Packers-Redskins: Player notes
Scott Wells
Scott Wells

Posted Oct 10, 2007


Injury updates, other notables on inviduals from each team

GREEN BAY PACKERS
-- C Scott Wells
will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins. He was hit in the eye while blocking on a run play late in the third quarter of the 27-20 loss to the Bears last Sunday and suffered a fractured orbital bone. The Packers have their bye the following week, so Wells might be able to return for the Oct. 29 game at Denver. Jason Spitz, who replaced Wells on Sunday, will make his first pro start at center.

-- WR James Jones is expected to remain the No. 3 receiver, although he was briefly benched by head coach Mike McCarthy after having the football stripped by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman on back-to-back series in the first half. The rookie finished with five catches for 61 yards.

-- RB DeShawn Wynn opened himself to criticism about his playing shape after he suffered leg cramps after the game-opening series Sunday and missed the rest of the first half before returning. The rookie from Florida had long runs of 12 and 44 yards in the first four plays of the game, played on a warm night, and capped the initial drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. He finished with 13 carries for 78 yards.

-- RB Vernand Morency came out of the game with soreness in the right knee he sprained on the first day of training camp. Morency may need to be held out of a practice or two this week to ensure his availability for Sunday. He had 16 touches against the Bears, including a game-high seven catches.

-- QB Brett Favre threw two interceptions Sunday, giving him 277 for his career to tie George Blanda's dubious league record. Favre's first turnover came in the third quarter, which halted a streak of 142 passes without an interception. It's the third-longest streak in his career, behind 163 (from December 1995 to September 1996) and 148 (from December 2001 to September 2002).

-- WR Greg Jennings is the team leader with three touchdown catches, all in the last three games. He had a 41-yard TD reception in the first half Sunday and finished with four receptions for 83 yards, despite leaving the game for a short time to have a sprained shoulder examined in the locker room. Jennings should be fine for the next game.

-- WR Donald Driver had a season-low four receptions for 51 yards, with only one catch in the second half. -- TE Donald Lee had a string of four straight games with four catches snapped. He caught three passes for 23 yards.

-- DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had a half sack in the game, increasing his team-leading total to five. Gbaja-Biamila has the career team record for sacks with 69 1/2, one more than the late Reggie White.

-- MLB Nick Barnett recorded 1 1/2 sacks and nine tackles, equaling SS Atari Bigby for the team lead in the latter category Sunday. Barnett has been the Packers' top tackler or shared the honor in four of the first five games.

-- DT Justin Harrell made his belated season debut. This year's first-round draft pick filled in as a backup for Colin Cole, who was out after suffering a mild concussion in practice last week. Harrell had one tackle.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS
QB Jason Campbell
had a passer rating of 69.6 this season and a career rating of 74.4 before lighting up the Lions with a 125.3 rating.

-- RB Clinton Portis is averaging 4.5 yards per carry. His highest season average since becoming a Redskin in 2004 was 4.3 per carry in 2005.

-- TE Chris Cooley has three touchdowns on just 10 catches after scoring against Detroit.

-- WR Antwaan Randle El has 18 catches and 33 yards through four games, putting him on pace to shatter his career highs of 47 catches and 601 yards.

-- WR Keenan McCardell had his first two catches as a Redskin (for 29 yards) against Detroit 16 years after being drafted by Washington.

-- DE Andre Carter had two sacks against Detroit. Carter's first multi-sack game in five years gave him eight sacks in his last eight games. He recorded a safety on the first sack against the Lions.

-- CB Carlos Rogers equaled his interception total of 2006 with his pickoff against the Lion on which he also scored his first career touchdown.

-- SS Sean Taylor, who had just three interceptions in 2005-06, made his second interception of the season against the Lions.

-- LB Marcus Washington had a sack and a forced fumble against the Lions. It was the first game that Washington had had two such plays since the 2005 finale.

-- DT Lorenzo Alexander had a tackle in his NFL debut against Detroit after spending parts of 2005 and 2006 on practice squads.


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