Redskins' Taylor to undergo second surgery on troublesome left calf

Updated: October 24, 2008, 5:21 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor went to a hospital Friday to have his left calf re-examined, and coach Jim Zorn said Taylor will have a second operation on the leg next week.

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Taylor did not practice but still hopes to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions. He is listed as questionable on the injury report.

"To be honest, I don't even know what the game plan is right now," Taylor said. "I'm going to the hospital now to find out what we're going to do, and the only thing I'm focused on right now is hopefully playing in the game on Sunday and trying to help this team beat the Lions. The rest of that stuff doesn't really matter right now."

Taylor was kicked in the calf during Washington's victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 21. Blood began to pool in the leg overnight, and Taylor had to undergo an emergency operation the next morning. He missed two games, then played a limited role in the last two while wearing a titanium pad on the leg. Stitches were removed this week, but bleeding continued to be a problem.

"He's trying to play football on it, but that may not be allowing it to heal fast enough," Zorn said.

Taylor, the NFL's career sacks leader among active players, has only one sack this season. He was acquired in a trade with Miami after Phillip Daniels was lost for the season with a knee injury on the first day of training camp.

The injury report formally ruled out defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), cornerback Shawn Springs (calf), receiver Malcolm Kelly (knee) and running back Ladell Betts (knee) for Sunday's game. Safety LaRon Landry also did not practice due to a hamstring injury, and running back Clinton Portis was limited again with a sore hip, but both are expected to play.


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