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Wednesday quick hits
*Secondary coach Jerry Gray wouldn’t comment today on his candidacy for the University of Memphis’ vacant head coaching job. The school is waiting to announce its decision until after the team concludes its season on Friday. Gray has the backing of Fred Smith, one of the most influential Memphis athletic boosters and a minority owner of the Redskins. That’s not a bad guy to have in your corner, especially since Gray is reportedly competing for the job against Larry Porter, a former star running back at Memphis, currently an assistant coach at LSU and a nationally acclaimed recruiter.
*DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle), CB DeAngelo Hall (knee) and TE Todd Yoder (foot) didn’t practice today. Each is questionable for Sunday’s game against Philly.
*OL Mike Williams (ankle) will be active on Sunday, but Edwin Williams is expected to start at right guard.
*Rock Cartwright, Quinton Ganther and Marcus Mason each will play on offense and special teams on Sunday. Cartwright will start. Recall that he voiced his displeasure after final cuts in Sept. about being forgotten as a running back.
"He said his piece, he felt a certain way, yet he wasn’t disgruntled and didn’t try to split himself away from the team or tell everybody, ‘I’m done with this,’" coach Jim Zorn said. "He hung in there and I think it’s working out. He’s going to make the most of it and show everybody that, ‘See, this is what I’ve been telling everybody all along.’"
*K Shaun Suisham is steadfast in his confidence that he’ll overcome the two field goals he missed against Dallas. He has put those mistakes behind him. "I think I’ve been blessed with a certain type of demeanor that I carry with me outside of football," he said. "That helps me. It can be difficult."
*Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb advised Redskins QB Jason Campbell after Campbell was benched in a Week 6 loss. "What we discussed is just between the both of us, but no one wants to be benched," McNabb said in a teleconference today. "No one wants to be benched when you’re really just not the full problem."