- The Washington Times - Friday, November 26, 2004

For a change, Joe Gibbs could smile while delivering an update about his injured players yesterday.

Not only will John Hall kick for Washington tomorrow for the first time since pulling a groin on Oct.14, but defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin also will be back in the lineup in Pittsburgh after missing last week’s loss in Philadelphia with a strained hip flexor.

With Hall returning after missing six games, the Redskins waived kicker Ola Kimrin. Defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, a rookie from UCLA, was promoted from the practice squad to take Kimrin’s roster spot. Boschetti gives Washington some insurance with usual backup Jermaine Haley out after spraining a knee against the Eagles.

“Ola has done a great job for us, but John has looked good all week,” Gibbs said. “I think we’ve finally gotten over the hump. And Grif looks good, so we’ve had two good things happen for us this week.”

The 32-year-old Kimrin, who had training camp stints with Denver (2002), Dallas (2003) and Washington (2004), became something of a celebrity in his native Sweden after making an NFL team on his third try. Kimrin’s fame increased after his two field goals were the difference in a 13-10 victory over Chicago just two days after he rushed back from Sweden to relieve the ailing Hall.

“I wish I had a better percentage, but I’ll take it,” said Kimrin, who missed four of eight tries the past four games and also booted two kickoffs out of bounds. “I got my first [regular-season] games in, and hopefully I showed something so I might get another shot somewhere else. If I don’t get a call the next couple of weeks, I’ll go back home for Christmas, but either way I’m definitely looking forward to next year.”

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