Redskins without five starters on 'D'

Redskins without five starters on 'D'
December 26, 2010, 4:40 pm
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Sunday, December 26, 2010, 11:49 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer
CSNwashington.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. For the first time his 11-year career, Donovan McNabb is a teams healthy No. 3 quarterback.

In mild surprises, safety Kareem Moore (knee) and right tackle Jammal Brown (illness) are also inactive.

Brown was not listed on the teams Friday injury report.

Also inactive are linebacker Brian Orakpo (hamstringgroin), safety Reed Doughty (concussion), running backs James Davis and Andre Brown and center Erik Cook.

The unofficial lineup changes: Heyer for Jammal Brown, Macho Harris for Moore, Kevin Barnes for Doughty, Andre Carter for Orakpo and defensive end Vonnie Holliday for Kedric Golston.

Jacksonvilles big injury is running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

McNabb was demoted as expected for a second straight week and will play for the Redskins Sunday against Jacksonville only if Rex Grossman and John Beck are injured and cannot return to the game.

McNabb served as the back-up last week after starting the first 13 games (5-8 record) before being benched in favor of Grossman. Coach Mike Shanahan said the plan was to make Beck the back-up for the last two games.

Orakpo, who leads the Redskins with 8.5 sacks, will miss the first game of his pro career after 30 consecutive starts. Doughty will also miss his first game of the year he had started the last five games at strong safety in place of LaRon Landry.

Three of the Redskins four opening day safeties Landry, Doughty and Chris Horton are on all injured reserve, providing an opportunity for Barnes (a natural cornerback) and Harris, who has been with the team only a month.

Safety Shareff Rashad and defensive lineman Joe Joseph, elevated from the practice squad Saturday to replace Golston and Jeremy Clark (cut) are active and will make their NFL regular season debuts.

Guard Derrick Dockery is in uniform for the first time in five games and defensive end Jeremy Jarmon will play in his second straight game after sitting out seven straight games.

Contact Ryan at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com