ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot will be sidelined two to three weeks with a broken sternum, while
running back Trung Canidate and guard Dave Fiore are also expected to miss Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Smoot's injury was initially diagnosed as a sprained joint next
to the collarbone, but the fracture was detected Wednesday. Smoot
also has a deep chest bruise, the result of his tackle on receiver
Keyshawn Johnson in last weekend's loss to Tampa Bay.
The Redskins have a bye following the Buffalo game, giving Smoot
and the other injured players extra time to recover for a Nov. 2
game at Dallas.
Rashad Bauman will make his first NFL start in Smoot's place.
Canidate, the team's leading rusher, has a severe ankle sprain.
He is listed as doubtful and sounded pessimistic about his chances
"It's one of those things where you definitely need time,"
Fiore said he might have surgery later this week to clean up his
knee, which is still sore from season-ending surgery a year ago. He
has missed three straight games and is doubtful for Sunday, but he
sounded confident he could return for the Dallas game.
"We want to try to take advantage of this time with the bye
coming up," Fiore said.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Jermaine Haley was also
contemplating surgery after his sprained thumb was aggravated in
the Tampa Bay game. Haley is listed as questionable.
"It kind of flared up on me," Haley said.