Friday is the day when at least some of the wait-and-see injury news becomes a bit more concrete; when that happened today, the Redskins defensive backfield got markedly less experienced, as head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry will both be out of Sunday’s game with their respective injuries.
This means that second-year cornerback Kevin Barnes will be expected to contribute much more; defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has spent the last few weeks praising Barnes’ intelligence and and expressing an interest to see what Barnes could do with a full opportunity; Sunday he’ll likely get another chance to find out.
“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Barnes said.
“Granted it’s at the expense of one of my great friends on the team, Carlos,” he continued, “but I’m gonna go out there and do everything I can do. A lot of people weren’t sure when I got drafted, like, ‘Why’d they draft this guy,’ but I know what kind of player I am, and everybody in this locker room knows what kind of player I am, so now that I’m getting my opportunity, I’m gonna make the most of it.”
The move may cause some concerns for fans who are unsure of Barnes’ abilities, but Barnes himself isn’t particularly worried.
“I’m very comfortable,” Barnes said. “I’ve been waiting for the past year and a half for it to come, and I practice hard every day. Everybody knows I give everything I have in practice, so I’m gonna come out there and do what I do on the practice field.”
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