- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2006

Cornerback Shawn Springs will be a game-time decision tomorrow when the Washington Redskins play host to Tennessee.

Springs, who has not played this season because of abdominal surgery and a groin injury, went through his third consecutive practice yesterday at Redskin Park.

“My spirits are high,” he said. “I would love to play, but that’s not up to me. I’ve practiced, and now I have to wait for them to give me the green light.”

After talking with reporters, Springs met with coach Joe Gibbs, assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams and director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer on the field.

“He worked really good this week, and we’ll decide [tomorrow] on what we’ll do,” Gibbs said. “He’ll be a boost when he gets back in there.”

If Springs plays, he won’t start. Carlos Rogers and Kenny Wright will start for the sixth consecutive game.

In other injury news, defensive tackles Joe Salave’a (calf) and Cornelius Griffin (hip) and receiver David Patten (thigh) did not practice. All three are questionable, and Salave’a isn’t expected to play.

“Sometimes, we’re surprised with how quick these guys can bounce back,” Gibbs said. “But other times, it takes longer. In Cornelius’ case, he’s as tough as anybody, but he hasn’t bounced back and the same with Joe. When they’re not [practicing], you realize that it may take some time.”

Without Griffin and Salave’a, the Redskins likely will start two rookies at defensive tackle — Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery.

Linebacker Marcus Washington (hip), defensive end Phillip Daniels (back) and left guard Derrick Dockery (leg) all returned to practice.

Interested in Vincent

A source said the Redskins are interested in veteran defensive back Troy Vincent, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.

Vincent injured his hamstring in the Bills’ season opener Sept. 10 and was placed on injured reserve, meaning he could not play for Buffalo this season. Vincent played for current Redskins cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray when Gray was the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

Vincent has experience as a cornerback (in Philadelphia) and safety (in Buffalo).

Envious of rookies

Three rookies started at quarterback Sunday — Tennessee’s Vince Young, Arizona’s Matt Leinart and Tampa Bay’s Bruce Gradowski. All three lost, but they were playing nonetheless. The Redskins’ Jason Campbell has dressed for 21 regular season games and is waiting for his first playing time.

“You look at the teams they’re playing for and they’re kind of out of it, and you look at our team and we have playoff aspirations,” he said. “That’s a different situation, but you get even more hungry to play when you see that.”

Road to recovery

Safety Pierson Prioleau, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament against Minnesota on the first play of the game, is back at Redskin Park for rehabilitation after successful surgery. Prioleau said there was no further damage to the knee.

“I’m on track for a full, speedy recovery, so I should get a full offseason and a full training camp and be ready to go,” he said. “The best thing about it is that it happened so early.”

Prioleau is missed in the secondary, where he was a valuable reserve and would have played a lot in three-safety packages.

“It’s very tough to watch because you feel that if you were out there, you could do something to help,” he said. “Those guys are capable of getting the job done, but I’d still love to be out there.”

Boschetti works, waits

As a backup defensive tackle, Ryan Boschetti played in 13 games last season. But the emergence of Golston and Montgomery has sent Boschetti to the sideline. Boschetti has been inactive for the last four games but could get a shot against the Titans with Salave’a and Griffin nursing injuries.

“If I get the opportunity to get in there, I look forward to it,” Boschetti said. “Even though I’m not playing, I think I’ll continue to get better with this coaching staff and the veteran D-linemen. The same criteria applies in practice as in games for me — work on my footwork, my hand action and keep on working.”

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