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Redskins Insider: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Reports: Gray will not get Memphis job (updated)

Thought to be the leading candidate for the vacant head coaching job at the University of Memphis, Jerry Gray instead seems destined to finish out the season as a Redskins assistant coach. The Commercial-Appeal is reporting this afternoon that the Tigers will hire LSU assistant Larry Porter to replace Tommy...

By Rick Maese  |  November 28, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Haynesworth: 'It ain't too late'

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth sat out the Redskins' 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday because of an ankle injury, and he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. On Friday, Coach Jim Zorn said Haynesworth's status would be a game-time...

By Jason Reid  |  November 28, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Redskins plot to limit Jackson's action

When the Redskins last faced wide receiver-punt returner DeSean Jackson, the second-year star scored on a 57-yard touchdown pass and a 67-yard reverse in the Philadelphia Eagles' 27-17 victory in Week 7. Jackson also averaged 10 yards on three returns, including a dazzling 29-yarder. Not surprisingly, Jackson is the focus...

By Jason Reid  |  November 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Hall will miss Sunday's game; Rogers to start

Top cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and the recently benched Carlos Rogers will start for Hall at Lincoln Financial Field, Coach Jim Zorn said after practice today at Redskins Park. "This is that thing that we were talking about last...

By Jason Reid  |  November 27, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Eagles defense thrives under McDermott

Philadelphia Eagles first-year defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was promoted to the position on an interim basis in May because Jim Johnson, the successful group's longtime leader, took a medical leave of absence while battling cancer. Coach Andy Reid removed the interim tag in July as Johnson's health continued to decline....

By Jason Reid  |  November 27, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Eagles' defense presents a challenge for Redskins

The Philadelphia Eagles are tied for third (with Pittsburgh) in the NFL in sacks and rank fourth in interceptions. That means that, obviously, pass protection and ball security will be two important keys Sunday when the Redskins face the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins' offense, and its offensive...

By Jason Reid  |  November 27, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Redskins say locker room remains united

Defensive end Andre Carter recently said there was no potential for division to develop in the Redskins' locker room over the fact that the defense has mostly performed well and the offense has struggled. Wide receiver Santana Moss agreed. "We're not that kind of team," Moss said. "I feel that...

By Jason Reid  |  November 26, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Hall, Haynesworth remain questionable

If top cornerback DeAngelo Hall sits out Sunday's game in Philadelphia because of a knee injury, Carlos Rogers will join Fred Smoot in the starting lineup, Coach Jim Zorn said today after practice at Redskins Park. "He's looking good," Zorn said of Hall. "But he's very questionable for the game."...

By Jason Reid  |  November 26, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Landry is growing into role as free safety

Although free safety LaRon Landry often has been criticized for his performance this season, he has shown encouraging signs lately, especially in the Week 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In probably his best game of the season, Landry played extremely well in coverage and was credited with five tackles....

By Jason Reid  |  November 26, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Gray: May the best scheme win

In their 27-17 loss in Week 7 to Philadelphia, the Redskins watched standout Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson score on a 67-yard reverse and a 57-yard touchdown pass. The Redskins don't want that to happen again. "If you take a look, they did a great job right before halftime of...

By Jason Reid  |  November 26, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Expect Mike Williams to play; Edwin Williams may start

Veteran tackle-guard Mike Williams (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, but rookie guard Edwin Williams might make his first career start, Coach Jim Zorn said. "He is going to be available," Zorn said of Mike Williams, who sat out the last two...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Westbrook's replacement is the real McCoy

With All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook sidelined because of lingering problems from two concussions in a span of four weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles are relying on rookie running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy has rushed for 452 yards (with a 4.3-yard average) and three touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 181...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Players, coaches give Gray high marks

Although secondary coach Jerry Gray has not been officially named the new head coach at the University of Memphis, Redskins players and coaches today expressed confidence he would excel in that role. "It's good. It's an opportunity," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "I know him kinda more than just being my...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Gray tunes out talk of Memphis job

Secondary coach Jerry Gray today declined to directly address news reports that he will be named the new head coach at the University of Memphis - possibly as early as this week - and preferred to focus on the Redskins' upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Gray acknowledged the...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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McNabb on Campbell: 'No one wants to be benched'

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has been among Jason Campbell's mentors since Campbell entered the league in 2005. During difficult times, of which Campbell has experienced plenty with the Redskins, he often has reached out to McNabb for advice and guidance. Campbell and McNabb have had many discussions about events...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Report: Gray to coach Memphis (updated)

Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray will be named head coach at the University of Memphis, according to a report by Joe Schad of ESPN.com. The Redskins will practice at 11:30 today and Jim Zorn and Gray, who is the defensive spokesman, will be available afterward. Practice update Not participating in...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 25, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Redskins sign QB Bartel, add a FB (updated)

The Redskins signed quarterback Richard Bartel from the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad and have released quarterback Andre' Woodson from their practice squad. Bartel is the third quarterback on the active roster. Starter Jason Campbell and backup Todd Collins have been the only active quarterbacks this season. The Redskins, via Matt...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
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Rock's chance to roll; a Gray-to-Memphis report

At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff made it clear veteran running back Rock Cartwright would not have a role on offense. The Redskins had four running backs on the opening 53-man roster (they carried five at one point) and Cartwright was last on the depth chart at...

