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News & Notes: Moss Questionable For Steelers Game

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Santana Moss is expected to be a game time decision on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Jim Zorn said.

Moss, slowed by a hamstring injury, is officially listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

Moss sat out practice each day this week. Since the game is played on Monday instead of Sunday, he has an extra day to get his hamstring healed.

"I'm day to day," Moss said as he walked off the practice field.

Moss took part in some individual drills, but did not participate in any 11-on-11 work.

"Santana is coming right along," Jim Zorn said. "He has to get rid of some of his soreness. We have Saturday and Sunday to get him ready, so we'll just continue to progress.

"I don't want him to test it too much to where it's going to strain. I want him to test it so that it continues to improve every day."

If Moss cannot play, then either James Thrash or Devin Thomas would start at wide receiver in his place.

Since Malcolm Kelly is already sidelined with a knee injury, the Redskins would be down to just three available wide receivers for the Steelers game if Moss is deactivated.

However, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis could get more involved in the passing game from the tight end position.

Moss leads the Redskins with 42 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns in eight games.

He strained his hamstring in last week's game against Detroit, but was able to return to action.


Zorn praised Thomas after Friday's practice, saying that he has continued to learn the nuances of the Redskins' offense.

"Devin has stepped up and really gets the idea of how the plays are called," Zorn said.

-- IN THE SECONDARY

The Redskins could have Chris Horton back in the lineup at strong safety for Monday night's game.

Horton has been slowed by an ankle injury that sidelined him for last week's game at Detroit.

Horton, listed as probable, "has the best chance" of returning from injury, Jim Zorn said.

Meantime, LaRon Landry and Carlos Rogers participated in Friday's practice on a limited basis.

Landry has a hamstring injury and Rogers has a calf injury. They are both listed as questionable.

Fred Smoot is probable with a groin injury.

-- GRIFFIN EXPECTED BACK

Cornelius Griffin is listed as probable for Monday's game. He sat out last week's game has given his injured shoulder two weeks of rest from the pounding of playing defensive line.

"The rest for Grif was something that was needed," Jim Zorn said. "His strength is getting better and the soreness is going away. He is probably going to play."

Fellow defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander is listed as probable with a toe injury.

-- PORTIS PRACTICES

Clinton Portis was back at practice on Friday, signaling that he should be available to play against the Steelers.

Portis has been slowed by an ankle injury suffered in last week's game against Detroit. He has also played through a hip flexor.

Officially, Portis is listed as probable for Monday night's contest.

-- STEELERS' CLARK OUT

Free safety Ryan Clark, the former Redskin, has been listed as out for Monday night's game by the Steelers.

Clark played for the Redskins in 2004-05 and was a close friend of the late Sean Taylor.

With Clark sidelined, the Steelers are expected to turn to backup Anthony Smith.

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