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Last week we survived the Detroit Lions without Santana Moss, in large part due to the excellent first half play of Antwaan Randle El. He injured his hamstring and did not return at all in the 2nd half. Ready, switch:

Santana Moss was full-go at Wednesday's practice, according to head coach Joe Gibbs, and the wide receiver is on track to play in this Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
Moss missed last week's game due to a groin injury.

"I feel pretty good," Moss said after practice. "I think last week was a good week for me to rest. And I think we handled it the right way just by letting me take my time and let my body heal...

Meantime, wide receiver Antwaan Randle El did not practice on Wednesday as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Randle El insists that he'll play even while acknowledging that "I'm questionable at this point. So that's the bottom line." The article also notes injuries to Phillip Daniels (shoulder) and Marcus Washington (contagious hamstring syndrome) that kept them from practicing yesterday. No big shakes on Daniels, who maintains that he's "fine" despite a separated shoulder. Cue the "You wouldn't make it in the NFL" commercial.

I don't know whether injuries to the defense or offense worry me more. Both units played such outstanding and complete football games last Sunday that I'm not about to work myself up over impending doom on either side. If I had to pick, I'd say diminished returns are more likely on an injured defense given that we experienced precisely that in 2006 and also that Jason Campbell's development hasn't appeared to have been hampered by personnel loss in the offense. I felt he played quite admirably through the end of last season sans Clinton Portis, and was pleasently surprised to watch him making plays last week without our best receiving threat. If he can win NFC Offensive Player of the Week with the likes of Reche Caldwell, Brandon Lloyd, James Thrash, and Keenan McCardell catching his passes, I'm pretty sure he'll be just fine in this National Football League. Brett Favre agrees with me.