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Redskins Insider: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Four quarters, two guys, two predictions

By Cindy Boren  |  December 5, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Alexander on Bush vs. Jackson

After having facing punt returner extraordinaire DeSean Jackson twice this season, the Redskins are ready for anyone, even the New Orleans Saints' Reggie Bush. If Bush plays Sunday at FedEx Field, the Redskins' punt coverage team will face another challenge from a returner with home-run potential. That's the focus of...

By Jason Reid  |  December 5, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Saints can crush with the rush, too

Even casual football fans are aware of the New Orleans Saints' prolific passing offense led by Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees. [For views of how that works, see Redskins GameDay.] But the Saints also have an effective running game, one that ranks fifth in the NFL with averages of 150.5...

By Jason Reid  |  December 5, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Which direction will Brees go?

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By Cindy Boren  |  December 4, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Portis might miss Dec. 13 game at Oakland

Running back Clinton Portis might sit out next week's road game against the Oakland Raiders because of lingering affects from a concussion. On Monday, Portis will travel to Pittsburgh to be examined again by concussion specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Coach Jim Zorn said after practice today...

By Jason Reid  |  December 4, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Injury report: Hall doubtful, Sellers probable

Top cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee) will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (ankle) remained on track to start, Coach Jim Zorn said after practice today at Redskins Park. "He still has been able to work laterally like...

By Jason Reid  |  December 4, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Haynesworth plans to play Sunday vs. Saints

After sitting out the last two games because of an ankle injury, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth plans to play Sunday against the new Orleans Saints at FedEx Field. "Yeah, that's what we're shooting for," Haynesworth said. "The guys have done a great job, and I knew they would,...

By Jason Reid  |  December 4, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Jerry Gray remembers Brees in high school

Secondary coach Jerry Gray was an All-American at the University of Texas and still has strong ties to the Austin area. Gray remembers once watching a high school quarterback in Austin and thinking the kid might make something of himself one day. Well, Drew Brees apparently turned out okay. "I...

By Jason Reid  |  December 4, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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A city feeds off Saints' magical run

Few NFL teams and their cities don't have a strong bond, but the relationship between New Orleans and the Saints is unique and particularly important as the city recovers from Hurricane Katrina, Mark Maske writes. [Saints QB Drew] Brees was asked how the feeling inside the building Monday [after the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 4, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Zorn knows a hot QB when he sees one

Quarterback Drew Brees torched the New England Patriots' defense for five touchdown passes Monday night in the New Orleans Saints' 38-17 victory. With many young players in key roles, the Patriots' defense is in transition. It's hardly the formidable group it was during the team's Super Bowl runs, but several...

By Jason Reid  |  December 4, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Haynesworth is likely to be available Sunday

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth continued to participate in practice and is on track to return to the lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at FedEx Field, Coach Jim Zorn said today after practice. Haynesworth, who sat out the last two games because of an ankle injury, "looked quick at...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Gray believes Hall may play but wouldn't start

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Wednesday all but ruled himself out of Sunday's game against the undefeated New Orleans Saints because of a knee injury, saying he would need "a miracle" to be ready in time to play. But secondary coach Jerry Gray today said that he still believes Hall might...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Kelly says he and Thomas 'feed off each other'

Second-year wide receivers Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas and tight end Fred Davis have made more plays recently while showing signs of developing a productive partnership with quarterback Jason Campbell. Of course, it could all end soon. Coach Jim Zorn is not expected to return for the 2010 season, a...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Gray knows what to expect from Williams' defense

Secondary coach Jerry Gray played under New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and coached under him with the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Redskins. "I know Gregg," Gray said. And so Gray knows that Williams probably will use his full assortment of exotic blitz packages in an effort to...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jarmon vows to 'pick up where I left off'

Rookie defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon was upbeat despite being on crutches because of a season-ending knee injury that occurred during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jarmon, a supplemental draft pick by the Redskins this summer, had made a positive impression on coaches while playing in every game. He...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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McIntosh: Skins defense knows what it must do

Weak-side linebacker Rocky McIntosh believes the Redskins' run defense is better than its 25th-place ranking in the NFL would indicate. "We've just given up a few long runs, that's why were not ranked that high," McIntosh said. "But we know what type of defense we are. We just take of...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Cool Brees makes winning look easy

Obviously, many Redskins fans are frustrated with Coach Jim Zorn because of the Redskins' 5-14 record in their last 19 games under him. Zorn's credentials as a quarterbacks coach, however, are without question. Zorn helped Matt Hasselbeck become a Pro Bowler when he was the Seattle Seahawks' quarterbacks coach and...

