Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson recently shaved off his dreadlocks in favor of a close-to-the-scalp haircut.
“It’s just a different look. Hopefully in a couple weeks it’ll mean something,” Wilson said with a small grin. “Hopefully. I’m not saying what, but . . .”
Wilson may have been playing coy, but it certainly hasn’t slipped his mind that the Pro Bowl teams will be announced in a couple of weeks. And given his recent spat of playmaking, Wilson may have a chance to earn a spot in Hawaii.
He is tied with injured defensive end Bertrand Berry for a team-best six sacks; he is closing in on 100 tackles; and now that the Cards have committed to playing him close to the line of scrimmage much of the time, he could end up leading the team in sacks. “He is all over the place,” Redskins running back Clinton Portis said.
Cardinals coach Dennis Green said Wilson is more effective when he lines him up near the line of scrimmage, blitzing often.
“Clearly that’s his best style of play, being aggressive,” Green said. Wilson said it’s a combination of the scheme and a host of key defenders going down with injuries that has led to his big sack year. Leading the team wasn’t one of his goals.
“I let the plays come to me,” Wilson said. “I don’t try to do anything extra special. Fortunately for me, I’m having a pretty good year. Hopefully I can continue to do it.”
- Starting cornerback Eric Green (groin) missed practice a second straight game, and veteran Robert Tate may have to start Sunday against Washington opposite David Macklin.
That may open up an opportunity for Redskins receiver Santana Moss, who has had a big season but whose production has slowed of late. Moss has 66 receptions for 1,111 yards, although he has only one touchdown and two catches of at least 30 yards in the past six games.
Still, Moss’ efforts have contributed to a renaissance for quarterback Mark Brunell and has helped a Washington offense that was terrible in 2004.
“We talked all offseason about getting the ball down the field and being explosive,” Brunell said. “That was one of the things that was lacking last year. This year, we’ve been able to get the ball down the field. Some big plays have helped us. Santana has been a huge part of that.”
Kicker Neil Rackers (calf) was upgraded to questionable on Thursday’s injury report. . . .
Wilson was added to the injury report with a bad hip and did not practice Thursday, although he will likely play Sunday. . . .
The Cards distributed 44,272 tickets for Sunday’s game, meaning it will be blacked out on local television.