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  • Conduct Detrimental to the Club


    The Washington Redskins have a open active roster spot to be used on a player who will better fit their long-term plans, after defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was suspended without pay by the  Redskins on Tuesday for the last four games of the season, the Redskins said the move was made because of “conduct detrimental to the club.” The four-game suspension without pay is the the maximum permitted under the collective bargaining agreement and will cost Haynesworth $847,000 (the pro-rated portion of his $3.6 million 2010 salary), if it stands. According to coach Mike Shanahan: “When Albert was at Redskin Park on Monday, he told our General Manager Bruce Allen that he would no longer speak with me. The Redskins said General Manager Bruce Allen told Haynesworth about the suspension Tuesday. Albert Haynesworth’s agent Chad Speck issued a statement saying the accusations made by Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen are vague and without merit and the suspension will certainly be appealed.

    Haynesworth will not be allowed at Redskins Park for practices or meetings for the final four weeks of the season. Many will ask what took the Redskins so long to make this move considering Haynesworth, skipped off-season workouts, boycotted a mandatory mini-camp, needed 10 days to pass a conditioning test at training camp and as Shanahan put it “repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.” Had the Redskins made this move any sooner, they would have been forced to let Haynesworth return to the locker room after sitting out four games, or release him. Now they can move pass the “$100 million defensive lineman” until the end of the season.

    The Albert Haynesworth saga is about to move from Mike Shanahan’s area of operation and into Bruce Allen’s area of responsibility. Haynesworth and Speck will file a appeal that will take more than a month to reach a conclusion meaning there is zero chance of Haynesworth playing again this year. If Haynesworth gets anything out of the appeals process it will be money, the provision of the CBA limiting suspensions to four weeks states that its limits apply to “any deactivation of a player in response to player conduct other than a deactivation in response to a players on-field playing ability. Any deactivation even one with pay, if done for disciplinary reasons, counts against the maximum four weeks of discipline. Sunday’s deactivation may have been for disciplinary reasons and might net Haynesworth one game check. 

    The Redskins re-structured that much talked about $21 million bonus so that the entire amount would be charged to 2010, which is an uncapped year and the structure of the deal may put either the entire bonus amount or $17.5 million of it subject to forfeiture by Haynesworth. The CBA has language in it that says that the player can forfeit bonus if the “player willfully takes action that has effect of substantially undermining his ability to fully participate and contribute.”, in his statement regarding the Haynesworth’s decision head coach Mike Shanahan said that Haynesworth “has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations.  He has also refused to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well.”

    If Haynesworth losses his appeal of the four game suspension look for Bruce Allen to go after a large chunk of that $21 million bonus that Albert Haynesworth received in April.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    The Replacement Backs 


    The Washington Redskins run game all but disappeared on Sunday, with the loss of Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain the team is desperate to have one of the other backs on the roster step up. Keiland Williams and James Davis combined for 16 yards on nine carries last week, as a team the Redskins only gained 29 yards on Sunday. On Wednesday, rookie Shawnbrey McNeal became the 12th running back the Redskins have had on either the active roster or the practice squad this year when he was signed to the practice squad as running back Kestahn Moore replacement.

    Getting Ryan Torain back could help, because he has shown an ability to follow blocks well and has cutback ability, last week the Redskins didn’t have a running back with a run longer than four yards

    News & Notes:

    — The Redskins worked indoors at a Northern Virginia facility on Wednesday because a rainstorm made the fields at Redskins Park too wet for practice. The Redskins do not not have a indoor facility at Redskins park and previously practiced in an empty hangar at nearby Dulles Airport on bad weather days. The team used a basketball court, instead of the floor of the hangar, which was descried as “a little bit slippery.”

    — The Redskins added wide reciever Maurice Price to their practice squad to replace WR Terrence Austin, who was promoted to the active roster on Saturday. Price was undrafted out of Charleston Southern in 2007 and has never played in a regular season game. 

    — The NFL announced that full refunds will be given to general admission seats for all preseason and regular season games canceled by a work stoppage in 2011, the NFL refunds will not extend to Personal Seat Licenses or club and luxury seats.  Teams will decide on an individual basis how to handle the PSLs and more expensive seats. On Wednesday the Redskins announced that the 2011 refunds will apply to all seats, general admission, suites and Premium Club among them. Season ticket holders can either receive a traditional refund or can apply it to future seats. The team noted that general admission prices have remained the same since the 2006 season and the price will not be going up in 2011

    — Guard Artis Hicks was benched last week in favor of Will Montgomery after two series. He said after the game that his ailing thigh/groin was not an issue, and that he just didn’t get the job done.

    — Running back James Davis cut into RB Keiland Williams’ rushing attempts last Sunday because the Redskins wanted to see how Davis would perform in real game situations after keeping him on the practice squad for a month.

