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Posted on: October 16, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 8:39 pm
 

Haynesworth might not play Sunday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth most likely will be deactivated for Sunday night’s game vs. the Colts.

Haynesworth Haynesworth missed last week’s game following the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident. He didn’t return to the team until last Thursday, and since he missed about a week’s worth of conditioning work, he might simply not be in game shape.

This is what coach Mike Shanahan had to say earlier this week regarding Haynesworth: “He'll be a game-time decision – from our standpoint, where he's at, both mentally and physically. We'll make a decision right before the game.

"Anytime you're away for six days, there's conditioning, obviously. So, you want to see where he's at, both physically and mentally. But we understand what happened, we understand the crisis that he was dealing with, so, hopefully, he can get back in shape and do the things he needs to do to help us win."

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Haynesworth is back with the Redskins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth returned to the team today after missing last week’s game because of the death of his brother. We still don’t know, though, if he’ll play Sunday night against the Colts.

"Obviously, he went through a tough six days," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters, including the Washington Post. "I had a good conversation with him. He practiced today, and he'll be a game-time decision, from our standpoint, where he's at, both mentally and physically. We'll make a decision right before the game.

"Anytime you're away for six days, there's conditioning, obviously. So, you want to see where he's at, both physically and mentally. But we understand what happened, we understand the crisis that he was dealing with, so, hopefully, he can get back in shape and do the things he needs to do to help us win."

Haynesworth didn’t speak to reporters before the team bussed to a hanger at Dulles airport to practice (it was raining today, and the Redskins don’t have an indoor practice facility).

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Brandon Marshall: Future NFL analyst?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Marshall, on bye this week, made a little cameo on America's favorite presume show, "NFL Today" -- if you missed it, we've got video below, and either way you should watch, because he was pretty awesome.

Even better, he was very forthright about tons of topics -- he discussed Bill Parcells' possible retirement and the leadership change in Miami ("we all know who our leader is"), why he left Denver (saying Josh McDaniels' "philosophy was totally different" and that "He wanted to do some things that I guess I didn't fit in to") and stated that if Mike Shanahan was still in Denver, he and Jay Cutler would "absolutely" still be there.

He also talked about possibly playing for the Miami Heat, although you could tell that he was doing so mostly in jest. Which, you'll recall, is not how he discussed the possibility of him playing basketball before, even using the phrase "I'm serious."

Marshall touched on the Darrelle Revis/Antonio Cromartie trashing Randy Moss stuff, and said, to much laughter, that since Revis is busy training and nursing a sore hammy, he should probably shut his mouth and "let the legend live." Maybe most interesting, though, was his theory on why wide receivers are so, ahem, needing of attention and end up getting traded after wearing out their welcomes -- he believes that since they're "the only guys that can really ask for the ball," that changes how they're required to generate attention. It makes some sense, but what's so impressive about it all is that Marshall looks like a guy who could end up in a booth or on the television after he's done playing.

Provided he's not running an NBA team or something.

Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Redskins part ways with Devin Thomas

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter first reported, the Redskins today cut WR Devin Thomas, a player who had shown promise but couldn’t consistently give standout performances.

Thomas Thomas was the team’s second-round pick in 2008, and last season, he started 10 of the 14 games he played. But he only made 25 catches while scoring three touchdowns, and once new coach Mike Shanahan got to town, he quickly buried Thomas on the depth chart.

He had been the team’s kick returner this year, averaging 28.0 yards per attempt (fifth-best in the NFL with those returning at least 10 kicks), but according to the Washington Post, Thomas had lined up at WR just once in four games.
He simply couldn’t find his spot on Shanahan’s roster.

According to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in Washington, Thomas participated fully in the team's walkthrough today, but after practice, he was informed he no longer had a job.

"Wherever I go,” Thomas told Paulsen, “I'm about to tear it up."

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Portis will be out 4-6 weeks with groin injury

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan dropped a surprise in our laps at his news conference this afternoon. He told reporters, including Washington radio personality Chris Russell, that RB Clinton Portis has a third degree of separation of his groin and will be out 4-6 weeks.

That means Ryan Torain officially becomes the starter, and Shanahan said Chad Simpson will move to the No. 2 spot.

On Monday, Portis said his groin was stiff and bothering him but he didn’t reveal the extent of the damage.

Torain looked to be making a move to secure Portis’ starting position anyway. In the two games he’s played, Torain has rushed for 116 yards and a score on 25 carries.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:23 pm
 

Shanahan endorses 'honest lying' on injury report

Posted by Will Brinson

Honest lying are my words, not Mike Shanahan's, but there's really no other way to describe what he discussed with the media today, re: how various teams in the NFL use the injury report to their advantage in preparing for games.

First, however, a quick rundown of the Redskins players listed as "questionable" -- considered 50 percent chance to play -- on the team's injury report: LB Lorenzo Alexander (ankle), WR Anthony Armstrong (groin), P Josh Bidwell (hip), CB DeAngelo Hall (back), DL Albert Haynesworth (thumb), S Chris Horton (ankle), G Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), RB Clinton Portis (wrist), RB Keiland Williams (ankle), and OL Trent Williams (toe/knee).

