ASHBURN, Va. Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El were unable to practice again Friday, putting the Washington Redskins in a perilous position at receiver for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Moss is sidelined with a bruised heel and is listed as questionable on the injury report, but neither Moss nor coach Joe Gibbs sounded optimistic that it would heal sufficiently before game time.
"Same that it felt all week. Sore. Hurts. Painful," Moss said. "I couldn't tell you yes or no right now. It's one of those things where I'll just have to see how it feels on Sunday."
Randle El has had a relapse of a nagging hamstring injury. He is listed as probable, but the injury likely will have an effect on his speed and agility if he plays.
"It's a frustration for us," Gibbs said, "knowing how important this (game) is."The Redskins are the only team in the NFL without a touchdown pass to a wide receiver this season, and Moss and Randle El are the only wideouts who have been somewhat productive. The other receivers on the roster James Thrash, Keenan McCardell, Brandon Lloyd and Reche Caldwell have combined to catch only nine passes through eight games.
VICK FIRES ATTORNEY: Michael Vick has fired one of the attorneys representing him in his dogfighting case. Daniel R. Meachum of Atlanta will no longer represent Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. Court documents show Vick sent a letter Oct. 26 cutting ties with Meachum.
COLTS GET 2 STARTERS BACK: Defensive tackle Raheem Brock and cornerback Marlin Jackson returned to practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday after sitting out the two previous days with injuries. Brock hurt his neck, while Jackson was out with a foot injury. Both starters are listed as questionable. Coach Tony Dungy said Thursday that Jackson had received three different diagnoses on the foot this week, the first indicating he was likely to miss 1 1/2 seasons. But as the week progressed, Jackson said he felt better and explained Friday that he expected to play Sunday against San Diego. Tight end Dallas Clark (concussion) did some work after missing the two previous days, and perennial Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison (bruised left knee) participated in limited work for the third straight day. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday.
MCKINNEY OUT: Browns guard Seth McKinney will not play against Pittsburgh and guard Eric Steinbach was listed as questionable Friday, the first shake-up on a line that has led the way for Cleveland's surprising turnaround on offense. Ryan Tucker, who hasn't played guard since the late '90s with the Rams, most likely will start in McKinney's place Sunday. Lennie Friedman would start if Steinbach is unavailable, and both Isaac Sowells and Nat Dorsey could see playing time.
PEPPERS, DIGGS FINED: Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers and linebacker Na'il Diggs were fined $5,000 each by the NFL on Friday for actions during a loss to Tennessee. Peppers hit tackle David Stewart in the face after the whistle. It was one of two personal fouls called against Peppers, who also was flagged for a late hit out of bounds. Diggs was fined for a 15-yard taunting penalty he drew following Deke Cooper's interception in the third quarter.
4 VIKES QUESTIONABLE: Once again, the Minnesota Vikings will delay naming their starting quarterback until Sunday's pregame warmups. Tarvaris Jackson, who was knocked out last week with a concussion, is listed as questionable for the game at Green Bay. Brooks Bollinger will start if Jackson doesn't, but coach Brad Childress said Friday he will wait to reveal his starter for the third time in nine games. Two defensive starters and a key offensive player were listed as questionable Friday: defensive end Ray Edwards (foot), cornerback Antoine Winfield (hamstring) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (hamstring). All three will be game-time decisions, but Winfield said he felt better after sitting out last week against the San Diego Chargers.
THOMAS TO SIT OUT: Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas will sit out Sunday against Buffalo because of migraines, the fourth game he has missed since a concussion in September. The setback raised anew questions about whether the 34-year-old Thomas will return this season. He hasn't played since suffering whiplash in a car accident driving home from the Dolphins' loss to New England on Oct. 21, which led to recurring migraines.
NINERS PUT SMILEY ON IR: The San Francisco 49ers put right guard Justin Smiley on injured reserve Thursday, one day after the starting lineman decided to undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Smiley, who has started every game for the 49ers over the past 2 1/2 years, was hurt while diving to recover a fumble in Sunday's loss at Atlanta. Smiley tore his labrum and severely dislocated his shoulder.