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Redskins Insider: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Samuels placed on IR list (updated)

As expected, the Redskins on Saturday placed Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels on the season-ending injured-reserve list because of a severe neck injury that has likely ended his career. Samuels has not played since suffering the injury Oct. 11 in the first quarter of a 20-17 loss to the...

By Jason Reid  |  October 31, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
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At the bye: Special teams have their ups, downs

Our at-the-bye series concludes with Barry Svrluga's dissection of special teams. On Wednesday, Rick Maese posted on the defense; on Thursday, Jason Reid looked at the offense. When the season began, the Redskins figured they would be vastly improved at punter, might be shaky at place kicker, would be solid...

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (268)
 
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At the bye: the offense comes up short

Our at-the-bye series continues with a look at the Redskins' offense. On Friday, Barry Svrluga will dissect special teams; Rick Maese posted on the defense. At this time last season, the Redskins were 6-2, quarterback Jason Campbell had passer ratings of at least 104 in four games, running back Clinton...

By Jason Reid  |  October 29, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (249)
 
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Thursday link-a-rama

Bye-week podcast This week's cast of Tracee Hamilton, Dan Steinberg and genial host Jonathan Forsythe welcomes a very special guest star: Sally Jenkins. Links are at the left. You can listen here, via iTunes or get the RSS feed. Steinz and the signz Steinberg has the latest on the...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 29, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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At the bye: High marks for the defense

With the Redskins regrouping during the bye week, we think it's a good time for the blog to take stock of the team's performance. Today, Rick Maese takes a look at the team's defense through seven games. Thursday: Jason Reid looks at the offense. And Friday, Barry Svrluga talks special...

By Rick Maese  |  October 28, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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After surgery, Cooley could be back in four weeks

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley underwent successful surgery on the broken bone in his lower right leg Wednesday morning, a team spokesman said, and if there are no setbacks, the Pro Bowler could be back in a month. The surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Myerson of the Institute for...

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 28, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
 
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Cooley surgery 'went well'

The surgery to repair tight end Chris Cooley's broken ankle has been completed and his brother, Tanner Cooley (@tannercooley), provides an update and photo via Twitter: "Everything went well."...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 28, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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Wednesday reading (and watching) list

Redskins topic du jour? Fans Tracee Hamilton columnizes about the angst and anger in the community; Dan Steinberg will be following up on the WUSA report that media interviews with tailgaters have been banned. He also has more on the banning of signs. Judiciary committee hearing today A House...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 28, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Cooley's injury may not be so serious

The injury to tight end Chris Cooley may not be as serious as the Redskins previously believed, according to a team source. Cooley, who chipped a bone at the base of his tibia in the Redskins' Monday night loss to Philadelphia, is expected to have surgery as early as Wednesday....

By Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Redskins plan to use bye week to heal

Coach Jim Zorn opened his Monday news conference by detailing the long list of injuries. The Redskins are expected to place both left tackle Chris Samuels and tight end Chris Cooley on the season-ending injured-reserve list in the coming days, but there's a long list of other players suffering from...

By Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Davis now must 'really come to play'

Not surprisingly, the telephone of tight end Fred Davis blew up with text messages and voicemails after his performance in Monday night's loss to the Eagles. In one game, Davis surpassed his career totals for receiving yards, scored his first touchdown and nearly matched his career mark for catches. He...

By Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Cerrato: Roster was capable of reaching playoffs

Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, addressed a variety of topics concerning the team's disappointing 2-5 start while briefly speaking with reporters this afternoon at Redskins Park. When asked if he felt he provided Coach Jim Zorn with a roster capable of reaching the postseason, Cerrato said,...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
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Heyer's bye-week plan? Getting healthy

Offensive tackle Stephon Heyer, who moved to the left side of the line to replace an injured Chris Samuels earlier this month, is now ailing himself. He was wearing a knee brace Tuesday at Redskins Park, and Coach Jim Zorn said he "stretched a ligament in his knee." Zorn is...

By Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Redskins turn to Davis with Cooley out

The Redskins made it official: they expect tight end Chris Cooley to be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a broken bone in his right ankle. During his news conference today at Redskins Park, Coach Jim Zorn announced Cooley would be assigned to the season-ending injured-reserve list...

