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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Springs vs. Owens XI

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

It's looking like Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs (calf) will play against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Springs injured his calf in the third quarter of the Redskins' win at Texas Stadium earlier this season.

But in the first half of that game, Springs provided defensive coordinators across the league with a blueprint for defending Terrell Owens. Springs jammed T.O. at the line of scrimmage and refused to let him get into his normal routes. Over the next couple of weeks, Bengals cornerback Leon Hall and Cardinals cornerback Rod Hood took similar approaches.

Springs and T.O. have met 10 times during their careers, and both players have had their moments. Springs is the type of big, physical corner that can give T.O. fits. The Cowboys will try to put T.O. in motion a lot more Sunday in an attempt to make it tougher on Springs and Carlos Rogers.

The Cowboys desperately need T.O. to get back on track. He was a non-factor when Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger were in the game. I think the Cowboys will try to go to him early in the game.