    — Pro Bowl voting for fans closes on Dec. 20, Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is fourth among special teams players, Chris Cooley is fifth in the NFC among tight ends, Brian Orakpo is third in the voting for outside linebackers, Mike Sellers is the second-leading vote-getter among fullbacks, DeAngelo Hall is second among cornerbacks, and LaRon Landry has a 49,000 plus vote lead among the strong safeties.

    — “I’m not going to say he’s definitely out, But I’d say it’s a longshot.” – Coach Mike Shanahan after practice Wednesday talking about the availability of safety LaRon Landry this weekend, Landry has missed the last two games because of an Achilles’ tendon injury

    “I just feel like different situations cause that to happen, Things are a little bit unstable in Washington, and it didn’t work out quite that well there. In Carolina, they have other issues to worry about other than receivers… I definitely was surprised, When things happen like that, other opportunities present themselves. Right now, for me to be here, is a blessing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t up to speed with (the Redskins) but they had other things going on.” – – former Redskins and current New York Giants WR Devin Thomas discussing being on his third team this season

    Mid-Week Injury Update:

    — The following player fully participated in practice on Wednesday: LBLorenzo Alexander (hamstring), G Derrick Dockery (knee), DE Jeremy Jarmon(hamstring), QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring), S Kareem Moore (knee), C Casey Rabach(knee), WR Roydell Williams (foot).

    — ILB Rocky McIntosh missed practice on Wednesday for personal reasons.

    — KR Brandon Banks (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

    — DE Kedric Golston (groin) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

    — WR Santana Moss (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

    — LB Brian Orakpo (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

    — RG Artis Hicks (thigh) was limited in practice on Wednesday.

    — CB Carlos Rogers did not practice on Wednesday due to both hamstrings being injured.

    — RB Ryan Torain, has missed the past two games with a pulled hamstring and did not practice on Wednesday, but coach Mike Shanahan would not yet rule him out of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants

    — SS LaRon Landry who has worn a walking boot recently because of an Achilles injury did not participate in practice on Wednesday

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Game Day Week 12


    The Washington Redskins (5-5) will host the Minnesota Vikings (3-7) today at FedEx Field, kickoff is at 1 p.m. The Vikings lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-3 in Minneapolis last Sunday and fired head coach Brad Childress on Monday. Leslie Frazier, the Viking’s defensive coordinator replaces Childress on the interim bases, while Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has been looking for replacements to fill his roster all week. Washington is coming off a 19-16 overtime victory at Tennessee that resulted in nine starters getting injured.

    Today’s game will be the twentieth overall meeting between the Redskins and Vikings, Washington has won eight of the last 11 meetings, including two playoff wins. This is the 15th regular-season meeting, the Redskins lead the series, 8-6. and hold a 3-2 postseason edge. In their last meeting in Week 16 of the 2007 season, the Redskins held Adrian Peterson to 27 yards on nine carries while beating the Vikings 32-21

    News & Notes:

    — On Saturday the Redskins released unproductive wide receiver Joey Galloway and signed rookie WR Terrence Austin from the practice squad to fill the opening on the 53-man roster. Also a return specialist, Austin was selected 219th overall by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2010 draft and spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the practice squad after he did not make the opening roster. 

    — Coach Mike Shanahan is known for loading the weekly NFL Injury Report however this week he did not have to use much imagination. Friday’s report included thirteen players (10 listed as Questionable) and three other players were added to the season ending injured reserve list (bringing that total to 10 players).

    — Washington Redskins center Casey Rabach and guard Artis Hicks are both preparing to play on Sunday despite injuries that knocked Rabach out of last week’s game, and prevented Hicks from being active for the game. The Redskins current depth chart shows Hicks as the starter at right guard but Rabach is listed as Will Montgomery’s backup at center. 

    — Former second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 offensive lineman Tony Ugoh, was among a group of players brought in for workouts on Wednesday but not signed, also getting a look but not signed were linebackers J.D. Folsom and Donovan Woods, defensive backs Brett Johnson, DaJuan Morgan, Ramzee Robinson, and Ko Simpson, and guard Dennis Landolt. The Redskins did sign four new players to the team this week, defensive back Macho Harris and running back Andre Brown were signed to the active roster while running back Kestahn Moore and guard/tackle Jacob Bender were added to the eight man practice squad.

    — “If I can play, I’m going to play, It doesn’t matter what the other circumstances are. That’s what I plan to do on Sunday. As far as (I’m concerned), I’m ready to play. I never want to let my teammates down. As far as taking pride in it, I don’t think too much about it other than it’s my job to be out there to play football. That’s what I love to do and I’m going to do it if I can.” …… Center Casey Rabach on if he’ll play or not on Sunday

    Injury Report:

    WR Santana Moss (Knee) is Questionable
    Moss had limited participation in practice this week, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

    OL Artis Hicks (Leg) is Questionable
    Hicks had limited participation in practice this week after missing Week 11 and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

    C Casey Rabach (Knee) is Questionable
    Rabach left the Tennessee game with an injury to his right MCL,  and had limited participation in practice this week.