By Jason Reid  |  December 3, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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Haynesworth, Mike Williams show improvement

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who sat out the last two games because of an ankle injury, retuned to practice on a limited basis today and hopes to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at FedEx Field. "He's back," Coach Jim Zorn said. "He practiced in our team drills; looked...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Zorn clarifies Portis' condition

Coach Jim Zorn today attempted to clarify some confusion about the medical status of running back Clinton Portis, who has sat out the last three games because of lingering affects from a concussion. During his regular weekly appearance Tuesday on ESPN 990's "The John Thompson Show," Portis, who also has...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Saints defense relishes turnovers

With Gregg Williams directing their defense, the New Orleans Saints lead the NFL with 22 interceptions and are tied for second with 10 fumble recoveries. They also lead the league with five interception returns for touchdowns and two touchdowns on recovered fumbles. New Orleans (11-0) is plus-12 in turnover differential,...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Dealing with pain is new for Hall

The pain has been the worst part for cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who hasn't experienced as much as you would think after all these years in the NFL. Sure, Hall has had the usual assortment of bumps and bruises, but his sprained knee is something different for him. "I've never had...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Barring 'a miracle,' Hall won't play Sunday

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who has a knee injury, does not expect to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at FedEx Field. "Not unless there's a miracle," Hall said. "I don't see it happenning." Hall missed Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. "I've never been in a situation like...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Redskins expect the unexpected from G. Williams

Greg Blache has retained many of the principles of the highly successfully scheme Gregg Williams used when he ran the Redskins' defense for four seasons. Although Washington has remained a top-10 defense since owner Daniel Snyder fired Williams after the 2007 season, Blache is much more conservative with blitzing than...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Morning practice update

The Redskins bumped their practice time up to 11:30 because of the impending inclement weather. Albert Haynesworth was the only player not present, @RickMaese tweets. Clinton Portis and DeAngelo Hall arrived late; they were without helmets and did bit of sidework....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 2, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Campbell: 'Offseason ... will take care of itself'

Coaches have praised quarterback Jason Campbell for his role in the improvement of the offense recently despite the loss of several key players. While playing behind a patchwork offensive line, Campbell the last few weeks has made more plays in the passing game and with his feet than he did...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 2, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Eloi signed to practice squad

Remember wide receiver Keith Eloi, he of the great video moments (like jumping into the back of a truck and jumping out of a swimming pool backwards)? Well, he's back with the Redskins, signed to the practice squad this morning, according to the team. Riggo reconsiders After Sunday's performance in...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Smith praises Campbell's play

Despite playing behind an injury-weakened offensive line, quarterback Jason Campbell has been more productive than he was earlier in the season and the offense has shown signs of improvement recently. In the 27-24 loss in Week 11 to the Philadelphia Eagles, Campbell threw two first-half interceptions that resulted in Eagles...

By Jason Reid  |  December 2, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Redskins sign defensive lineman to practice squad

Defensive lineman Antoine Holmes has been signed to the practice squad, the Redskins announced today. An undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State, Holmes (6-2, 289) originally signed with Minnesota; he was released Sept. 5 and spent three weeks on Arizona's practice squad this season before being released Nov....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 1, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Portis has one more hurdle to clear

Redskins running back Clinton Portis said today he has been cleared by a Washington doctor to return to the football field but needs to clear one more medical hurdle before suiting up again. In his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 980, Portis said he can't return to action until he...

By Rick Maese  |  December 1, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Cooley toils at FedEx (no, not that one)

So you read Chris Cooley explaining the team's complicated play-calling system , which he's mostly witnessed from atop crutches. Cooley has been hurt since suffering a broken bone in Sherm Lewis' first game as play-caller. On Monday, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve, marking the first time in his...

By Rick Maese  |  December 1, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Cooley: Playcalling is 'a carousel of calls'

Tight end Chris Cooley today shed some light on the Redskins' play-calling process in an interview today on "The SIRIUS Blitz" on SIRIUS NFL Radio. Cooley, speaking with co-hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, provided insight into how the Redskins have installed their weekly game plans, practiced during the week...

By Jason Reid  |  December 1, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Redskins know secrets of Williams' success

For the second time in as many seasons since he was fired, Gregg Williams will return to FedEx Field to face the Redskins. Washington's assistant head coach-defense for four seasons, Williams first returned in the 2008 preseason while serving as the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive coordinator. This time, he's back with...

By Jason Reid and Barry Svrluga  |  December 1, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Zorn calls for Redskins to 'dig down deep'

With the Redskins (3-8) firmly entrenched in last place in the NFC East and the goal of a winning season unattainable, it would not be surprising if some players began to lose focus. But Coach Jim Zorn is confident the Redskins will fight to the finish. "I'm going to call...

