- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Washington Redskins yesterday announced that No. 1 cornerback Shawn Springs won’t return for another four to six weeks as he recovers from abdominal surgery. The news comes a day after the team said Springs would be out three to six weeks.

The Redskins also lost defensive end Phillip Daniels for a week or two with a sprained back. Daniels in 2005 led the Redskins with eight sacks.

“We don’t ever panic around here,” assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said. “If you’re going to have something like this happen, the timing is good. I bet Shawn comes back pretty fast and pretty strong because he’s in such good physical condition. Phillip doesn’t need to show me anything this preseason. He’s had an unbelievable training camp. He’s one of the most highly conditioned guys we have, and if we can take a little of the pounding off of him and have him fresh, I want to make sure he’s there for opening day.”

With Springs sidelined into September and cornerback Ade Jimoh and safety Curry Burns still sidelined, the Redskins continued to address their secondary. Two days after trading with San Francisco for cornerback Mike Rumph, they signed safety Antuan Edwards, who started 32 games over seven seasons with Green Bay, Miami, St. Louis and Atlanta, and Julian Battle, who played the past three years for Kansas City. Although neither has played for any of Washington’s coaches, Williams likes their experience.

“Guys who have played in the league can quickly adapt to what we’re trying to do and we get to see if they fit in,” Williams said.

Battle will compete for playing time with Rumph, relatively untested holdovers Christian Morton and Dimitri Patterson and rookies John Eubanks and Aric Williams. Carlos Rogers and Kenny Wright (subbing for Springs) are the starters. Edwards will compete with rookie Reed Doughty as the fourth safety behind Sean Taylor, Adam Archuleta and Pierson Prioleau.

The Redskins cut rookie cornerback Chris Hawkins and former CFL offensive lineman Jonta Woodward to make room for Edwards and Battle.

“I’m leaving a situation where they had two Pro Bowl corners in Patrick Surtain and Ty Law,” said Battle, 25, whose agent had been in touch with five teams since he was cut by the Chiefs last Friday. “This was the best opportunity I had.”

New Chiefs coach Herman Edwards didn’t mince words when asked why Battle was released: “Just not good enough.”

That’s what the Falcons felt about Antuan Edwards, who played adequately after being signed during the 2005 season but hadn’t been in any team’s offseason program or training camp.

“I knew I was going to be playing somewhere,” said Edwards, 29. “I was in Green Bay for five years, but I was up and down with injuries. When I was on the field, I was productive. Hopefully, I can stay on the field. This team has a lot of young guys in the secondary. I believe that my experience can help.”

Frequent flyer

Bubba Tyer was back at Redskin Park after an in-the-air marathon that took the Redskins’ director of sports medicine from Dulles Airport to Cincinnati on Saturday, back to Dulles on Sunday, to Birmingham, Ala., for an exam with injured running back Clinton Portis on Monday, back to Dulles that night, to Durham, N.C., for Springs’ surgery on Tuesday and back home Tuesday night.

Tyer did welcome back Aric Williams from the injured list, but receiver Richard Smith will be out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.

Jon Alston had an MRI on his swollen left knee last night, but fellow offensive tackle Chris Pino should return from an ailing shoulder today, as should defensive end Nic Clemons (knee). Linebacker Kevin Simon (groin) and receiver Ataveus Cash (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Jacobs speaks

Receiver Taylor Jacobs, traded for Rumph, is glad to be a 49er.

“I just needed a fresh start,” said Jacobs, who caught just 30 passes in three years with the Redskins. “I wasn’t surprised [by the trade]. I was holding on by a thread. At best over there, I was in the top six. Obviously, I could have done better as far as my performance.”

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