Cowboys' Vanderjagt active; Redskins' Portis sits

Updated: September 17, 2006, 11:41 PM ET
Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- Mike Vanderjagt was active for the Dallas Cowboys' home opener Sunday night against Washington, while the Redskins were without running back Clinton Portis.

 Mike Vanderjagt
Vanderjagt

 Clinton Portis
Portis

Vanderjagt, the NFL's most accurate field goal kicker, was signed during the offseason to solve the Cowboys' kicking woes. He was inactive for the season opener even though coach Bill Parcells said the kicker wasn't bothered by a lingering groin injury.

Shaun Suisham, 1-for-2 on field goals last week against Jacksonville, also was active for the Cowboys to handle kickoffs.

Because Parcells had to use two spots for kickers, receiver/kick returner Jamaica Rector was inactive. After being a healthy scratch for the opener, linebacker Bobby Carpenter, the Cowboys' first-round pick in April, was active.

Portis has a sore shoulder after unexpectedly playing in the season opener. He carried 10 times for 39 yards against Minnesota despite downplaying the chances of playing in that game while recovering from a partially dislocated left shoulder in the preseason.

Also inactive for Washington was Shawn Springs (abdomen), the cornerback who was playing for Seattle when he was beaten by Terrell Owens for a touchdown. That was when Owens pulled a Sharpie out of his sock, signed the football and handed it to a financial adviser the players shared.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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