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Redskins Insider: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Montgomery, Wallace to Have Surgery

Turns out two players suffered broken bones in the Redskins' scrimmage Saturday and will have surgery Monday. Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery, who broke a small bone in his right hand making a tackle, will have surgery Monday and will miss at least 10 days. Montgomery, who started 15 games last...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 26, 2008; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wild In The Streets

(The first person to email me with the musical reference in the headline wins my unending respect.) I have seen my share of wacky stuff in five seasons on this beat - from people with their cars covered with Redskins logos and autographs to a large dude whose entire...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 26, 2008; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Montgomery Breaks Bone in His Hand

Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery broke a small bone in his right hand making a tackle in today's intrasquad scrimmage. After the swelling subsides and he gets some rest, the team will have an idea of a timetable for his return. "It depends on how his body heals," Coach Jim Zorn...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 26, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Looking for Clues in Scrimmage

It's intrasquad scrimmage day at Redskins Park and, not surprisingly, the joint is packed and jumping. The first-team offense, going against the second-team defense, opened up with a three wide-receiver set of Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El and James Thrash. Chris Samuels and Clinton Portis are sitting out the scrimmage,...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 26, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No Strain, No Gain

Jasno calls in this update from the afternoon special-teams work: "Watching Golston and Montgomery field punts never gets old." Here's the damage report from the morning workout; fortunately, the injuries are of the strained variety: Malcolm Kelly -- strained right hamstring and right knee Cornelius Griffin -- left knee soreness...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 25, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Reminder: Get the Big News Via Text Message

Hi. DeNunzio here with brief spam-like content. Don't worry, more football-related content coming very soon. Anyway, just wanted to reminding you that we offer text-message alerts for the latest Redskins news. Our goal is to send out a text message the moment we post a blog item or story that...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  July 25, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New Rules: Speaker Helmets, Force-Outs, Hochuli

The schlubs just got out of our annual meeting with the NFL officials, where they browbeat us, intimidate us and promise to send Ed Hochuli to our homes with brass knuckles (as he'd need them) if we lash out at the officials on our blogs too much. (Okay, none of...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 25, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cooley, Just Sittin' Around with Steinberg...

Chris Cooley settles into his couch for a nice long talk with Dan Steinberg, who really should have brought refreshments. It wouldn't kill him. For the unabridged video, go to the jump....

By Cindy Boren  |  July 25, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Betts, Others All Okay After Hard-Hitting Practice

The morning practice has ended and it was a full-pad, hard-hitting affair. The team did a lot of short-yardage work, a lot of inside running. Not surprisingly, the players ended up with dings, tweaks, owies and boo-boos, but no serious injuries, according to Coach Jim Zorn. Refreshing to see the...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 25, 2008; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Taylor With First Team; Betts Gets Crunched

The morning practice update, from Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid, at Redskins Park: The Redskins are back in full pads and this is turning into a physical practice with some real hitting going on. The team is running lots of short yardage plays -- which means there are pileups...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 25, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Redskins Unrestricted: July 25

Jason Reid previews Saturday's scrimmage at Redskins Park....

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  July 25, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thomas Out 10-14 Days

The Redskins have confirmed that rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas, who was taken off the field on a cart in the morning practice, will miss 10-14 days with a hamstring injury. Thomas was on the field for the afternoon practice, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. He stood watching drills and...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 24, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Redskins Unrestricted: July 24

Jason Reid addresses a key question: can new acquisition Jason Taylor -- an unparalleled pass rusher -- stop the run on a consistent basis? And if not, how do the Redskins adjust?...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  July 24, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Devin Thomas Injures His Hamstring

Devin Thomas, the wide receiver who was the Redskins' first overall pick in the April draft, was taken from the field on a cart after suffering what Coach Jim Zorn said is a pulled hamstring. Zorn, speaking immediately after the morning practice, said the team was not yet certain of...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 24, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Springs Works at Safety; Landry Sits Out

With LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore banged up, Shawn Springs was taking some reps at safety in the morning practice, Jason Reid calls in to report. There've been discussions among the coaches about using Springs at the position in the past and Landry wasn't participating in positional drills this morning....