    WR Brandon Banks (Knee) is Questionable
    Banks was limited in practice this week, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

    OL Derrick Dockery  (Knee) is Questionable
    Dockery was limited in practice this week, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

    LB Lorenzo Alexander (Hamstring) is Questionable
    Alexander  left the Tennessee game with a hamstring injury, was limited on Thursday and Friday after not practicing at all on Wednesday, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

    DL Kedric Golston (elbow/groin) is Questionable
    Golston was limited in practice this week, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

    DL Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring) is Questionable
    Jarmon did not practice on Friday and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

    CB Carlos Rogers (Hamstring) is Questionable
    Rogers was limited on Friday for a third straight day after he missed Week 11 remains questionable for Sunday’s game.

    LB Perry Riley (Foot) is Questionable
    Riley had limited participation in practice this week after he missed Week 11 against the Titans with a foot injury and remains questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

    LB Rocky McIntosh (Thigh) is Doubtful
    McIntosh had limited participation in practice this week and remains doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Vikings

    S LaRon Landry (Achilles) is Out
    Landry missed Week 11 against the Titans with an Achilles injury and remains in a walking boot  he will not play Sunday.

    RB Ryan Torain (Hamstring) is Out
    Torain missed Week 11 against the Titans with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

    Injured Reserves:
    The following players are out for the remainder of the 2010 season:

    WR Malcolm Kelly (Hamstring)
    Kelly was placed on the injured reserve list on August 31st after pulling his left hamstring. He did not take part in the 2010 preseason activities.

    WR Mike Furrey (Concussion)
    Furrey was placed on the injured reserve list August 21st because of a concussion. Furrey has a history of concussion problems and that could force the veteran to consider retirement.

    OL Mike Williams (Non-Football Injury)
    Williams was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list August 10th after doctors found blood clots near his heart.

    LB Robert Henson (Knee)
    Henson was placed on the injured reserve list September 8th after he was released and the went unclaimed off waivers.

    OL Clint Oldenburg (Ankle)
    Oldenburg was placed on the injured reserve list September 8th after he was released and the went unclaimed off waivers.

    P Josh Bidwell (Hip)
    Bidwell was placed on the injured reserve list October 7th after he re-injured the same hip that kept him out of  the NFL in 2009

    S Chris Horton (Ankle)
    Horton was placed on the injured reserve list for the second year in a row on November 8th after re-injuring his ankle

    S Anderson Russell (Knee)
    Russell will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on the injured reserve November 23rd because of a knee injury suffered in his first game as a member of the Washington Redskins.

    RB Chad Simpson (Foot)
    Simpson will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve on November 23rd with a broken metacarpal in his foot suffered during pre-game warmups in week 11.

    RB Clinton Portis (Abdominal)
    Portis tore an abdominal muscle against Tennessee in his first game back after missing five with a torn groin, and he’ll be placed on injured reserve for the second time in as many seasons.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Tale of the Tapes Week 12


    The Washington Redskins (5-5) host the Minnesota Vikings (3-7) on Sunday at FedEx Field. Here is a look at the statistical leaders for both teams and the their offensive and defensive rankings.

    Comparing Team Leaders:

    The Vikings are lead by QB Brett Favre who has 2274 passing yards and a QB rating of 69.8, he has thrown 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions compared to Redskins’ QB Donovan McNabb who has 2642 yards passing and a QB rating of 76.1, he has thrown 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

    The Vikings leading rusher is RB Adrian Peterson who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry with 980 yards on 211 carries and has 7 touchdowns compared to Redskins RB Ryan Torain who is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with 391 yards on 91 carries and 3 touchdowns.

    Wide Receiver Percy Harvin is the Vikings top pass catcher averaging 12.9 yards per catch with 46 receptions for 595 yards, and he has 4 receptions for touchdowns. WR Santana Moss is the leading receiver for the Redskins averaging 12.9 yards per catch with 57 receptions for 738 yards, and has 3 receptions for touchdowns.

    The Vikings defensive leader is Chad Greenway with 99 combined tackles, Ray Edwards leads the team in sacks with 5.5 and the Vikings have E.J. Henderson and Husain Abdullah tied for the lead with 2 interceptions each.

    The Redskins defensive leaders are London Fletcher with 92 tackles. Brian Orakpo has a team high 7.5 sacks and DeAngelo Hall leads the team with 6 interceptions.

    Complete Tale of the Tapes:

    Total Offense: Washington is ranked 15th with 344.4 yards per game and Minnesota ranks 18th with 336.8 ypg.

    Rushing Offense: Washington is ranked 22nd with 96.9 yards per game and Minnesota ranks 10th with 118.5 ypg.

    Passing Offense: Washington is ranked 10th with 247.5 yards per game and Minnesota ranks 18th with 218.3 ypg.

