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Redskins Insider: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

One Man's Take on Redskins' Cuts

Cut-down day always reminds me that people see things differently and, when the Redskins announced the season-opening 53-man group, there were many more roster surprises than I envisioned. I thought they would carry nine offensive linemen; they carried 10. Guard/tackle Jeremy Bridges was not among the group, but D'Anthony Batiste...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
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Suisham Wins Kicking Job at the Wire

Although Shaun Suisham ranked last in the NFL in field-goal percentage in 2008 (among kickers with more than 10 attempts), the Redskins kept the fifth-year player after he narrowly beat out veteran Dave Rayner in a preseason competition that featured only four field-goal attempts. Suisham -- who converted 26 of...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 5, 2009; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Redskins' Roster Reflects O Line Focus

A major concern coming into training camp was the depth of the Washington Redskins' offensive line. When final cuts were made Saturday, the Redskins took steps address it by keeping one more lineman than originally expected, cutting veteran guard-tackle Jeremy Bridges but keeping rookie guard-center Edwin Williams and third-year guard-tackle...

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 5, 2009; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Redskins' 53-Man Roster

Here's the breakdown of the 53-man roster, (not a depth chart, just a quick list put together after editing for the dead-trees edition): The Offense Quarterbacks (2) Jason Campbell, Todd Collins Running Backs (4) Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Marcus Mason Fullback (1) Mike Sellers Tight Ends (3) Chris...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 5, 2009; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Alridge, Bridges Among Redskins' Cuts (Updated)

The Redskins have just released their 53-man roster and the following players have been cut: Robbie Agnone; Anthony Alridge; Jeremy Bridges; Scott Burley; Alex Buzbee; Chase Daniel; Antonio Dixon; Dominique Dorsey; Doug Dutch; Keith Eloi, Cody Glenn, D.J. Hackett, Lendy Holmes; Rob Jackson; Dave Rayner; Rueben Riley; Trent Shelton; J.D....

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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Mason Will Be on 53-Man Roster (Updated)

Apparently, the third time around was good enough for running back Marcus Mason. After a strong preseason performance in 2008 and again this preseason (as well as an '07 appearance and membership on the practice squad), Mason, who attended Georgetown Prep, has made the opening 53-man roster, according to a...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
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Redskins May Start with 2 QBs on Roster

From speaking with sources throughout the day, I'm thinking there's a chance the Redskins could start the season with only starter Jason Campbell and backup Todd Collins at quarterback. With the possibility of adding an extra cornerback to the 53-man roster because of Carlos Rogers' lingering calf injury, the team...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
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Brennan's Hip a Problem All Preseason

Quarterback Colt Brennan often said he would not make excuses for his poor performance during the preseason. As I'm finding out now, it appears Brennan had, at least in part, one legitimate excuse: a left hip injury. Brennan suffered the injury in the Redskins' preseason opener Aug. 13 against the...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Daniel a Redskins Roster Casualty (Updated)

Just confirmed an earlier ESPN report that rookie quarterback Chase Daniel will not make the Redskins' final 53-man roster. Although he was not expected to be named to their practice squad, either, he recently tweeted that he "was told they want me back if I clear waivers for practice squad....

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Daniel Appears Out at No. 3

Apparently, rookie quarterback Chase Daniel will not be the No. 3 quarterback. We're trying to confirm a report that Daniel will not be on the roster, which really would not be a move that would surprise me. As I indicated in my last post on Brennan, there was always a...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Brennan Headed to Injured-Reserve List

Second-year quarterback Colt Brennan will be placed on the injured-reserve list, sidelining him for the season, with hip, knee and hamstring injuries, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. With Brennan out, it would appear that Chase Daniel will be the Redskins' No. 3 quarterback, behind Jason Campbell...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Brennan Has Hamstring, Hip, Knee Injuries

The Redskins are strongly considering putting second-year quarterback Colt Brennan on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a hip injury he suffered in the first preseason game, league sources said today. Brennan aggravated a hamstring injury and also injured his knee while being sacked late in the fourth quarter...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Brennan to IR List Is a Possibility

Just got off the phone with a couple of sources who are telling me there's a good chance quarterback Colt Brennan will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a hip injury he suffered earlier in the preseason. I'm still working the phones and, obviously, I'll update...

