Washington Redskins

Stadium: FedEx Field | Coach: Jay Gruden
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th135.2 (7th)234.4 (15th)
Defense18th110.6 (14th)243.5 (20th)

Redskins report: Notes, quotes

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--Undrafted rookie Nick Novak remains Washington's No. 1 kicker. Veteran John Hall still hasn't kicked since pulling a quadricep in the season-opening victory on Sept. 11. Hall is hopeful that he could return on Sunday against Seattle.

"I feel really good and have been lifting weights on it so I think it's possible," said Hall, who has been hurt five times since the start of last season. "Today I kicked a few imaginary balls, tomorrow I'll kick a few Nerf balls and hopefully Wednesday, I'll be able to kick real ones with the team."

Coach Joe Gibbs emphatically said that he doesn't want use Hall in a game again until he's fully healthy.

"It's been a tough situation," Gibbs said. "He's got to be 100 percent. I don't think he can go out there anything less than that."

--First-place Washington Redskins. That was a common phrase during Gibbs' first tenure in D.C., but it has been very rare since Washington last won the NFC East in 1999.

But that's where the Redskins are after their 2-0 start and subsequent bye week. Washington hadn't been alone atop the division since Week 5 of 2003, and had also only held the lead in the last six years in Week 3 of 2003, Week 2 of 2002 and Week 9 of 2000.

"It's a little early to get caught up in all that," Gibbs said.

Washington, a consensus choice to finish last in the NFC East, faces NFC West co-leader Seattle on Sunday for the fourth time in five years. The Redskins have won the last three meetings.

While Gibbs hasn't faced the Seahawks since 1992, when he improved to 5-0 against Seattle, he has established one enviable track record since returning to the Redskins. Washington is 6-1 against conference foes outside of the division the last two seasons, losing only to Green Bay. The Seahawks are 6-11 on the road in the last three seasons, 2-5 in the last 12 months.

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--SS Pierson Prioleau hasn't been on the field since straining a hamstring on the Cowboys' opening drive last Monday and didn't return. Coach Joe Gibbs said he doesn't expect Prioleau to play this Sunday, meaning that Matt Bowen will likely return to the lineup for the first time since he tore an ACL last Oct. 10 against Baltimore.

--CB Walt Harris didn't practice on Monday after straining his left calf during last Thursday's practice. Harris, who missed time this summer with two previous leg injuries, said this strain is mild and expects to take some work tomorrow.

--MLB Lemar Marshall, who strained a groin in the fourth quarter in Dallas but stayed in the game, missed a third straight practice but expects to return for tomorrow's more intense practice.

--OT Jon Jansen rested his two broken thumbs for a third straight practice, but expects to return for tomorrow's more intense practice.

--K John Hall, who pulled a quadriceps on his last kickoff against the Bears, hasn't practiced since. Undrafted rookie Nick Novak, signed on Sept. 13, is filling until Hall is completely healthy.

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