- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

When the Washington Redskins signed linebacker Randall Godfrey in August and receiver Keenan McCardell in September, both players joined what became their fifth different playoff team.

Godfrey, 34, previously reached the postseason with Dallas in 1996, 1998 and 1999, Tennessee in 2000 and 2002, Seattle in 2003 and San Diego in 2004 and 2006. McCardell, who turns 38, Sunday has reached the playoffs with Cleveland in 1994, Jacksonville from 1996 to 1999, Tampa Bay in 2002 and the Chargers in 2004 and 2006.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only retired cornerbacks Tim McKyer and Terrell Buckley have made the playoffs with more teams, six each.

“Things just happen,” said McCardell, who is 5-for-5 in reaching postseason with teams, all of which had missed the playoffs the year before his arrival. “When you get chemistry right, it’s not just me, it’s everybody in this locker room. People ask me why I keep coming back. They say, ‘You’ve already won a ring [with the 2002 Buccaneers].’ You play this game to be in the playoffs. You play this game to have a chance win the title.”

Godfrey, who mulled retirement before reuniting with Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams, has yet to win a championship, so he treasures each opportunity to play in January.

“I can brag about it, but I don’t have a ring like [McCardell] does,” said Godfrey, who has reached only one conference title game (in 2002 with the Titans). “That’s what’s driving me. I realize how hard it is to get one and my years are numbered. Last year was so disappointing for me to go 14-2 and lose in the [AFC divisional round].”

McCardell, middle linebacker London Fletcher (1999 St. Louis Rams) and receiver Antwaan Randle El (2005 Pittsburgh Steelers) are the only Redskins players who have won Super Bowls. Fletcher lost one with the 2001 Rams, while defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and safety Omar Stoutmire did the same with the 2000 New York Giants.

“I told [Texans receiver] Andre Johnson when I was with Houston this summer that people already know you, but to be known as a superstar in this game, you have to play in this time of year when they’re only two games on each day and everybody in America is watching,” McCardell said.

No second shot for Rogers

The last time the Redskins faced the Seahawks, cornerback Carlos Rogers’ dropped an interception in the open field that probably would have given the underdogs a 10-0 lead in a divisional playoff game they wound up losing 20-10. Rogers, who tore two ligaments in the Oct. 28 loss at New England, won’t make the trip tomorrow because air travel is too stressful on his surgically repaired right knee.

Rogers, of course, wishes he could make up for his mistake.

“I would love that chance, but I can’t do nothing but reflect and hopefully get a chance to play them next year and in years to come,” he said. “It was hard [not playing] at first, especially the first two games sitting in a hospital bed looking up at the TV watching the guys play, but I’m used to it now.”

Rogers, who had surgery in November, recently returned to the weight room. He hopes to be on the field for the start of training camp in late July.

“I ain’t doing nothing but bending it, straightening it out,” Rogers said. “I just started working out, a little light stuff on my legs. I’m going to start doing upper body because I’ve lost about 20 pounds [since the injury]. I’m shooting for training camp. I’ve got a lot more months.”

Thrash, Campbell out

Receiver James Thrash (ankle) and quarterback Jason Campbell (knee) were the only players not on the field for today’s practice, the only true session of the week. Campbell won’t play tomorrow; Thrash will not likely play, either.

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