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Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 9:53 am
 

Hot Routes 08.25.10: Bleeding nose and sore toes

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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- Donovan McNabb will sit out Washington’s third preseason game due to a sprained ankle. FB Mike Sellers also will be out.

- San Diego running back Ryan Mathews has undergone a procedure that would stop his nose from bleeding during games. The procedure sounds less than appetizing.

- Don’t say that Jaguars WR Jarett Dillard isn’t specific. In this article, Dillard explains exactly how many receptions he wants to make this season. That number is 67.

- Yesterday we wondered why the Redskins would sign Tyrone Carter given the team’s depth at safety. Now we know. Starting free safety Kareem Moore is expected to be out four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn medical collateral ligament in his right knee.

- Ravens OT Jared Gaither doesn’t need surgery, but he’s not going to rush back, either.

- Well, at least Patriots RB Lawrence Maroney, who has just eight carries in two preseason games, has kept his sense of humor .

- Pisa Tinoisamoa may win the strongside linebacker job in Chicago after Nick Roach underwent minor knee surgery Tuesday.

- Jimmy Clausen is practicing but may battle a sore right big toe all season.

- Wondering which team will log the most travel miles in 2010? The answer: San Francisco, with 35,219 (thanks, in part, to the London trip).

- Kellen Winslow (or, since he’s a member of the Bucs, Kellen “Losefast”) may not play at all this preseason . He’s healthy – Raheem Morris just has no need to evaluate him at this point.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:07 pm
 

Veteran movement from today

Posted by Andy Benoit

Three teams brought in new veterans to provide depth Monday. The Redskins signed former Steelers safety Tyrone Carter; the Patriots traded for Falcons guard Quinn Ojinnaka; and the Bears signed former Redskins quarterback Todd Collins.

The Carter signing is surprising given Washington’s plentiful depth at safety. Third-year pro Kareem Moore is expected to win the starting job opposite LaRon Landry. That leaves two young former starters in Chris Horton and Reed Doughty filling the second string. Coaches haven’t been thrilled with Horton’s inconsistency, and Doughty tends to take bad angles at times. But both are quality backups. So what’s Washington’s plan with Carter?

Some observers have raised questions about New England’s Ojinnaka acquisition. The fifth-year pro is suspended the first game of the season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy (domestic violence in May 2009). But, the uncomfortable truth is that New England needs depth up front, and Ojinnaka is a fairly versatile 300-pounder with 12 career starts. And the good news about a one-game suspension is that it’s only one game.

Of course, as ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas pointed out, with the Falcons drafting Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley, it was possible that Ojinnaka wasn’t going to make the Falcons final roster anyway. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff may have used his relationship with is former Patriot front office colleagues to his advantage here.

As for Collins – obviously, he gives the Bears security in the event that Jay Cutler gets hurt or suddenly collapses under the weight of his own ego.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Polamalu's knee no longer a factor

T. Polamalu will make a major impact on Pittsburgh's defense if he's completely healthy (Getty). During a podcast I taped today with Will Brinson – it should be up on the blog later this afternoon – we had a lengthy conversation about the Steelers and how dependent they are on Troy Polamalu to return to strength after playing only five games last year due to a knee injury.

Without him in the lineup last year, Pittsburgh was forced to use Tyrone Carter at the strong safety spot. The experiment did not go well – and really, it’s not fair to expect the undersized Carter, who’s now a free agent by the way, to replicate Polamalu’s talent and production – and the Steelers secondary only recorded 10 interceptions while finishing 16th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game.

Now, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , Polamalu is healthy and ready to return and cause havoc for opposing offenses. His knee no longer should be a factor.

"It took a little longer than I anticipated," Polamalu told the paper. "I'm fine now. It just took longer in the offseason. There's no way I could have played in the Super Bowl or anything like that. Maybe I was just fooling myself to work toward something like that."

Polamalu never had surgery to repair the damage to his knee ligaments, because the recovery was too uncertain. He decided to let the knee heal on its own, and now, he’s healthy enough to practice. But what about actually playing in a game?

"It's a whole other story when you have to play,” he said. “You really can't say how confident you are until you really have people falling on you and your legs.

“Exploding off it hasn't been a problem at all. You can simulate that through training. But you can't really simulate people falling on it and people around your legs. But I honestly don't think that's a huge problem at all."

If Polamalu is healthy – and Will and I discussed this – the Steelers will have a better chance of competing for an AFC North title, particularly when it comes to dealing with the newly-retooled passing offenses of the Bengals and Ravens. If he’s not as healthy as he wants – or he reinjures himself – this season could go downhill pretty quickly in Pittsburgh. Yes, Polamalu is that important.

--Josh Katzowitz

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