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Redskins Insider: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Poll: Who Is Worth the Most to His Team?

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  October 4, 2008; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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The Jasons Break Down the Game

It's time for the Jasons, in a new episode on Comcast SportsNet's "SportsNite" this weekend. " quality="high" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="320" height="280">...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Redskins/Eagles Scouting Report

This is obviously a big game, and a victory could be decisive, not just in a positive way for the Skins, but also as putting up a significant hurdle for the Eagles. I spent some time breaking down the game with an NFL executive who has seen plenty of film...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 3, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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NFL.com Voters Name Zorn Coach of Week

Jason La Canfora reports: Jim Zorn has been selected as the NFL's coach of the week in voting on the league's website, the NFL announced today. He beat out finalists Herm Edwards of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans. In January, voting will be held...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 3, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Zorn Not "Comfortable" with Activating Kelly

Jason Reid reports: Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will be inactive for the fourth time in five weeks this season, Jim Zorn said. "He's not going to participate," he said. "He's getting better, but I'm going to deactivate him, I can tell you that right now. "He just hasn't participated...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 3, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Springs, Washington Will Be Game-Time Decisions (Updated)

Jason Reid reports: Although cornerback Shawn Springs did not practice this week because of his calf injury, he could play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, Coach Jim Zorn said after practice at Redskins Park. "Shawn Springs, to me, is still a question mark," Zorn said. "I...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 3, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Heyer: "Best Bet [Is] for Me to Rest"

Jason Reid reports: Tackle Stephon Heyer (shoulder) sat out practice for the third straight day and is not expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. "It's just the best bet for me to rest right now," Heyer said. "Day by day it feels like it...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 3, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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The Post-Practice Injury Update

Jason Reid files this quick injury update from Jim Zorn before heading for the locker room: Stephon Heyer is not expected to play; he did nothing in practice. Marcus Washington was very limited in practice. He will be a game-time decision, but Zorn expects him to play. Malcolm Kelly will...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 3, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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TCCLs for JC, Springs and D-Line 'Village People'

It's Friday and that can only mean one thing: TCCLs on the week that was. $$$$ TCCLs: If Jason Campbell keeps this up, he's gonna get paid. You could not ask for anything more out of the young man than what he's produced the past three weeks. If he does...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 3, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Redskins-Eagles Preview; Zorn's Take

Jason Reid has an unrestricted preview of Skins-Eagles and gets Jim Zorn's take on the Eagles' defense and the Redskins' hot start....

By Cindy Boren  |  October 3, 2008; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Cartwright Scouts the Special Teams

The Rock Cartwright Special Teams Breakdown is here to stay (although I dang near forgot to check in with him this week). We don't just do offense and defense around here. This is NFC East football, people. Teams matters. Philly is another formidable opponent on teams. The Eagles have a...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 3, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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How Skins Prepare for a Game

I got an email recently asking for how the average day is divided up for the players. So I figured I'd post what the normal Wednesday-Thursday schedule looks like, since those are the two heaviest work days of the week. 7 a.m. - Breakfast\Weight Room\Treatment 8 - Special Teams Meeting...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 3, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Jackson, Wilson Are in the Mix Again

Defensive ends Rob Jackson, a seventh round pick, and Chris Wilson, an undrafted free agent signed in 2007, ended up on the field quite a bit last week, and, with Jason Taylor still likely out and Erasmus James languishing near the bottom of the depth chart, they could factor heavily...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Taylor Unlikely to Play Sunday

Jason La Canfora reports Jason Taylor missed practice for a previously scheduled doctor's appointment. He has not practiced for two weeks and a return Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles is unlikely, Coach Jim Zorn said. Taylor said the appointment went well, and his recovery from emergency surgery to relieve compartment...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 2, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Redraft: Where Does Horton Belong?

