And coach Chan Gailey suddenly finds himself juggling a banged-up roster that's down its second left tackle with rookie Chris Hairston (right ankle) expected to miss between two and four weeks.
"I don't think we take satisfaction in the fact that we're better than people thought we were, because in our minds we're better than 4-2 right now," Fitzpatrick said. "We've got to come out and show it."
Hairston was starting his second game in place of Demetrius Bell (shoulder). Gailey said there's a chance
Bell could return in two weeks.
The defense is even more banged up. Linebacker Shawne Merriman missed Sunday's game after aggravating an Achilles tendon injury. Merriman said he'll be ready to play against Washington, though Gailey wasn't sure.
Also limping are linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who is having tests to evaluate a left foot injury that could eventually require surgery.
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