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Fletcher Praises Young

The Redskins signed Darrel Young as an undrafted free agent from Villanova, and he has impressed coaches and players with understanding of the game and strong work ethic.

By Jason Reid  |  September 4, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Redskins Waiting on Thomas

Malcolm Kelly appeared handily to win the battle for the starting flanker job in the preseason, but the team hopes fellow second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas also emerges as a major contributor

By Jason Reid  |  September 4, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Redskins Mull 'Very, Very Close' Roster Moves

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn and his staff arrived at Redskins Park Friday with a monumental task ahead of them only hours after completing the final preseason game against Jacksonville: Cutting 22 players by Saturday's deadline to get the roster down to 53. "Sometimes there's guys that are even, and we're...

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 4, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Cerrato: 25 on Offense

Dan Steinberg ... well, let Dan Steinberg report it: On his radio show, Vinny Cerrato just said the Skins will definitely keep 25 on offense, likely including nine linemen and three tight ends. He's previously said they're keeping only five WRs, so if you do the math, this means they're...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 4, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Who's No. 2? Kelly Gains Separation

Coach Jim Zorn did not directly say it. Why make a big deal about the obvious? After the completion of the preseason, it is clear to anyone with half a clue that Malcolm Kelly is the Washington Redskins' No. 2 receiver. And it's not even close. "No question, he's going...

By Jason Reid  |  September 4, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (197)
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Picking No. 3 QB Tough for Some

What Bogboy was really hoping for, as he watched the Redskins-Jaguars game from the cozy confines of la casa Steinberg, was a kicker battle. Instead, he had to be content with Colt Brennan vs. Chase Daniel. Turns out Steinberg has company in his conflicted-ness: "[Daniel] got a chance to get...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 4, 2009; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Redskins Escape Preseason Unscathed

Coach Jim Zorn seemed pleased that his team had gotten through five weeks and four preseason games without serious injury. He held a couple of tight ends out of Thursday's preseason finale at Jacksonville as precautionary measures, he said. Chris Cooley, who had a bruised thumb, said after the game...

By Rick Maese  |  September 3, 2009; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Who's No. 3?

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By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2009; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Brennan, Daniel Lead Team to TDs in Loss

The story of the fourth quarter was the battle between Colt Brennan, who was able to recreate some of the old cult of Colt magic, and Chase Daniel, making the case for Chase, for the No. 3 quarterback spot. Brennan led the Redskins down the field for their first touchdown,...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2009; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Suisham Spices Up Kicking Competition

Cornerback Justin Tryon might have entered the game with a bit of job security, but that interception certainly didn't hurt. Life was breathed into a slow quarter when Tryon picked off a Todd Bouman pass and set up the Redskins' first scoring drive. Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan stepped in to...

By Rick Maese  |  September 3, 2009; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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M. Williams, Daniel Struggle as Redskins Trail 21-0

The fun thing about the final preseason game is that every play is life-or-death for guys on the bubble. And midway through the second quarter, a single play spelled disaster for two of Washington's bubble guys. Right tackle Mike Williams got beat by Jacksonville defensive end Quentin Groves, and Groves...

By Rick Maese  |  September 3, 2009; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Redskins Are in a 10-0 1st-Quarter Hole

Thought by many to be entering the night with a legit shot at making the 53-man roster, running back Anthony Alridge did himself few favors, fumbling a kickoff return and likely dooming himself to the waiver wire. Alridge fielded the Jaguars' first kickoff of the game from about five yards...