By Jason Reid  |  October 27, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Portis preaches unity, professionalism

After seven games in 2008, Redskins running back Clinton Portis had 818 yards, four 100-yard games and was leading the NFL in rushing. After seven games in 2009, Portis has 490 yards, no 100-yard games and ranks eighth in the league in rushing. Now, Portis heads into a bye week...

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 27, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Zorn says Cooley likely headed to IR

Jim Zorn is running down the injuries at the moment and the major one, of course, concerns tight end Chris Cooley, who has a chip on the bottom part of his tibia, according to Zorn. "[Cooley] is looking at getting a final evaluation from another doctor to see if he...

By Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Haynesworth stresses team unity

One of the knocks on defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is that he doesn't seem to really care about, well, a lot. Despite Haynesworth's all-pro credentials, his detractors portray him as a guy who rarely gives full effort and usually just does his own thing. Having watched Haynesworth closely through seven...

By Jason Reid  |  October 27, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Campbell 'hindered' by ankle sprain

When Jason Campbell spoke to the media after Monday night's game, he mentioned that the bye week was needed to get a number of players healthy, "including myself," he said. That was a bit of a revelation. The Redskins quarterback went on to say that he sprained his right ankle...

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 27, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
 
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Tuesday morning quick links

Via Dan Steinberg at DC SportsBog, Devin Thomas calls the Redskins "Drama City." ... The locker room opens at 11 a.m.; Jim Zorn speaks at 12:25. We'll see what's happening and get an update on Chris Cooley and the other injuries. Given that most broken bones take six-to-eight weeks to...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 27, 2009; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (291)
 
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Westbrook's injury causes concern

Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, a Washington native who attended DeMatha, suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Monday's game and caused a brief scare at FedEx Field when he remained on the turf for a few minutes without visible movement of his extremities. The injury occurred when...

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 2:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Davis makes most of Cooley's absence

Fred Davis did not expect his opportunity to come as it did on Monday, when the Washington Redskins second-year tight end was left with the onus of replacing the production of Pro Bowler Chris Cooley. The Redskins might have lost Cooley for the season. Davis replaced Cooley with eight catches...

By Zach Berman  |  October 27, 2009; 2:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Jones active while Rinehart was not

Despite signing only last Tuesday, tackle Levi Jones was active on Monday night while 2008 third-round draft pick Chad Rinehart did not dress. Rinehart initially started in place of right guard Randy Thomas when the veteran was lost for the season with a torn triceps, but was benched for Mike...

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 27, 2009; 1:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cooley has broken ankle (updated)

Tight end Chris Cooley broke his right foot late in the second quarter of the Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Cooley was hurt when he tried to change direction. "He's got a break in his ankle," Coach Jim Zorn said. "It's on the inner side...

By Rick Maese  |  October 27, 2009; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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Redskins can't turn it around in 27-17 loss

What started in the third quarter continued into the fourth, with neither team able to put up points early in the quarter before the Redskins finally scored on their final drive of the game. It wouldn't be enough, however, to keep from falling to 2-5, as the Eagles left Washington...

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 26, 2009; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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A slow third quarter, with more injuries

After an opening half in which 37 points were scored, neither team was able to muster much offensively in the third quarter. In all, the teams punted a combined five times. The Redskins opened the half with a drive that opened with a 24-yard pass from Campbell to Santana Moss,...

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 26, 2009; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Eagles lead by 17, with big injuries on both sides

The second quarter opened in about the worst way possible for the Redskins. It finished that way, too, with the Eagles taking a 27-10 lead into halftime. The score marked the most points the Redskins had given up in the first half during Jim Zorn's tenure as head coach. On...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (201)
 
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Vote on play-calling, Skins' chances, Cooley

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By Cindy Boren  |  October 26, 2009; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Cooley taken off on cart (updated)

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley left the field on a cart after hurting his right leg on a play with a little over 11 minutes left in the second quarter. Cooley was not expected to return to the game. Also, Eagles safety Macho Harris, a former Virginia Tech standout, left...

By Zach Berman  |  October 26, 2009; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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A 2-TD hole after 1 quarter

Even with a new offensive play-caller, the Redskins first-quarter woes continued. It took the Eagles only four plays to score. Philadelphia ran a fake dive to running back Brian Westbrook, who barreled into the right side of the line. Receiver DeSean Jackson took the handoff from Donovan McNabb and ran...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Westbrook has concussion; Griffin back (updated)

Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Monday's game and caused a brief scare at FedEx Field when he remained on the turf for a few minutes without visible movement of his extremities. He was not expected to return to the game.  ...

