The Washington Redskins look to get back in the win column this Sunday when they travel to Charlotte to take on the 1-5 Carolina Panthers. The Redskins haven't tasted victory in nearly three weeks now -- they were off in Week 5 and then lost to the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday in Week 6. If they're to do so this Sunday against Cam Newton and the Panthers, they might have to do so without the services of Oshiomogho Atogwe, the Redskins talented safety who on Thursday missed his second consecutive day of practice with a nagging knee injury. Mike Shanahan is not ready to rule out Atogwe for Sunday's game however:
"You don't know until somebody can go. When we hold a guy out, it's for a couple of reasons. We're trying to heal him up. We're afraid if we push him, we'll set him back."
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett didn't offer much more in the way of hinting at Atogwe's likely status for Sunday, but he did sound confident that the Redskins will be prepared regardless of who can or cannot play.
"He didn’t practice yesterday and we’ll see how we go through the rest of the week, but I feel comfortable with the guys we have. If he can’t go or he does go, we’ll be good. If he can’t go, then Reed [Doughty] will fill in and we’ll be fine."
Atoge wasn't the only one to miss practice Thursday. Also absent were CB Byron Westbrook (hamstring) and T Trent Williams (ankle). DeAngelo Hall (toe) was limited in practice Thursday. Both he and Westbrook entered the week of practice healthy but sustained their injuries while preparing for Carolina.
Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), Phillip Buchanon (neck) and Tim Hightower (shoulder) practiced fully for the second consecutive day this week and are expected to play Sunday.
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