Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: August 23, 2010 1:56 pm

Trent Williams might need some help

T. Williams struggled against Baltimore's pass rush Saturday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Trent Williams will face numerous pass-rushing specialists this year – some of the best defensive ends and linebackers in the game. Sure, he’s a rookie LT, but he also was the fourth pick taken in the NFL Draft and the Redskins are expecting him to keep QB Donovan McNabb’s blind side safe.

That’s why Saturday night’s game against the Ravens was so disheartening.

Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs – who’s more of an all-around LB rather than a monster pass-rusher – owned Williams, who gave up a sack and numerous pressures to Suggs in the Ravens win. As the Washington Post points out, that means the Redskins might need to give Williams more help, especially when he has to face the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Mario Williams, Trent Cole and Dwight Freeney this season.

Jason Reid writes:

On Suggs's sack of McNabb in the second quarter, Williams was beaten so badly off the ball that he never had a chance to set up and get into his technique. For that matter, McNabb didn't have a chance, either. And the big play illustrated why premier rush ends/outside linebackers are valued more in the NFL than any position except quarterback and lock-down corners.

(After a Baltimore fumble), on Washington's first play, Suggs raced past Williams and brought down McNabb for a five-yard loss. The Redskins attempted two deep passes that fell incomplete, punted and did nothing on offense for the remainder of the blowout loss.

Late in the first quarter, with Washington facing third and 1, Suggs drove Williams into the backfield and brought down running back Larry Johnson for a three-yard loss. Williams also was called for a false start.

Of course, it was only a preseason game. Suggs has won many individual battles throughout his career against some of the game's most experienced and talented left tackles. And the Redskins had other major pass-protection issues against Baltimore, especially in blitz pick-ups.

But still, not a great start for a tackle who’s very athletic but was also known as a devastating run blocker and just a pretty good pass protector while in college.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 1:00 am

Shanny says: no practice, no play for Haynesworth

Posted by Will Brinson

Running through a quick mental checklist of a standard preseason NFL blogging shift (two Jets posts, five Favre posts, etc) I realized I'd forgotten something: Albert Haynesworth!

Fortunately for me, there's been an update on his previously reported condition of rhabdomyolysis .

Mike Shanahan, in an interview with FanHouse's Thomas George , stated that he is "not aware" of that medical condition. More importantly, he says that if Haynesworth doesn't practice, he won't play.

"One thing for sure that is clear to me is that Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing,'' Shanahan said. "That will not happen under this regime. If he's going to play, he's going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over. And that, to me, says it all."

So, once again, we have a situation where a) Haynesworth is being potentially petulant and b) Shanny is taking a hard-line stance.

It's not hard to guess who'll win this battle (again), and it's also not hard to fault anyone for siding with the somewhat grating Redskins coach here: Haynesworth gets paid like a superstar and acts like a toddler; it's just frustrating to watch unfold.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 2:20 pm

Haynesworth's suffering could be serious

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This Albert Haynesworth situation certainly continues to stay interesting.

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting a league source has told him the Redskins DL could be suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream which could result in kidney damage.

According to Google Health , symptoms include general weakness, muscle aching and tenderness, nausea and vomiting.

If that’s true, that’s probably why Haynesworth was so pissed while talking to reporters following Saturday night’s preseason game. You’ll recall here that Haynesworth was very snarky after the game, saying “I was told I had headaches or whatever and that's why I couldn't go out and practice. It was a little bit more than that, but they didn't want to expose that.”

Obviously, Haynesworth’s condition wasn’t bad enough to keep him from playing in the second half of Saturday’s game. But you also have to wonder: did coach Mike Shanahan not reveal this possible diagnosis in order to question Haynesworth’s toughness or because it was a private medical issue? Why didn’t Haynesworth say something to the media last week? Is this a career-threatening condition? What’s the next piece of news to come out regarding Haynesworth/Shanahan?

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:48 am

Redskins to be without Kareem Moore

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The loss of Redskins FS Kareem Moore for four to six weeks because of a sprained MCL is a tough blow for Washington. Though he mainly had been considered a backup and a special teamer in his first years in the NFL, he might have been the biggest surprise in Redskins training camp.

