- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hours after surgery to repair his torn left triceps tendon, Washington Redskins right guard Randy Thomas said he hopes to be ready for the season’s stretch run. And at least for now, the Redskins are giving him that opportunity, opting to not place him on the season-ending injured reserve list.

“The doctors are saying 10 to 12 weeks — if there’s a [chance] of being able to play this year, I’m going to be there,” Thomas said during a visit to Redskin Park, his entire left arm in a bulky cast. “But even if it doesn’t go my way, I’m going to be around.”

Thomas joins right tackle Jon Jansen (leg, ankle) on the sidelines, meaning the new right side of the offensive line is tackle Todd Wade and guard Jason Fabini. The Redskins have only one healthy backup guard (Mike Pucillo).

The team worked out veteran guards Keydrick Vincent and Rick DeMulling, but coach Joe Gibbs said a roster move isn’t imminent.

Keeping a player on the active roster even though he has a long-term injury isn’t common practice. In 2004, linebacker Mike Barrow missed the season’s first 10 games before the Redskins put him on injured reserve.

“We’re going to get with the doctors and get a final analysis just to see exactly what they think,” Gibbs said. “It’s always hard [to keep an injured player on the active roster] because it’s a roster spot. But certainly Randy is a guy we value a lot.”

Thomas was injured late in the first quarter Monday night in Philadelphia when he was engaged with Darren Howard. He immediately grabbed his left arm and left the game after a Redskins field goal.

“I’m positive today — the last couple days were tough,” Thomas said. “You can’t question what happens. You just work to get better and recover. … I’m trying to get back, so it’s going be interesting.”

Thomas will be in a cast for six weeks. He said surgery revealed the muscle had been torn off the bone.

Daniels, Smoot practice

Defensive end Phillip Daniels (sprained foot) and cornerback Fred Smoot (hamstring) both returned to practice. Both players missed the Philadelphia game and participated in a good amount of team work.

Safety Vernon Fox (groin) worked out on the side.

Caldwell catching on

Receiver Reche Caldwell, signed Sept. 11, was inactive against Philadelphia when the Redskins dressed four receivers.

“I think I’m getting [the offense] down pretty well, but there’s still a lot to learn before I get out there and play,” he said. “I’m putting things together and trying to learn as much as I can as soon as I can.”

Once up to speed, Caldwell is expected to fill the No. 3 role. James Thrash took most of the work at that spot against Philadelphia. Brandon Lloyd played only a handful of snaps.

Throwbacks debut

The Redskins practiced yesterday with the throwback helmets they will wear Sunday. The helmets were changed by Vince Lombardi in 1969 to resemble the Green Bay Packers’ helmets. They lasted three seasons.

As part of the team’s 75th anniversary, the team will honor Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff before the game.

Jacobs, Smith out

The Giants have declared running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) and receiver Steve Smith (scapula) out for Sunday’s game. Receiver Plaxico Burress (ankle) did not practice yesterday, but coach Tom Coughlin hopes Burress can work today.

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