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News & Notes: Vincent Still Questionable

Strong safety Troy Vincent missed practice for the third straight day on Friday and he remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Vincent has been slowed by a hamstring injury in recent weeks. If Vincent is unable to play, it's expected that Vernon Fox will see the bulk of action in defensive packages.

Fox replaced Vincent in the starting lineup in last Sunday's 17-13 win over the Carolina Panthers and recorded five tackles and an interception.

Meantime, linebacker and special teams standout Khary Campbell missed practice again on Friday due to a hamstring injury. It was decided after practice that Campbell will sit out the Falcons game. He was downgraded from questionable to out on the Redskins' injury report.

Campbell leads the special teams coverage units with 28 tackles, so his presence will be missed.

Other players have stepped up on special teams in recent weeks, including linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who is second in special teams tackles with 20. McIntosh was the Redskins' top selection (second round, 35th overall) in last April's NFL Draft.

Also, wide receiver David Patten has been upgraded to probable as he continues to rehab his hamstring injury.

For the Falcons, starting right cornerback Jason Webster will not play due to a groin injury. It appears that backup Allen Rossum will start for Webster, ahead of rookie Jimmy Williams. Rossum also serves as the Falcons' punt and kickoff return specialist.

-- NO DECISION ON KICKER

Nick Novak and Shaun Suisham wrapped up their mid-season competition for the Redskins' kicking job.

It was a windy afternoon practice at Redskins Park, and coaches got a close look at the two kickers in difficult weather conditions. Head coach Joe Gibbs said the weather conditions for Sunday's matchup against Atlanta at FedExField could be similar.

As of Friday afternoon, Gibbs had not made a decision who will kick for the Redskins on Sunday against the Falcons.

Of course, Gibbs does not have to make a roster move at all should he decide to stick with Novak. If he decides to go with Suisham, then he would have to sign him from the practice squad and release another player.

"It's a decision we have to make based on what's best for the football team," Gibbs said. "It's tough. You take the best information you can get and you talk your way through it."

Gibbs said he was looking to improve the team's kickoff distance and hang time, something that Suisham has excelled at in his two seasons in the NFL. But Gibbs also wants improved production on field goals. Novak is just 5-of-10 on field goal attempts this season.

"I think Shaun has a good, strong leg," Gibbs said. "You can see the reason why he has a good kickoff record in the league. We've seen Nick and he has kicked a couple of game-winners for us. Both guys don't have a lot of experience, but if you can get a young one going, that's great. You can have him for a long time."

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