Week 3 of the Santana Moss Hamstring Watch began yesterday, and nothing has changed. The Washington Redskins receiver remains out of practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.
Moss was injured in the second half of the Redskins’ game at Indianapolis on Oct. 22 and has yet to go through a full workout. Coach Joe Gibbs said Moss did some running work during practice yesterday.
Before practice, Moss said: “I don’t think it would be very smart to go out there and run wild. Rehabbing it, I feel fine, but I have to get to the point where I feel fine when I’m doing something. That’s the next step.”
The Redskins had only three healthy receivers last week against Dallas because Moss and David Patten (hamstring) did not play.
Patten has returned to practice and is listed as probable. He tested the injury hours before the Cowboys game but couldn’t go.
“I wasn’t able to explode,” Patten said. “Straight-ahead running, I was good, but when I started cutting, it felt tender and I wasn’t even going full speed. … I think I’ll be ready on Sunday.”
While Moss has the only troublesome injury, the Redskins had enough players on the sideline or going through light work that offensive lineman Mike Pucillo had to play both ways yesterday.
Quarterback Mark Brunell (day off), tight end Christian Fauria (ankle) and right tackle Jon Jansen (calf) sat out practice. Tight end Chris Cooley (shoulder) did limited work. Fauria is questionable, and the other three are probable.
Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh was a teammate in college with Bryan Pata, the University of Miami defensive end who was shot and killed outside his apartment building Tuesday night.
McIntosh and Pata started eight games together for the Hurricanes last season.
“Very sad, very unfortunate,” McIntosh said. “He was a great guy. I remember all of the good things about him — how I would make the wrong calls, and he would go out and still make a great play. He was a leader on the field. He had some good sack dances to get everybody going.
“I couldn’t go back to sleep [Tuesday night]. The rest of the night I was up missing him.”
Pata also played one season with Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
Ready to play today
The Eagles are 7-0 under Andy Reid following bye weeks, and quarterback Donovan McNabb is ready to play the Redskins as soon as possible.
“We’re waiting for Sunday to come,” he said. “We wish it was here today so we could get on the field.”
Following a bad loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 29, Reid uncharacteristically gave his players the entire bye week off before they returned to practice Monday.
“We were definitely antsy, and Monday was a great day for us because we were all looking forward to it — we were flying around making plays, and guys were pushing each other,” McNabb said.