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Corey Wootton likely to remain inside even if Stephen Paea returns

Updated: November 19, 2013 6:40AM

Even if Stephen Paea returns from his turf-toe injury Sunday against the Redskins, Corey Wootton expects to stay at defensive tackle.

“I’ve been practicing both,” Wootton said Thursday, “but the majority of it has been inside.”

Wootton moved to the three-technique from defensive end to make up for season-ending knee injuries to Nate Collins and Henry Melton. Paea, the third member of the season-opening defensive-tackle rotation, missed the last two games.

Wootton hit Eli Manning once and hurried him six times last week.

Health looking up

Every active player practiced, with cornerback Charles Tillman making a rare Thursday appearance. Tillman, nursing a knee injury, didn’t practice the Thursdays before the Lions and Saints games and missed the Giants game last Thursday night.

“He’s not getting any worse — he’s only getting better,” coach Marc Trestman said.

Tillman was limited, as was linebacker James Anderson (back), tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) and Paea. Safeties Major Wright (knee) and Anthony Walters (hamstring) were full participants.

This and that

Defensive end Julius Peppers practiced one day after sitting out because of a coach’s decision. Trestman wanted him to take a break because the team had an extra practice this week. “He wouldn’t want to come out of anything if we didn’t pull the reins in on him a little bit,” Trestman said.

◆ The Redskins had only one player limited in practice: rookie cornerback David Amerson (concussion).

Contributing: Adam L. Jahns


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