Receiver Roulette Brings Farris Back

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The failure of any receiver besides Santana Moss to produce during Washington's 2005 season prompted the Redskins to splurge the ensuing offseason on wideouts Antwaan Randle El and Brandon Lloyd.

But now the Redskins have re-signed one of those washed-out wideouts, Jimmy Farris, to replace the injured Lloyd on the roster. Lloyd broke his collarbone during Wednesday's practice and was placed on season-ending injured reserve yesterday.

Farris, 29, caught one pass for 18 yards while playing mostly on special teams in four games in 2005. Lloyd wasn't much more effective with 25 catches for 379 yards in 23 games.

Farris said it didn't take him long to re-establish the chemistry he had with quarterback Jason Campbell. Both were on the scout team in 2005 and 2006 before Farris was cut during the latter summer.

"It feels like I was just gone a week," said Farris, who had worked out only for New Orleans since being let go this summer by Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, Moss sprinted off the field in sweats with a smile on his face. With his bruised heel able to handle being covered by a shoe for the first time this week, Moss held out hope he could suit up Sunday at Dallas. Moss might participate at least in individual drills today after just walking and jogging yesterday.

With Moss questionable at best and No. 3 receiver James Thrash all but out with a high ankle sprain - although he's now off crutches and in a walking boot - 37-year-old Keenan McCardell and little-used Reche Caldwell will be asked to produce as they did for other teams.

McCardell has contributed eight catches, 102 yards and a touchdown in limited duty but played 40 snaps last week, only 16 fewer than starter Antwaan Randle El, who has a tender hamstring. …