- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2005

It doesn’t have the oomph of changing quarterbacks, but the Washington Redskins could have a new kicker on Monday in Dallas, too.

Coach Joe Gibbs and director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer both said yesterday that Hall will probably miss the Cowboys’ game after straining his right quadriceps on his last kickoff of the season-opening 9-7 victory over Chicago, a game in which he was 3-for-3 on field goals, scoring all of Washington’s points.

“If I had to guess right now, it would be tough for John to make it back for Monday night,” Gibbs said. “We’ll be working full speed tonight to try to get all that done.”

That means the Redskins will sign a kicker from the four they’re considering as temporary replacements. The likeliest is Jeff Chandler, who made five of eight field goal tries in the final three games last season after Hall went on injured reserve with a pulled quad that Tyer said was more severe than his current ailment. Chandler returned this summer but missed his only field goal attempt in preseason while Hall went 5-for-5.

The good news for the Redskins is that Hall might be ready to kick in their third game since they have a bye the week after Dallas. Still, Hall has been hurt five times in his past nine games. He pulled a hamstring in last year’s opener and the other one the next week, but kept kicking until injuring a groin in October. He missed five games, returned for three and then suffered the season-ending injury.

While Antonio Brown, whose fumbled kickoff set up the Bears’ only points, is still the main return man, Gibbs did say that Santana Moss will return punts at some point this season. Moss’ 12.0-yard average in four years with the New York Jets ranks sixth in NFL history. Moss, who wasn’t used in that capacity in preseason or against the Bears, has said he’s willing to return to that duty.

Taylor made

Having decided that size was not a big factor for a receiver when he cut 6-foot-3 Darnerien McCants in August, leaving the Redskins with no wideout taller than 6 feet, Gibbs used 6-2 safety Sean Taylor on offense on two red-zone plays against Chicago. Seven of McCants’ eight touchdown catches in his three Redskins seasons were inside 12 yards.

“Sean can definitely play receiver,” Gibbs said of Taylor, who had never done so before, going back to high school. “He has a big wingspan and great hands. We’re trying to get him in a few situations where he can maybe make a play for us.”

Gibbs received the seal of approval for the move from 5-10 starting wideouts Moss and David Patten.

“The guy’s got long arms and he can jump out of the house so hey, use him,” guard Randy Thomas said.

Double dipper

Bubba Tyer said in 35 years with the Redskins, he had never had a player with two broken thumbs until offensive tackle Jon Jansen added the right one in the fourth quarter of the opener to the left one from practice on Sept. 5.

“When [trainer] John Burrell told me the right one was broken, no one could believe it, but the other didn’t hold me back on Sunday and I don’t think having two will either,” said Jansen, who will work with the medical staff to wear the lightest possible casts in Dallas.

Clark could return

Safety Ryan Clark, who missed the Chicago game with a sprained knee, should return to practice this week as should reserve linebacker Chris Clemons, who has been sidelined with a pulled hamstring. Receiver Taylor Jacobs, who was inactive against the Bears after missing all of preseason with a sprained toe, should be close to 100 percent and ready to face the Cowboys.

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