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

Hip, Hip Hair-ray?

Ah, Week 17. This is what passes for smashmouth (stashmouth?)....the Niners, it seems, are growing what may or may not be rally mustaches. Dan Steinberg, the office expert on facial hair, got the Redskins' reaction to the news. Cliffs Notes version: it was about as medium as you might expect....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Fletcher, Golston, Jansen Questionable

Paul Tenorio reports: Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher (foot) was present during practice but did not participate this afternoon, Coach Jim Zorn said. He was the only player held out entirely from the Redskins' final practice of the season. Fletcher, defensive tackle Kedric Golston (ankle) and tackle Jon Jansen (knee)...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Holiday Week in TCCLS

It's the official abbreviated holiday edition of the weekly TCCLs! Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season; all the best to you and yours. 79 TCCLs: Lorenzo Alexander. Dude is the unsung hero of the Skins and all heart. Watching him try to chase down Brian Westbrook tearing...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 26, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Hoping to Return, Golston Ready to Play

Paul Tenorio reports: Redskins defensive tackle Kedric Golston will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, but with one game left, the third-year veteran said Thursday he is not worrying about what will come in the offseason. "Those things work themselves out," Golston said. "All I...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Perfect Attendance

Paul Tenorio reports that all are present and accounted for at practice, so they've got that going for them....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Kelly a Likely Inactive Again

Dan Steinberg reports: Continuing his week-long insistence that the Redskins will not use Sunday's game as a Petri dish for young players, Jim Zorn said Thursday that rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will almost certainly be inactive against the 49ers. All 53 of Zorn's players practiced in some capacity on...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Davis Looking to Be 'in the Mix'

Dan Steinberg reports: Tight end Fred Davis, who has played more extensively in recent weeks, said he expects to be "in the mix" this weekend and hopes to make a breakout play. "That's what I would like to do, at least before the season's over, so people can see why...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Cast Your Vote

poll by twiigs.com ... The NFL announced that Tennessee's Jason Jones is the winner of the Defensive Player of the Week award. Jason Taylor was one of the nominees for the award, which is based on fan voting....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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And Then There Was One...

It's the day after Christmas, another day of work for the Redskins, who'll practice today and then head west to San Francisco for their season finale. Jim Zorn spoke yesterday about his philosophy going into the final game. You know which philosophy...the one about whether to play the veterans or...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Skins Finally Have a Full House

Paul Tenorio reports: For perhaps the first time all season, the Redskins had all 53 members of the active roster available for practice yesterday, Coach Jim Zorn said, though three players were limited. Linebacker London Fletcher (foot), defensive tackle Kedric Golston (ankle) and offensive tackle Jon Jansen (knee) participated in...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Holiday Complicates Smith's Trip

Paul Tenorio reports: Tyson Smith had just returned to his apartment earlier this week after meetings with the Broncos in Denver, where he was on the practice squad, when he got a call from his agent informing him he had been signed to the Washington Redskins' active roster. Smith had...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2008; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Slide Isn't Child's Play for Cambell

Dan Steinberg reports: Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell have joked frequently this season about the latter's inability to gracefully slide when he scrambles out of the pocket, with Zorn saying he plans to devise additional drills for the 6-foot-5 quarterback in the offseason. Sunday provided the latest cringe-worthy moment, when...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2008; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Rinehart Expects to Sit Again

Dan Steinberg reports: With the Redskins' coach and front office deciding to stick with their front-line players this weekend rather than experimenting with newcomers, that means another week as a reserve for rookie Chad Rinehart. The third-round pick has been on the active roster the past two weeks, after Justin...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Jansen's Pushing Himself to Play

Practice is beginning with all accounted for and Dan Steinberg reports: Jim Zorn said Wednesday that right tackle Jon Jansen practiced "in a limited fashion" and is still hopeful about playing in Sunday's regular season finale. "He's just trying to push himself," Zorn said of Jansen, who has missed the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Hall, Kendall Hope to Return

Dan Steinberg reports: With the end of the season approaching, the Redskins' potential free agents are beginning to deal with questions from the media about the future. DeAngelo Hall and Pete Kendall both discussed their contract status at length today and expressed a desire to stay in Washington. "I feel...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Blache Enthused about Returning