As the Washington Post writes, “barring an unexpectedly favorable MRI report, the Redskins plan to proceed as if Moore will be sidelined for the regular-season opener Sept. 12.”

He was a sixth round pick in the 2008 draft, but he was slated to start this season after showing impressive ball skills during practice. He had surpassed Reed Doughty and Chris Horton to move up the depth chart. Even if Moore could return by the season opener, expect the team to use extreme caution in bringing him back into the fold.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 12:13 am

Haynesworth is not very happy

Haynesworth had some interesting things to say after the game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just when you thought it was safe to stop talking about Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth, he provided quite a show in the postgame news conference following Washington’s preseason loss to Baltimore.

Click the link to read the transcript provided by the Washington Examiner’s John Keim.

By the way, the interview went 1 minute, 26 seconds before a Redskins official cut off the presser.

My favorite part(s):

On why the Redskins would say Haynesworth was suffering from headaches when, in fact, his diagnosis was more complex than that (according to Haynesworth, of course):

“I don't know, but I guess to make themselves look good, make me look bad for not going to their offseason conditioning program. Next year I'm not coming either. I'll be with my trainer again and I'll get back in the same shape I'm in and feel good about myself.”

On how he felt playing Saturday night:

“It was all right; third quarter, ninth-year pro, I don't think I should have been out in the third quarter but for having headaches, that's what they wanted to do.”

But before you go and start feeling all sorry for Haynesworth, check out this point from Keim on his Twitter feed : “Albert doesn't talk during week; then gets mad at team for not saying all that was wrong with him. Hmm; how could this have been resolved?”

Anybody have a guess whether Haynesworth will be with the Redskins during the season? I’d say probably, but obviously, nobody is happy with anybody else.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 9:30 am

Hot Routes 8.21.10: injuries galore

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Atari Bigby, currently recovering from ankle surgery, could be headed for PUP. Doctors are saying the strong safety might need eight weeks to get healthy again.

Falcons fifth-round rookie receiver Kerry Meier is out for the season with a knee injury.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye needs wrist surgery and has been put on Injured Reserve.

Greg Toler and Trumaine McBride are in a hot competition for the Cardinals’ No. 2 corner job. This tells you that the second-year pro Toler hasn’t played up to expectations; the job was supposed to be his to begin with.

Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley are building a strong rapport in Washington.

One more Redskins note: despite missing chunks of practice for…whatever ailment he seems to have this week…Albert Haynesworth would like to play Saturday against the Ravens.

Chris Johnson was so proud of his accomplishments in 2009 that he got some new tattoos to commemorate them. Click here to take a look.

The punter position has been a problem for Green Bay (the team tied for last in the NFL in net punting average in 2009). It could just be exaggerated optimism, but coaches think things are turning around.

With safety Louis Delmas’s status for Week 1 in question (groin injury), more and more people are calling on the Lions to acquire disgruntled Chiefs safety Jarrad Page.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 2:37 pm

Haynesworth wants to play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to the Washington Post , Albert Haynesworth wants to play in Saturday’s preseason game against Baltimore.

Haynesworth hasn’t practiced the past few days, because he hasn’t felt well due to heat exhaustion. But apparently he’s feeling better, and he sounds determined to play in the second half vs. the Ravens.

He’s expected to work as a nose tackle and a defensive end.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 2:57 pm

Mike Furrey done for season, could retire

Posted by Andy Benoit

Redskins wide receiver Mike Furrey, who once had a 98-catch season as a Lion, is out for the season and possibly forever. Furrey has battled concussion problems and missed a large portion of training camp. His is pondering retirement. Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington broke the story.

Furrey is one of the few players in NFL history to legitimately play both sides of the ball. He’s been a wide receiver (mainly a slot receiver) and safety.

Furrey's absence could mean one more chance for Washington's disappointing second-round receivers, Malcolm Kelly and/or Devin Thomas.

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