    Total Defense: Washington is ranked 32nd giving up 411.1 yards per game and Minnesota ranks 10th allowing 317.1 ypg.

    Rushing Defense: Washington is ranked 27th giving up 131.0 yards per game and Minnesota ranks 7th allowing 99.1 ypg.

    Passing Defense: Washington is ranked 29th giving up 280.1 yards per game and Minnesota ranks 15th allowing 218.0 ypg.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Roster Moves and Injury Updates


    The Washington Redskins were using a tackle as a guard and a former linebacker as a backup running back, another player who started at right guard ended up playing center, he was replaced by a guy that couldn’t make the game day roster for a month because he only plays left guard, he was later replaced by a backup tackle. The makeshift line helped the Redskins post season highs of 465 total yards, 32 first downs and 40:09 time of possession. They started the game without two starting defensive backs and lost two starting linebackers during the game and still held the Titans without an offensive touchdown. 

    After shuffling the lineup for most of the game on Sunday, Monday the Redskins needed to shuffle their roster in a attempt to have enough healthy players to get through practice this week. Safety LaRon Landry and running back Ryan Torain were all but ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Vikings by coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan also announced that running back Chad Simpson and safety Anderson Russell were added to the season-ending injured reserve list, and running back James Davis was signed to the active roster to fill Simpson’s spot.

    On Tuesday the team filled the spot left by Russell by signing former Virginia Tech defensive back Victor “Macho” Harris. Harris was a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 at cornerback, but the Eagles converted him to safety where he played in 15 games and started eight as a rookie. After Philadelphia moved him back to cornerback during the off-season, Harris failed to make the final roster. Later in the day the Seattle Seahawks signed offensive tackle Will Robinson from the Redskins practice squad onto their 53-man roster and the Redskins filled the spot by signing  guard/tackle Jacob Bender. Bender was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft by the New York Jets and appeared in two games. In 2008, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he worked under current Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster. Most recently Bender, has been playing guard for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials.
     

    The Redskins also announced the signing running back Kestahn Moore to the practice squad on Tuesday, in a move to fill the opening that was created when running back James Davis was promoted to the 53-man roster. The former Florida standout signed with Denver as a undrafted free agent in April of 2009 but was cut, the Kansas City Chiefs signed him in December but then cut him before the 2010 season started.

    Running back Clinton Portis tore an abdominal muscle Sunday not just re-injuring the groin as first thought and must undergo surgery,this has forced the Redskins to assign him to season-ending injured reserve for the second time in two years. To fill his spot on the team’s active roster they added free agent running back Andre Brown. Brown who spent parts of the this season with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts, was a fourth-round draft pick in the 2009 by the New York Giants, but has appeared in only three NFL games. He spent all of last season on the Giants’ injured reserve list. Brown played his college ball at N.C. State.

    At practice on Wednesday linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), defensive end Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring), safety LaRon Landry (Achilles), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (thigh) and running back Ryan Torain (hamstring) did not participate, while receiver Brandon Banks (knee), guard Derrick Dockery (knee), defensive lineman Kedric Golston (elbow/groin), guard Artis Hicks (thigh), receiver Santana Moss (knee), center Casey Rabach (knee) and cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring) were all trying to work through their injuries.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    MRI Monday


    The Washington Redskins bounced back from a 59-28 loss last Monday night, when Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal with 8:17 left in overtime to give the Redskins a 19-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.“I never seen anything like it” and “It seemed like every other play, somebody was going down” was how players and coaches described Sunday’s game.

    The Redskins had a total of ten players go to the sideline with injuries, six were unable to return. They were already without three starters, cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring), safety LaRon Landry (achilles), and guard Artis Hicks (thigh) also not dressing due to injuries were defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring) and running back Ryan Torain (. During pre-game warmups running back Chad Simpson injured the fifth metacarpal in his foot and will need surgery.

    The Redskins lost two players on their second possession of the game when linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (lower hamstring) and rookie safety Anderson Russell (knee) were injured on punt coverage. Center Casey Rabach (knee) went down on the Redskins next possession and the coaching staff had to shuffle the offensive line. Offensive lineman Will Montgomery who replaced Hicks as the starting guard was moved to center after the injury and guard Derrick Dockery played for the first time in four weeks. Running back Clinton Portis who hasn’t played in four weeks because of a sever groin injury, re-injured his groin on the next possession. This left rookie Keiland Williams as the only Redskins running back for the second week in a row because Torain is still recovering from his pre-game warmup injury from last week. Guard Derrick Dockery (knee) had to be helped of the field after the third play of the second quarter, and the Redskins only dressed seven offensive linemen for the Titans game. At this point tackle Stephon Heyer was the only guy left so he was forced to fill in at guard.

