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Redskins Insider: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Redskins start to dig out ahead of Monday night game

The Redskins say they will remove what they estimate to be 25 million pounds of snow from FedEx Field ahead of the team's "Monday Night Football" game against the New York Giants. The team said in a release that it planned to bring in more than 1,200 workers to clear...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 19, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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Sources say Gray interviewed for Redskins' head-coaching job

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache did not interview for the Redskins' head coaching position but secondary coach Jerry Gray did, league sources confirmed today. A ProFootballTalk.com report stated Blache interviewed for the position currently occupied by Jim Zorn, but it was Gray, who has publicly expressed his desire to become a...

By Jason Reid  |  December 19, 2009; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Gano heads list of Redskins who are questionable

The Redskins didn't practice today because of the weather, but there was still some movement on the injury report. The good news: defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who's missed the team's past two games, is listed as probable for Monday night's game against the Giants. The bad news: several other players...

By Rick Maese  |  December 19, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
 
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Redskins have no comment on Blache report

Just got off the phone with Zack Bolno, whom I called to ask about a ProFootballTalk.com report that defensive coordinator Greg Blache already has interviewed for the head coaching position still occupied by Jim Zorn. The Redskins have no comment, Bolno said. Citing a league source, the website reported the...

By Jason Reid  |  December 19, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Brunch-time reading: Tweets and state of the Giants

@LFletcher59 Woke up this morning to a snow storm....thought I was back in Buffalo. @rockym52 Big big snow today....ime to get my winter x-games on !!!!!! The view from New York Aaron Ross may be unable to play for the Giants on Monday night; he has a hamstring injury, Ralph...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 19, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Redskins cancel practice because of snowstorm

The Redskins have canceled today's final full practice ahead of Monday's game against the Giants at FedEx Field, Jason Reid reports, because, as you might have heard, there's a bit of snow falling. The team is preparing for the game with at least a bit of certainty: They now know...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 19, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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The other Cooley zone

Drop the snowshovel, grab the coffee and hang out with us today. There's stuff to look at and read and discuss and, like such as, maps. Annys Shin writes in the Post magazine on how Tanner Cooley (I believe you're familiar with his brother's work) is stepping out of Chris'...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 19, 2009; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Cartwright: 'I have nothing against Vinny'

After practice today, Rock Cartwright called an impromptu news conference in the middle of the locker room to clarify comments he made about Vinny Cerrato on Thursday at Redskins Park. I'm not going to rehash everything Rock said because I did not use the quotes. But listening to what he...

By Jason Reid  |  December 18, 2009; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Stephon Heyer may not play in Redskins game against New York Giants

Right tackle Stephon Heyer (knee) sat out practice again Friday and might be sidelined Monday night against the New York Giants. Former practice squad member William Robinson would start if Heyer does not play. "We're still holding out Stephon Heyer," Coach Jim Zorn said. "We had him out there watching...

By Jason Reid  |  December 18, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Zorn focused despite talk Redskins are courting Mike Shanahan

Coach Jim Zorn says he remains focused on the final three games despite numerous reports the Redskins are in negotiations to hire Mike Shanahan as their next coach. "I'm not aware of that and I wouldn't even try to go there," Zorn said. "I'm not looking towards what's going to...

By Jason Reid  |  December 18, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Cerrato denies report that he'll be a consultant

The Redskins today released another statement from Vinny Cerrato, who denied that he'll be transitioning into a consultant job with the team. Cerrato said he will be paid through the end of his contract, which expires in February 2010. The rumor was first floated last night by ProFootballTalk.com, which posted...

By Rick Maese  |  December 18, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
 
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Predict Monday's result

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By Cindy Boren  |  December 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Jaworski: Gruden 'pushes everybody to be better'

Time will tell how many changes Bruce Allen thinks are required at Redskins Park, but one of the biggest he'll need to make surrounds the head coaching position. If Jim Zorn isn't the answer, who is? Most of the speculation, surrounds Mike Shanahan, but Jon Gruden's name has been in...

By Rick Maese  |  December 18, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Allen's 'people skills' leave an impression

As I tried to learn more about Bruce Allen, the man whose business card now reads "Redskins General Manager," there was a common theme presented by those who've worked closely with him over the years: Everyone praised his people skills. And more than a couple noted that Allen's predecessor at Redskins...

By Rick Maese  |  December 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Campbell's reaction to Allen hiring

Just caught up with quarterback Jason Campbell, who was not available during Thursday's open locker room and bolted from Redskins Park after practice to do some Christmas shopping. It's late (or early, depending on your perspective) and I'm spent, but I figured I had at least one more post in...