You're all familiar with The League, our new feature this fall that dissects, um, the league -- you know, that NFL thing. One of the components is a weekly item called Redraft, in which Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reworks the April draft. Yes, he's my boss, but his Redraft this week actually...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 2, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Springs, Washington, Heyer Not Practicing

Practice has begun and Jason Reid reports that, with the team obviously in full pads, Shawn Springs, Marcus Washington and Stephon Heyer are in sweats and not practicing. Jason Taylor and Andre Carter are not practicing, either. Meanwhile, Steinberg has new Eastern Motors commercials (try to get that song out...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 2, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Blache Raves about Rogers

I've got a webchat at 1 p.m., but wanted to give an update on Greg Blache's weekly meeting with us first. The highlights from the defensive coordinator: Blache threw out for him what is lavish praise regarding corner Carlos Rogers. Blache isn't one to gush, but Rogers has been playing...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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An Unrestricted Look at Linebacker

Jason Reid talks about Marcus Washington's injury and H.B. Blades' role with linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti. ... Jason La Canfora reports: Chris Horton may be NFL's defensive rookie of the month, but at the end of the day, he's still just a rookie. The award won't change his status in...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 2, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Horton Named NFL Rookie of the Month

Not bad for a seventh-round pick, eh? Chris Horton has been named the NFL defensive rookie of the month. He is the first Redskins player to win the award since Fred Smoot in 2001. Horton, the 249th overall pick in the April draft, has started twice and intercepted three passes...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Skins Brace for a Blitzapalooza

The Redskins have faced some talented defenses this season, but have yet to see a unit as aggressive as the Eagles'. Few people blitz as often as Philly defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, and few are as creative and effective with it as well. And few are an unpredictable. Now, the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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There's No Debate -- Let's Vote

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By Cindy Boren  |  October 2, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Will JC Get Paid? Or ... When Will JC Get Paid?

As we've noted several times, if Jason Campbell keeps this up, he's going to get paid. He's signed through 2009, and depending on the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA, he'd be either a restricted free agent (if there's an uncapped year) or an unrestricted free agent (if...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Zorn's Place in History (Yes, It's Early)

Jim Zorn, with a win Sunday, would accomplish something we haven't seen a whole lot of the past few years - a four-game winning streak. The fact that he would do it in his first five games in the NFL, well, that would be fairly rare as well. The last...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 1, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Zorn Gives Injury Update

Jim Zorn wrapped up the day with a review of the injuries. Stephon Heyer (shoulder) and Shawn Springs (calf) were unable to practice; Springs says he expects to play with a little rest this week; Heyer is unsure whether he will play this week. Jason Taylor continues to get treatment...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 1, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Predict Redskins vs. Eagles and QB vs. QB

We're starting to use a new and more robust polling/prediction tool in sports today, and Redskins-Eagles seemed like a logical place to begin. Take a crack at predicting the winner and margin in the game, as well as which QB will throw for more yards. Note: When you vote, you'll...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  October 1, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Heyer Not Sure if He Can Play

Barry Svrluga sends further details on Stephon Heyer: Heyer, who has a separated left shoulder that prohibited him from starting against Dallas, said he was unsure whether he would be able to play against the Eagles. Heyer, who was replaced on offense by veteran Jon Jansen, appeared on special teams...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 1, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Byron on Brian: "I Don't Think He'll Play"

Jason La Canfora reports: Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook said he would be very surprised if his brother Brian played for the Eagles this weekend. Byron Westbrook said he speaks to his brother, whose presence completely changes the effectiveness and productivity of the Philly offense, nearly every day. "I don't think...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 1, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Springs: "I'm Not Missing an NFC East Game"

Jason La Canfora reports: Shawn Springs, who strained his calf in the game against Dallas, said he feels really good and fully expects to play Sunday. "I'm not missing an NFC East game," he said. It's likely that Carlos Rogers will get the matchup with Philly wide receiver DeSean Jackson...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 1, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Is Eagles' Offense for Real?

The Philadelphia Eagles looked like a juggernaut during the first six quarters of the season, crushing hapless St. Louis and seemingly on the way to beating Dallas at the half of their game in Week 2. Based largely on the basis of those six extraordinary quarters of offensive football, Philadelphia...

