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Redskins Insider: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Game preview: 2 guys, 4 quarters

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Paulescu released; Holmes signed from practice squad

With punter Hunter Smith apparently having recovered from a groin injury, the Redskins today released punter Sam Paulescu and signed rookie safety Lendy Holmes from the practice squad. Paulescu performed well while handling punting duties in place of the injured Smith during last week's 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons...

By Jason Reid  |  November 14, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Alexander sees special-teams openings vs. Denver

The Redskins have struggled on offense all season and the Denver Broncos suddenly have big problems on that side of the ball as well. Although field position is a key factor in most games, that battle could be even more important Sunday at FedEx Field because of each team's lack...

By Jason Reid  |  November 14, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Redskins will see familiar face of Dawkins again

For the first 13 years of his outstanding career with the Philadelphia Eagles, safety Brian Dawkins faced the Redskins twice every season. Dawkins left the Eagles in the offseason and joined the Denver Broncos, with whom he returns to FedEx Field on Sunday to face Washington. Although he wears a...

By Jason Reid  |  November 14, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Punter Smith might return Sunday against Broncos

Coach Jim Zorn was expected to make a decision on the Redskins' punter situation today but says he'll instead wait until Saturday, which bodes well for Hunter Smith. Nursing a groin injury, Smith missed last week's game in Atlanta, and the team signed Sam Paulescu, who punted three times for...

By Rick Maese  |  November 13, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Portis still feeling effects of concussion

Top running back Clinton Portis still is experiencing problems five days after suffering a concussion in the Redskins' last game, stirring questions about whether he might sit out the remainder of the season. Portis has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field. After facing...

By Jason Reid  |  November 13, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Betts limited by foot injury but expects to play

Running back Ladell Betts (foot) was limited in practice but expects to start Sunday against the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field, he said today at Redskins Park. "It feels ... it's a little sore when I was in there," Betts said. "I tried not to do anything too drastic because...

By Jason Reid  |  November 13, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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College teammates McDaniels, Fletcher reunite

Denver Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels and middle linebacker London Fletcher were teammates at John Carroll University. Fletcher is among the players McDaniels respects most in the league. "I have coached against him a number of times. It is always great to see him," McDaniels said. "London Fletcher is a great...

By Jason Reid  |  November 13, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Rinehart ready for another shot

Second-year guard Chad "The Rhino" Rinehart failed to impress in two games as a starter after right guard Randy Thomas suffered a season-ending injury. Rinehart tumbled back down the depth chart, but he's expected to start again Sunday against the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field. Offensive line coach Joe Bugel...

By Jason Reid  |  November 13, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Campbell vs. Cutler: The jury's still out

While watching the San Francisco 49ers' 10-6 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, I couldn't help but wonder what the reaction around these parts would be if Jason Campbell threw five interceptions in one game. I know Jay Cutler supposedly has a higher "ceiling" than Campbell, and successful...

By Jason Reid  |  November 13, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Portis, Betts and practice, practice, practice

There may be a question about the health of Ladell Betts' ankle, but there's no doubt about one thing: there might not be a backup running back in the league who practices more with the first-team offense, offensive coordinator Sherman Smith tells The Post's Rick Maese. Even before the concussion...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 13, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Zorn on the Broncos' defense

The Denver Broncos are third in the league with 26 sacks and very talented overall on defense, Coach Jim Zorn said. "Well, they're playing inspired football, and they're doing a great job," Zorn said. "I know [defensive coordinator Mike] Nolan fairly well. All the way through when he was in...

By Jason Reid  |  November 13, 2009; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Rinehart, Montgomery in 'ongoing battle'

Chad Rinehart and Will Montgomery are battling again to start at right guard, though it probably doesn't matter which of them is on the first team. The reality is that neither player has impressed, said league sources who have reviewed tape of the Redskins, and the offensive line is in...

