ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins cornerback
Carlos Rogers' broken thumb will keep him out of Sunday's game against the
Indianapolis Colts, further depleting a struggling secondary as it
prepares to face one of the top passing offenses in the league.
The Redskins apparently will open without their top two
cornerbacks against Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and the rest of
the Colts attack. Shawn Springs said Wednesday he was "about the
same as last week," meaning that he's not yet ready for starting
duty after missing five games with abdomen and groin injuries.
Even with Rogers healthy, the secondary has repeatedly allowed
big plays and has only one interception. The defense is ranked 24th
against the pass and has allowed 25 pass plays of 20-plus yards,
second most in the league.
The top candidates to start Sunday are Kenny Wright and Mike
Rumph. Neither has distinguished himself this season, and Rumph was
put on the inactive list for the Titans game.
The Redskins signed five-time Pro Bowl defensive back Troy
Vincent on Monday, but he needs time to learn the defense.
Rogers, a first-round draft pick last year, was hurt trying to
tackle Titans running back Travis Henry and needed three screws
inserted into the thumb when he had surgery Monday. He broke the
same thumb while playing for Auburn and missed one game.