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News & Notes: Bidwell Expected to Play On Sunday


Josh Bidwell tested his hip injury on Thursday, punting several times on the team's Astroturf field at Redskins Park.

The session went well enough for head coach Mike Shanahan to say that Bidwell should be available for this Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"He should be ready to go," Shanahan said.

Bidwell suffered the hip injury during warm-ups of last Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. He had to be helped off the field by Graham Gano, the team's place kicker.

It was Gano who served as punter in the game with Bidwell sidelined.

Gano punted four times for a 35.3-yard average, with a long of 42. His first punt attempt was blocked by the Rams.

Bidwell spent the 2009 season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' injured reserve with a hip injury. An 11-year veteran, he signed with the Redskins last offseason.

In two games, Bidwell has 10 punts for a 43.9-yard average, with a long of 52.


Left tackle Trent Williams remains limited in practice as he returns from a knee injury and toe sprain.

Williams said on Thursday that the toe sprain was bothering him more than the knee.

"I practiced a little bit," he said. "It felt good to be actually back out there on the field with my teammates and going through the game plan, but it's still uncertain for this week. We won't know until later on in the week."

If Williams is unable to play, then Stephon Heyer is expected to start at left tackle in his place.


Backup nose tackle Anthony Bryant continues to sit out practice on this week as he recuperates from a concussion.

Bryant is not expected to play this Sunday against the Eagles "unless there's a drastic change" in his condition, Mike Shanahan said,

Bryant suffered the concussion in practice last week.

Ma'ake Kemoeatu is the starter at nose tackle and Albert Haynesworth is listed as his backup. Bryant is third-string.

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