- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006

Shaun Suisham wears No. 6 for the Washington Redskins. No. 16 would be more appropriate.

Suisham is the 16th kicker the Redskins have employed since then-coach Norv Turner cut mainstay Chip Lohmiller in summer 1995.

“Hopefully, I can be a constant for the team,” said Suisham, who booted two extra points and three deep kickoffs and missed a 50-yard field goal in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “I would like to be here for a long time.”

Brett Conway holds the post-Lohmiller club record for the most games by a kicker, playing in 41 games in two stints with Washington from 1998 to 2002 (22 from 1998 to 1999 and another 18 from 2000 to 2002).

Suisham has kicked in seven games in his career, three for the Dallas Cowboys last year, three more for the Cowboys this year and his debut for the Redskins on Sunday. He has made four of seven field goal attempts in his career, one of four beyond 30 yards.

“I’m excited about playing,” said the 24-year-old Canadian, whom the Redskins signed to the practice squad Nov. 28 and kept after cutting Nick Novak on Monday. “It’s a thrill to be out there. I’m going to cherish every opportunity I get. That 50-yard kick is definitely in my range. I kicked a 58-yarder in high school. …

“You need to make the field goals you’re expected to and come through on the ones that maybe aren’t the easiest.”

Suisham followed kickers Eddie Murray, Scott Blanton, Chris Jacke, David Akers, Cary Blanchard, Conway, Kris Heppner, Michael Husted, Scott Bentley, James Tuthill, Jose Cortez, John Hall, Ola Kimrin, Jeff Chandler and Novak on the Redskins roster.

Spring(s) in his step

Shawn Springs sat out the game against the Falcons because of an injured hamstring, the cornerback’s sixth absence of the season.

Springs served as an alternate in the Pro Bowl in 2004, his first season with the Redskins, and was a key starter on the team that reached the playoffs last season. He also had been reliably healthy: Springs missed only seven games in the four previous seasons combined.

However, this season — which began with abdominal surgery Aug. 15 þ has been a struggle for the 31-year-old Silver Spring native.

“It’s been a tough year for me,” Springs said. “My recommendation for anyone having to have that surgery is [to] get it in the offseason. I really want to finish the year out strong because I missed [so much time] earlier. I’m just now starting to hit my stride. I still have more to prove.”

Springs was back on the field yesterday, as were safety Troy Vincent, reserve linebacker Khary Campbell and backup receiver David Patten, all of whom also were declared inactive for the Falcons game because of hamstring injuries.

Campbell is listed as questionable and Vincent as probable for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Springs and Patten are not on the injury report.

“Sitting on the sidelines the last two weeks wasn’t fun, a position I’m not used to being in,” said Vincent, who has played in 203 games over 15 seasons. “I want to get back on the field these last four weeks and try to contribute. I’m not here to be a cheerleader. I don’t do that very well.”

Offensive tackle Jon Jansen (calf), center Casey Rabach (shin), reserve cornerback Kenny Wright (knee) and backup tight end Todd Yoder (thigh) all sat out with lingering injuries. Wright is listed as questionable. The others are probable.

Extra points

The Redskins signed defensive end Jamaal Green to the practice squad. A former fourth-round pick out of Miami, Green played for the Chicago Bears and Eagles. …

Cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray, an All-American at Texas in 1983 and 1984, said he is interested in the Longhorns’ vacant defensive coordinator job. The post opened last week when Gene Chizik left to become coach at Iowa State.

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