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Snyder reminisces about Pollin

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder called ESPN980 not long ago and reminisced about growing up a Bullets fan and getting to know Wizards owner Abe Pollin, who died today at the age of 85: "When I was a little kid, we moved to New York for a while," Snyder remembered. "We...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 24, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Samuels addresses injury and the future

In an appearance with teammates and owner Daniel Snyder at the Redskins' annual Thanksgiving food giveaway at FedEx Field, Chris Samuels spoke of his injury and his future in football. Samuels suffered a neck injury Oct. 11 in the Redskins' loss to Carolina and his condition, further complicated by stenosis,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Portis on concussion, playcalling, team's heart and soul

Redskins running back Clinton Portis, scheduled to miss his third straight game Sunday at Philadelphia because of a concussion suffered Nov. 8 in Atlanta, said he still struggles with blurred vision when he moves his head quickly, but he hopes to play again Dec. 6 against New Orleans. During his...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 24, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Snyder issues statement on Pollin's death

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has issued the following statement on the death of Wizards owner Abe Pollin today at the age of 85: "Abe Pollin was a great owner for Washington, as well as a personal friend. His legacy will live through his teams and the arena he built, and...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 24, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Betts may have played his last game with Redskins

Running back Ladell Betts, who will miss the remainder of the season because of torn knee ligaments, is under contract through the 2013 season. But Betts, 30, is not guaranteed money beyond this season, in which he has a base salary of $900,000 and is due another $450,000 in roster...

By Jason Reid  |  November 24, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Zorn reveals that he called 8 plays Sunday

During his weekly appearance today on ESPN 980's "The Jim Zorn Show," Redskins Coach Jim Zorn revealed that he called eight plays in the Redskins' 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. "They were just within the ... they weren't first-down plays," Zorn said. "Unless it was a two-minute drill. I...

By Jason Reid  |  November 24, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Cooley says he's 'probably done' for season

Injured tight end Chris Cooley said this morning during his weekly radio appearance that he could likely be the latest Redskin player to join the injured-reserve list. "I'm probably done," Cooley said on "Elliott in the Morning" on DC101. "If all went well, and it was an amazing 10-day recovery starting now, I...

By Rick Maese  |  November 24, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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What will happen in Philly this week?

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By Cindy Boren  |  November 24, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Ganther says he'll be ready for prime time

Quinton Ganther is so new in the Redskins' locker room that his bio on the team's website still reads, "Coming soon," but on Sunday in Philadelphia, the newly-signed running back will likely see increased action with starter Clinton Portis still out because of the aftereffects from a concussion and back-up...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 24, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Thomas expects to see more time on kickoffs

With running back Rock Cartwright forced into facing more action at running back in the Redskins' 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Devin Thomas got an opportunity to return kickoffs and he averaged 28 yards on two returns. Thomas showed his ability in the return game on a...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 24, 2009; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Betts: 'I'm on the road to recovery'

Just got off the phone with running back Ladell Betts, who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Betts is a hard worker and a consummate professional, and he had...

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
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Redskins add Mason and a guard

As they placed Ladell Betts, Chad Rinehart and Eddie Williams on the season-ending injured-reserve list, the Redskins have signed running back Marcus Mason and guard Paul Fanaika from the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, according to Redskins blogger Matt Terl. Fanaika was a seventh-round pick by the Eagles in April out...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 23, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Edwin Williams: 'The story has just begun'

When Washington Redskins right guard Chad Rinehart went down with an injury early in the third quarter of Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, undrafted free agent Edwin Williams became the latest name to go through the revolving door and land on the Redskins' offensive line. Williams, a former...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 23, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Zorn explains his thinking on FG attempt

Coach Jim Zorn has come under fire for so many things this season, it's sometimes hard to keep track of who's upset with him and about what. During the long delay in the final seconds of the first half in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, I received a...

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Injuries have Zorn scrambling

During his news conference today, Coach Jim Zorn confirmed that running back Ladell Betts will miss the rest of the season because of torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, the team plans to bring back Marcus Mason to help Rock Cartwright and Quinton Ganther and top cornerback DeAngelo Hall...

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Portis to miss Eagles game; Betts to IR

Coach Jim Zorn's quick injury update..."I'll talk about this [rash of injuries] for years to come," Zorn said. " 'Wow, remember back in 2009...' " : Clinton Portis will not play Sunday in Philadelphia. "The question is whether he will play against the Saints as well," Zorn said. "We'll get...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 23, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
 
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Haynesworth uncertain of status for Sunday

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was disappointed about missing Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys because of an ankle injury. But Haynesworth was pleased with how well the defense played -- the defensive line in particular. "I knew they were going to step up and play," he said....