Dan Steinberg reports: Eleven months after he was talked out of retirement by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, defensive coordinator Greg Blache spoke enthusiastically today about returning for another year with his fourth-ranked defensive unit. "And honestly, to be quite candid, this time of year is never a good time of...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Practice Report

Dan Steinberg reports: Pete Kendall, as usual, sat out the Wednesday practice, resting his knees. London Fletcher came out for the beginning of practice and then went back into the building. Shaun Suisham was excused from practice for personal reasons....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Campbell Hopes to Finish with Win

Jason Reid reports: Although disappointed about missing the playoffs, the Redskins are focused on winning their last game of the season Sunday at San Francisco, quarterback Jason Campbell said. "As a competitor it's very disappointing, because you'd like to compete for the playoffs and have an opportunity for your ultimate...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Alexander's Homecoming Placed on Hold

Jason Reid reports: Being placed on the season-ending injured reserve list for the Redskins' finale Sunday in San Francisco was particularly disappointing for defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander, for whom the game was to have been a homecoming. "It wasn't that it wouldn't come around, but they [the medical staff] were...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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This, That and a Poll

... Dan Steinberg has been busy. If he isn't tracing the history of Redskins facial hair, he's looking at Vinny and the draft (sung to the tune of "Benny and the Jets"). ... poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Plackemeier Top Teams Player (Updated)

Jason Reid reports: Punter Ryan Plackemeier was named the NFC special teams player of the week, the NFL announced today. "It's never bad to be recognized by the league, it's an honor," Plackemeier said. "There are a lot of great performances out there. It's an honor just to be a...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Alexander to IR; LB Signs

Dan Steinberg reports: The Redskins signed linebacker Tyson Smith and put defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander on injured reserve. Alexander injured his hamstring in a tough one-on-one matchup with running back Brian Westbrook in the third quarter on Sunday; Westbrook wound up with a 47-yard catch and Alexander wound up hobbling...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Hall, Skins in Preliminary Talks

The Washington Redskins have engaged in preliminary contract discussions with potential free agent corner DeAngelo Hall in hopes of signing him to a long-term contract, according to team and league sources. The team has expressed an interest in retaining Hall, according to sources, although the sides have yet to reach...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 24, 2008; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
 
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It's Time for DPOTW and FOZ

Jason Taylor is up for Defensive Player of the Week and Dan Steinberg delivers my favorite weekly feature of 2008: Faces of Zorn. Taylor, as if you didn't know, had two sacks and forced a fumble that set up the Redskins' touchdown Sunday in their 10-3 win over Philadelphia. The...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 23, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (321)
 
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Reid on Cerrato

Jason Reid discusses his interview with Vinny Cerrato. In addition to saying that Jim Zorn would return as coach of the Redskins and discussing the offseason, Cerrato talked about the development of quarterback Jason Campbell: "Just the way he handles checks and getting us out of bad plays, changing pass...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 23, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Kicking and Punting Competition

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said he expects to have competition for kicker Shaun Suisham in training camp next season, and although he did not explicitly say the same about punter Ryan Plackemeier, it's a luxury I'm sure he'd enjoy. The problem is that, with the NFL's training camp roster limits...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 23, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Redskins by the Numbers

Well, the offense is now ranked 20th in the NFL and 23rd in yards per play. The Skins are eighth in rushing and 23rd in passing. They are 26th in third-down efficiency and they remain last in field-goal percentage. Jason Campbell remains first in the NFL in interception percentage. He's...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 23, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Tale of the Tape: AFC North vs. NFC East

Coming into the season, it was generally assumed that the battle between the NFC East and the AFC North would be one-sided. After all, the NFC East featured three playoff teams from last season and another, Philly, that was seen as an up-and-comer in the summer (two points for rhyming!)....

