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Brian Westbrook, Redskins still possible, but do they need him?

Updated, 3:25 p.m.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network offers his two cents:

Still hearing there's a good chance Brian Westbrook makes a decision today, and I continue to think his hometown Skins are the team to beatless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


Updated Redskins practice report 11:35 a.m.

The Redskins remain interested in running back Brian Westbrook, according to Coach Mike Shanahan, but it's unclear just what other teams may be in the mix. It's a bit, oh, murky.

Over the weekend, one report had the Rams nearing a deal with Westbrook, but General Manager Billy Devaney shot that down. He told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that, Thomas wrote, the team remains interested in signing Westbrook and has been in steady contact with him over the offseason and preseason. ESPN's John Clayton had reported last week that Westbrook was likely headed to St. Louis today.

Shanahan and the Redskins have been upfront about their interest in the former Eagles running back. "Like I told you, I'm not sure what direction he's going," Shanahan told reporters after practice Sunday. "But we've been entertaining that option."

The larger question, though, is whether the Redskins even need Westbook, what with Larry Johnson (who'll start Saturday against Baltimore), Willie Parker (who'll go with the first team against the Jets in the third preseason game), Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams ... that Portis guy ...

Agreed. // RT @HomerMcFanboy Nope. Portis, Johnson and Torain are fine. @MikeJonesTBD Do #Redskins really need Brian Westbrook?less than a minute ago via web

Redskins' morning practice report

Kind of a sloppy day at Redskins Park, judging by media tweets chronicling interceptions, bungled catches and fumbles. ... Malcolm Kelly, who has been nursing a hamstring injury all training camp, was doing side work and, after practice, Shanahan said chances are "very, very slim" that Kelly would play against Baltimore (via Rick Maese). ... Albert Haynesworth again playing with first team in nickel package (via Maese). ... There was no practice this afternoon; the team went bowling instead.

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Stafon Johnson's motto: It could have been worse

Stafon Johnson is either the unluckiest guy in football or the luckiest. As a USC senior, a weight fell on him in the gym, crushing his neck and larynx just as his senior season was beginning. And in his first game in the NFL, playing for the Tennessee Titans , he dislocated his ankle and broke his fibula. After undergoing surgery, he's expected to be healthy again in 8-12 weeks, according to Titans Coach Jeff Fisher.

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By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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Comments

I think the Skins do have enough talent and experience in the backfield to compete. I don't know how Westbrook would fit in and would probably have a better opportunity to play with another team.

I give Stafon Johnson a lot of credit for keeping a positive attitude, it seems like dude just can't catch a break (no pun intended at all)...hopefully things turn around for him.

Posted by: walkdwalk | August 16, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The bigger question for me is if the Redskins DO sign Westbrook, would they still be willing to cut him if Portis, Johnson, Torain, Parker and Williams are outplaying him.

A big element of Shanny's strategy is that these players are all competing for the role - wouldn't Westbrook come in knowing full well that he'd likely not get cut?

Posted by: dalison | August 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Kelly IMO is done folks.

If he isn't going to play against Baltimore I don't see how he can make a case to be among the top 5-6 receivers breaking camp.

If the injury is serious enough perhaps Shanahan sticks him on IR for the year but other than that I don't see him sticking around in 2010.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | August 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

If Westbrook is healthy he'll be twice the running back of Portis or anyone on the team. We've all seen Portis hit the ground when the hole isnt there, Westbrook can make his own holes.

Posted by: dannyboyrules | August 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Since his Game is WC short passes where he uses his athleticism to turn short to long, they have to identify a current back that does that consistently and they haven't played enough to figure that yet. Supposedly, that was what Clinton claimed he could do, so let's see if he can.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

HE'S OLD! The last couple of seasons with Philly he was always hurt, had concussions and lost at least 2 steps!

Posted by: sbf845 | August 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

he's smart and can catch, but too old to take the whooping a good running back must take. why contribute to a life-threatening injury???

Posted by: dcjazzman | August 16, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Brian Westbrook, Redskins still possible, but do they need him?"

Simple answer Cindy: nope.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis has so-so hands and LJ is not a catching back. WP's basically doing the same job as CP and will be cut prolly after the 3rd pre-game. Westbrook fits perfectly, IMO. Wished we kept Alridge tho. Speed kills. Just ask BBanks16.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 16, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Westbrook just signed with the 49ers.. well.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 16, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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