By Zack Berman  |  October 26, 2009; 8:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Tonight's inactives for Redskins, Eagles

Redskins inactives tonight are: Kevin Barnes, Quinton Ganther, Robert Henson, Chris Samuels, Chad Rinehart, Marko Mitchell, Anthony Montgomery and Renaldo Wynn. Not too many surprises on the list. The Redskins are going with seven offensive linemen, as has been the norm. Newly-signed Levi Jones could get some time tonight. He's...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (212)
 
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Cerrato: 'We expected to be 3-3'

Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' executive vice president for football operations, said that management expected the Redskins, at this point, to have a 3-3 record. Cerrato made his comments this evening on ESPN's pregame show in an interview in the bowels of the stadium with Sal Paolantonio. Cerrato was fielding questions for...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Gruden speaks of turmoil but not of job (updated)

The "Monday Night Football" crew is in town for tonight's Eagles-Redskins game, but don't expect any Jon Gruden news to break this afternoon. Much of the head coaching speculation surrounding the Redskins has focused on Gruden, along with Super Bowl winners Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren and Bill Cowher. The MNF...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (275)
 
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All eyes -- and opinions -- focus on play-calling

So you may have read once or twice or thrice that the Redskins are using a play-caller tonight who began the season as a volunteer at a senior citizens' center. It's not just Coach Jim Zorn and his coaches who were baffled by management's decision to replace Zorn with Sherman...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Campbell puts benching, last week's drama behind him

After being benched for the first time in his NFL career, quarterback Jason Campbell is scheduled to start tonight as the Redskins play host to the Philadelphia Eagles. And for the first time in 23 games, someone other than Coach Jim Zorn will direct the offense and communicate with Campbell...

By Jason Reid  |  October 26, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Dungy: Why midseason changes rarely work

In an unscientific Redskins Insider poll last week, we asked whether management's endorsement of Jim Zorn made you more or less hopeful going forward. There were more than 3,000 votes, and 62 percent of respondents said they felt no difference and another 21 percent said they were less optimistic. I...

By Rick Maese  |  October 26, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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The Monday rundown and reading list

The new play-calling system the Redskins have installed will be in use tonight when the Philadelphia Eagles play Washington at FedEx Field. As Rick Maese writes, glitches are not unanticipated. Lewis has had less than three weeks to learn the terminology of Zorn's offense. One wrong word -- just a...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 26, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Tale of the tape: 2 guys, 4 quarters

Jason Reid and Mike Wise analyze Eagles-Redskins, via Comcast SportsNet....

By Cindy Boren  |  October 25, 2009; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Zorn describes his sideline role

For the first time in 23 games as head coach of the Redskins, Jim Zorn will not be involved in play-calling Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. Stripped of those duties, Zorn will oversee new play-caller Sherman Lewis and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, who will relay the...

By Jason Reid  |  October 25, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Gibbs addresses those Redskins rumors

Joe Gibbs addressed those rumors about a return to football at a NASCAR race Sunday in Martinsville, Va. He laughed, according to the Associated Press report, when he was asked at Martinsville Speedway about rumors and Internet reports that he could return to the team as an adviser or general...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 25, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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So far, so good on play-calling relays

Play-caller Sherman Lewis and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith performed well while practicing the Redskins' new play-calling procedure Saturday, Coach Jim Zorn said. "I think it went fine," Zorn said. "They're both experienced coaches. They've got a system worked out. They've been communicating very well. We used it electronically in practice...

By Jason Reid  |  October 25, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The secret of Gregg Williams's success

Les Carpenter caught up with Gregg Williams and the Saints' defense last week in New Orleans. The Saints have been so close the past few years, with what might be the most gifted and imaginative offense in the NFL. There has always been a sense that if the Saints could...

By Cindy Boren  |  October 25, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Special teams' focus is on Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver/punt returner DeSean Jackson is focus of this week's installment of Special Teams Saturday Sunday with Lorenzo Alexander. Why? Because he's DeSean Jackson. When the Redskins play host to the Eagles on Monday night, everyone on the Redskins' punt coverage unit will be focused on No. 10...

By Jason Reid  |  October 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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