- The Washington Times - Friday, October 21, 2005

The Washington Redskins are winning for the first time in his three seasons, but Taylor Jacobs is one frustrated receiver. In what he hoped would be his breakout season, Jacobs has only one catch for 9 yards after five games.

“I don’t blame anyone,” Jacobs said. “I believed that I was going to get an opportunity to compete [to start], but I got hurt again. I’m glad the guys in front of me are doing well, but my faith in God is the only thing that’s keeping me from going crazy right now.”

Jacobs, Washington’s top draft choice (44th overall) in 2003, has been hurt every August, and this season was no exception. He sprained a big toe in the Aug. 6 scrimmage at Baltimore and didn’t get into a game until Week 2 in Dallas.

Jacobs caught just three passes in eight games as a rookie and only 16 in 15 games last season. He was supposed to push veteran James Thrash for the third spot behind new starters Santana Moss and David Patten this year. But even with just four receivers on the roster, Jacobs rarely sees any playing time.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Jacobs said. “I just play my role. I’m a backup to Santana, David and James and wherever I can get in on special teams.”

Getting thinner at DT

Joe Salave’a didn’t practice for a second straight day because of plantar fasciitis. Neither did fellow defensive tackle Cedric Killings, out because of a high ankle sprain. They were joined by rookie free agent Aki Jones, who was in line to be activated if either isn’t ready for Sunday’s game with San Francisco. Jones mildly strained a hamstring during Wednesday’s practice.

That left starter Cornelius Griffin and second-year backup Ryan Boschetti as the only healthy defensive tackles with just one practice left before the game.

“Our guys are interchangeable,” assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said. “You’ll see us throw [starting ends] Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn inside. We’ve got enough tools, enough packages that we’ll get through it. Joe will practice tomorrow. Two of the three guys might. As long as [Joe gets] a good day’s practice in on Friday, he can go. The rest has actually been good for him.”

Also on the injury front, center Casey Rabach (ankle) and running back Clinton Portis (shin) missed a second consecutive day, while cornerback Carlos Rogers (ankle) returned after being out Wednesday. All three are expected to face the 49ers.

Kicking decision nears

Veteran John Hall, who has been inactive since pulling his right quadriceps in the Sept. 11 opener against Chicago, split placements for a second straight day with rookie Nick Novak. If Hall’s leg continues to feel strong, Washington could release Novak, who is 4-for-6 on field goals in Hall’s absence, and sign a defensive tackle to help fill the void there. Punter Derrick Frost could kick off, at least temporarily, while Hall tries to regain his footing.

Taylor’s trial moved to 2006

Sean Taylor trial’s on a felony assault charge and a simple battery misdemeanor will be held after the regular season, as the safety had hoped. However, he could have problems if the Redskins reach the NFC Championship game because Circuit Court Judge Mary Barzee yesterday pushed back the trial in Miami to Jan. 17, the day after the conclusion of the divisional playoffs.

Taylor’s attorney, Edward Carhart, had requested a continuance until February, but the state’s attorney unexpectedly changed course and objected to accommodating the NFL schedule. Carhart has another trial set for that week, which could lead to another continuance.

Arrington back in mix?

Williams said linebacker LaVar Arrington, who missed most of last season and the first two weeks this summer because of an ailing right knee, has had two good weeks of practice and could return to the defense for the first time in three games Sunday. Arrington is listed as a starter on the punt return unit.

“I feel real good about where LaVar’s at,” Williams said of the three-time Pro Bowl pick. “I feel real good about him playing, The last two weeks, he’s taken some strides physically, not just from a schematic standpoint. It looks like his legs are back.”


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