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Redskins Insider: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Taylor's Knee Injury Called a Sprain

Defensive end Jason Taylor left the Redskins' game against Carolina in the second quarter after suffering what the team said is a sprained knee. The injury initially looked more serious as Taylor's leg bent at an awkward angle when he ended up in a pile of players on DeAngelo Williams'...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 23, 2008; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (383)
 
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Bugel Is Coaching Tonight

Offensive line coach Joe Bugel, whose daughter, Holly, 36, died Thursday after a long battle with bone cancer, is with the team and coaching tonight. Bugel flew to Arizona after practice to be with his family at their home, and remained there Friday. He was not a part of the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 23, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
 
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Who's Out of Tonight's Game

The following players will not participate for the Redskins in Carolina tonight: LB Marcus Washington (hip) S LaRon Landry (hamstring) WR Malcolm Kelly (knee) T Todd Wade (ankle) LB Matt Sinclair (back) TE Jason Goode (turf toe) Most of those players are expected to be able to play next Thursday...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 23, 2008; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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B-Lloyd = Ade Jimoh?/TCCLs (All Hail The Nuge)

(First of all, wanted to post a disclaimer. TCCLs are definitely back, still on Fridays, and I wrote them yesterday and had them ready to post ... but then Loseable Type went all wacky it seems, cuz it like ate my post. So, here goes again. Also, wanted to get...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 23, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Unrestricted: Recapping a Rough Day

Jason Reid reports after a tough day at Redskins Park, when the team learned of the deaths of assistant coach Joe Bugel's daughter and NFL Union chief Gene Upshaw....

By Jon DeNunzio  |  August 22, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (365)
 
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Health Update

The results on tests on LB Marcus Washington's hip were quite positive. There is nothing wrong with the area medically, other than some fatigue setting in (Washington pushes himself very hard, all the time). So it's much as what Marcus thought it was, a little hip discomfort. He could end...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 22, 2008; 2:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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A Look at Upshaw's Legacy

Jason Reid shares his thoughts on the death of Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association....

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2008; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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Washington May Play; Kelly Expected To Sit

It always feels a little shallow to have to return to the minutia of football on a day like this, but the Redskins did practice and will be treating Saturday's preseason game very much as a dress rehearsal for the real thing. To that end, Marcus Washington could still play;...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 21, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Gibbs on Holly Bugel's Death

Jason Reid just got off the phone with Joe Gibbs, who was saddened to learn that Holly Bugel today lost her long battle with cancer. Gibbs has been in contact with Joe Bugel's wife, Brenda. "Obviously, our heart goes out to coach Bugel, Brenda and the Bugel family," Gibbs said...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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A Somber Day at Redskins Park

Jim Zorn learned within a 30-minute span this morning that offensive line coach Joe Bugel had lost his daughter, Holly, 36, to cancer, and that Gene Upshaw, a Hall of Fame lineman whom Zorn played against for years, had suddenly died from cancer. The Redskins found out about Holly's...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 21, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Joe Bugel's Daughter Dies

Holly Bugel, the 35-year-old daughter of offensive line coach Joe Bugel, has died. "She passed this morning and our hearts and prayers go out to Joe and his family," said Daniel Snyder, who told reporters of her death. "He will be leaving shortly here from Redskins Park to fly out...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Snyder Statement on Upshaw

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder issued the following comment on the death of Gene Upshaw: "With Gene's passing the NFL has lost an innovator, players have lost their advocate, and I have lost a friend. A Hall of Fame player, Gene was also a hall of fame businessman and negotiator. He...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Washington Sits Out Practice

Marcus Washington is not practicing today; nor are Matt Sinclair, Todd Wade, Jason Gooden and LaRon Landry. I would not expect any of them to play this weekend. The Redskins could be in a bind at linebacker, assuming Washington and Sinclair sit.(Sinclair had back spasms all week; Washington has had...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Gene Upshaw, RIP

The sudden death of Gene Upshaw has obviously caught the league by surprise, and it's no different in Ashburn. Players were in meetings all morning ahead of an early practice today - on the field at 11 - but have tried to get what information they can about the death...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 21, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Gene Upshaw Dead at 63

Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, has died. Upshaw was 63 and, according to several reports, recently had been battling pancreatic cancer. An NFLPA official confirmed Upshaw's death to The Post's Mark Maske. The NFLPA has issued the following statement: We are deeply saddened and shocked by...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Washington Gives His Hip a Rest

Practice has ended and Jason La Canfora texted in an update on Marcus Washington, who took part in some drills but also rested his hip as a precaution during some of the heavy contact drills (goal-line, short-yardage situations). Considering his history of injuries, he was taking no chances. "I might...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
 
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The Afternoon Practice Report

The world remains upside down -- the Redskins' offense again is wearing dark jerseys, the defense white; all are in full pads. Malcolm Kelly is doing more in this practice than earlier this week; he's involved in team drills and not just plays limited to the running game. He is...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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Strictly Un-Reid-stricted

Just how good are the Redskins? From his undisclosed, unrestricted location, Jason Reid gives the matter some thought. (Practice today, fyi, is from 1:20-3:15.)...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
 
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Blache Not Down with DEs' Changes

Any ideas Jason Taylor might have had about flip flopping sides with end Andre Carter any time he likes, well, it's not going to happen. I asked Taylor about switching sides in games with Andre Carter this morning and he said that he and Carter have done it in practice...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 19, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (389)
 
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Taylor, Carter Making the Calls

Jasno is on the field and called in this report as practice was getting underway ... I spoke to Jason Taylor about playing more on the right side in practices and he reiterated that he's open to playing anywhere. He said that coaches have not yet told him and Andre...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2008; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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The Cult of Colt

If the Redskins drafted Usain Bolt at wide receiver, they'd have a Colt-to-Bolt tandem. Okay, that admittedly is unlikely. Fortunately, Jason Reid doesn't go there. The team practices from 1:20 to 3:15 today; players are available at noon....

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
 
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First Crack at the 53

We'll update it and revise it, but now that we've passed the halfway point of August, here's my first crack at the 53-man roster. Injuries obviously could cause some changes, but here's my guess for now: QBs (3): Campbell, Collins, Cult of Colt (CoC from here on out, if nothing...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 19, 2008; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
 
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Kelly Returns to Practice (Sort Of)

Rookie WR Malcolm Kelly was back on the field for the first time in three weeks or so, coming back from knee surgery. He took part in some light individual work, and ran a few routes, but as Coach Jim Zorn said, he was moving pretty gingerly. Kelly said he...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 18, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (242)
 
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The P.M. Practice Report

Practice has begun, with players in shorts and shells. Anthony Mix, LaRon Landry, Todd Wade and Justin Geisinger are working off to the side with trainers. With Stephon Heyer back at second string, Chad Rinehart is back at left guard. With Geisinger not taking part in team drills, Andrew Crummey...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Bugel Returns to Redskins

We had access to a few players and coaches before the start of practice. Here's a brief overview: Offensive line coach Joe Bugel has returned to the team after spending last week with his daughter Holly, who is battling a rare form of cancer, and family. Holly continues to battle...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 18, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Rian Wallace Is Gone

As suspected, the oft-injured linebacker was let go. He broke his hand early in camp and after hearing the news yesterday that Wallace would miss three more weeks with a dislocated shoudler, well, you could already smell the injury settlement. You need to keep adding bodies with this 80-man limit....

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 18, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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10:15 Webchat On Washingtonpost.com

Hey guys, the schedule is different now - no more morning practices - so there will be less newsy-ish posts in the AM, and more meaty updates in the afternoons, in general. I will fill the gaps with plenty of ramblins, though, so have no fear. Also, we had to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 18, 2008; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Sunday Afternoon H-Back

Let's start this blog with a little review now that Jim Zorn has finished addressing the schlubs about Saturday's game. My general impression was the first-team offense was out of kilter and erratic. QB Jason Campbell held the ball too long, the team failed to get the ball downfield (the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 17, 2008; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
 
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