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 24, 2008; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Redskins Unrestricted: Malcolm Kelly

J-Reid on the rookie wide receiver:...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  July 24, 2008; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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P.M. Practice Ramblings (Updated)

About 50 of the 80 guys in camp, including veterans like Shawn Springs, Marcus Washington, Demetric Evans, Mike Sellers, James Thrash and Todd Yoder, are taking part in this afternoon's special teams practice. All of the wide receivers, except Antwaan Randle El and Santana Moss, are practicing. Randle El...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 23, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (329)
 
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Redskins Unrestricted: J. Taylor Practices

Jason Reid's latest video update ......

By Jon DeNunzio  |  July 23, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Day 4 of Camp (Morning Update)

Odds and ends from the morning workout: Thanks to the prowess of Justin Geisinger and Ryan Boschetti in that little punt-catching competition between the linemen after practice, curfew has been pushed back to midnight. Jim Zorn spoke with reporters and said that tonight would be a night off for players....

By Cindy Boren  |  July 23, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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Jim Zorn On Clinton Portis

Meant to post this earlier, then got caught up in other stuff. A while back I wrote about the new contract the Redskins bestowed upon RB Clinton Portis, and how some in the organization believed his renewed approach to his offseason work was directly tied to that deal, which included...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 22, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Portis in the P.M. Practice; Depth at LB (Updated)

It's no surprise that the Redskins have placed Phillip Daniels and Alex Buzbee on the injured reserve list and re-signed defensive end J.T. Mapu. ... Clinton Portis, who turned an ankle in the brief morning practice, was back on the field in the afternoon. He went in -- and promptly...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 22, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (524)
 
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James Thrash, Keeps On Ticking

I'll be the first to admit that from the time Joe Gibbs left the team, I wondered if WR James Thrash's days here were numbered. He was the ultimate "real Redskin" under Gibbs, but was also aging and rarely got on the field in an offensive role the past...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 22, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
 
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Portis Turns an Ankle

With the summer storm gods raining down on Redskins Park and the players and fans seeking shelter, Jim Zorn talked briefly to reporters on the morning practice. He said that Clinton Portis turned his ankle and, while they believe the sprain to be minor, the medical staff will check out...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 22, 2008; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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It's Storming in Loudoun

From Jason Reid: After a storm - and the potential of lightning - cut short the first session of practice today, the Redskins plan to return to full pads at 3 p.m. and go longer than originally planned, if the weather permits, Coach Jim Zorn said. "We kind of had...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  July 22, 2008; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Jason Taylor - No. 55 In Your Program ... (Updated)

Jasno calls from the practice field to report that the dudes are in pads today. Ladies and gentlemen, stand by for some hitting. Real football commences. ... Or at least it did for a while. The players were being told to leave the field, fans were being sent to their...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 22, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Coaching Comparisons

Without a doubt, the issue of Jim Zorn vs. Joe Gibbs will come up throughout the season. It's inevitable that comparison are made from one regime to the next, particularly when you are going from a Hall of Fame head coach at the end of his career to a...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 22, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Jason Taylor Press Conference

"I am very excited to be a Washington Redskin right now," Taylor said in his introductory remarks. Like coach said, it's been a whirlwind the last 24 hours ... "We're happy to be here, and very excited about the possibility of playing for the Washington Redskins." Taylor thanked the team's...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 21, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
 
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Redskins Unrestricted: Taylor Trade (Update)

Afternoon practice update: Rookie Kareem Moore, who underwent offseason knee surgery, was not participating in the afternoon session. Like several players coming off surgery, Moore is being closely monitored and he'll be evaluated after practice. Jason Reid discusses the details of the trade for defensive end Jason Taylor:...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  July 21, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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The Immaculate Deception

There is a reason the media schlubs around here have a hard time believing a lot of what comes out of Vinny Cerrato's mouth, and a reason he has credibility issues. Yesterday was a prime example, though hardly unprecedented in these parts. Cerrato repeatedly denied the team was interested in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 21, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Campbell Takes Stock

Jason Campbell spoke with Jason Reid, while Jason La Canfora chatted and we awaited a Jason Taylor presser....I'm about Jason-ed out. Quarterback Jason Campbell said he was disappointed in his performance the first two days of training camp. "I'm just not playing my type of ball right now," he said....

