Green Bay Packers: Third-year LB Torrance Marshall said Monday he was told he would be starting in place of middle linebacker Nick Barnett on Thanksgiving Day. "I know what it's going to be like," Marshall told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'm not a young guy anymore. It's just a matter of playing, getting a chance to play. I got a chance last week. I did pretty good. That was that." Coach Mike Sherman confirmed Marshall handled himself fairly well, but he was out of position on Garrison Hearst's 22-yard run in the third quarter. But considering it was his first significant playing time this season the coaches could excuse that kind of error ...Despite suffering bruised ribs, there is a chance that S Darren Sharper will play Thursday. "I'm not ready to rule 'Sharp' out," Green Bay defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. "He wants to play so bad. If he's cleared he'll be out there in a heartbeat."
Washington Redskins: There has been frustration with several assistant coaches in the upper reaches of the organization, but perhaps no coach is on a seat as hot as first-year defensive coordinator George Edwards. His unit, which ranked fifth overall last year, is ranked 26th and has given up game-winning scoring drives in the fourth quarter of the last two games. But he, and the rest of the staff, got a vote of confidence from coach Steve Spurrier Monday. "Our assistant coaches are an excellent group," Spurrier told the Washington Times. "I can assure you they put in as much time and effort trying to put our players in position to make plays as I think any staff in the NFL." ... The Redskins signed former New England OT Kenyatta Jones to a two-year, minimum-salary deal with no signing bonus. Jones was projected to start by the Patriots but was cut Oct. 26 after being charged with assaulting his house guest and administrative assistant, Mark Paul. Jones' signing was prompted by LT Chris Samuel's knee injury. Samuels will miss Sunday's game at the very least with a sprained knee. The two-time Pro Bowl player is scheduled to receive an MRI exam today to determine the extent of his injury.