The mood heading into Coach Zorn’s press conference today was fairly light-hearted, as you’d expect. It’s the day after a win, the second straight. It’s a light day of work for the players, which also makes things easier on the media. And even the weather here in Ashburn is gorgeous. Which made the first bit of news out of Zorn’s mouth seem like a real downer.
- Jason Taylor out for at least one game. Apparently Taylor got kicked in the calf during the second quarter of yesterday’s game. No one thought much of it, and he continued to play — the worst anyone assumed was charlie horse. The symptoms got worse as the night progressed, though, and Taylor went to the hospital late. They discovered that he was suffering from compartmental syndrome, which the internet makes sound characteristically terrifying, but which can apparently be handled with a quick procedure, about 20 minutes. “He’s gonna be fine,” Zorn said. “Our problem is, he’s gonna be out for this Dallas game and we’re not sure beyond that.” Zorn followed this up with a brief anatomy lesson, describing the various muscles in the calf, but the mood was pretty much already shot.
- There were a couple of lighter moments in the press conference — asked why the team runs to the left so much, Zorn imitated the reporter, saying, “‘Gosh! They’re running to the left a lot!’ Well, we’ve got an all-pro left tackle!” — but even those turned sort of grim. Zorn followed up the compliment for Samuels by noting that Stephon Heyer wouldn’t practice if there was practice today, and that if he can’t go before Friday, he’s not playing.
- As far as the safety question, Zorn said, “I think we’re still with Reed [Doughty]. I haven’t heard anything different, and I haven’t thought anything different.” He said that he saw Doughty limping, which was why Chris Horton played more of the second half.
Not really the lighthearted celebration of a win that I had expected and hoped for.