By Cindy Boren  |  July 21, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Daniels Speaks

Phillip Daniels' season was ended by a torn anterior cruciate ligament yesterday, and he just spoke to the media. He is doing a little better than yesterday, when he shed many tears, but realizes the significance of this injury for him at 35. He trained as hard as he ever...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 21, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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The Other Numbers Game; Smoot Update

What number will Jason Taylor (No. 99 in Miami) wear? Coach Jim Zorn says the issue has been resolved and will be announced at the press conference (time to be determined) today. "That was a discussion," Zorn said, "and it's important to these guys." Perhaps he politely asked Andre Carter...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 21, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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One Day Later (Updated)

Morning practice has begun and you'd have to think today is a little quieter, right? Right??? Jason La Canfora reports that the Dolphins have already paid the $500,000 roster bonus that Jason Taylor was owed, leaving the Redskins with a $7.5 million base salary. Vinny Cerrato said twice yesterday that...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 21, 2008; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
 
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Wow, Just Your Average First Day Of Camp, Eh?

Man, my head is still spinning. What a crazy day. Anyway, to me, this is a move the Skins had to make. You're talking about picking up dudes who can, most likely, barely play in the NFL, if at all, versus getting a future Hall of Famer and the premier...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Skins Trade For Jason Taylor

Vinny Cerrato just announced the Skins acquired Pro Bowl DE Jason Taylor from Miami for a second round pick in 2009 and a sixth-round pick in 2010. The Skins assume the final two years of Taylor's contract as is, Cerrato said, with no re-negotiation (Washington had about $8 million in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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Cerrato on J. Taylor; Injury Updates

Jason La Canfora calls in trade and injury updates from the field: Vinny Cerrato was asked about defensive end trade talk -- concerning the Miami Dolphins' Jason Taylor or others -- and said: "We haven't talked to anyone yet on anything." Now, as for the injuries that predicated this talk,...

By Cindy Boren  |  July 20, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Daniels Out For Season; Buzbee Goes Down

Jason Reid has learned that Phillip Daniels is out for the season and, while we are still pinning down the exact specifics of the knee injury, it is indeed season-ending, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. A Redskins official, who asked not to be identified because of...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Odds and Ends

Figured I'd clean out my notebook now between practices and get some more odds and ends out there: Jim Zorn, who is very much Everyman, with no pretense about him (at least that I can detect so far), lurked in the back of the media-schlub pack when Jason Campbell...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Don Breaux At The Park

Offensive assistant Don Breaux, who retired this week due to a heart condition, was at Redskins Park today to say hello to owner Daniel Snyder and the coaches. Coach Jim Zorn said that he is optimistic about Breaux's condition - I have not seen Coach Breaux yet myself, but if...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Carlos Rogers/Morning Practice Report

Carlos Rogers was able to take part in some limited individual drills, and kept his helmet on for much of the two-hour practice, but is being watched very closely. He is itching to return ASAP, but is coming off major injuries to his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Any...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Phillip Daniels Update

Starting defensive end Phillip Daniels hyper-extended his left knee on the first play of 7-on-7 drills (I was right the first time on that, then confused myself on the previous post). He is going for an MRI right now and the coaches expect a medical update this afternoon. Coach Jim...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Daniels Hurt as Training Camp Begins (Updated)

Phillip Daniels injured his left knee a little over an hour into practice, which ended at about 10:10 (lasting a little more than 90 minutes), and was taken off the field on a cart. He and the guys were doing nine-on-nine drills and it wasn't clear exactly how the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 20, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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