- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Washington Redskins two-time Pro Bowl running back Stephen Davis expects to return from a two-game absence and start in Sunday's critical game at the New York Giants.

"My goal before [Sunday's 26-7 loss at Jacksonville] was to be back for the New York game and that hasn't changed," said Davis, who hasn't been on the field since spraining his right knee during the second quarter against Indianapolis on Oct.27. "I'm pretty confident that I'll be playing on Sunday. Hopefully I can start running on Wednesday. Even if I just run around that would be good."

Punt returner/receiver Jacquez Green, who needed stitches in his right leg to repair a deep cut he suffered in the first quarter in Jacksonville, said he expects to play Sunday. Sam Shade, who has been almost exclusively a special teams player in recent weeks since losing the strong safety job to Ifeayni Ohalete, left Redskin Park early to have an MRI performed on his neck. Shade was hurt covering a kickoff in the first quarter. Backup middle linebacker Kevin Mitchell, a special teams standout, was having an MRI done on his lower left leg but didn't suspect it was anything major. Guard Brenden Stai, who returned to practice last week but has missed the last four games with an ailing right knee, is less likely to get back in the lineup than Davis.

Special teams coach Mike Stock said veteran punter Bryan Barker, who averaged just 31.4 yards on five kicks against the Jaguars, isn't "under the guillotine" yet although he's last in the NFL with a 29.7-yard net average.

David Elfin

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