By Jason Reid  |  December 18, 2009; 12:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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And the Redskins' next coach will be ...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 17, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Morris, Gruden weigh in on Allen hiring by Redskins

It wasn't just the Redskins' locker room that abuzz with news of the hiring of Bruce Allen. His last NFL stop was in Tampa Bay and Bucs coach Raheem Morris told local reporters today that he wishes Allen "nothing but the best in all games except for one." "I'm really excited about that....

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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George Allen says his brother is 'a perfect fit'

Opinions are flying everywhere about the Redskins' front-office shakeup - good, bad and otherwise. One person who has no doubts today's news is great from every angle: George Allen, former U.S. Senator, Virginia governor, one-time presidential candidate. Oh yeah, and older brother to Bruce Allen, the Redskins' new general manager. "I look...

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Bruce Allen takes the Redskins' helm

With a nod to the Washington Redskins' history, team owner Daniel M. Snyder on Thursday introduced Bruce Allen, son of legendary Redskins coach George Allen, as the team's new executive vice president and general manager, a move that completed the speedy transition from the leadership of Vinny Cerrato -- who...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 17, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Pollard Alliance says Redskins complied with Rooney Rule

Leaders of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the group formed to promote diversity in hiring at all levels of the NFL, said they're satisfied that the Washington Redskins complied with the provisions of the league's minority interviewing requirement before Thursday's hiring of Bruce Allen as their general manager, Mark Maske writes....

By Cindy Boren  |  December 17, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Snyder introduces Allen (updated)

Owner Daniel Snyder introduced Bruce Allen, calling him a tireless worker and a proven winner. Here's a quick, live transcript (we'll be updating, so keep refreshing): Allen on Coach Jim Zorn: "I met today with Jim Zorn. Told him what we're going to try to do in the next few...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Jaworski on Allen: 'I think it's a good move'

The last time the ESPN crew came to Washington for Monday Night Football, the Redskins had just stripped coach Jim Zorn of his play-calling duties, installing consultant  Sherm Lewis as a play-caller. Not a bad storyline. But the MNF crew has a meatier story this week, when the Giants come...

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Goodell: Redskins complied with Rooney Rule

Despite the short time between the announcement of the departure of Vinny Cerrato and the hiring of Bruce Allen, the Redskins complied with the NFL's Rooney Rule, according to Commissioner Roger Goodell. "The Redskins have been in contact with our office throughout the process," Goodell wrote in response to a...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Fletcher says Allen hiring is a positive one

Washington Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher, among the most respected voices in the locker room, said he was surprised to hear that Vinny Cerrato had resigned this morning from his position as Redskins executive vice president of football operations, but that owner Daniel Snyder was "doing what he feels is...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 17, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Cerrato leaving as some of his choices improve

Much of the criticism of Vinny Cerrato stemmed from his record in free agency and the draft, which was questionable at best. Although many considered Cerrato a puppet of owner Daniel Snyder, he had the title of the organization's top football official. Somewhat ironically, Cerrato's "resignation" comes at a time...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Cerrato news a surprise to most

The coaching staff found out the news about the resignation of Vinny Cerrato and hiring of Bruce Allen just before the news was released, team sources said. A few on-air employees at ESPN 980, the station owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, were told Tuesday night there would be major...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cartwright: 'Change is a good thing'

We just were allowed into the locker room, where I caught up with Rock Cartwright. In his eighth season in the organization, Cartwright thought he had seen it all. But he never expected to see the day when Vinny Cerrato, Washington's former executive vice president of football operations, would no...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Cerrato-Zorn relations frayed as season declined

In today's news release announcing the resignation of Washington's former executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato, Cerrato said he "had the pleasure of working with some great coaches such as Joe Gibbs, Greg Blache and Sherman Lewis." Conspicuously absent from that list was Redskins Coach Jim Zorn. Based...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Bruce Allen on board; is Jon Gruden next?

The Redskins' announcement that Bruce Allen will be the club's new executive vice president of football operations and general manager -- an announcement made within two hours of Vinny Cerrato's resignation -- gives owner Daniel Snyder his first "general manager" since Charlie Casserly, who he inherited from previous ownership in...