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Portis officially ruled out; Smith may go on IR (updated)

Top running back Clinton Portis (concussion) will not play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at FedEx Field, Coach Jim Zorn said today after practice. "We kept Clinton at home just to get rest," Zorn said. "That was kind of the doctor's orders." With Portis ruled out this week, Ladell...

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Redskins visit with troops

By Cindy Boren  |  November 12, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Landry fined $7,500, Haynesworth $5,000

Redskins safety LaRon Landry has been fined $7,500 and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth $5,000 in connection with the sideline fracas between the Redskins and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, according to a league source who spoke on condition of anonymity because fines are not usually made public. DeAngelo Hall will not...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 12, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Gray calls secondary's tackling a primary concern

The secondary tackled horribly in the 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and the defensive backfield must perform better Sunday against the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field, secondary coach Jerry Gray said. "It wasn't good," he said. "The thing we've got to do is, you've got to bring your hands....

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Rinehart may get another start at guard

It appears that Chad Rinehart might be back in as the starting right guard and Will Montgomery out, a league source said. We'll ask Coach Jim Zorn about this after practice, but even if Rinehart returns to the starting lineup, it might not make much difference. The unit has been...

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Falcons coach fined $15,000, reports say (updated)

Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith has been fined $15,000 for his role in the sideline fracas Sunday involving the Redskins, according to multiple reports. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, citing a league source, that the amount of the fine is double that given to Albert Haynesworth. LaRon Landry was fined...

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Deal wasn't Taylor-made for Redskins

While researching something today, I came across the statistics of Jason Taylor. Remember him? The Redskins gave up two draft picks - a 2009 second-rounder that the Miami Dolphins used to select quarterback Pat White and a sixth-rounder in the 2010 draft - to acquire Taylor, a future Hall of...

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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Jones takes crash course for Broncos

Levi Jones said he's ready to roll. The Redskins' new starting left tackle plans to perform well in protecting quarterback Jason Campbell's blind side against the Denver Broncos, who rank third in the NFL with 26 sacks. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is tied for the league lead with 10.5 sacks....

By Jason Reid  |  November 12, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Bailey's return puts new focus on old deal

On Sunday, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey will return to FedEx Field for the first time since the 2004 trade that sent him from Washington to the Broncos in exchange for running back Clinton Portis and a second-round draft pick, with which Denver selected running back Tatum Bell. In the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 11, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Redskins honor those who inspire them

After Wednesday's practice, many of the Redskins headed to a tent alongside one of the practice fields that shielded a group of veterans from a persistent drizzle. The group -- which included Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth, London Fletcher, Andre Carter, Fred Smoot, Brian Orakpo, Santana Moss, Malcolm Kelly and many...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 11, 2009; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Landry plans appeal, defends his position

Safety LaRon Landry said he plans to appeal a fine he received for the sideline incident he initiated with a late hit against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Landry revealed he received a letter from the commissioner's office that he believes included a fine amount, "but I haven't opened the...

By Jason Reid  |  November 11, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Portis called 'very, very doubtful' for Sunday

Coach Jim Zorn all but ruled out running back Clinton Portis from Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, saying Portis, who suffered a concussion Sunday, is "very, very doubtful." Portis, who did not attend practice, met with Zorn at Redskins Park before leaving to consult with a physician and review...

By Jason Reid  |  November 11, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Haynesworth, Landry fined for fracas

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and safety LaRon Landry both say they've been fined by the league for their roles in a sideline skirmish Sunday in Atlanta. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is reportedly facing a fine as well. Following Landry's late hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Hall found himself on the...

By Rick Maese  |  November 11, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Zorn rules out LJ; Haynesworth says he was fined

A quick afternoon update, taken from Rick Maese's tweets ... Coach Jim Zorn said the Redskins have ruled out pursuing running back Larry Johnson, who was cut by the Chiefs on Monday. Johnson is free to sign with any team and has yet to do so. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Horton placed on injured-reserve list (updated)

Safety Chris Horton has been placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list because of an injury to his foot. Horton, who was injured Sunday, was originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to Coach Jim Zorn, with the possibility of being sidelined 4-6 months looming if surgery were required, Zorn had...

