- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — The Washington Redskins suffered their second injury to an offensive lineman in as many weeks last night when right guard Randy Thomas suffered a tear in his left triceps.

The nine-year veteran left the game in the first quarter and did not return. His status for next week was unclear.

Jason Fabini, a 33-year-old who signed in the offseason, took Thomas’ place on a makeshift ride side of the line in the 20-12 win at Lincoln Financial Field. Todd Wade already was starting in place of Jon Jansen. Jansen suffered a season-ending injury in the Redskins’ first game when he dislocated and fractured his right ankle. He had surgery last week.

There also was some surprising injury news before the game when cornerback Fred Smoot was put on the inactive list. Smoot was expected to play after tweaking his hamstring in practice last week. The reacquired free agent sat out Saturday’s practice but said he was “just resting.”

Smoot’s absence put Shawn Springs back in the lineup across from Carlos Rogers. Springs was expected to start at corner in the opener against Miami but mysteriously was the nickel corner instead. Former Indianapolis and Arizona starter David Macklin moved up to nickel corner last night.

Meanwhile, as expected, defensive end Phillip Daniels also was inactive after missing practice all week with the sprained right foot he suffered against the Dolphins.

Demetric Evans filled in for Daniels in his first start since the 2005 playoff loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Former CFL player Chris Wilson was the only reserve end, although linebacker Marcus Washington plays there in passing situations.

Brandon Lloyd maintained his No. 3 receiver status for at least another week despite not catching a pass in the opener. However, he played little and did not have a reception.

Lloyd held the job as Reche Caldwell, who signed Tuesday after being New England’s leading receiver last season, was among the inactives.

Also sitting out because of an injury was reserve safety Vernon Fox (groin). He was replaced by Omar Stoutmire, who re-signed Wednesday. Safety Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) did play.

Westbrooks reunite

Running back Brian Westbrook made the jump from Division I-AA Villanova to the Eagles in 2002. This season, brother Byron, six years younger, made the leap from Division III Salisbury to the Redskins’ practice squad.

“That’s a very big jump, and he’s done a great job working his butt off to get into this position,” Brian said. “Now he has to continue improving every day, and hopefully at some point this season or next year he can make the active roster.”

The Westbrooks, both from DeMatha High School, met last Tuesday when the Eagles and the Redskins were off.

Before training camp, Brian said he told Byron “to go out there and be the best athlete he can be and to play a lot of other things. A player can make a football team by playing special teams.”

Practice squad players aren’t allowed to travel with the team, but Byron traveled to Philadelphia on his own for the game.

During practice leading into the game, Byron served as the Redskins’ scout team running back, emulating Brian.

“The Redskins have been playing him for years, so they’ll have more game knowledge of him than I would even though I’ve watched him for a long time,” Byron said. “We work out together on the explosiveness part of the game. And all that hard work has paid off for me. It’s been a great thing to see what he’s done because it makes me work harder in practice and in the weight room.”

Century club

Donovan McNabb became just the third quarterback to start 100 regular-season games for the Eagles.

McNabb is now 65-35 after last night’s loss. Randall Cunningham was 63-43-1. Ron Jaworski, who worked the game for ESPN, was 69-67-1.

Monday, Monday

Last night was Washington’s fifth Monday night game during the second tenure of coach Joe Gibbs.

The Redskins are now 2-2, beating Philadelphia, splitting with Dallas and losing to Minnesota.

Gibbs was 9-13 on Mondays during his initial 12-year Hall of Fame tenure.

His only Monday night game against the Eagles was the infamous “Body Bag” game, a 28-14 loss in 1990 in which injuries forced Gibbs to play rookie running back Brian Mitchell, a college quarterback, under center.

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