Skins Hoping Washington Well Enough to Play in Opener

WashingtonWith opening day now just five days away, the Washington Redskins are hoping that linebacker Marcus Washington will be in the lineup when the Skins take on the Dolphins at FedEx Field Sunday in the Nation’s Capital.  Washington did take part in practice on Monday, and was able to get through it.  Coach Joe Gibbs said to the Washington Post that Washington is “pacing” himself and that he is being careful not to re-injure himself.  The linebacker was hurt back on August 18th.  For now, he is wearing a brace at practice, and stated that he will wear something for the games to protect the elbow.

“I just tried to be smart about it today,” Washington said after practice Monday. “It really just felt good to kind of run around in this heat and get a little bit of action. It’s good to kind of get my feet under me a little bit. I’m shooting for [Sunday]. I’m trying to be smart in practice and get everything down and try to learn as much about Miami as I can and be ready to go.”

Washington said that it’s the first time in his eight-year career that he has ever dislocated anything, and that the brace he is wearing does not limit what he should be able to do on the field.  “I’m sure I’ll have to take care of it until it feels better. I’ll to try to be smart about it and continue to get treatment on it.”  Last season in 14 games for the Redskins, Washington tallied 88 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  He has a career 32.5 sacks and three interceptions to go along with 13 forced fumbles.  His presence for the Skins Sunday would be a great lift for a defense that is out to redeem itself after last season.

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