- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Rufus Brown, Ade Jimoh and Garnell Wilds know the situation.

They saw the Washington Redskins draft cornerback Carlos Rogers ninth overall in April and sign veteran corner Artrell Hawkins two months later.

They realize those two players — plus holdovers Shawn Springs and Walt Harris — are likely to make the team.

They understand the Redskins carried five corners on their 53-man roster last year, essentially leaving one roster position for three players.

All of the above makes training camp practices and the preseason games even more important for Brown, Jimoh and Wilds.

“We’re just looking at it as a healthy competition,” Jimoh said after yesterday’s morning practice at Redskin Park, downplaying the cold reality of the situation.

The trio — all former undrafted free agents — have received more snaps in practice because of injuries to Harris, Springs, Rogers and Hawkins.

An undrafted free agent from Florida State last year, Brown, 25, spent 16 weeks on the Redskins’ practice squad before playing in the season finale against Minnesota. He spent the spring playing for the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe.

“I’m trying to step in where I can and where I’m needed,” Brown said. “We’re kind of short now, but once everybody comes back, we’ll have a good group.”

Jimoh, 25, has appeared in 31 games the last two years for the Redskins, primarily on special teams in addition to serving as the fourth cornerback.

“We’re always trying to make an impression, all through the [offseason] and training camp,” he said. “When you get more repetitions, you get more exposure. I feel a lot more comfortable out there this year. I’m reacting instead of thinking too much.”

Wilds, 24, appeared in last year’s season finale. He missed yesterday’s two practices with a thigh bruise sustained Monday when he was kneed by Marcus Washington.

“It was sore this morning, but I’ll try it out [tonight], and I’ll definitely be ready for Saturday’s game [at Carolina],” Wilds said.

Injuries galore

In addition to players who have been sidelined recently, receiver Santana Moss (stomach virus), offensive lineman Ray Brown (knee), defensive end Phillip Daniels (wrist) and safety Tony Dixon (hamstring) did not practice yesterday afternoon. Springs (hamstring) returned in the morning but sat out the second practice.

Coach Joe Gibbs and trainer Bubba Tyer said Brown “tweaked” his knee and is day to day.

Hawkins, who has missed most of training camp with a hamstring strain, likely will not face his former team Saturday.

Gibbs meets troops

After the afternoon practice, Gibbs visited with 25 soldiers who were wounded in Iraq.

“What I think of when I see them are my kids and grandkids,” he said. “Fortunately, my kids didn’t have to serve, but if they did, I wouldn’t have a moment’s peace.

“To me, the people who have sacrificed in the service for their country, we should give them everything, I don’t care what it is. They deserve everything and particularly, if somebody gets hurt over there, we should take care of them for life.”

Taylor starting again

The Redskins released their first depth chart of training camp, and Sean Taylor has regained his starting safety position, alongside Ryan Clark, who is listed ahead of Matt Bowen.

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