- The Washington Times - Friday, November 4, 2005

Shawn Springs set up Washington’s second touchdown with an interception return the last time the Redskins played Philadelphia. But the veteran cornerback doesn’t remember much from that Dec.12 game. That’s because not long after his pickoff in the fourth quarter, Springs was blindsided by Eagles fullback Josh Parry.

Springs was knocked unconscious and had to be removed from the field on a backboard. He was hospitalized briefly and missed the following game at San Francisco with a concussion.

“I remember Shawn looking up at me with pretty blue eyes,” assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams said. “One blew east, one blew west. He had no idea where he was at. We’ll see if he can rectify that shot he took.”

But Springs won’t be out for revenge tomorrow. He hasn’t been ruffled by having to watch the hit on tape this week as the Redskins (4-3) prepared for the Eagles (4-3).

“It’s not hard watching it because I don’t remember it happening,” Springs said. “I got smashed, but I’ve been hit that hard before. Ricky Dudley, my teammate from Ohio State, got me my second year in the league. It happens. [Parry] wasn’t trying to hurt me. I’ll just go out and play as hard as I normally do.”

D-Mac attack?

Receiver Darnerien McCants made his first NFL start for Washington against Philadelphia on Dec. 15, 2002 and caught four passes. The following October, he equaled that career-high against the Eagles, including the 32-yard touchdown grab that brought the Redskins within two points in the final two minutes.

However, the 6-foot-3 McCants rarely played last season for new coach Joe Gibbs, who cut him this summer even though Washington didn’t have a receiver taller than 6 feet. McCants was picked up by Philadelphia, for whom he has been active in just three games, catching a lone 22-yard pass. But with star wideout Terrell Owens questionable for tomorrow, McCants could be in uniform for the first time since Week 3.

“Maybe if I was starting and knew I was getting the ball, it might be a little extra special because then I could show out a little bit,” McCants said. “I feel like I wasn’t one of their guys. And every regime has their guys. I would just like to get a touchdown, man. Just one.”

Said Gibbs, “We wish Darnerien the best, except against us. I’m sure anyone that has played somewhere else has a chip on [his shoulder]. They’re going to play the best they can.”

No word on kicker

As was true last week, veteran John Hall is ready to return to action for the first time since he pulled his right quadriceps in the Sept. 11 season opener. But his rookie replacement, Nick Novak, was still on hand as the Redskins went through their final pregame practice.

“I’m never nervous,” Novak said.

If Novak is cut, offensive lineman Jon Alston or tight end Robert Johnson could be promoted because of the shaky health of left tackle Chris Samuels (knee) and tight end Robert Royal (calf).

Walking wounded

With starting left tackle Cornelius Griffin (hip) all but out and starting right tackle Joe Salave’a (foot) and right end Phillip Daniels (ankle) less than 100 percent, the Redskins are in dire need of finding another defensive lineman, but they don’t have one on the practice squad and free-agent possibilities don’t know Williams’ complicated scheme.

Ryan Boschetti, whose only start came against the Eagles last Dec. 12, is the likeliest replacement for Griffin. Fellow tackle Cedric Killings would be next in line with ends Renaldo Wynn and Demetric Evans also candidates to slide inside.

Daniels, Salave’a, Samuels, Royal, safety Sean Taylor (ankle) and reserve linebacker Khary Campbell (shoulder) all returned after sitting out on Thursday and all are expected to face the Eagles. Salave’a said he would take a cortisone shot if that would enable him to play. Quarterback Mark Brunell (calf) was held out as a precaution, but is expected to start. Backup safety Omar Stoutmire (hamstring) joined fellow practice absentee Griffin in being downgraded to doubtful.

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