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 23, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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McNabb Still Doesn't Feel the Love

Eagles QB Donovan McNabb just doesn't care much for the Skins. He was pretty perturbed after Washington came back from being down 14-0 to win at Philly early this season. (How odd does that sound -- the Redskins came back from being down two touchdowns to win?) At that time,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 22, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (240)
 
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Zorn Returns to Form

There were no huge headlines coming out of the Jim Zorn press conference today. It was certainly a complete departure from a week ago, when he was sweating a bit, addressing primarily questions about his future and his relationship with management and ownership. Zorn was his usual self, telling stories...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 22, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Carter Returns to 'The Stick'

Coach Jim Zorn gave the players Monday off after the victory over the Eagles, but many guys came in watch film, get treatment, etc. This season finale will be a little special for end Andre Carter, who played his college ball in the Bay Area, and will be returning to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 22, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Alexander Likely Out

The Redskins came through Sunday's game in pretty good health, according to Coach Jim Zorn said. Defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander is "doubtful" for Sunday's finale i San Francisco with a hamstring injury, but most of the other injured players are expected to take play. A group of defensive starters are...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 22, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Video, Club Blache and Chats

Jason Reid, who holds no elective office despite being called "The Mayor," gives his take on the Redskins' win over Philly. Dan Steinberg reports that there really isn't a place called "Club Blache" -- where the chairs are comfy and the liquor is good and cheap. Sadly, it exists only...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 22, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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Monday Morning H-Back

Before we get into this game - and a big win it was - let's first go back to the loss to the St. Louis Rams, who were winless at the time. That's the game that is haunting the Redskins right now, even more than the loss at Cincincinnati. It...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 22, 2008; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Blache Hopes Taylor Returns Next Year

Dan Steinberg reports: Defensive coordinator Greg Blache said after the game that he hopes Jason Taylor returns for a second season in Washington. "If it was up to me, yes," Blache said. "I just think he's a real real pro, he's a class act, he's been a good addition to...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2008; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Redskins Win, but Are Elminated

The Redskins held off the Eagles as the game clock wound down, winning 10-3. But Atlanta's 24-17 victory over Minnesota elimated Washington from playoff contention. What a finish, though, as the Redskins moved to 8-7. LaRon Landry made his play of the season to keep Reggie Brown out of the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2008; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Skins Lead by a TD after 3

The Redskins have a pass rush going and it's been big. Jason Taylor's second sack resulted in a fumble and a short field for the offense ... and they finally got into the end zone. Brian Westbrook hasn't been terribly involved, and that 47-yard strike down the sidelines was key....

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 21, 2008; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
 
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Alexander Out with Hamstring Injury

Jason La Canfora reports: Lorenzo Alexander injured his hamstring pursuing Brian Westbrook on the pass from Donovan McNabb and will not return to the game....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Skins Lead by 3 at the Half

Jason Fabini cost the Redskins a chance at another field goal by wiffing on that inside move from Darren Howard on the sack. That was big. Can't quite understand why Jim Zorn called for the field goal attempt from 55 yards out in this wind, and the Eagles knew it...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 21, 2008; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Portis Probable to Return with Bruised Hand

RB Clinton Portis was not in for Skins' first drive after Shaun Suisham's field goal, but is expected to return. He bruised his left hand....

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 21, 2008; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Scoreless First Quarter

Well, not a bad start at all. No early turnovers. The Redskins are winning field position and moving the ball. This start is not too shabby. There is an energy to the way they are playing and guys seem to be fairly pumped up. Philly looks flat and we'll see...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 21, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Jansen, Golston Among Inactives

RT Jon Jansen (knee) and DT Kedric Golston (bone spurs) are out. WR Malcolm Kelly, OL Will Montgomery, DT Ryan Boschetti, DE Rob Jackson, OL D'Anthony Batiste are also out. Colt Brennan is the third QB. The Eagles are without WR Kevin Curtis, WR Hank Baskett, RB Lorenzo Booler, LB...

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 21, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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Recast Your Vote

You've had nearly a week to think about that earlier vote you cast on today's Eagles-Redskins game. In the interim, the Ravens-Cowboys result last night has had implications, ramifications and amplifications. You should vote again, even though that generally is frowned upon in America. Of course, you can also vote...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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GameDay Sunday Morning

There's a golden orb in the eastern sky...but don't let that fool you. Josh Larson of the Capital Weather Gang says it's going to be just like Ravens-Redskins, weather-wise. In this week's episode of "The Jasons," Reid and La Canfora wanted to present their unique, foolproof plan for fixing the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2008; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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