- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sav Rocca has been one of the Washington Redskins‘ most effective players this season.

Sure, as the punter, it’s a negative any time he takes the field. But he at least represents a major upgrade in an aspect of the game that has been problematic for years. “His bad punts are what we used to consider good punts here,” coach Danny Smith said.

Rocca punted a season-long 63-yarder last Sunday against Dallas. That increased his season gross average to 45.5 yards.

Last season, four Redskins punters averaged 40.2 yards.

The Redskins signed Rocca in free agency in August after the Philadelphia Eagles opted not to re-sign him.

“He’s as good as I’ve ever been around,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’s much better than I expected.

Rocca ranks 18th in the NFL in gross average. His 18 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line are tied for first.

“He’s been consistent,” Shanahan said. “Any time you have a guy that can turn the field consistently and kick inside the 20 as much as he has, you have to take your hat off to him. He was a big addition for us.”

Williams hurting but ready

Left tackle Trent Williams believes his slightly sprained left knee is healthy enough for him to play against Seattle on Sunday.

“It’s painful,” he said after Thursday’s practice, “but it’ll be fine.”

Williams was one of nine players limited in Thursday’s practice. Receiver Donte Stallworth (foot) was added to the injury report. Receiver Niles Paul was limited for the first time since spraining one of his big toes Nov. 6.

Linebacker London Fletcher (left ankle) was limited after sitting out Wednesday.

Offensive linemen Jammal Brown (groin), guard Maurice Hurt (knee) and Sean Locklear (ankle) were limited. So were cornerback DeJon Gomes (knee) and safety Josh Wilson (hamstring).

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