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Carter -- no surprise -- remains upbeat

Just finished talking to veteran defensive end Andre Carter, who is one of the most positive individuals I've ever covered. I asked Carter if he feared things would become strained between the offensive and defensive players after Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The offense again struggled while producing...

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Betts has torn ACL and MCL

Although the Redskins have not yet reviewed the results of Ladell Betts's MRI that was scheduled this morning, they believe he has suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and will undergo season-ending surgery, a league source said. The source, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to...

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Gray ponders defense's role in loss

The Dallas Cowboys are tied for 13th in the NFL (with the Pittsburgh Steelers) in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game, but the Redskins, minus Albert Haynesworth on defense, gave up only a touchdown in Sunday's 7-6 loss at Cowboys Stadium. "You held a team that averages...

By Jason Reid  |  November 23, 2009; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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Missed kicks leave Suisham with 'awful' feeling

Washington Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham entered Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys a perfect 12-for-12 on field-goal attempts this year. But after the Redskins' difficult 7-6 loss, Suisham spent time answering questions about his first two misses -- either of which could have won the game for the Redskins. "I...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 22, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Gray says he'll address Memphis talk later

Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray, who reportedly is among at least four candidates being considered for the University of Memphis head coaching position, declined to comment on whether he plans to pursue the position. "We'll talk about that later," Gray said after the game. Larry Porter, LSU running backs coach,...

By Jason Reid  |  November 22, 2009; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Haynesworth leaves big cleats to fill

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed his first game since signing a $100 million free agent contract during the offseason. Haynesworth suffered an ankle sprain in last week's win over Denver and wasn't able to practice in the days leading up to Sunday's game at Dallas. Haynesworth has missed at least...

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Rinehart is latest player to be out for season

The Redskins have likely lost a third offensive linemen for the season. Chad Rinehart, who started four games for the Redskins at right guard this year, suffered a broken fibula in Sunday's 7-6 loss to Dallas. "We'll have a better assessment," Coach Jim Zorn said after the game, "but it...

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Betts has ligament tear, Rinehart broken fibula (updated)

Ladell Betts has a torn MCL and Chad Rinehart has a broken fibula, according to Coach Jim Zorn. Betts will have an MRI tomorrow. "It is bleak," Zorn said. "Being 3-7 is bleak." Said secondary coach Jerry Gray: "I think if you hold any team in the NFL to seven,...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 22, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
 
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Redskins lose by a point

The Dallas Cowboys struggled on offense all day - and were at risk of being shut out for the first time in the history of the storied rivalry. But Tony Romo & Co. came up with a late score to sneak by the Redskins 7-6 Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. Washington...

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Redskins lead 6-0 after 3 quarters

Another quarter, another injury - possibly major - for the Redskins. Right guard Chad Rinehart injured his right ankle on the Redskins' first possession of the quarter, and was taken off the field on a cart. A Dallas defensive lineman rolled up on the back of Rinehart's leg, and the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 22, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
 
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Rinehart leaves game on cart

Redskins right guard Chad Rinehart injured his right ankle on the Redskins' first possession of the third quarter, and was taken off the field on a cart. He will not return. Rinehart, who inherited the starting job after an injury to veteran Mike Williams, was replaced by rookie Edwin Williams,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 22, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Give us your take

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By Cindy Boren  |  November 22, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Redskins hold Cowboys scoreless and lead 3-0

The first half came down to a single field goal for the Redskins and more than a few unhappy fans for the Cowboys. Even without defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth clogging the middle, Washington managed to hold Dallas scoreless in the opening half, and built a 3-0 lead on the leg...

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Betts, Hall injured in scoreless 1st quarter

The two major developments in a scoreless first quarter: Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall suffered a bruise knee and running back Ladell Betts - who is already replacing Pro Bowler Clinton Portis - was lost for the game with a knee injury. Betts injured himself on a first-down carry on the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 22, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Betts out for the rest of the game

Running back Ladell Betts is out for the rest of the game against the Cowboys with what the team is calling a knee injury. Rock Cartwright will be the Redskins' running back the rest of the game, with Quinton Ganther behind him. Before last week, Cartwright had only 12 carries...

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Haynesworth won't play; other inactives

Albert Haynesworth, who is recovering from a sprained ankle, will not play today against the Cowboys. Other inactives for the Redskins are Kevin Barnes, Clinton Portis, Eddie Williams, Chris Cooley, Robert Henson, Mike Williams, and Renaldo Wynn. Fred Smoot will start; Kedric Golston will go in place of Haynesworth. For...

By Jason Reid  |  November 22, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Who's gonna win?

You've seen Jason Reid's prediction (Redskins 27, Cowboys 20), now tell us which team you think will win. (Feel free to consult Donovan McNabb...) poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 22, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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With 7 games left, hope has sprouted

Coach Jim Zorn and Washington's offensive assistants could have ostracized new play-caller Sherman Lewis when he was hired by owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations. It would have been understandable if they were upset about management bringing in an outsider during the season...

By Jason Reid  |  November 22, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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