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'Skins Lose Harvey, Two Linemen


The worst season of Ken Harvey's career might be over.

The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker will undergo surgery for a knee injury suffered against the Arizona Cardinals.

"He has pain in his knee. He has swelling in his knee," trainer Bubba Tyer said. "He has a sensation that he says feels like a knuckle needing to be popped."

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  • Also, the Redskins, without a backup offensive lineman who has played an offensive snap for the team, added to their thinned ranks by signing Keith Sims and Kip Vickers. Tre Johnson and Troy Drake, who both sustained knee injuries in Sunday's 45-42 loss to Arizona, were placed on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

    Harvey, whose ability to rush the quarterback made him a perennial Pro Bowl selection, has been weakened this season by hamstring and shoulder injuries. He has a career-low two sacks, both in the 28-3 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago.

    Harvey underwent an MRI on Monday. With the results inconclusive, he told the team he wanted to work through the injury instead of yielding to the surgery option right away. But a day's worth of therapy left him sore, still in pain and showing no improvement.

    "I'm walking, I'm talking," Harvey said as he limped out the front door of Redskin Park on Tuesday.

    Although

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    The Redskins will miss Ken Harvey's, right, defensive presence. (AP)
    a timetable for recovery won't be known until after his surgery on Wednesday, it's probable Harvey won't be back this year. The Redskins (2-9) are out of the playoff race.

    "He could be out," Tyer said. "But Kenny's a warhorse. Don't count him out."

    Harvey' backup, second-year linebacker Greg Jones, has a sprained ankle, but Tyer said he expects Jones to play this week.

    The loss of Johnson and Drake had left the Redskins with eight offensive linemen: five shuffled starters plus rookie Mark Fischer, long snapper Dan Turk and midseason acquisition Paul Wiggins.

    Fischer and Wiggins have yet to play, while Turk has played only on special teams. Of the five starters, only center Cory Raymer and right tackle Shar Pourdanesh hold the same positions they played on opening day.

    The two new additions haven't played anywhere this season. Sims, a nine-year veteran primarily with the Dolphins, was cut by the Eagles at the end of training camp. He was on the Redskins roster for two games last season, but didn't play.

    Vickers spent his first five years with the Colts. They waived him during training camp this year.

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