By Rick Maese  |  September 3, 2009; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Portis, Rogers, Fletcher Also Out (Updated)

Although the Redskins plan to use their first-team offense and defense for at least a series, there was plenty of roster shuffling before the game. The team listed five scratches: defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth did not make the trip to Jacksonville and Kedric Golston was scheduled to start in his...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  September 3, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Here's What I Think ... in Jacksonville

Hey, everybody. I just landed in Jacksonville for tonight's final preseason game, and planned to write closer to kickoff, but there's a few things I feel compelled to address. So, here's an impromptu mini edition of "Here's what I think." Let's do it. Here's what happened: Apparently, there's a lot...

By Jason Reid  |  September 3, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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Zorn Looks to Get Mike Williams 'Revved Up'

As you all know, I believe tackle Mike Williams will be on the 53-man roster and has been written in for some time. Williams has been slowed in the preseason because of an abdominal strain and an ankle injury, but I still expect him to be here after the final...

By Jason Reid  |  September 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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Kelly Says He's Ready to Go

With one remaining preseason game, second-year wide receiver Malcolm Kelly is right on track. "You know, with just doing the things I wanted to do, I feel good about" the preseason, Kelly said. "My route running, just doing what I have to do to get ready for that season, I've...

By Jason Reid  |  September 3, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Tough Roster Choices Lie Ahead

Although many of us "experts" in the media supposedly have figured out the opening 53-man roster, coaches apparently think they still have some work to do. Contrary to popular belief, offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said, there still are tough choices to be made. Many players will have a lot on...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
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Making a Case for Rock Cartwright

While sitting in the press room the other day working on some stuff, I heard Barry Svrluga say, "Wow, a lot of these people really want Rock gone." When my guy from Duke talks, I listen, so I turned to my right to find out what Barry was talking about....

By Jason Reid  |  September 2, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (346)
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Who Will Be the 53rd Player?

Now that I've weighed in on the roster in advance of Saturday's deadline, I think it's important to note there's a chance the Redskins' 53rd player might currently be with another team. In initially analyzing the roster, I couldn't come up with a 53rd player I felt strongly about. After...

By Jason Reid  |  September 2, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
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Brennan Dials Back the Swagger

Second-year quarterback Colt Brennan had big plans at the outset of camp. After gaining cult-hero status as a rookie, Brennan was eager to challenge longtime No. 2 quarterback Todd Collins for the position as Jason Campbell's primary backup. But the supposed competition never unfolded because Collins continued to be a...

By Jason Reid  |  September 2, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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Your Ticket Experience?

Every so often, as you know, we like to turn this space over to the fans and today, with James V. Grimaldi's story on the Redskins and the secondary ticket market now live, seems like an especially good day to do so. poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 2, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Haynesworth Will Skip Trip to Jacksonville

Sidelined this week because of stomach problems, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will not accompany the team to Jacksonville for the final preseason game, Coach Jim Zorn said today after practice at Redskins Park. "He's recovering, he's getting better, but we're going to keep him back," he said. "We're going to...

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (249)
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One Man's 53-Player Roster

In advance of the announcement later this week of the 53-man roster, here are my picks to make the team. Obviously, I'm doing this way in advance of Saturday's NFL deadline, so injuries and other unforeseen circumstances could lead to last-minute changes. After speaking with many people in the organization,...

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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At Redskins Park, Goodell Addresses Labor Issues

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell paid a visit to Redskins Park on Tuesday morning. As the team began practice, Goodell chatted on the sidelines with owner Dan Snyder, executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato, Coach Jim Zorn and former quarterback Joe Theismann. Rookies Brian Orakpo and Jeremy Jarmon also...

By Rick Maese  |  September 1, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Sleeper Pick to Make Final Roster? Darrel Young

Some players go unnoticed during camp and the preseason and then surprisingly make opening 53-man roster. I've been analyzing the Redskins' roster and discussing it with people in the organization for several days in advance of unveiling my picks. First, however, it's time to reveal my "sleeper pick" to make...

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Pick the Kicker

One of the closest position battles of the Redskins' summer has been between place kickers Shaun Suisham and Dave Rayner. It's still extremely close, with the game in Jacksonville and practices looming large for Coach Jim Zorn and special teams coach Danny Smith. "The pressure's on. When you're in a...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Blache: Alexander's 'Stock Has Gone Up'

I didn't include versatile defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander among my five "locks" to make the team because his standing among the Redskins' best 53 players was never in question. And I knew Alexander helped himself in camp and the preseason, but I didn't realize how well he has played. I...

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Redskins Are Missing Presence of Rogers

Cornerback Carlos Rogers has been sidelined most of the preseason because of a lingering calf injury and is not expected to play in the final preseason game Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "It's not a problem," Rogers said. "Just being careful with it." Rogers expressed confidence he would start Sept....

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2009; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Updates on Haynesworth, Rogers

Coach Jim Zorn said defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth isn't over the stomach problems that caused him to miss practice Monday, and he is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale in Jacksonville.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 31, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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Now It's Betts' Turn to Deliver

With the season drawing closer, it will be really interesting to watch Ladell Betts in his new role as the Redskins' primary third-down back. Coach Jim Zorn rewarded Betts with an expanded role in the offense because of his hard work and professionalism. In addition, top back Clinton Portis should...

By Jason Reid  |  August 31, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Special Teams Should Be Secondary for D. Thomas

As the team's primary kick returner Friday against the New England Patriots, Devin Thomas averaged 26.3 yards on three returns. Rock Cartwright, sidelined because of a groin injury, was impressed with Thomas's performance, and he believes they could form an effective return duo. "He ran the ball exceptionally well," Cartwright...

By Jason Reid  |  August 31, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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5 Locks to Make the 53-Man Roster

With the first round of cuts completed, I'm ready to list my top five locks to make the opening 53-man roster. These guys began camp fighting for roster spots and would be on the team if the season began today. Barring injury or other unforeseen circumstances, my locks will be...

By Jason Reid  |  August 31, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
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Pass Protection Is Mason's Big Deficiency

Many of you have emailed me about players you hope will make the opening 53-man roster, and it seems running back Marcus Mason's fan club has continued to grow daily. The former Georgetown Prep standout should be a keeper, according to blog readers, and cutting him would be a travesty....

By Jason Reid  |  August 31, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
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Offensive Coordinator Evaluates His Group

With quarterback Jason Campbell and the starters expected to play only sparingly in Thursday's preseason finale in Jacksonville, offensive coordinator Sherman Smith has seen most of what he's going to see from the first-team offense.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 30, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
 
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Kicking Competition Still in Full Swing

The lack of game opportunities has made it difficult for the coaching staff to reach a conclusion on the kicking competition between incumbent Shaun Suisham and challenger Dave Rayner.

By Zach Berman  |  August 30, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Haynesworth Update, and Other Personnel Matters

Coach Jim Zorn said defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed practice with some stomach issues, describing him as "curled up." "I won't elaborate," Zorn said. "But we did the right thing." The problem isn't likely to be long term, and Zorn was laughing when talking about it. Other personnel stuff: Zorn...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 30, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Here's What Happened/Here's What I Think

In today's packed edition of Here's what happened/Here's what I think, The Mayor declares the competition is over for the fifth wide receiver position, gives some love to Marcus Mason, comments on a surprising Devin Thomas sighting and previews the climactic final round in the Colt Brennan-Chase Daniel battle.

By Jason Reid  |  August 30, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Haynesworth Absent for Start of Practice

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was not on the practice field when Sunday's session opened. We will update when we have more information, likely after practice. Haynesworth was at Redskins Park Sunday. Kick returner/running back Rock Cartwright (groin) was back at practice after missing Friday's preseason game, but cornerback Carlos Rogers...

By Gene Wang  |  August 30, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Fincher Among Five Players Cut

(updated 2:30 p.m.) The Redskins cut five players, according to a Tweet by the team's official blogger. Offensive lineman Devin Clark, defensive tackle Michael Marquardt, wide receiver Marques Hagans, linebacker Alfred Fincher and safety Michael Grant are former Redskins. Fincher was a key contributor on special teams last season. There...

By Jason Reid  |  August 30, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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One of my favorite things about Redskins Insider is your comments. You guys keep me on my toes.

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