    For those keeping score, LaRon Landry’s replacement was injured, Casey Rabach got injured and was replaced by Artis Hicks’ replacement, Portis and Alexander gone and so is the guy that replaced the guy that had replaced Hicks. The backup left tackle is in at left guard and the backup left guard is in at center and with a linebacker injured a backup linebacker (Darrel Young has lined up at fullback previously) will be the backup running back and no one has anything negative to say about the play of Stephon Heyer.

    DeAngelo Hall, Santana Moss, Kedric Golston and Brian Orakpo were all injured and they returned to the game but linebacker Rocky McIntosh (groin) was injured on Tennessee’s first possession of the second quarter and his day was over.

    The Redskins post game reports are not very good, Clinton Portis is unlikely to play on Sunday, and it isn’t known how many games he will miss, Casey Rabach will get an MRI on Monday but his injury is considered serious, Lorenzo Alexander probably won’t play next week, Derrick Dockery will get an MRI on Monday but early reports say it’s probably the MCL, Anderson Russell will also get an MRI on Monday, Rocky McIntosh has a severe groin injury and could miss a significant amount of time, and Chad Simpson could be placed on injured reserve

    Notes and Quotes:

    — ”We just kept dropping, Guy after guy, play after play. Sometimes in back-to-back plays. I’ve never been a part of anything like that. It just shows the resilience of the guys in this locker room.” …. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall on all of the injuries

    — “I definitely feel like I should’ve been more productive on my end considering what they did, There was just a lot of yardage left out there. Like I said, they did a great job. I definitely feel like I should’ve been over 100 tonight.” …. Running back Keiland Williams the makeshift offensive line’s performance

    — ”When Derrick Dockery went down and the coach was like, ‘Are you ready to play offensive line?’ I said, ‘If you think we had a problem with the 3-4, we’d have a real big problem with the o-line stuff,” …. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on the possibility he could play on the offensive line

    — “Sooner or later we had to have a good game, You can’t have bad games all year. So we were due to have some good third downs. It really said a lot about our guys. We knew we had to improve in that area, there was a lot of focus like there normally is but you still have got to go out and do it. I’m very proud of the way they responded.” …. Head coach Mike Shanahan on converting 50 percent of their third downs

    — “There was nothing special to what was going on, There was nobody left and nobody cared that nobody was left. There wasn’t much time to say, ‘OK, what am I doing?’ …. Offensive tackle Stephon Heyer

    — With Stephon Heyer at right guard and Will Montgomery playing center the Redskins gained a season-high 465 yards, and eight third-down conversions. The Redskins were 4-for-37 on third downs in their last three games, including 0-for-10 last week. 

    – Quarterback Donovan McNabb must have learned whatever it was that he didn’t know about Shanahan’s two minute drill. McNabb took the field with 1:37 left in the game, one timeout and the ball at his own 22 yard line. He went 5 of 8 (clocking the ball twice) for 44 yards to get the Redskins into FG range. Gano missed the 47 yard attempt, but McNabb sure looked like he knew what he was doing.

    – “We really needed this game… must win for us, I’m in the right place [in Washington]. It is a growing process and we are starting to grow. . . . Once it starts, it’s going to happen quickly.” …. Quarterback Donovan McNabb on the offensive production

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Washington Redskins (4-5) @ Tennessee Titans (5-4)


    The Washington Redskins head to Nashville, Tennessee to face the Titans on Sunday. The game will be played at LP Field and kickoff is 1 PM. The Tennessee Titans are tied for second place in the AFC South, but have lost two consecutive road games, including the lost to the Miami Dolphins (29-17) last week. The Redskins are coming off one of the ugliest losses in the history of the franchise, on Monday Night Football the team didn’t show up until the second quarter, as they allowed the most points at home in franchise history and embarrassed 59-28 by division rival Philadelphia.

    Ten of Philadelphia’s first 15 plays went for at least 11 yards or a touchdown, as Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, he also rushed for 80 yards and two scores. The score was 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. If you take away the first 15:15 of the game then you would have a 28-24 Redskins victory, but it’s a sixty minute game and coming off a bye week the Washington Redskins were slow coming out of the gate. Miami quarterbacks Chad Pennington (shoulder), and Chad Henne (knee), both left the game with injuries before Titans quarterback Kerry Collins had to depart with a calf injury. Vince Young replaced Collins despite a sprained left ankle, and third-stringer Tyler Thigpen took over for the Dolphins. Young threw for just 92 yards with two turnovers and Thigpen led an 85-yard drive in the fourth quarter to close out the Miami Dolphin victory.

    Quotes and Notes:

    — Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan recently referred to third downs as the money down for a quarterback. Redskins quarterback, Donovan McNabb is currently the NFL’s worst-rated passer on third downs with a rating of 44.5. The Redskins have converted 21.6 of their third downs, in other words they have picked up 24 first downs after running a third down play, Twelve teams, have converted at least 48 third downs and all 31 other teams have converted at least 33. No team has had a worst third-down conversion percentage since 1991.

