"[DE] Victor Abiamiri has a knee sprain, most likely will not play this week. [WR] Kevin Curtis is getting a second opinion on his knee so he will not be out at practice today. [LB] Omar Gaither has a Lisfranc sprain and will have surgery here in this coming week some time. We're setting that up as we speak. [CB] Dimitri Patterson has a quad strain; it will be a struggle to get back for this game. [T] Jason Peters went through the walkthrough and did some things. He has a knee contusion and an ankle sprain; we'll just see how he does as the week goes on. [G/T] Todd Herremans will be back out at practice. He will be working at guard and possibly a little bit at tackle, but the majority of time he'll stay at the guard."
"I look forward to the challenge of playing the Redskins. It should be a great environment for a football game, Monday Night game at Washington, NFC East rivals playing each other; you can throw records out and everything else. It should be a very physical game and again we look forward to the challenge."
On whether Gaither's surgery will be season ending:
"Yes, most likely it will."
On the challenges facing the linebackers:
"We went out and signed [LB] Will Witherspoon. Will brings some experience to that position. He can play both WILL and MIKE linebacker. We can put him in there in the same position that Omar was in. [LB Jeremiah Trotter] will continue get some reps in there and then we have [LB Joe] Mays also as a backup there that can help out when needed."
On the learning curve for Witherspoon:
"He just came from St. Louis so he's been running this defense. Are there some new things? Yeah there are some new things. Most of it is the pressure package that we have is a little bit different than what [Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo] is running, but the terminology is the same."
On filling Gaither's spot on the roster:
"I'm just going to hang loose with that for a little bit and then we'll see what direction we go with that."
On whether he will put Gaither on Injured Reserve:
Head Coach Andy Reid Press Conference October 22, 2009
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