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BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--Adam Carriker, like most players, keeps an eye on the opposition's injury report each week to get the best idea about which player he'll face in the game. His vigilance this week is paying off.
The Washington Redskins' left defensive end would be opposite Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo on Sunday night, but Colombo is still recovering from right knee surgery. Reports out of Dallas say that he will not play.
Colombo's backup is Alex Barron, who was traded to Dallas in May from the St. Louis Rams, which also happens to be--you guessed it--Carriker's former team.
Carriker didn't face Barron that often in Rams' practice because Carriker went mostly against guards as a
"Colombo is a different player than A.B. is," Carriker said. "You prepare a little bit different mentally and know what to expect a little bit differently. Colombo is a little bit heavier, a little bit of a bigger dude. I think A.B. is probably a little bit more athletic. He's a big, long, rangy, athletic guy. He's got plenty of talent."
Carriker has played fairly well since the Redskins and Rams exchanged four late-round draft picks in April and included him in the deal. He missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, but he appears to fit better as an end in Washington's 3-4 than he did a tackle in the Rams' 4-3.
He appears to have good upper body strength and generally got the best of right guard Artis Hicks in their daily match-ups in camp. He flashed early in the preseason when he pressured Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards into a weak pass that cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted.