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Redskins Insider: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Who's Going to Step Up in Dallas?

Will be a big week for some guys to step up. Andre Carter wasn't a dominate force during his brief stint with Jason Taylor at the opposite end. So will he be able to make more of a mark in the backfield now, without Taylor around? I would expect he...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 26, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (253)
 
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Heyer Draws $5,000 Fine from NFL

From Jason La Canfora Stephon Heyer was fined $5,000 today by the NFL for unnecessary roughness -- unnecessarily striking an opponent away from the play, according to a source with knowledge of the situation -- in the Washington Redskins' victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals. He drew a 15-yard penalty...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Zorn Says Jansen Is Likely to Start

From Jason Reid Although injured right tackle Stephon Heyer could start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins yesterday were leaning toward having Jon Jansen in that spot, Coach Jim Zorn said. "Right now, we're with Jon Jansen," Zorn said after the Redskins completed preparations at Redskins Park. "Stephon...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Loss of Taylor Changes Redskins' Approach

Jason Reid writes: With Pro Bowl left end Jason Taylor sidelined indefinitely while recovering from emergency surgery to relieve compartment syndrome in his left leg, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to focus on right end Andre Carter. It would be surprising if Dallas did not double-team Carter and have running...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Practice Update and Registration Returns

A couple of quick updates -- one concerns fubball and the other registration. Practice is underway and Barry Svrluga reports that Anthony Montgomery is not on the field. All others are present and accounted for. Jim Zorn will meet with reporters after practice, which is scheduled to last until 1....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
 
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This Week's Installment of "Two Jasons"

From Jason La Canfora Here's the latest installment of "The Jasons" from Comcast SportsNet. This weekly feature runs during "SportsNite" on Saturdays. You can also see the Jasons (the people, not the segment) frequently on Washington Post Live, at 5 p.m. weekdays on Comcast SportsNet....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Unrestricted, with Carter and Landry

Jason Reid takes a look at the defense and talks to Andre Carter and LaRon Landry....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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JC and the Weekly TCCLs

It's Friday ... That means TCCLs, people. 129 TCCLs - Jason Campbell is playing like the truth right now. He's been dang-near perfect in the fourth quarter the last two weeks and if he can take this show on the road and remain anything close to thing effective in the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 26, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Blache's Defense Preps for Cowboys

Greg Blache is a realist. He knows quite well that against an offense as good as the one the Redskins will face Sunday - Blache compared Dallas of 2008 to New England of 2007 - a defense is not going to take away everything all the time. Can't happen. No...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 25, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (279)
 
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Kelly Not Ready for Sunday; Heyer May Start

Jim Zorn said that Malcolm Kelly is not ready to play Sunday, but hopes that Stephon Heyer can start at right tackle. Heyer's left shoulder is still sore but he has regained his range of motion. Heyer could practice fully tomorrow, and Zorn said he would list him as questionable...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 25, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Taylor Departs -- Ever So Slowly

Jason Taylor just left the building, and it was not a pretty sight. Taylor's left leg remains in a boot and he was walking with a cane, ever so gingerly and looking nothing like a stud NFL defensive end. Taylor was moving toward his car, finished for the day at...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 25, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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An Unrestricted Preview of Skins-Cowboys

Jason Reid takes an unrestricted look at the Cowboys-Skins game Sunday (with audio from Jim Zorn.) More updates coming shortly when practice begins at noon....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 25, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Redskins Alter Schedule Ahead of Storm

Got hatches? It's time to batten 'em. Got milk? Toilet paper? If not, it's time to run in a panic to the nearest store and raid the place. Then, in the time-honored DC tradition, abandon your car on the Beltway. Yes, a storm (weather shabingus) is headed our way. Jason...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 25, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
 
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Zorn Gets Ready for Whole New Rivalry

Sunday afternoon will be Jim Zorn's first crack at this whole Redskins/Cowboys thing, and he admits it's a bit new to him. Certainly he appreciates the history and intensity of the rivalry (he remembers the Clint Longley game; his first NFL game was a preseason game against the Cowboys at...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 25, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Sizing Up the League through Skins' Prism

Big news around the league this week, with some Skins ramifications/ties. Matt Millen's firing finally went down, which some around the NFL say will leave ex-Skins corner Martin Mayhew in line to run the franchise, at least in an interim stage. Mayhew has been the assistant GM and senior vice...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 25, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Sellers Misses Practice; Kelly Doesn't Practice Fully

From Jason La Canfora Jim Zorn said that Mike Sellers missed practice with a quadriceps injury but hopes he can return later in the week Malcolm Kelly was unable to practice fully, which "didn't help him at all" in his ability to play Sunday after being inactive last week with...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 24, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (323)
 
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Cartwright Breaks Down Special Teams

Sat down with Rock Cartwright to talk a little special teams this afternoon (I'm thinking this might become a midweek staple of our blog coverage). Dallas has some talent in that department, and took major steps to upgrade the return game in the offseason. Rookie Felix Jones is part of...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 24, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Baldwin Replaces Gatewood on Practice Squad

The Redskins have signed linebacker Johnny Baldwin to their practice squad, replacing linebacker Curtis Gatewood. Baldwin, who is 6-1, 230 pounds, played in three games and was inactive for four last year with the Kansas City Chiefs, who had claimed him off waivers from Detroit. He was a fifth-round draft...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 24, 2008; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Taylor Said He 'Could Have Been Done' (Updated)

Jason Taylor just informed us that the surgery he had to relieve a blood mass in his left calf Monday morning was of critical importance. Taylor is on crutches with his left calf wrapped, and said that, at the time the emergency surgery was performed, he was told by doctors...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 24, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
 
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Redskins Prepare for T.O. Show

It's Dallas Week, in case anyone is paying attention to football around here, and that means a whole lotta T.O. What he has to say is open to interpretation, but what he's done on the field isn't. Owens had a massive day the last time these teams met at Texas...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 24, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (316)
 
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Dawan Landry Doing Well

Ravens safety Dawan Landry, older brother of Skins safety LaRon Landry, is recovering after suffering a spinal concussion in Baltimore's win Sunday. News of the injury spread quickly to the Redskins, with Dawan Landry rushed off the field in a stretcher, and LaRon was shaken by the incident, obviously. "It...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 23, 2008; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
 
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Redskins Make Practice Squad Moves (Updated)

The Redskins have released LB Curtis Gatewood from the practice squad, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and will make a corresponding signing to the practice squad shortly. They are likely to add another LB. Gatewood was here during camp and is a rookie out of Vanderbilt....

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 23, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Is Roster Move in the Works?

From Jason Reid Linebacker Albert Fincher just left the building with a large bag, as if he'd cleaned out his locker. Could a roster move be forthcoming?...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 23, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Campbell Rates Thomas' Progress

From Jason Reid Rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas took a big step forward in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell said yesterday. Although Thomas only had one reception for seven yards, "he was in there competing," Campbell said. "I feel like he was kind...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 23, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Zorn Spells West Coast with an "I"

Everyone thinks West Coast offense and has visions of multi-receiver spread formations, the ball being chucked all over the place. But I've liked the rotation of the I-formation, two tight end sets the last few weeks. Tight ends Chris Cooley and Todd Yoder can both catch and block, and sending...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 23, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
 
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Unrestricted...and (Dawan) Landry Update

In an all-Jasons edition, Jason Reid discusses Jason Taylor's injury and Jason Campbell's fourth-quarter performance. LaRon Landry's brother, Dawan, is out of the hospital after suffering his scary injury Sunday and may play again this season....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 23, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Sure-Handed Skins Reverse a Trend

The Redskins are off to a pretty unprecedented start here in terms of holding on to the football. They were a error prone and turnover prone for the better part of four years under Joe Gibbs, but Jim Zorn could not ask for a better start in terms of hanging...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 23, 2008; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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A Note from the Sports Editor