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 1, 2008; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Springs' Coverage Extended to T.O.'s Home

Jason Reid reports: After harassing Dallas wide receiver Terrell Owens on Sunday afternoon, Washington cornerback Shawn Springs relaxed at his longtime friend's Dallas-area home Sunday night and watched the Chicago Bears defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-20. TV commentators who expressed surprise that he had played well against Owens, his offseason...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Philly Stakes Defensive Rep on Linebackers

Philly's secondary is where the team has spent a lot of its money, adding high-priced free agent Asante Samuel from new England to a group that included corners Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown and safety Brian Dawkins. For a team that exercises prudence when it comes to bigtime contracts, they...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 30, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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'Interchangeable' Parts: Horton, Doughty

From Jason Reid: Rookie safety Chris Horton, who had a key interception late in the third quarter, started ahead of veteran Reed Doughty for the first time. Horton was selected as the NFC's defensive player of the week after intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble during his first start...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Redskins No. 1 in Sagarin Ratings

Math has never been my thing. Sure, I may have a bit of a stats fetish, but I just don't have much of a mind for numbers. So I'm not the dude to be trying to explain exactly what this means, but according to the complex system devised by Jeff...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 30, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Campbell, McNabb HS Coaches Honored

From Jason La Canfora: Jason Campbell and Donovan McNabb are friends, but Campbell said they have not chatted in a while because both have been a little busy. Campbell said he plans to call McNabb this week, but, in the meantime, their high school coaches are getting acquainted. They are...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Carter: Defense Feels Good about Its Potential

From Jason Reid: After struggling defensively in the first half of their season-opening loss to the New York Giants, the Redskins have impressed in a three-game winning streak against New Orleans, Arizona and Dallas. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache continued to make the right moves in Sunday's 26-24 victory over the...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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A Note from Janice Harvey

Jason asked that I post a note that was emailed to him by Janice Harvey, Ken's wife. As you know, the three-month-old son of Bucs kicker Matt Bryant died suddenly last week and Janice wanted to share the story of the son she and Ken lost to Sudden Infant Death...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Skins-Eagles: the Westbrook Factor

Without a doubt, the single most important factor in this week's game is the health of Eagles running back (and D.C. product) Brian Westbrook. He missed last week's game with an ankle injury and the Eagles are not nearly the same team without him. He keys everything they do on...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 30, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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An Unrestricted Chemistry Lesson

Jason Reid looks at the relationship between Jason Campbell and Santana Moss....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Skins Secondary Is Primary Key to Success

The Redskins' secondary has been stellar. Unlike Congress, we can all agree on that. But to put it into sharper perspective, the teams they have faced this season are all essentially near the top of the NFL in passing offense. New Orleans, the Week 2 opponent, ranks first in passing...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 8:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Final Thoughts on Redskins-Cowboys

Figured I'd close the book on Dallas week with this post, and we'll start digging into the Eagles tomorrow. The Redskins have completely negated running back Marion Barber in their two games against him. The Cowboys have not made him a big enough part of the game plan - and...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Rankings Reflect Redskins' Rise

Well, we've reached the quarterpole, and the Skins are all over the NFL leaderboard. Oh, where to begin? We covered the giveaway-takeaway stuff already. How about Jason Campbell? (Colt who?) He's fourth in the NFL with a 102.2 passer rating. He's completing a healthy 65 percent of his passes. He's...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Who You Gonna Call? Raider-Busters

Jim Zorn was not backing off his contention that the Seahawks/Raiders rivalry was legit even after experiencing Redskins-Cowboys first-hand. Linebacker London Fletcher tried to explain to him after the game that you can't compare that West Coast thing to the long and deep history of hatred between the Skins and...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Skins' Turnover Immunity Nearly Ended

The Redskins came awfully close to committing their first turnover of the season Sunday, when Jason Campbell and Ladell Betts had a botched exchange on a draw play. Campbell joked that the call was actually a quarterback draw - as he ended up grabbing the ball out of midair after...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Jansen May Start Again

Jon Jansen could start at right tackle Sunday against Philadelphia after Stephon Heyer aggravated his shoulder injury during a field-goal attempt in the 26-24 victory over Dallas, Coach Jim Zorn said. Heyer was activated but did not participate on offense, while Jansen had a strong showing after struggling mightily in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Some NFC East Team Is Gonna Be Unhappy

The Redskins' win in Dallas makes the NFL's most competitive division that much more intriguing. Which NFC East team won't make the playoffs is today's topic in The League....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 29, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Kelly Stays Home to Heal

From Jason La Canfora Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly stayed in Virginia to get treatment for his injured ankle, and believes he is getting closer to playing. His bad luck continued as he caught a virus over the weekend, but playing Sunday in Philadelphia is not out of the question....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 29, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Fletcher: It's Time To Work

Coach Jim Zorn essentially gave the Redskins Monday off after the spirited win over Dallas. Middle linebacker London Fletcher, however, put out the word that he expected his teammates on the defense to be around Redskins Park to review film and sort out some mistakes. Fletcher expressed his expectation that...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Unrestricted Audio; K. Campbell's a Daddy

Live, from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, it's Jason Reid. (Well, it was live when he taped it....) Just before getting on his flight this morning, Dan Steinberg texted me this note: Khary Campbell got a text 10 minutes before kickoff saying he'd become a father....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 29, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Skins-Cowboys: Monday Morning H-Back

That was something, eh? Another highly entertaining football game, regardless of any rooting interest, and another outstanding win. Three in a row is nothing to scoff at (the only times I recall Gibbs winning four in a row during his second stint was December 2005 and December 2007). As usual...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Star War: Tank Rips Rock

Jason Reid reports: Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson had to be restrained after return specialist Rock Cartwright stood on the 50-yard line star at Texas Stadium yesterday as he celebrated Washington's 26-24 victory. "This is how it is. When you win, you win with class. When you lose, you...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 28, 2008; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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Springs Says He May Have Strained Calf

Jason La Canfora texts in this update: Shawn Springs says he fears he strained his calf. He said he heard something in it pop, but thinks he might be back for next Sunday's game against the Eagles. He'll said he'll see how it responds to treatment this week....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 28, 2008; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
 
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Redskins a 26-24 Winner in Dallas

Jason Campbell and Clinton Portis saw to it that Jim Zorn can say something that no Washington Redskins coach since George Allen has been able to say. He is a winner coaching his first game in Texas Stadium. The game also will be Zorn's last regular-season appearance in Texas Stadium,...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 28, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Redskins Lead 20-17 After Three

How about Chris Horton? Sprinted over in the zone D, read the route and jumped on that pass. Huge play, especially with two of the top corners on the sidelines with injuries (Springs is cramping). Romo went right after Leigh Torrence on the play and Horton read it. Again, Blache...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 28, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Springs' Leg Gets Attention

Shawn Springs was getting medical attention on the last Cowboys drive. It looked to be his lower leg or calf. He was rocking back and forth a bit and trying to walk but couldn't do so very well. Pam Oliver reports that Springs had a calf cramp. She reported that...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 28, 2008; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Skins Lead 17-10 at Half

Jason Campbell was a stud in that second quarter. Can't ask for more than that. He's feeling the rush, sensing the defender and stepping up into the pocket like a pro's pro. Even though he's been hit a few times, and even with DeMarcus Ware on his back, JC is...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 28, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Cowboys Up 7-0 After One Quarter

Jason La Canfora files an abbreviated post because of a computer issue The Cowboys were looking for Jason Witten all the time on third down but the TD pass from Tony Romo came on first down. The Cowboys sacked Jason Campbell twice, both times with four-man rushes, not blitzes....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 28, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Sellers Walking on Sidelines

Fullback Mike Sellers walked off the field under his own power and was moving well on the sidelines after another player rolled up on his leg in a pileup....

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 28, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Jansen, Evans and Horton To Start

DE Jason Taylor (leg) and WR Malcolm Kelly (ankle) are out. RT Stephon Heyer (shoulder) is active, but Jon Jansen is starting. Chris Horton starts for Reed Doughty at strong safety. Demetric Evans replaces Taylor. The rest of the inactives are pretty much the same scratches as last week: OL...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 28, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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A Nice Day in Dallas for Skins-Cowboys

It's a beautiful day here in Dallas -- a bit warm (in the 80s) but not too sticky. Should be the perfect setting for the last edition of this rivalry ever to be played at this antiquated stadium. We'll post the inactives when we get them. As for the game,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 28, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Redskins-Cowboys: Waiting for Kickoff

There are a couple of things you might want to check out today as you debate whether to go with the full-body paint or just the face. Marc Fisher, as the ever-vigilant and early-rising Talent Evaluator noted, has a column on Jason Campbell that you're going to want to read....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 28, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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