- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 21, 2009

Albert Haynesworth and Andre Gurode have made peace since Haynesworth famously stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys center three seasons ago in the last time they met on the field.

Haynesworth has moved on in more ways than one since that notorious incident, which earned him a five-game suspension, an NFL record for an on-field incident. The defensive tackle left the Tennessee Titans in February to sign a contract with the Washington Redskins featuring $41 million guaranteed.

Gurode and Haynesworth were supposed to meet again Sunday when their teams face off at Cowboys Stadium, but an injury has put the renewal of acquaintances in doubt.

Haynesworth sprained his left ankle in the Redskins’ upset of the Denver Broncos on Sunday and hasn’t been on a field since.

The defensive tackle didn’t practice again Friday - he exercised on a treadmill instead - and remains a game-time decision.

“I’m going to be more towards having him up and seeing what he can do,” coach Jim Zorn said. “We’d love to have him on the field.”

Kedric Golston, a starter last season and in 2006, would start if Haynesworth can’t play. Anthony Montgomery, who started during the 2007 season, then might be activated for the first time all season.

Meanwhile, rookie fullback Eddie Williams was carted off the field with a left ankle injury suffered on the next-to-last play of practice.

Williams, who missed the start of training camp while recovering from major knee surgery that prematurely ended his senior season at Idaho, was promoted from the practice squad Nov. 2 after tight end Chris Cooley suffered a broken leg.

Williams, a seventh-round pick, was listed as inactive in each of the past two games and likely would have been again against the Cowboys on Sunday. If his ankle is badly injured, he would be a candidate for injured reserve, freeing up a roster spot.

Running back Clinton Portis, still feeling the effects of the concussion he suffered against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 8, was examined in Pittsburgh on Friday by Dr. Joseph Maroon, a specialist on such injuries.

Zorn wouldn’t say whether cornerback Carlos Rogers, benched after being burned by the Broncos for an early touchdown, would start against the Cowboys. Veteran Fred Smoot and second-year man Justin Tryon are the other candidates.

“I like what I’ve seen in Carlos and how he’s responded to the situation,” Zorn said. “[But] right now, we’ve got a little mix going.”

Bugel likes remade line

Offensive line coach Joe Bugel, speaking for the first time since the Redskins’ upset of the Broncos, praised the performance of a unit that has undergone massive changes this season.

Bugel singled out new left tackle Levi Jones and right guard Chad Rinehart. Jones, formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals, hadn’t started in a year. Rinehart, who fared poorly in starts in Weeks 3 and 4, was playing for the first time in four games.

“Levi had a lot of catching up to do, [but] he picked up things more quickly than I thought he would,” Bugel said. “I wasn’t quite sure how good of a run blocker he was. He showed he has some great run attributes. He has real good football arrogance. He realizes this is an audition for him, and he’s going to play his rear end off.”

The line combination that clicked against the Broncos was the fifth the Redskins have used this season in the wake of season-ending injuries to starters Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas.

“Chad played real good in the preseason and he just hit a wall there for a while,” Bugel said. “He didn’t go in the corner and pout when he got benched. He just worked harder. We decided it [was] time for him to get out of solitary.”

Bugel hopes the line’s play against Denver wasn’t a fluke.

“I’m real proud of the group,” Bugel said. “Anytime you can have 70 plays, no holding penalties, no turnovers, you got a chance to win. That group played as well as I was hoping they could play last Sunday. Denver’s a heck of a football team. They’re going to have to play a step better this week against Dallas because Dallas’ front seven is pretty darn awesome.”

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