- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 12, 2005

Safety Sean Taylor has given the Redskins plenty of heartache off the field during his two seasons in Washington. But Taylor never gave the Redskins a reason to worry on the field. Until now.

Taylor’s sprained ankle, which has been bothering him the last two weeks and prevented from practicing the past three days, almost certainly will keep him out of tomorrow’s critical game at Tampa Bay.

“Unless Sean starts feeling good, in all likelihood I wouldn’t think he would go,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. “The [medical] report that we got back late last night is that there’s [no obvious injury] there, but it’s not feeling good. We don’t want somebody out there that’s not feeling good. You’re never going to be totally healthy, but you’ve got to be 100 percent mentally ready to hit people, and you can’t do that if you’re worried about something.”

Either Pierson Prioleau, who started three games in place of the injured Ryan Clark at strong safety earlier this season, or Matt Bowen, who hasn’t started since injuring a knee in Week 5 last season, will take Taylor’s spot. Fifth safety Omar Stoutmire is hobbled by a bad hamstring that has kept him off the field since the Oct. 30 loss at the New York Giants.

“As of now, I don’t think [I can play],” Taylor said. “I’d love to play. I’d love to compete. But with how I’m feeling in my leg, I can’t do it right now.”

The Miami native had purchased a number of tickets for family members to attend his first regular-season game in Florida.

Meanwhile, Cornelius Griffin’s ailing hip kept him out of practice all week and will sideline him for a second consecutive game tomorrow.

“It’s getting better, but it’s not there yet,” said Griffin, whose spot will be filled by either Demetric Evans or Cedric Killings.

Starting receiver David Patten didn’t practice after twisting a knee during Thursday’s drills but said he will be ready for the Buccaneers.

Rogers ready for ex-roommate — Cornerback Carlos Rogers, the ninth choice in April’s draft, lived with running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, the fifth choice overall by the Bucs, the past three years at Auburn.

“He’s a hard-nosed, country guy,” Rogers said of Williams, who leads the Bucs with 496 rushing yards despite missing 2 games with leg injuries. “He fights up the extra yards. He’ll get up for this game knowing that he’s going to be facing me and [Pro Bowl linebacker Marcus Washington, also an Auburn product]. He knows we’re gunning for him.”

Bad memories of Tampa — The last time, other than preseason, the Redskins played in Tampa was the heartbreaking 14-13 divisional playoff loss to the Bucs in 1999, Washington’s last winning season.

Washington was leading 13-0 late in the third quarter when Shawn Barber sacked Shaun King, who fumbled only to have the ball squirt forward for a 14-yard gain that set up Tampa Bay’s first touchdown. Then after the Bucs scored again, a bad snap prevented Brett Conway from trying a possible game-winning field goal with 1:17 left.

“Going back to Tampa will bring back memories of Danny,” center Cory Raymer said of snapper Dan Turk, who died of cancer a year later. “It’s unfortunate that it had to come down to that where he screwed up the last play of his career. But you’ve got to go on. Who knew back then that would be our only trip to the playoffs?”

Staff writer Ryan O’Halloran contributed to this article.

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