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 beat
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 ...
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.
The new ol' ball coach?
The Friday night blowout of the Bills prompted SB Nation to ask: Is Mike Shanahan Steve Spurrier? It's time to let Osaka go.
Farrar on the 3-4 and Haynesworth
This whole Albert Haynesworth and the 3-4 thing forces Doug Farrar of Smarter Stats and Upon Further Review to use the word "folderol."
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.
Thank u 2 everybody that sent up a prayer 4 me this is jus another bump in the round ill b good trust back better the b4 always know GHAP
August 16, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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