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News & Notes: Washington a Game Time Decision

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Marcus Washington is listed as questionable for this Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints due to a hamstring injury.

His availability is a game time decision, head coach Jim Zorn said.

Washington was limited in practice reps on Friday. He missed both of the Redskins' practices earlier in the week.

"He's a veteran guy and he doesn't need a lot of reps," Zorn said. "The younger guys--they need more reps. But Marcus is a very good football player and we wait until the last minute with him."

Washington has struggled with injuries the last two years. Last season, he missed four games due to a hamstring injury.

If Washington can't play against the Saints, then H.B. Blades or Alfred Fincher could draw the start in his place.

Khary Campbell is listed as doubtful for the game as he recovers from a thigh injury.

-- SAINTS MISSING FOUR STARTERS

The New Orleans Saints have listed three defensive starters as out for this Sunday's game.

Linebacker Scott Fujita is sidelined with a knee injury, safety Roman Harper is out with a groin injury and cornerback Randall Gay is sidelined with a hamstring.

Troy Evans, a 7-year veteran, could start for Fujita. Second-year safety Chris Reis is the backup to Harper, although four-year veteran Josh Bullocks could draw the start. And rookie Tracy Porter is expected to start for Gay for the second week in a row.

On offense, New Orleans will be without wide receiver Marques Colston, who had surgery on his thumb earlier this week. David Patten is expected to start in his place.

Backup defensive tackle Antwan Lake is also sidelined with a groin injury. So is reserve running back Aaron Stecker, who has a hamstring injury.

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-- TAYLOR LISTED AS PROBABLE

Jason Taylor is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

He participated in practice all three days this week, but admitted his knee was not at full strength yet.

Taylor's pass-rushing skills will be needed to help stymie the Saints' offense, but he's not worried if he doesn't rack up sacks on Sunday.

"Even if you're not getting sacks, sometimes you can do some things that don't necessarily show up on the stat but still contribute to the team," Taylor said. "Marcus Washington is one of those guys that what he does doesn't always show up on the stat sheet, but around the league guys respect him because they know what he can do.

"Bottom line--there are other ways to affect the outcome of the game."

-- BLACHE ON NEW ORLEANS

Greg Blache hails from New Orleans and maintains close ties to the city.

Asked about the state of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Blache said: "Without the Saints, New Orleans would be a difficult place to live and it's a great gift for the city to have a team like that.

"I am proud to be from New Orleans and I love the culture down there, but this week the Saints are the opponents and I have to divorce myself from that attachment.

"I may have a little gumbo and French bread for dinner, but after that it's back to the Redskins."

-- KELLY'S STATUS

Malcolm Kelly was full-go in practice this week, but he remained listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

"He did a lot this week, but in my mind he's still questionable," Jim Zorn said. "He's working his way back. I like what I see and I like his improvement. He's on his way."

The Redskins will go into the game with four wide receivers, with Chris Cooley lining up at wide receiver at times. Cooley is listed as probable for the game with a quad injury.

Kelly is behind fellow rookie Devin Thomas in his learning curve, Zorn said. Both are Redskins second-round draft picks.

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