Please also note there is no one on the "probable" -- considered 75 percent chance to play -- or "doubtful" -- 25 percent -- list, respectively.

So, anyway, back to the point, which is that Shanny was discussing the injury report and for some reason or another got to talking about the fact that, according to Mike Jones of TBD, "different teams list players on injury reportmore honestly than others."

Someone then asked him if he was one of those honest teams and he said, "No."

Which is both head-bangingly annoying as well as knee-slapping hysterical, since he's essentially laughing in the face of the media and the NFL with their silly little "injury report rules." (I picture him laughing like this while he discusses his decision to put 10 guys on the questionable list.)

It's annoying, though, because just as Bill Belichick has done so often, it makes everyone's jobs and fantasy football decisions that much tougher.

Since, after all, given how tough an NFL season is, you could theoretically list every single player on every single team as "questionable" by the time the season ends up crossing over the halfway point.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:14 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 8:19 pm
 

Shanahan: Portis will start

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan declared today that RB Clinton Portis will start Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.

Shanahan’s decision had been in question because Portis has been suffering from a wrist injury and he saw reduced playing time last week against the Rams (he played on less than half of Washington’s snaps). Plus, he didn’t come off well when he made a quarterback slide at the end of the long first-half gain against the Rams to protect the wrist and to protect himself from fumbling.

He didn’t play at all in the second half, but apparently, Shanahan believes he’s the right man to be in the starting lineup.

That doesn’t mean, though, that Portis will be the No. 1 RB the rest of the season. Ryan Torain – who was signed to the Redskins practice squad earlier this month before moving to the 53-man roster after Larry Johnson was released – was originally drafted by Shanahan (in 2008) when the coach was still in Denver.

Portis was also drafted by Shanahan  (in 2002), but you have to wonder how much mileage Portis has left in his legs and if Shanahan feels Torain is a better fit for the more every-down carries.

 During his first game action last week, Torain had seven carries for 46 yards.

And if you want to have some fun looking at others having fun with Photoshop, click this hogshaven.com link. Some pretty humorous looks of Portis, based on the Getty photo from below.

C. Portis has been battling wrist injuries, but he will start Washington's game this Sunday in Philadelphia (Getty).

For what it's worth, Shanahan was asked about Portis' decision to go down at the end of his first-half run.

From the Redskins official blog: "I don't get into my conversations with players," Shanahan said. "We've talked about that before. But I addressed it at the time, I addressed it with him and felt very comfortable with the explanation; now we go on."

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:46 am
 

Week 4 Key Matchup: Sufficient skill for 'Skins?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Obviously on Sunday the focus in Philadelphia will be on Donovan McNabb. But what about the rest of the other 21 players on the field? The 1-2 Redskins are dangerously thin – emaciated, even – at the skill positions. Wideout Santana Moss can stretch the field. Fellow wideout Joey Galloway can stretch the field only theoretically. The 16th-year veteran has just three catches on the season.

You can’t count on Galloway or any of the backup wide receivers to provide much. Thus, one key for Washington will be finding ways to avoid a Moss-on-Asante Samuel matchup. Moss’ game is predicated on speed and quickness. Samuel’s off-ball style of coverage naturally neutralizes these elements.

Chris Cooley is often Washington’s X-factor. In this game, he’s a XX-factor. The Eagles struggled mightily last season in covering tight ends. Hence, the trade for speedy underneath outside linebacker Ernie Sims. By using Cooley in motion and aligning him in a variety of areas (the slot, backfield, etc.), Washington can force Sims – or, ideally, strong safety Quintin Mikell – to react presnap. This will make Philadelphia’s blitz schemes easier to diagnose.

A key factor will be whether rookie left tackle Trent Williams is healthy enough to block Trent Cole one-on-one (Williams was inactive in Week 3 but returned to practice Wednesday and is expected to play.) The Redskins would hate to have to keep Cooley in as an extra pass-blocker. In fact, they’d probably use Cooley as a de factor receiver and refer to second tight end Fred Davis for blocking duties. In that case, fullback Mike Sellers might off the field, which could dilute the play-action threat.

The Redskins must incorporate their run game to avoid getting into a shootout. Running will be tough given the issues at left guard (incumbent starter Derrick Dockery has fallen into a serious job competition with Kory Lichtensteiger). Philly’s Mike Patterson and Broderick Bunkley form one of the more vociferous defensive tackle tandems in the league. Plus, backup Trevor Laws is coming off one of his best games as a pro.

And let’s not forget, Clinton Portis is nearing the point where he’s only effective as a fourth quarter closer (assuming he’s still fresh in the fourth quarter). Plus, Portis’ bruising style won’t be as impactful against 258-pound middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. Ryan Torain is Washington’s best runner – especially in Mike Shanahan’s zone scheme. Don’t be surprised if Torain wears the hat on Sunday.

Ron Jaworski thought McNabb had perhaps the best game of his career against the Texans in Week 2. That still came in a losing effort. McNabb’s return trip to the City of Brotherly Love could be a reminder that talent is important, but equally as important is the talent around you.

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