- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

Although Hunter Smith has not been officially ruled out because of his pulled groin, the Washington Redskins are formulating a plan of which punters will try out on Tuesday.

Smith was injured on his first punt in Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.

“His MRI came out decent,” coach Jim Zorn said on Monday. “It’s not severe but it is going to possibly keep him from participating. We are going to bring a couple of punters in and work them out tomorrow. It may look like he’s out.”

Smith is the only notable injury. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin’s elbow won’t prevent him from playing Sunday at Carolina. Zorn expects running back Clinton Portis (ankles, calf) to practice this week.

Smith injured his groin on his first punt Sunday and couldn’t return, though he continued to hold for Suisham on extra points and a field goal attempt. Suisham handled the punting duties after Smith went down, averaging 26.7 yards on three punts.

Zorn said he would consider keeping Smith on the roster to hold for Suisham even if he couldn’t punt.

Other highlights from Monday’s press conference at the team’s headquarters in Ashburn:

* Zorn said he will tell quarterback Jason Campbell he made some errors in deciding not to scramble when pushed up in the pocket.

“He had a couple of opportunities up in the pocket when things were collapsing around him to run,” Zorn said. “He started to run and then tried to make the throw. What I want him to do is just run. That would have been the better decision. He continues to use his legs to escape and create opportunities. He wanted to complete the pass a little bit more than getting down the field. I would have helped him change those decisions. He did that in the second half because some of the things we talked about at halftime.”

* Zorn on the Redskins’ mentality when they trailed 10-0: “The best thing about our football team is that nobody packed it in. That was truly a sign of some strength within our football team. They did a very nice job adjusting and coming back out and continuing to play hard.”

* Zorn on how he tried to get quarterback Jason Campbell untracked after three first-half turnovers: “How I deal with it is I try to give him the type of patterns that he’s comfortable with and doesn’t take a lot of intricacies to read and throw. Eventually, you have to play the game because you have to beat the defense.”

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