    — Back up wide receiver Roydell Williams replaced former starter Joey Galloway in multiple-receiver sets during the second half of Monday night’s loss to Philadelphia. Galloway’s poor route running led to quarterback Donovan McNabb’s second interception, Coach Mike Shanahan did not criticize Galloway for the play, but said “the coaching staff liked the throw. He threw it, Had the right timing, had the right footwork. I liked the throw.” Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wasn’t so nice when he discussed the interception. The younger Shanahan said “I thought Joey could have done a better job on it, It was a tough look for Joey, but any time it’s a pick, and the quarterback’s throwing it on time, you could have done better.”

    — Former Washington Redskins backup quarterback Colt Brennan was seriously injured in a two-car crash on Friday in Hawaii, his father Terry Brennan said his son suffered broken ribs, a broken left collarbone and head injuries in the crash, and that doctors didn’t know the severity of the head injuries.

    — Rookie running back Keiland Williams made his first start in place of injured running backs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis Monday night, he carried the ball sixteen times for 89 yards. Williams scored two touchdowns bringing his total to five for the season which leads all Redskins.

    — Kick returner Brandon Banks averaged 26.3 yards on six kickoff returns including one for 38 yards Monday night, just thirteen days after having his knee scoped.

    — “When would I ever be in touch with the center? I never blitz the ‘A’ gap. When would I ever be in the ‘A’ gap? Extra points, I’m at the end. With that said, that’s your answer. I don’t know if they’re trying to elevate a problem with no reason. The center, I keep my mouth shut about him.” — Safety LaRon Landry denied Eagles center Mike McGlynn’s charges that he spit in the face during two extra points Monday night. After investigating the allegation, the NFL decided not to fine or punish Landry saying “there was no conclusive evidence to support discipline.”

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Tale of the Tapes Week 11


    The Washington Redskins (4-5) travel to Nashville this weekend, to take on the Tennessee Titans (5-4) on Sunday. Here is a look at the statistical leaders for both teams and the their offensive and defensive rankings.

    Comparing Team Leaders:

    The Titans are lead by QB Vince Young who has 1090 passing yards and a QB rating of 97.6, he has thrown 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions compared to Redskins’ QB Donovan McNabb who has 2266 yards passing and a QB rating of 75.2, he has thrown 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

    The Titans leading rusher is RB Chris Johnson who is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with 838 yards on 195 carries and has 9 touchdowns compared to Redskins RB Ryan Torain who is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with 391 yards on 91 carries and 3 touchdowns.

    Wide Receiver Kenny Britt is the Titans top pass catcher averaging 18.9 yards per catch with 23 receptions for 434 yards, and he has 7 receptions for touchdowns. WR Santana Moss is the leading receiver for the Redskins averaging 12.4 yards per catch with 51 receptions for 632 yards, and has 2 reception for a touchdowns.

    The Titans defensive leader are Stephen Tulloch with 87 combined tackles, Jason Babin leads the team in sacks with 7 and Michael Griffin leads the Titans with 4 interceptions.

    The Redskins defensive leaders are Laron Landry with 85 tackles. Brian Orakpo has a team high 7.5 sacks and Deangelo Hall leads the team with 6 interceptions.

    Complete Tale of the Tapes:

    Total Offense: Washington is ranked 21st with 331.0 yards per game and Tennessee ranks 27th with 304.9 ypg.

    Rushing Offense: Washington is ranked 22nd with 95.8 yards per game and Tennessee ranks 9th with 124.3 ypg.

    Passing Offense: Washington is ranked 14th with 235.2 yards per game and Tennessee ranks 31st with 180.6 ypg.

    Total Defense: Washington is again ranked dead last in the NFL, giving up 415.3 yards per game and Tennessee ranks 20th allowing 350.8 ypg.

    Rushing Defense: Washington is ranked 25th giving up 128.8 yards per game and Tennessee ranks 11th allowing 103.1 ypg.

    Passing Defense: Washington is ranked 31st giving up 286.6 yards per game and Tennessee ranks 25th allowing 245.3 ypg.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Washington Redskins Week 10 Injury Report


    Washington Redskins rookie wide receiver and return specialist Brandon Banks had arthroscopic surgery to repair a small tear in his knee during the bye week, spent part of Friday’s practice catching punts and kickoffs, head coach Mike Shanahan, left open a slight possibility that Banks could play Monday night against Philadelphia. Here is a complete list of the Washington Redskins week 10 injury report.

    Injury Report:

    WR Brandon Banks (Knee) is Questionable
    Banks had limited participation in practice this week, and is questionable for Monday’s game.

    QB Donovan McNabb (Hamstring) is Probable
    McNabb had limited participation in practice on Wednesday but fully participated in practice on Thursday and Friday he is probable but listed as questionable for Monday’s game.

    T Stephon Heyer (Ankle) is Probable
    Heyer fully participated in practice this week but is listed as questionable for Monday night

    RB Clinton Portis (Groin) is Questionable
    Portis had limited participation in practice this week, and has experience some soreness he will be a game time decision and is questionable for Monday’s game.

