- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 20, 2008

It didn’t take Kareem Moore long to figure out the impact of a minor injury in the NFL.

The Washington Redskins drafted Moore a round ahead of fellow safety Chris Horton in April, and he started a preseason game in place of the injured LaRon Landry. But a pulled hamstring in the preseason finale meant Moore wasn’t even an option to fill in for the ill Reed Doughty on Sunday. Horton wound up with the start and won NFC defensive player of the week honors after he had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the 29-24 win over the visiting New Orleans Saints.

Now close to being fully recovered, Moore will make his regular-season debut against the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

“Kareem will play on [special] teams this week, and at some point he’ll get on the field [on defense],” defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. “We were very, very high on him when we drafted him. We feel we have two good, young safeties to complement LaRon and Reed. We feel we’re in pretty good shape for the future at the safety position.”

Moore is excited about playing, especially after watching Horton’s big game.

“Chris had an awesome game last week, but I’m just antsy to get out there, period,” Moore said. “I just want to get back in there and do what I can do. I thought [the hamstring] would be ready the next week, but it just lingered on. Now it’s finally feeling better. I just got to keep going to treatment and make sure it gets back to 100 percent.”

As for Horton, he won’t start because Doughty is healthy, but he will be in the mix.

“We play a ton of what we call Cobra when we have three safeties on the field,” Blache said. “It’s not like the guy made a bunch of plays and I’m going to sit him down until somebody’s hurt again. Horton did a great job. We don’t want to minimize that. But there are still some things that need to be honed up. Other than the three plays you guys saw, things happen and you go, ‘Hey dude. We need to talk about [this].’”

Sinclair on IR

Linebacker Matt Sinclair, who fractured three lower vertebrae in his back, declined an injury settlement and will spend the season rehabbing on injured reserve.

“It didn’t happen on any particular day,” Sinclair said. “It started in the offseason workouts. They say it’s a wear-and-tear-type deal. A lot of athletes have it, particularly linebackers and offensive linemen because of all the collisions we have.”

Temporary Virginians

With Arizona playing at the New York Jets in Week 4, coach Ken Whisenhunt opted to keep the Cardinals in the Eastern time zone. They will stay in Tysons Corner and work out at Catholic University.

“Whenever you travel across country and change time zones, there’s an effect on the body,” Whisenhunt said. “When you couple the travel with the physical effects of the game, it’s tough. We’re staying because it gives us a better chance to win one of these games. Last year, we weren’t very good [on the road]. We’re trying to be better.”

Only Kelly limited

All of Washington’s ailing players except rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly (ankle) took full practice Friday. Kelly was limited, but he expects to play, as do receiver James Thrash (ankle) and linebackers Marcus Washington (hamstring) and Khary Campbell (thigh).

Coach Jim Zorn is unsure about Kelly and Thrash, but he won’t promote Devin Aromashodu from the practice squad even if it means Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El and Devin Thomas are his only active wideouts. Tight ends Chris Cooley and Fred Davis could line up wide in a pinch.

“We’ve got two more days,” Zorn said. “I’m hoping that they can both go. We’ll make adjustments if neither one can. Devin is actually in the mix. He’s starting to play now. He’s at the tail end of what I would call his training camp [after missing 18 days in camp with a hamstring]. He’s starting to play faster.”

Fullback Mike Sellers practiced, but the team added him to the injury list as probable with a hamstring.


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