody being there," he said. "We had a guy or two not practice today, too, but that doesn't mean they won't be there on Sunday."
Parcells still having fun
Even though Parcells has coached 320 regular season and playoff games, he said he still enjoys big Sundays like the one this week is building to.
"For sure that's why I'm still doing it," he said. "Win or lose, it's exciting. I've told my players a bunch of times that I hope when they're 64, they have something that gets them as excited as this does for me. There are a lot of people that aren't that fortunate. I really do enjoy the competition part."
Told of Parcells' gameday enjoyment, Gibbs laughed and said: "I throw up before games."
Linebacker Marcus Washington was presented with the Redskins' Player of the Year award by the Quarterback Club on Tuesday night. The other candidates were Santana Moss, Mark Brunell and Sean Taylor. ...
The Cowboys listed only rookie defensive end Chris Canty on their injury report. Canty (ankle) practiced yesterday and is probable. ...
Dallas is one of two teams (Philadelphia is the other) to have three players with 600-plus receiving yards: Glenn (979), tight end Jason Witten (657) and Johnson (633). ...
One game apart in the standings, the Redskins (7-6) and Cowboys (8-5) also are very close in major statistical categories. Total offense for Dallas is 332.4 yards a game, with the Redskins at 330.5. Total defense for Dallas is 300.7, with the Redskins at 298.8.
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