- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

Jason Taylor started every game the past seven seasons for the Miami Dolphins, but the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end couldn’t last a month with the Washington Redskins without getting hurt.

Taylor won’t play in this Sunday’s NFC East showdown against the Dallas Cowboys after having blood drained from his left calf at 7 a.m. Monday at an area hospital. The procedure was performed to avoid the potential of nerve damage after being kicked in his calf during Washington’s 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Coach Jim Zorn didn’t know if Taylor would return in time for the Oct. 5 game at the Philadelphia Eagles.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Arizona game, one in which Taylor tipped three passes and had a quarterback hurry and a tackle.

“We wrapped it up. He played the rest of the game with no problem,” Zorn said. “Later on that night, it started getting more sore and the symptoms continued to get more painful. There’s a nerve in there that started getting pinched off a little bit and he started feeling a little bit deadened in his ankle and called the doctors. They looked at it and took him to the hospital.”

Zorn termed the injury “compartmental syndrome” and compared it to the blood in the thigh condition which kept linebacker Khray Campbell out of the first two games.

“When [Jason] got kicked, some blood started pooling up in that muscle and started creating pressure,” Zorn said. “What they did this morning was they went in and cut open that portion where the blood was pooling and released that pressure. As soon as it released, that muscle went back down to normal. They closed it back up and he’s going to be fine.”

Demetric Evans will likely start in Taylor’s place. Evans was penciled in to start when left end Phillip Daniels tore an ACL on the first day of training camp in July, but Taylor was acquired that same day. Erasmus James, who was inactive against the Cardinals, and Chris Wilson, are Washington’s other reserve ends.

“It hurts us,” Zorn said. “It’s an opportunity for the next guy to come in and step up.”

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