By Jason Reid  |  November 11, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Tell us who'll win

poll by twiigs.com From the Bog DeAngelo Hall found his teammates' response to his plight Sunday "a little bit disheartening," Dan Steinberg writes....

By Cindy Boren  |  November 11, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Signings, medical updates expected

It figures to be a busy day at Redskins Park. The team did not make any roster moves Tuesday and a few are expected. We're awaiting official word/updates about the status of running back Clinton Portis (concussion), strong safety Chris Horton (toe) and punter Hunter Smith (groin). The Redskins are...

By Jason Reid  |  November 11, 2009; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Portis unsure if he'll play Sunday

Running back Clinton Portis said on his weekly radio appearance that he hopes to play Sunday against the Broncos, but it's too early to know whether he'll be medically cleared. "Of course, I'm going to have to fight back and forth with doctors and coaches," Portis said this afternoon on...

By Rick Maese  |  November 10, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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Sooner or later, Portis's health must be addressed

Obviously, the health of running back Clinton Portis should be the Redskins' top concern. It was unsettling to watch Portis lay on the Georgia Dome field after suffering a concussion early during the 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and it would be wise for him to sit out for...

By Jason Reid  |  November 10, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Campbell maintains upbeat attitude

Surprisingly, quarterback Jason Campbell still is upbeat. In listening to Campbell, you wonder if he realizes he plays behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, has been sacked 25 times in eight games - including 11 in the past two - and is considered to be among the Redskins'...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  November 10, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Mounting injuries are taking a toll

After listening to Coach Jim Zorn discuss the team's numerous injuries during his news conference Monday at Redskins Park, I'm beginning to wonder whether the Redskins will be able to practice properly if they lose anyone else. Zorn said the Redskins plan to sign a running back and possibly add...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  November 10, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
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Some teams play depth game better than others

As we reported this morning, the Redskins' starting lineup will see some changes this weekend against the Broncos. While it's easy to focus on the absence of running back Clinton Portis (doubtful, concussion) and safety Chris Horton (out, toe), it's difficult to overstate what it means for the offensive line...

By Rick Maese  |  November 10, 2009; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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You make the call on LJ

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By Cindy Boren  |  November 9, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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Will Larry Johnson be the new RB?

With Clinton Portis likely missing Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, the Redskins could have a new running back on the roster in the next few days. What's not as clear: whether Larry Johnson will be that new running back. Johnson was released this morning by the Kansas City Chiefs....

By Rick Maese  |  November 9, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
 
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UPDATED: Zorn expects league to look into Hall-Smith incident

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said Monday that he would expect the NFL would look into the sideline incident involving Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall and Atlanta Coach Mike Smith during Sunday's 31-17 victory for the Falcons. League spokesman Greg Aiello said such incidents are always reviewed but a decision about any...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 9, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Horton to miss 4-6 weeks

Defensive back Chris Horton will be out four to six weeks and, possibly, four to six months because of an injury to his toe, Coach Jim Zorn said in his Monday news conference. Horton would be out for the longer period of time if the injury requires surgery and is...

By Rick Maese  |  November 9, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Famous last words about the O line

I was determined not to write about the offensive line for a while. Having written so much about the team's failure to address its biggest deficiency, I figured Insider readers were ready to move on. Then the Atlanta Falcons tied a franchise record with five first-half sacks to set the...

By Jason Reid  |  November 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
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Redskins: Zorn 'went off' at halftime

I spoke with several players last night who said that Coach Jim Zorn "went off" at halftime in the visitors' locker room at the Georgia Dome. Obviously, Zorn was frustrated about the Redskins' shoddy overall performance to that point and the 24-3 deficit. He didn't confine his loud criticism to...

