- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2009

For the second time in three years, Washington Redskins right guard Randy Thomas suffered a triceps injury that will sideline him indefinitely and could end his season.

Thomas was injured with 12:34 remaining in the first half of the Redskins’ 9-7 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday while engaged in pass protection. After the play, he immediately grabbed his right arm and left the field.

“[Losing Thomas] is definitely tough because he has that experience, and that experience helps you in a lot of these games because you’ve seen a lot of looks that you may not have practiced, but when you see it in the game, you know you’ve seen it somewhere before and can adjust to it,” quarterback Jason Campbell said.

Although coach Jim Zorn called the injury “a strain,” Thomas told several teammates he suffered a tear, which would end his season.

Thomas walked out of the locker room with his arm wrapped heavily and in a sling.

“I’ll know more tomorrow - it’s really swollen,” he said.

Guard/center Will Montgomery replaced Thomas. He was added late last season and impressed coaches during training camp with his versatility.

Montgomery and second-year player Chad Rinehart, who was inactive against St. Louis, are the candidates to start next week against Detroit. Former Redskins left guard Pete Kendall remains available, but a team source said it’s “doubtful” the team would bring back the 36-year-old.

Rinehart hasn’t played an NFL snap since being drafted in the third round last year. Montgomery, 26, has six career starts.

“I think I played solid, not perfect by any means, but our goal is to get the win, and that’s what we did,” Montgomery said. “I know the plays that are going in, and so I’m in the game mentally and checking out their [pass] rushes and what they’re doing schematically, so I was ready to go.”

Campbell hurts ankle

Campbell injured his ankle in the second quarter when a Rams defender rolled up on his leg.

“It was kind of tender the rest of the game,” he said. “I just kept trying to fight through it and not pay any attention to it.”

Zorn said he called plays that didn’t require Campbell to move around but went back to his regular game plan after seeing him scramble in the fourth quarter.

“I was proud of how he played,” Zorn said. “He had to suck it up and did.”

Happy homecoming

Marcus Mason, the pride of Georgetown Prep, finally played in an NFL game, totaling 5 yards on three carries.

“[It was] a dream come true,” he said.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State, the Potomac native spent the 2007 season on the Redskins’ practice squad. In 2008, despite leading all NFL players in preseason rushing, the Redskins cut him. He spent time on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad and the New York Jets’ active roster but never played.

This summer, he finally made the Redskins as the team’s third running back.

Smoot down, Tryon up

Cornerback Fred Smoot was inactive with injured ribs that he said he suffered during Thursday’s practice. Smoot was limited Friday, was downgraded to questionable Saturday and was unable to go Sunday.

“We’re going to take the New England approach on this one,” the 30-year-old Smoot said in reference to the Patriots’ bare minimum of information on injuries. “All I can tell you is that I ain’t sitting out next week.”

With Smoot on the sideline, second-year man Justin Tryon served as the nickel corner, playing more than he did his entire rookie season.

“I thought I did pretty well,” said Tryon, who was beaten by receiver Keenan Burton for a 13-yard catch on a third-and-6 in the third quarter.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache said Tryon didn’t hurt his team but wasn’t much of a positive factor either.

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