Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Just huddled with a high-ranking member of the Redskins organization for a few minutes and he told me that Shawn Springs' absence from tonight's game caught everyone by surprise. Springs was kicked in the calf during Monday's practice, but he was listed as probable the rest of the week and didn't seem to have any problems.
The pain became worse as the week went on, and he didn't even try to test his calf before the game. Fred Smoot will start in his place. It's a major disappointment for a guy who reportedly came to training camp in the best shape of his life.