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz asked me to share this with you: We've had some calls and emails about statements made today by Vinny Cerrato, who said on his radio show that Post reporter Jason LaCanfora had called "the league office to charge us with tampering." Jason did not "charge" anyone with anything....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 22, 2008; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (556)
 
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Taylor Will Miss Dallas Game (Updated)

From Barry Svrluga Defensive end Jason Taylor will be out for this week's Dallas game after having blood released from his left calf muscle, Coach Jim Zorn said. Taylor was kicked in the calf during the second quarter in yesterday's 24-17 victory over Arizona, but returned to play the entire...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 22, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (554)
 
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Landry Focuses on His Brother's Injury

Redskins safety LaRon Landry's thoughts and prayers are with his brother, Dawan, a safety with the Ravens. Dawan Landry was carted off the field Sunday with what at first appeared to be very serious injuries during Baltimore's home game with Cleveland. Landry was hit in the head by Jamal Lewis's...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 22, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Skins Turn Attention to Dallas

It's the Monday of Dallas Week and Jason Reid takes a look ahead. Maske, by the way, was at the Dallas-Green Bay game last night....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 22, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
 
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Monday Morning H-Back

Let's start with the coach. I thought he showed a lot of poise in this game. With the weather hot again - though nowhere near as oppressive as it was in Week 2 - he stuck with the run even when Arizona's front was getting the best of the Skins....

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 22, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
 
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Fletcher Plays after Death of His Father

From Les Carpenter London Fletcher missed two practices last week to attend the funeral of his father, London Baker, who died Monday. When Fletcher left the team Thursday afternoon and did not return Friday, the team said only that his absence was for personal reasons. Fletcher was close to his...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 21, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Skins Move to 2-1 with Win

Huge win. Skins take care of business at home and were again superior in the fourth quarter. The defense bottled up Fitzgerald and Boldin for the most part. Great game by the secondary. Greg Blache made some very astute calls in the game and the Skins again were able to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
 
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A Tie Game after Three

Well, the big play finally came. The Skins had bottled up Fitzgerald and Boldin all day, using a lot of three-safety sets. They got burned playing zone on Fitzgerald's side - looked like Springs was in man on Boldin on the other side. Rogers released Fitzgerald to the safeties, and...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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Redskins Lead, 10-7, at Halftime

Would have liked to see Zorn try a pass on second and third and one at the end of the half there. The Skins have been the better team thus far and Durant Brooks had a brilliant punt to pin the Cards deep in the final two minutes as well....

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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X-Rays Negative, Heyer Cleared to Return

X-rays of offensive lineman Stephon Heyer's left shoulder were negative. He's walking around on the sideline and I would expect he'll play next time the Redskins have the ball....

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Redskins Lead 7-0 after a Quarter

Great response by the defense to cause a fumble at the end of the quarter. Greg Blache began the game playing more two deep safeties and the Cards ran the ball well, so he adjusted, went to his Cobra package - with a safety in the slot and three safeties...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Heyer Hurt; Jansen in

Offensive lineman Stephon Heyer is on his stomach, rolling on the ground in pain, and receiving medical attention on the field. They are looking at his shoulder and and Jon Jansen has just come on to replace him Skins offense is rolling again this drive and JC is perfect so...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Berry Out with Groin Injury

Bertrand Berry, the Cardinals' defensive end suffered a groin injury on the opening drive of the game. His return is questionable....

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Kelly, James Inactive; Thrash, Moore to Play

WR Malcolm Kelly, a second round pick, is out with an ankle injury. DE Erasmus James, who has not looked very good thus far, is out. He is coming back from major knee surgery and that will take time. CB Justin Tryon, S Justin Hamilton, G Jason Fabini, OL Chad...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Next Up: Redskins-Cardinals

What a gorgeous day for football. I have a feeling the Skins will end up with close to a full roster on the injury front, including at wide receiver. Around 11:40 or so, we should get the inactive lists. The more I think about this game, the more I think...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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