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News & Notes: Salave'a Upgraded

Defensive tackle Joe Salave'a was full-go in practice on Thursday, increasing the likelihood that he will be available to play in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

After practice, Salave'a was upgraded to probable on the team's injury report. He has been slowed by a calf injury.

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin remains listed as questionable on the injury report. He participated in individual drills on Thursday, but sat out team work. Griffin has been slowed by a hip injury.

"Hopefully he can do more tomorrow," assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said.

If Griffin and Salave'a cannot play, the Redskins would likely start rookie defensive tackles Anthony Montgomery and Kedric Golston for the second week in a row.

Montgomery and Golston held their own in the Redskins' 25-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans, combining for nine tackles and a sack. But the defense yielded 194 rushing yards in the game.

Williams said that Montgomery and Golston continue to show improvement, but coaches are hopeful that Griffin and Salave'a can return.

"Obviously, those two guys mean a lot to us," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "Both of them are leaders and both of them have proven that they are two of the best. Both of those guys not being in there have hurt us. You have to have young guys fill in, and we like the two that we have. But getting them back would certainly help us."

Meantime, wide receiver David Patten was upgraded to probable on the injury report. He participated in practice on Thursday after missing time due to a thigh injury.

Fullback Mike Sellers was added to the injury report with an elbow injury. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game.

-- IMPACT OF MCFARLAND TRADE

Indianapolis made an attempt to shore up their defensive line this week by acquiring defensive tackle Anthony McFarland from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Colts have the league's worst run defense so far this season.

It's uncertain how much McFarland will play, but he is familiar with head coach Tony Dungy's defensive system. When Dungy was head coach of the Bucs in 1999, he drafted McFarland in the first round of the draft.

"Anthony knows what we are doing, number one, and he is a good player," Dungy said this week. "That's a good combination for us. He is a true 300 pounds and we don't have anyone like that on our defensive line right now. It should help us."

The acquisition certainly caught the attention of the Redskins.

"He's a real good football player," assistant head coach-offense Joe Bugel said. "You have to consider him a Warren Sapp kind of tackle. He's a handful. With his size, he'll be a tough guy to move around."

In nine NFL seasons, McFarland has logged 219 tackles (145 solo), 20 sacks and one interception.

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