By Jason Reid  |  December 1, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
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Redskins know what's coming, but can't stop it

The Redskins give up an average of only 170.4 yards per game passing, which ranks first in the NFL. But they are 25th in rushing defense with a 127.9-yard average. Although the Redskins are eighth in total yards (298.3 yards), they have experienced more problems against the run than they...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  December 1, 2009; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Mike Williams may replace Edwin Williams

Rookie guard Edwin Williams struggled in his first start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and could be replaced this week by tackle-guard Mike Williams. "I thought Edwin did okay," Coach Jim Zorn said. "Now, I've got a decision to make now that Mike Williams is coming back strong, so that's...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
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Davis frustrated by Cooley injury, losses

The Redskins had planned to feature Chris Cooley and Fred Davis in multiple tight-end formations often this season. But Davis earlier in the season did not display the improvement that coaches had hoped for. And then, in the Oct. 26 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Cooley suffered a lower-leg injury...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Cooley placed on IR (updated)

The Redskins made it official, putting Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley on the season-ending injured-reserve list today because of a lower-leg injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Earlier in the day, Coach Jim Zorn said he planned to put Cooley on the list after he...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Proceeding cautiously, Redskins want Portis back

As expected, running back Clinton Portis will sit out his third consecutive game because of lingering affects from a concussion, but he still could return this season, Coach Jim Zorn said today. "Clinton Portis is not going to play again for another week," Zorn said. "He is going to have...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Jarmon out for the season (updated)

Rookie defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon will miss the last five games after tearing a knee ligament in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and it appears that tight end Chris Cooley will be placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list because of a leg injury he suffered more than a month...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Decision near on Cooley; Portis out Sunday

A decision is near on whether to place tight end Chris Cooley on the season-ending injured-reserve list and running back Clinton Portis will not play Sunday against New Orleans, Coach Jim Zorn said in his 12:25 comments to reporters at Redskins Park. Zorn did not come out and say that...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 30, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Haynesworth, Smoot expect to play (updated)

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said his ankle injury has improved and he expects to play this week against the New Orleans Saints at FedEx Field. "Guys have stepped up and played hard just like I knew they would," said Haynesworth, who has sat out the last two games. "We've been...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Kelly making strides along the right route

There have been few positives for the Redskins in their 3-8 season, but second-year wide receiver Malcolm Kelly has shown some encouraging signs recently. Kelly had two catches for 50 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. After losing the starting flanker position to fellow second-year wideout Devin...

By Jason Reid  |  November 30, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Secondary injuries give Barnes his chance

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall sat out Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a knee sprain. Veteran Fred Smoot was knocked from the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a blow to the head, and second-year cornerback Justin Tryon suffered a hip pointer, came out, tried to go...

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 29, 2009; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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Fletcher's hit leaves Jackson with concussion

While the Philadelphia Eagles were able to come back from an eight-point deficit with 11 fourth-quarter points in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins, they did so knowing they had lost yet another of their stars. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who caught a 35-yard touchdown pass early in the...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 29, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Landry's hit-or-miss season

Late last season, LaRon Landry started to develop a reputation as being an enforcer at the free safety position, and the 2007 first-round draft pick entered this year expected to have a breakout season. Instead, Landry has been criticized at times for his penchant for lining up receivers for a...

By Paul Tenorio and Barry Svrluga  |  November 29, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Redskins can't stop Eagles' late drive, fall to 3-8

For a second consecutive week the Redskins were in a division game on the road until the very end, had a chance to win it on a final drive but fell short, this time losing 27-24 to the Philadelphia Eagles on a late David Akers field goal. The Redskins had...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 29, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Davis' catch puts Redskins ahead after 3 quarters

After giving up the lead late in the second quarter and going into halftime trailing by two, the Redskins came out in the third quarter and immediately jumped back on top. Washington's defense held Philadelphia to a three-and-out, and Campbell - whose two picks cost the Redskins the leads before...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 29, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
 
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Give us your take on Campbell, Saints game

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By Cindy Boren  |  November 29, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Redskins trail by 2 at halftime

Washington had a chance to go into halftime with a lead over the division rival Philadelphia Eagles thanks to a Santana Moss touchdown and a defense that came up with a key stop after a turnover. Instead, a questionable decision and late turnover left the Redskins trailing by two at...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 29, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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After quick TD, Redskins trail 10-7 after 1 quarter

Coming off of a loss to the Dallas Cowboys in which they failed to find the end zone, the Redskins were gifted an early opportunity when the Eagles kicked an onside kick to open the game. Quinton Ganther recovered the kick and returned it to the 24, and a five-yard...

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 29, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Haynesworth, Hall top inactive list

Inactive for the Redskins today in Philadelphia are Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Robert Henson, Paul Fanaika, Renaldo Wynn, and, of course, Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis. Richard Bartel is the third quarterback. The Eagles' inactives are Shawn Andrews, Brian Westbrook, Akeem Jordan, Kevin Curtis, Geoffrey Pope, P.J. Hill and Mike...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 29, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Andre Carter's tale of the tape

Andre Carter was disappointed with his performance in 2008 and, rather than watch his game go into slow decline, he decided to do something about it. He studied tape of every down he played, consulted his father, Rubin Carter, and, with his longtime trainer, went back to work. Rick Maese...

By Cindy Boren  |  November 29, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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On his 'eighth' life, Mason gets another chance

The Redskins brought back running back Marcus Mason because Ladell Betts suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. After several stints with Washington, the former Georgetown Prep standout finally made the opening 53-man roster out of training camp, and it was a...

By Jason Reid  |  November 29, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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