- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2006

Washington had fewer players practicing yesterday who’ve been to the Pro Bowl as Redskins than did St. Louis, Sunday’s opponent.

That’s because linebacker Marcus Washington, who went to Hawaii in 2004 after his first year as a Redskin, missed a second straight day of practice because of a knee sprain suffered late in last Sunday’s victory at New Orleans.

Washington was downgraded to doubtful, meaning it’s likely that he’ll miss his first game in three seasons as a Redskin. Jeff Posey, who has started 76 games for San Francisco, Jacksonville, Houston and Buffalo, likely would start if Washington can’t go, while second-round draft choice Rocky McIntosh would probably also play more than usual.

“It’s better, but if we had a game tomorrow, I don’t know if I could play,” Washington said before meeting with the Redskins’ medical staff.

The other active Redskins who’ve been to Pro Bowls for Washington are receiver Santana Moss (2005) and offensive tackle Chris Samuels, who returned to practice from a mild knee injury yesterday, two days after being selected for his fourth Pro Bowl in the last six seasons.

Meanwhile, the Rams boast quarterback Gus Frerotte, who went to the Pro Bowl with Washington in 1996, running back Stephen Davis (1999-2000) and punter Matt Turk (1996-98).

Davis, who was let go by Carolina after injury-wracked seasons in 2004 and 2005, has just 33 carries behind Pro Bowl back Steven Jackson but is averaging 4.8 yards a carry at age 32.

Davis, a Redskin from 1996 to 2002, had 92 yards on 28 carries in his previous game against Washington in 2003.

“Stephen’s my boy,” Redskins fullback Mike Sellers said, smiling. “The dude was killing people. Safeties didn’t want to see him once he got through the line. He was a load.”

Davis mentored Rock Cartwright and fellow running back Ladell Betts as rookies in 2002.

“I love Stephen like a brother and I’m excited about getting a chance to see him,” Cartwright said. “He took me under his wing, showed me the ropes, told me how things would be here.”

Frerotte, a Redskin from 1994 to 1998, played for Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan in Minnesota (2003-04) and Miami (2005) when the coach was an offensive coordinator.

“Gus has traveled with me,” Linehan said. “He’s been great for Marc [Bulger, the starting quarterback]. Marc has really improved his game. Gus is part of that.”

Frerotte, 35, started a game in each of his first 12 years but has thrown just three passes this season.

Turk, 36, was on Miami’s injured reserve list but was living in the same Davie, Fla., complex as Linehan.

“I’d been home 15 minutes [from his introductory press conference in St. Louis] when Matt drove up and said, ‘If you’re looking for a punter, I’m good to go,’ ” Linehan said. “We needed one [to replace an even older ex-Redskin, Bryan Barker]. Matt has done a great job.”

Turk is fifth in the NFL in gross (43.5 yards) and net punting (38.6).

Jansen returns

Offensive tackle Jon Jansen was back on the field for the first time since finally succumbing to the pain of a torn calf following the Dec. 10 loss to Philadelphia.

Jansen originally tore the calf before the Nov. 5 game with Dallas and the injury grew progressively worse as he continued to play through the next five games. Backup Todd Wade did a solid job in Jansen’s place in last week’s upset victory in New Orleans, but unless Jansen experiences a setback, he’ll start on Sunday. Jansen was upgraded to probable yesterday.

Middle linebacker Lemar Marshall (knee) and center Casey Rabach (hand) also returned to practice after resting on Wednesday.

Media savvy

Defensive end Phillip Daniels and Moss were jointly presented with the fifth annual BJ Blanchard Award for their cooperation with the media this season. Daniels and Moss are the first co-winners of the award while Moss is the first offensive player to be recognized.

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