- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2005

Washington kicker John Hall, sidelined since the Redskins’ opening-day win over Chicago, remains questionable for Sunday’s game against Seattle. But he returned to practice yesterday, attempting 12 30-yard field goals.

Hall, who missed eight games last year with assorted leg injuries, strained his right quadriceps during a kickoff against the Bears.

“I didn’t feel anything so that’s a good sign,” Hall said of yesterday’s test. “The next step is trying to open it up a little more. We don’t want to take any steps back and have it drag on because I’m sick of this already.”

Coach Joe Gibbs said Hall must be able to kick field goals, extra points and kickoffs to return to action. Until then, rookie Nick Novak will kick.

Hall said he would like to return soon, but he also noticed what happened to Philadelphia kicker David Akers against Oakland. A week after injuring his hamstring, Akers tried to kick and made the injury worse.

“It’s a matter of being smart with it,” Hall said. “The [quad] is different because it’s the main muscle in my leg. A hamstring you can try to play with. You don’t want to put yourself in a worse position.”

Cornerback Walt Harris (calf) and safety Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) are also questionable and did not practice. Harris said he “fully anticipates” playing Sunday and intends to practice tomorrow. Prioleau, injured Sept19 against Dallas, said he remains optimistic he can play. Cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Matt Bowen would start in their places.

Springs faces former mates

Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs played seven years with Seattle and faces his former team for the first time Sunday.

“If we were playing [in Seattle], it probably would have been huge,” he said of the significance. “I can’t feel the hype yet because I’ve played in so many NFL games. It probably won’t mean anything until game time.”

Said Seattle coach Mike Holmgren: “I never wanted to see Shawn leave here. He was as talented a defensive back as I’ve ever been around. He had some bad luck with injuries when he was here, but last year he had one of those years that he’s capable of having. He’s a special athlete playing the corner position.”

Extra points

Safety Sean Taylor (shoulder), right tackle Jon Jansen (thumbs) and linebacker Lemar Marshall (groin) practiced yesterday and are listed as probable. Seattle tackle Floyd Womack (triceps) is doubtful, and tackle Wayne Hunter (hamstring) is out. …

The Redskins made two practice squad transactions yesterday, signing receiver Steven Harris and defensive back Curry Burns and releasing offensive lineman Jason Nerys and defensive back Charles Byrd. …

Gibbs acknowledged the Redskins had a “short conversation” with the New York Jets earlier this week about quarterback Patrick Ramsey but not to the point that Gibbs talked directly with Jets officials. “My focus is on nothing but Seattle,” he said.

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