Rabach, out with a strained right groin, is the latest in a series of Redskins offensive linemen to get hurt this season. Stephon Heyer, a rookie backup along the line, also was inactive, with a hamstring injury.
This is a turning point game for both the Washington Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals. If the Redskins win, they move to 4-2 and stay in the fight in the NFC East and the wild- card race. The Cardinals are currently tied for first place in the NFC West and a loss could cost them precious ground in that race. And no, it's not too early to talk about the playoffs because both teams are still in positions to determine their own fates.
Both teams are coming off losses and are hoping to regain confidence and momentum. The Redskins dropped too many balls on offense and didn't take advantage of QB Jason Campbell's consistent play and leadership against the Packers, while the Cardinals are down to their third-string quarterback after Kurt Warner was hurt in the loss to Carolina. The Washington defense is playing very well right now and is the strength of the team, and the pressure will be on Cardinals QB Tim Rattay to manage the game effectively and limit his mistakes.