- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 19, 2009

With starting right tackle Stephon Heyer unable to practice the past two days after tweaking his long-ailing right knee Wednesday, Will Robinson - promoted from the practice squad just last week - likely will make his NFL debut Monday night when the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

The potentially bad news for the Redskins is that waiting for Robinson will be Giants All-Pro defensive end Justin Tuck.

“I’m disappointed that [Stephon’s] knee hasn’t come around as fast as it had a week ago,” Redskins coach Jim Zorn said.

Rather than move career right tackle Mike Williams over from right guard and putting Will Montgomery (a starter at guard in Weeks 6, 7 and 9) or rookie Edwin Williams (Week 12) back into the lineup, Zorn said he’ll gamble on the untested Robinson to battle Tuck, who has 26.5 sacks the past three seasons.

“He’s going to have a great challenge,” Zorn said. “We’ll try to help him [with double teams] if we can. He’s got good feet. He’s got a good punch.”

Robinson, whose last game action came as a senior at San Diego State in 2007, is excited for the chance to play.

“If I get an opportunity to start, it’ll be a fun time for me,” said Robinson, who spent his rookie year on Seattle’s injured reserve. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, worked my way through the ranks. Hopefully I can prove myself worthy to stay out there.”

The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Robinson said he hopes to counter five-year veteran Tuck’s physical style with his “quick feet.” Robinson, who turns 25 on Sunday, would be the 11th lineman to start for the Redskins this year. His presence would give Washington its eighth different line.

Haynesworth back

Zorn said Albert Haynes- worth is slated to start Monday after missing two of the previous three games with a sprained left ankle. The All-Pro defensive tackle fully participated in Friday’s practice.

There also was positive news on cornerback DeAngelo Hall and fullback Mike Sellers, although both were limited. Hall, out three games with a sprained right knee, flashed a thumbs-up when asked if he would be ready to face the Giants. Sellers, sidelined last week with internal bleeding in his left thigh, said he would be able to go.

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) and reserve safety Kareem Moore (ankle) were limited but are also expected to play.

Carter gets rookie

Tuck isn’t the only sack specialist about to face a raw starting tackle. Redskins defensive end Andre Carter, who has 10 sacks in the past nine games, will go against Giants rookie right tackle William Beatty, who’ll make his second start in place of the injured Kareem McKenzie.

“I got my first-start jitters behind me, and now I can go with the rest of the vets and perform,” said Beatty, an athletic second-rounder from Connecticut who started in New York’s Week 8 loss to Arizona.

“You lick your chops, but I anticipate them giving him help, having a running back chip me,” Carter said. “When that happens, I told Brian Orakpo, ‘You gotta win [your matchup on the other side].’ They can’t do that to both of us.”

Cartwright clarifies

Running back Rock Cart-wright said he wasn’t taking a shot at Vinny Cerrato when he said Thursday that he hoped never again to see the front office boss, who resigned unexpectedly.

“I was not saying nothing bad about Vinny,” said Cartwright, whom Cerrato drafted in the seventh round in 2002. “What I was saying was that I hope I can finish my career here. I appreciate Vinny giving me the opportunity to play here.”

Planning for snow

Although the Redskins don’t have an indoor practice facility, Zorn isn’t planning to cancel Saturday’s workout despite 10 to 18 inches of snow being forecast.

“We have a contingency plan,” he said. “There will be a practice of some sort. It may just be cut down, but we won’t be stomping around in the snow.”

In the past, the Redskins have conducted walkthroughs on the basketball court inside Redskin Park. With the game Monday instead of Sunday, Saturday’s practice would be a bonus session in any case.

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