    LB Brian Orakpo (back) is Probable
    Orakpo had limited participation in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but fully participated in practice on Friday and is probable but listed as questionable for Monday’s game.

    S LaRon Landry (Achilles) is Questionable
    Landry had limited participation in practice this week, and is questionable for Monday’s game.

    RB Ryan Torain (Hamstring) is Questionable
    Torain had limited participation in practice this week, and is questionable for Monday’s game.

    Injured Reserves:

    The following players are out for the remainder of the 2010 season:

    WR Malcolm Kelly (Hamstring)
    Kelly was placed on the injured reserve list on August 31st after pulling his left hamstring. He did not take part in the 2010 preseason activities.

    WR Mike Furrey (Concussion)
    Furrey was placed on the injured reserve list August 21st because of a concussion. Furrey has a history of concussion problems and that could force the veteran to consider retirement.

    OL Mike Williams (Non-Football Injury)
    Williams was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list August 10th after doctors found blood clots near his heart.

    LB Robert Henson (Knee)
    Henson was placed on the injured reserve list September 8th after he was released and the went unclaimed off waivers.

    OL Clint Oldenburg (Ankle)
    Oldenburg was placed on the injured reserve list September 8th after he was released and the went unclaimed off waivers.

    P Josh Bidwell (Hip)
    Bidwell was placed on the injured reserve list October 7th after he re-injured the same hip that kept him out of  the NFL in 2009

    S Chris Horton (Ankle)
    Horton was placed on the injured reserve list for the second year in a row on November 8th after re-injuring his ankle

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Eagles @ Redskins – Monday Night Football


    The Washington Redskins will face their divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles this Monday, at FedEx Field. Kick-off for the ESPN Monday Night Football game is scheduled for 8:30 P.M. The game will be televised to a national audience and will be the second year in a row the Redskins host the Eagles on Monday Night Football. This will be the second game in a home-and-home series that dates back to 1936. The Washington Redskins are coming off a bye week, while the Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off a 26-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts led by QB Michael Vick who was returning from a month long injury suffered in Philadelphia’s last meeting against the Redskins.

    When the NFL’s 2010 schedule was released the week four match up between the Washington Redskins at the Philadelphia Eagles it was billed as McNabb’s return to the city that booed him on draft day then traded him within the division eleven years later. It was to be McNabb versus his replacement Kevin Kolb, but by kickoff Kolb had lost the starting job to Mike Vick, whose acquisition McNabb had lobbied for. In the end, Vick only threw seven passes before being knocked out of the game with chest and ribs injuries and . McNabb was just 8-of-19 for 125 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Kolb was the top performing quarterback as he completed 22-of-35 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but quarterback play had little to do with the outcome. The Eagles couldn’t stop the almost non-existent ground game and Washington gained 169 yards on 35 carries in a 17-12 win. 

    Donovan McNabb versus the Shanahans:

    After quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched in the closing minutes of the last game before the bye week, the Redskins dominated the national news during their time off. Corneback DeAngelo Hall said: “Everywhere I was, that’s all I saw was stuff about Donovan, I don’t think the bye week gave it a chance to go anywhere instead of just sitting there and letting it fester.” Coach Mike Shanahan’s stated reasons for sitting McNabb   (knowledge of the 2 minute offense and “cardiovascular endurance.”), was questioned on every pre-game show that aired although the Washington Redskins did not have a scheduled game. Coach Shanahan was still answering questions related to the McNabb benching eight days later because of “leaks” that report McNabb and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan aren’t getting along and that the play book has been trimmed down to accommodate McNabb’s difficulties in learning it.

    With McNabb saying he’d like to put his benching behind him and that there’s no lingering bad feelings between him and the organization, hasn’t much really changed after a week off.

    — Last week coach Shanahan said a series of hamstring injuries had slowed McNabb and was part of the reason that led to benching McNabb, this week he says the quarterback is still not one hundred percent. Donovan McNabb gave few details when asked about his hamstrings on Thursday, saying: “I’m good. I’m good. Thanks for asking.”

    — The hamstrings lead us back to the two-minute drill issue, is McNabb’s hamstrings healthy enough to perform at the pace required to run the two-minute drill? McNabb says he has no problems with the two-minute offense and stated “We have a tempo at practice in which it’s like the two-minute drill, we’re in and out of the huddle, We’re all accustomed to it, we ran it through the off season. … It’s nothing spectacular or new to it.” Not practicing the two-minute drill was also a part of the reason that led to Rex Grossman’s appearance in the final minutes of the Redskins last game yet it appears they still have not practiced the drill. Said Shanahan: We just haven’t had time to run it. This week gives us an extra day and we’ll hopefully work on that Saturday.” When asked if McNabb would be his guy in a two-minute drill Monday night he was vague, saying “It all depends on how he feels. If he’s full speed, ready to go and I feel we can do it, he’ll get some reps Saturday. I don’t want to overdue it in a two-minute [practice] situation. I’m not going to take the chance of injury to put him through that.”

