Redskins' Polumbus still not ready to go

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Right tackle to undergo concussion test Friday

Right tackle Tyler Polumbus was limited Thursday and still has not been cleared for full practice. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said if Polumbus passes the concussion test Friday, then he will practice.

Polumbus did not play Sunday after suffering a concussion in a Dec. 16 win over Cleveland. Shan?ahan said he wants to see how Polumbus practices before saying whether he would even start. If he doesn't, then Maurice Hurt would start for a second consecutive game.

Safety DeJon Gomes (MCL knee sprain) and linebacker London Fletcher (sprained ankle) were limited in practice.

Notes » Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith long has been a big fan of Lorenzo Alexander. So he was thrilled to see him earn a Pro Bowl berth Wednesday.

"He plays with passion; you root for guys like that," Smith said. "You support people like that. They're easy to coach. They're fun to coach. They excite a football team, and I think he has excited this team with his play and the way it has carried on to other people in other phases. ... No guy is more deserving." ...

Quarterback Robert Griffin III said he received some ribbing from the offensive linemen when he entered the huddle Thursday. Yes, it stemmed from Griffin making the Pro Bowl (along with left tackle Trent Williams).

"All the offensive linemen said, 'Aw, man, we can't tell this guy anything anymore,'?" Griffin said. "They can poke and prod at me, but it's nothing that bothers me. They know that they have a part in that as well because they've protected me and they've blocked for Alfred and they've been the reason that we've won this year." ...

Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware exited last week's loss to New Orleans early with a banged-up right shoulder that, he told Cowboys reporters, might require offseason surgery. He also has dealt with elbow and ankle injuries this season. But Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he sees no difference in his play. Ware has 11.5 sacks -- eight fewer than in 2011.

"I know he's banged up; he's not out there quite as much," Shanahan said. "But when he's out there, he's a factor. He's the same guy he's always been. If you're not careful, he can take over a game."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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