Cornerback Carlos Rogers seemed headed to the Pro Bowl at midseason. Now he’s not even sure he will be back with the Washington Redskins after having his playing time drastically reduced.
“I’m not a backup to nobody,” Rogers said. “I’m a starter in this league. Everybody knows that. There’s a lot of teams that would give their right arm to have me on their team.”
Entering the final season of the five-year contract he signed as the ninth pick in the 2005 draft, Rogers remains baffled by his sudden placement behind Shawn Springs, whom he had seemingly supplanted as the No. 1 corner, and DeAngelo Hall, who was signed in November. Rogers didn’t start Sunday at San Francisco and also was a reserve Dec. 14 at Cincinnati.
“In Cincinnati, I played [just] nine plays,” Rogers said. “I’m used to playing 60 to 70 plays. All of a sudden, you’re a backup, you’re a nickel, you’re a third corner. That don’t sit well with me. I still haven’t had answers to the questions I want to know.”
Rogers said he plans to meet with cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray on Tuesday.
One’s the senior Redskins player after 10 years in Washington. The other was the Redskins’ only Pro Bowl player in 2004. Both left Redskin Park knowing they might not return.
Offensive tackle Jon Jansen turns 33 next month. Linebacker Marcus Washington is 31. Injuries have plagued both in recent seasons.
“I’ll sit down with my wife and my agent and [Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Jim Zorn] and see what their intentions are,” Jansen said. “I’m not a spring chicken, but I still have some good years left. I love playing in Washington and would like to continue to do so.”
Washington said it was “a little weird” not knowing whether he would return.
“I try not to think about it, but it’s the business side of it,” he said.
Right guard Randy Thomas, who started every game in 2008 after missing virtually all of 2007 with a torn triceps, is slated to have surgery on vertebrae in his neck Monday.
Kedric Golston will have work done on bone spurs in his ankles. Fellow defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery will have a knee scoped.
Safety Chris Horton said he felt fine a day after being knocked from the game with a concussion. The rookie said he won’t need surgery on the shoulder he sprained at Baltimore on Dec. 7.
What Pro Bowl?
Running back Clinton Portis, who finished fourth in the NFL in rushing despite a multitude of injuries, said he doesn’t want to think about football for a long time - at least until March or even July.
But what about the Pro Bowl on Feb. 8?
“Damn, I gotta go over [to Hawaii],” he said. “OK, I’ll go over there. I forgot about the Pro Bowl. They give you a week to get ready, so I’ll be all right.”
Defensive end Jason Taylor, Washington’s major acquisition of the 2008 offseason, finished with a career-low 3.5 sacks in a season limited by emergency calf surgery Sept. 22.
“It’s night and day from what I expected and what I hoped for,” the 34-year-old said. “I need to play better. It’s nobody’s fault but my own.” …
Other than the usual home-and-home games against the NFC East, Washington will visit Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, Oakland and San Diego in 2009 and will host Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. …
Washington has the 13th pick in April’s draft. It will be the fourth time in six years the Redskins will choose in the top 15.
cStaff writers Ryan O’Halloran and Bob Cohn contributed to this article.