- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Because he had to play extensively in the preseason to make the roster and because an injury on the defensive line thrust him into the starting lineup in Week 3, Washington Redskins rookie Kedric Golston could feel his legs getting heavy against Indianapolis in late October.

Fortunately for him, he got through the game, and the bye week followed.

“Toward the middle of the season before the bye week, I could feel things weighing down on me, but since then, I’ve felt pretty good,” Golston said yesterday at Redskin Park.

Golston is one of five rookies on the Redskins’ active roster. The season, including training camp, is in its 21st week, much longer than the college football season the rookies were accustomed to.

Golston (11 starts) has played the most of the group, which includes linebacker Rocky McIntosh, defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery, safety Reed Doughty and receiver Mike Espy. All but Espy have spent the entire season on the 53-man roster.

“If I would have hit that [rookie] wall, it would have been a couple games ago,” Doughty said. “But that’s when I started playing, so I had to refocus and had something to really practice well for.”

Said Espy: “I hit a wall pretty early, like the ninth week. After that, I got rejuvenated. Moving to the [active] roster was probably part of what did it. It gave me a new look at things.”

Doughty said his season actually started soon after he finished playing for Northern Colorado last November.

“I never had a time to heal after last season, and that’s what every rookie talks about,” he said. “The second I got done with the season, I started training for the [scouting] combine. And then as soon as I got drafted, I came right here for rookie camp and offseason workouts.”

The rookies have combined to play in 42 games. Golston leads the group with 39 tackles.

Jansen feeling better

Right tackle Jon Jansen, who missed the New Orleans game Sunday, did not practice yesterday and remains questionable with a calf injury.

“I hope I can play. That’s how I’m preparing,” he said. “My goal last week was to rest it and get the swelling out so I could play [Sunday at St. Louis]. The swelling’s down, so I’m hoping I can get out there. I had damaged it enough that I couldn’t play, and it was a decision that the trainers and I made because it wouldn’t have been smart to go.”

Center Casey Rabach (hand), left tackle Chris Samuels (knee), receiver James Thrash (birth of child) and linebackers Marcus Washington (knee) and Lemar Marshall (knee) also missed practice. Rabach, Samuels and Marshall are probable; Washington is questionable. Washington said he bruised his knee late in the New Orleans game but is optimistic he can play.

Uneventful return

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