Atogwe out for Redskins

Atogwe out for Redskins
October 23, 2011, 3:41 pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. As expected, receiver Anthony Armstrong will make his return to the Redskins lineup today against Carolina after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

But the Redskins will be without starting free safety O.J. Atogwe, who is nursing a knee injury. Reed Doughty will get the start.

Armstrong was listed as a full practice participant on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He was injured after playing 10 snaps at Dallas in Week 3.

Atogwe was out of practice all three days this week. He was limited in training camp with a hamstring injury. Doughty started the first two games in LaRon Landrys place.

The other inactives: Tight end Chris Cooley (fingerknee), left tackle Trent Williams (ankle), cornerback Byron Westbrook (hamstring), receiver Donte Stallworth (hamstring), linebacker Markus White and defensive lineman Darrion Scott.

In uniform for the first time this year are rookie offensive linemen Willie Smith and Maurice Hurt and rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson.

Smith has been a healthy scratch for the first five games is the No. 3 tackle; Hurt was promoted from the practice squad earlier this week and will serve as the No. 5 guard. Hankerson has also been a healthy scratch for each game.

Some other leftover notes

Jerome Boger is todays referee and his crew has thrown a lot of laundry on the field so far this year. The crews five games have had 25 penalties (Oakland at Denver), 19 (San Francisco at Cincinnati), 18 (Giants at Arizona), 14 (Jets at New England) and 14 (New Orleans at Tampa Bay).

A key to being more efficient on third down offensively, is getting into more manageable situations. The Redskins were 1 of 10 against Philadelphia last week but seven of those plays were of 7 yards or longer. The only conversion was a 23-yard pass from John Beck to Santana Moss on third-and-15.

Before the final drive last week, the Redskins had gone 18 drives without a touchdown, a span that included six turnovers (all interceptions).

The Redskins hope tight end Fred Davis got untracked last week (six catches for 95 yards). Davis role is amplified starting today because of Cooleys absence. Freds done a really good job executing our system, tight ends coach Sean McVay said Thursday. Anytime youre able to make big plays, Im sure defenses will pay more attention to you.

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