By Jason Reid  |  November 9, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Betts supplies a boost the offense needed

Backup Ladell Betts provided a spark in the running game in Sunday's loss in Atlanta after Clinton Portis suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return. Betts displayed a burst rarely seen in the Redskins' rushing attack the last 16 games. He finished with a team-high 70...

By Jason Reid  |  November 9, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Cooley's replacements produce mixed results

With tight end Chris Cooley propped up on crutches, watching the team's latest loss from the sidelines, the Redskins got mixed results from his replacements. Veteran Todd Yoder scored a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Redskins within striking distance, but second-year tight end Fred Davis mishandled...

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Mitchell finally gets to make his mark

In the preseason, rookie Marko Mitchell was the Redskins' leading receiver with 113 yards and three touchdowns in four games. But he'd been a non-factor in the regular season, inactive for five of the first seven games. Coaches told him Friday, though, that he'd see some playing time Sunday in...

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Punt returns end up being a non-factor

There was a tremendous amount of discussion at Redskins Park during the week about who would return punts for Washington. Coach Jim Zorn initially said he would rely on cornerback DeAngelo Hall, turning away from regular returner Antwaan Randle El, but then reversed course during the week, declaring Randle El...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 8, 2009; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Zorn: Redskins will be cautious with Portis

Running back Clinton Portis was knocked out of Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter, suffering an apparent concussion on a run that was later called back because of a holding call. Portis, the Redskins' leading rusher on the season, took the ball from quarterback Jason...

By Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Defense comes up short as Redskins lose

In an odd twist, it was the Redskins' offense that battled back and their high-priced defense that let them down late in Sunday's 31-17 loss at Atlanta. On a day on which the Redskins matched their season-high with 17 points scored, they also allowed a season-high 31. The game marked...

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
 
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Redskins enter 4th quarter down by 14

The Redskins began the third quarter with as many total yards as they had yards in penalties (69). Top back Clinton Portis was on the bench with a concussion, and quarterback Jason Campbell was returning to the field after being driven out of the game with a bruised chest on...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 8, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (264)
 
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Give us your take

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By Cindy Boren  |  November 8, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
 
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Redskins hit a low in first half

We'll start with the good news because there's not much of it, and it shouldn't take too long: The Redskins scored points in the second quarter - a 48-yard field goal off the foot of Shaun Suisham (who's quietly having a good year). But they still trailed the Falcons 24-3...

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Portis out with concussion

Running back Clinton Portis suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the Redskins' game at Atlanta and will not return to the game, the team announced early in the second quarter. Portis, the Redskins' leading rusher, broke through the left side of the line on a second-and-12 play from...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 8, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (236)
 
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Portis injured as Redskins trail 14-0

The Falcons got the ball to start the game, gained five yards without even running a play -- Albert Haynesworth jumped offsides -- and quickly moved downfield. After a 33-yard run by running back Michael Turner gave Atlanta a first down at the Washington 17, the Redskins' defense stiffened a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 8, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Inactive list includes Rinehart, Westbrook

The Redskins' inactives today are Hunter Smith, Kevin Barnes, Byron Westbrook, Eddie Williams, Chris Cooley, Chad Rinehart, Anthony Montgomery and Renaldo Wynn....

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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The Campbell era: past, present, future

Since Daniel Snyder took over ownership of the Washington Redskins in 1999, Rick Maese writes today, the Redskins have cycled through 10 starting quarterbacks: Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews, Tim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Todd Collins and Jason Campbell. And, while the offseason promises...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 8, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Three for the play-calling seesaw

For the second consecutive game, offensive consultant Sherman Lewis will call the passing plays today for the Redskins. With the approval of owner Daniel Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, promoted Lewis to play-caller and stripped Coach Jim Zorn of those duties. No one in the...

By Jason Reid  |  November 8, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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