Jansen Moved to Doubtful; Wade May Start..updated Jansen Out

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Jansen Moved to Doubtful; Wade May Start..updated Jansen Out

Postby 1niksder » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:25 pm

Jansen Moved to Doubtful; Wade May Start

By Gary Fitzgerald
Redskins.com
December 15, 2006



Right tackle Jon Jansen sat out practice on Friday and he was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. If he cannot play, it's expected that veteran backup Todd Wade would draw the start.
Jansen has been slowed by a calf injury in recent weeks, but he has continued to suit up and play on Sundays. His injury has been getting progressively worse, though.

The team could make a final decision on Jansen's status on Saturday before the team leaves for New Orleans, head coach Joe Gibbs said.

Also, center Casey Rabach practiced on Friday with a cast covering his left, non-snapping hand. He was upgraded to probable on the Redskins' injury report.

"Casey looked good," Gibbs said. "He had a real good practice. I think we're fine there."

Wade would make his first start of the season and first start as a Redskin. The seventh-year veteran has seen limited action this season after signing with the team in early September.

"For Todd, there are different times you get opportunities to make a statement," Gibbs said. "Todd has started 85 games in the NFL, so you'd think we'd be in good shape there. He's a real conscientious guy.

"In the time he chose to come here, he could have [signed with] a number of teams. I think this will be his chance to help the football team and I think he's looking forward to it."

Wade suffered a torn MCL to his knee last year, leading to his release by the Houston Texans and subsequent signing with the Redskins. He said on Friday he is looking forward to re-establishing himself in the NFL.

"I'm just going to go out there and be myself," he said. "I've prepared myself pretty well this week and throughout this season. I've gotten used to this offense. I expect to play well."

Asked about the status of his knee, Wade replied: "It hasn't been a concern. I wear a knee brace, and that's just for safety."

Wade joins an offensive line has been dominating the line of scrimmage in recent weeks. Ladell Betts has rushed for 430 yards the last three games, and the ground game could be a key this Sunday as the Redskins try to keep the Saints' high-powered offense off the field.

Despite the Redskins, 4-9 record, Gibbs said that the team has no intention of placing Jansen on injured reserve.

"Three or four weeks ago, our medical team was telling him, 'Hey Jon, maybe you should take a week off just from a standpoint of discomfort.' I actually think he has played 3-4 of the best games he has ever played here--and he has lined up against real good [defensive ends].

"Jon Jansen is a tough dude. That guy played with broken thumbs [in 2005] and he wouldn't come out. This year, he's playing with a calf injury that a lot of other guys would have missed on. He has every intention of playing.

"He said, 'Don't cross me off even going into this week. If I have to miss, I'm definitely going to play next week.' I think Jon Jansen is one of the guys we've talked about who has been a tough guy."
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Postby Redskins Rule » Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:13 pm

Crap!!! I really needed Betts to have a good game too! In my fantasy league that is! I hope this Wade guy fills in well!
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Jansen Out; Wade Expected to Start

Postby 1niksder » Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:13 pm

Jansen Out; Wade Expected to Start
By Gary Fitzgerald
Redskins.com
December 16, 2006



Right tackle Jon Jansen will not play in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, the team has decided. Jansen is not expected to make the trip to New Orleans.
It's expected that veteran backup Todd Wade will draw the start in place of Jansen.

Jansen has been slowed by a calf injury in recent weeks, but he has continued to suit up and play on Sundays. His injury has been getting progressively worse, though.

Also, center Casey Rabach is expected to play despite a cast covering his left, non-snapping hand. He fractured the hand last week, but he practiced on Frdiay and was upgraded to probable on the Redskins' injury report.

"Casey looked good," Gibbs said on Friday. "He had a real good practice. I think we're fine there."

Wade would make his first start of the season and first start as a Redskin. The seventh-year veteran has seen limited action this season after signing with the team in early September.

"For Todd, there are different times you get opportunities to make a statement," Gibbs said. "Todd has started 85 games in the NFL, so you'd think we'd be in good shape there. He's a real conscientious guy.

"In the time he chose to come here, he could have [signed with] a number of teams. I think this will be his chance to help the football team and I think he's looking forward to it."

Wade suffered a torn MCL to his knee last year, leading to his release by the Houston Texans and subsequent signing with the Redskins. He said on Friday he is looking forward to re-establishing himself in the NFL.

"I'm just going to go out there and be myself," he said. "I've prepared myself pretty well this week and throughout this season. I've gotten used to this offense. I expect to play well."

Asked about the status of his knee, Wade replied: "It hasn't been a concern. I wear a knee brace, and that's just for safety."

Wade joins an offensive line that has been dominating the line of scrimmage in recent weeks. Ladell Betts has rushed for 430 yards the last three games, and the ground game could be a key this Sunday as the Redskins try to keep the Saints' high-powered offense off the field.

Despite the Redskins' 4-9 record, Gibbs said that the team has no intention of placing Jansen on injured reserve.

"Three or four weeks ago, our medical team was telling him, 'Hey Jon, maybe you should take a week off just from a standpoint of discomfort.' I actually think he has played 3-4 of the best games he has ever played here--and he has lined up against real good [defensive ends].

"Jon Jansen is a tough dude. That guy played with broken thumbs [in 2005] and he wouldn't come out. This year, he's playing with a calf injury that a lot of other guys would have missed on. He has every intention of playing.

"He said, 'Don't cross me off even going into this week. If I have to miss, I'm definitely going to play next week.' I think Jon Jansen is one of the guys we've talked about who has been a tough guy."
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Postby nnskinsfan » Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:44 pm

I thought this was going to be a big factor but Wade filled in admirably.

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Postby Jake » Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:47 pm

nnskinsfan wrote:I thought this was going to be a big factor but Wade filled in admirably.


Agreed. I loved seeing him and Samuels run to Betts' aid when he was one on one with a defender and simply hammer whoever Betts was trying to block.
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Postby Irn-Bru » Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:17 pm

I liked what we saw of Wade. I know that's gotta make CLL happy. . .
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Postby 1niksder » Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:30 pm

Irn-Bru wrote:I liked what we saw of Wade. I know that's gotta make CLL happy. . .

I also liked what we didn't see... Grant and Smith running free behind the line of scrimmage. Wade did a great job today. Another one of those guys the FO won't get credit for bringing in this past off-season
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Postby Irn-Bru » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:12 pm

1niksder wrote:
Irn-Bru wrote:I liked what we saw of Wade. I know that's gotta make CLL happy. . .

I also liked what we didn't see... Grant and Smith running free behind the line of scrimmage. Wade did a great job today. Another one of those guys the FO won't get credit for bringing in this past off-season



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Postby Chris Luva Luva » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:06 pm

1niksder wrote:
Irn-Bru wrote:I liked what we saw of Wade. I know that's gotta make CLL happy. . .

I also liked what we didn't see... Grant and Smith running free behind the line of scrimmage. Wade did a great job today. Another one of those guys the FO won't get credit for bringing in this past off-season


The thing is, we would have never known how good or bad he was until they played him. Thats why I've been clamoring for them to play these depth guys, lets see what we have so we can check some stuff off of the shopping list.
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