As if making his first NFL start without record-setting running back Clinton Portis wasn’t enough of a burden for Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, he also won’t have Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss to throw to tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Moss didn’t practice for a second straight day because of a strained left hamstring and said he won’t play, although coach Joe Gibbs opted to hold out hope for a miraculous recovery by kickoff. Moss, who was hurt on Oct. 22 at Indianapolis, missed the Dallas game on Nov. 5 — his first absence in two seasons with Washington.
“It’s good that I didn’t make it worse [by playing in the downpour in Philadelphia], but it’s not getting any better so why keep doing something to it?” Moss said. “I have to make sure that I can be myself. I wasn’t myself last week [three catches for 17 yards, his worst game with the Redskins]. I don’t want to be out there and feel the same this week. Until it feels better, I probably won’t be out there. I just hate doing it at a time like this because … we’re in a situation where everybody is needed. I kind of feel like I’m letting the team down. I’d love to be out there with [Campbell].”
With No. 5 receiver David Patten, having ruled himself out of a sixth straight game after re-injuring his right hamstring during Wednesday’s practice, Campbell’s receivers will be Antwaan Randle El, Brandon Lloyd and James Thrash. Backup tight end Christian Fauria won’t play either after aggravating his sprained left ankle against the Eagles.
Memories of Bo
Cornerback Shawn Springs, who played at Ohio State and offensive tackle Jon Jansen, who played at Michigan product, dress near each other in the Redskins’ locker room. But the joshing that had gone on all week about today’s game between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 2 Wolverines was forgotten yesterday after the death of Michigan coaching legend Bo Schembechler.
Redskins third-string quarterback Todd Collins was originally recruited to Ann Arbor by Schembechler, who then retired but never truly left the program, which has since been run by two of his former assistants, Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr.
“I remember some of the speeches he gave before big games,” Collins said. “To a man, everyone who played for him, they not only liked playing for him, they loved him as a man. We had a reunion a few years ago just for football players. Guys who had played for him 20, 30 years ago came back mostly to see him. He was definitely more than just a coach.”