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Cut on elbow keeps Brunell out of Redskins practice

ASHBURN, Va. -- A nasty cut on the elbow kept Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell from practicing Wednesday, although he is expected to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brunell was injured when he was shoved by Thomas Johnson during
a fumble return by Shantee Orr in last week's 31-15 victory over
the Houston Texans. Johnson was called for a personal foul on the play, negating a touchdown.

Brunell finished the game but later needed stitches for the
cut, which was on the left-handed quarterback's throwing arm. He
has since kept the elbow carefully wrapped as a guard against
infection.

An infected cut on the same elbow -- also in the third game of
the season -- essentially ended Brunell's tenure with Jacksonville
three years ago.

Coach Joe Gibbs said Brunell will return to practice either
Thursday or Friday.

"We just want to give him every chance we can to get that thing
calmed down," coach Joe Gibbs said.

Brunell, who will be facing his old team for the first time
since he was traded in 2004, is listed as probable on the injury
report.

"We're thinking Mark is going to play," Gibbs said.

Against the Texans, Brunell set an NFL single-game record with
22 consecutive completed passes.

Also Wednesday, cornerback Shawn Springs traveled out of town
for another appointment with a specialist. Springs hasn't played
all season following surgery for a torn abdominal muscle in August.

Springs strained his groin when he tried to return to practice
last week. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday.

Defensive tackle Joe Salave'a, who missed the Houston game with
a strained calf, took part in individual drills Wednesday and is
listed as probable.