    Quotes and Notes:

    – The Redskins finished the game against the Detroit Lions with Keiland Williams as the only healthy running back, after Ryan Torain  suffered a hamstring injury and couldn’t continue. With a week off the Redskins running back situation remained unclear, Torain returned to practice this week, along with Clinton Portis (who has been out since October 3rd with a groin injury) and they both felt they could be ready to go on Monday night. Portis experienced some soreness after is first full workout and the team has limited his participation, Torain, who has been starting in place of Portis, has also been limited in practice. Other than rookie Keiland Williams, return specialist Chad Simpson and newly signed James Davis took reps in practice. Simpson and Davis have a combined total of zero carries this season. Davis is on the practice squad and turned down an offer to join the Carolina Panthers’ 53-man roster this week and may be elevated to the active roster before Monday’s gamesmanship

    – RT Jammal Brown played his best game of the season against Detroit, according to coach Mike Shanahan. Stephon Heyer started the game, but Brown rotated in. “Sometimes when guys go on second team in stead of first team, all of a sudden they get better in a hurry, He played much better. I don’t know what loosened him up, but whatever happened he played at a much higher level.” Shanahan said.

    – If return specialist Brandon Banks is out of Monday night’s game following knee surgery during the bye week (Coach Mike Shanahan would not rule out Banks) the Redskins must find replacements both on kickoff and punt returns. Chad Simpson, who handled kickoffs for the Indianapolis Colts last year is the obvious replacement on kick offs and Phillip Buchanon began the season as the Redskins’ punt returner should be the choice on punts, but lately decisions making at Redskins Park hasn’t lead to obvious choices. When discussing the possibilities of the return duties for Monday night, Shanahan brought up wide receiver Anthony Armstrong name. Armstrong has been among the group of Redskins who have fielded punts in practice and while he was at West Texas A&M, he returned kickoffs.

    – “Four and four, it ain’t the best spot, but it’s a good spot for us, We’ve got new schemes on offense and defense. Who would’ve even figured that we’d beat some of the teams that we beat. I know nobody figured that we’d lose to some of the teams that we lost to (St. Louis and Detroit), but we’re .500. We’d rather be 5-3 or 6-2, but it’s a good spot for us.” ….. Defensive end Phillip Daniels on the Redskins 4-4 start

    – Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says the switch to a 3-4 alignment as the base defense for the first time in franchise history has been overblown although the Redskins defense has allowed the second-most total yards and passing yards in the league. He said: “You’re never going to be happy with the numbers because they got blown out of the water early because of the teams we were playing, I don’t know if you could ever recover from that. We’re getting turnovers (tied for second in the league with 19). We’re getting off the field on third down (second in the league), trying to keep the points off as much as we can (16th in the league). The big thing is that if we continue not to give up big plays and keep getting turnovers, then we’ll be pretty good.”

    –  In Washington’s four wins, neither team scored more than 17 points, in the Redskins’ four losses, the winning team has scored 27 or more points.

    – Donovan McNabb had this to say about the ongoing controversy: I like to handle my business behind closed doors. I don’t go through the media and vent or react to certain situations. That’s not truly professional. My professional manner is to talk to you man to man and try to find out what the problem is. You find out the problem, you come up with a solution, and you move on. I think for a lot of guys it’s a hard deal to manage because they want to vent. But what, really, do you get out of the deal before it becomes an ongoing battle of he said, she said. That’s just not how I go about business. Shanahan had this to say: “I think Donovan’s done a good job this week getting ready to play. There have been a lot of distractions. We’ve fought through it as a group and we’re ready to go on. Sometimes you make decisions that you feel are in the best interest of your team, you’re not always right. Sometimes you go with your gut. But the bottom line is that you make it and you go on and hopefully we’ll play our best football here in the second half of the season.

    – “When you have sacks, there are so many factors other than the offensive line, A lot of the sacks are because the guys miss a block and the quarterback can’t do anything about it. A lot of sacks are because it is a bad play call and nobody is open and there is nowhere to go with the ball. A lot of sacks are because it was a good play call and the receiver couldn’t beat the coverage. A lot of sacks are because the quarterback held onto it too long trying to make a play, which he does, and then got sacked. When you have a lot of sacks, it means your offense isn’t doing as good as they need to.” ….. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan saying his offensive line isn’t solely to blame for all the sacks the team is giving up

    – QB Donovan McNabb has been sacked 23 times this season, right guard Derrick Dockery has been inactive for the last four games. Seventeen of the Redskins 23 sacks were allowed over the last four games.

    – Tackle Jammal Brown is nursing a bad hip and his back up Stephon Heyer has a sore ankle, if they can’t play Monday night Artis Hicks would move from right guard to right tackle, and Will Montgomery will start at right guard.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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