By Barry Svrluga, Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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Bruce Allen replaces Vinny Cerrato with Redskins (updated)

Bruce Allen, the son of former Redskins coach George Allen, will be the new executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Washington Redskins, the team has announced. Allen, 53, served as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders from 1996-2003. He then was general manager of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 17, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (209)
 
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Gibbs isn't likely to be in the mix

There has been speculation for this season that former team president and coach Joe Gibbs might return again in some high-ranking position, or even as a Redskins minority owner, if owner Daniel Snyder initiated a major front-office shakeup. As soon as word emerged this morning that Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Vinny Cerrato analysis: Why now and what's next?

News that Vinny Cerrato is now the team's former executive vice president of football operations comes at a very curious time. First, the biggest in-season move this year was the addition of Sherm Lewis, the offensive consultant who calls the team's passing plays. No one is going to argue that...

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Vinny Cerrato resigns (updated)

Vinny Cerrato has resigned as the Redskins' executive vice-president of football operations, the team has announced. "We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position," Cerrato said in a statement released by the Redskins this morning. "I'm thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of this ownership team...

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (334)
 
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Orakpo earns his teammates' respect

From the moment he arrived in Ashburn, rookie defensive end/strong-side linebacker Brian Orakpo made a favorable impression on his teammates - especially the Redskins' veteran leaders. Orakpo and veteran defensive end Andre Carter share the team lead in sacks with 11. The Redskins are not surprised by Orakpo's success. "Brian...

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Haynesworth, Hall, Sellers still 'up in the air'

Although he said he is "encouraged" by the progress of injured defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Coach Jim Zorn said the status of three key starters is "still up in the air" for Monday night's game. Haynesworth, who missed the team's trip to Oakland last weekend because of an ankle injury,...

By Rick Maese  |  December 16, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Success has Orakpo competing with a friend

Rookie defensive end/strong-side linebacker Brian Orakpo is having an outstanding season, so it wasn't surprising Orakpo was named the NFC defensive player of the week after his four-sack performance in the Redskins' 34-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Orakpo definitely is among the leading contenders for the league's defensive rookie...

By Jason Reid  |  December 16, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Cartwright: 'It seems like I'm in the doghouse'

After he was demoted from the first team in favor of Quinton Ganther, running back Rock Cartwright assumed he would reclaim his role as the team's primary kickoff returner. But wide receiver Devin Thomas remained atop the depth chart during the 34-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 14....

By Jason Reid  |  December 16, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Thomas: Punt returns won't be distraction

Devin Thomas is eager to increase his workload. Coach Jim Zorn said the team plans to include Thomas in the punt-return rotation for Monday night's game against the New York Giants, which is cool with Thomas. He has worked hard to become the team's starting flanker and No. 1 kickoff...

By Jason Reid  |  December 16, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Randle El accepts role but doesn't doubt ability

Although Antwaan Randle El still is part of Washington's punt-return rotation, the coaches plan to make "some adjustments," Coach Jim Zorn said the other day. For the first time this season, Devin Thomas is expected to be involved on punt returns Monday night against the New York Giants at FedEx...

By Jason Reid  |  December 16, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Orakpo named NFC defensive player of the week

Brian Orakpo has been named the NFC's defensive player of the week for his performance Sunday in the Washington Redskins' 34-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Selected with the 13th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Orakpo has split his time between linebacker and defensive end. He has 11sacks...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 16, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Blache on Fletcher: 'I feel blessed to have him'

In his 12th season, linebacker London Fletcher is hoping to be named to his first Pro Bowl. According to the league's numbers, he's second in the NFL in tackles with 118. According to the team's numbers, with three games remaining, he has 144 tackles, just two short of his 16-game...

By Rick Maese  |  December 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Blache on Orakpo: 'He's about football'

Brian Orakpo was selected with the 13th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and has turned in one of the best defensive performances of any rookie. Splitting his time between linebacker and defensive end, Orakpo has 11 sacks, including four last week at Oakland. Listed on the Pro Bowl...

By Rick Maese  |  December 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Blache on Carter: 'The player every coach wants'

Defensive end Andre Carter is enjoying his best season since joining the Redskins in 2006. His 11 sacks are tied for fourth in the NFL, and his 12 tackles for a loss are also a league-best. According to league numbers, his 57 tackles are the most of any defensive end....

By Rick Maese  |  December 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Thomas likely to get more work

It appears Devin Thomas might be even busier than usual Monday night against the New York Giants. Thomas is the starting flanker and primary kickoff returner, and judging from Coach Jim Zorn's comments on his radio show today, Thomas could be involved on punt returns against one of the Redskins'...

By Jason Reid  |  December 15, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Redskins make merry with kids at FedEx

The Redskins hosted groups from two dozen schools and youth groups Tuesday, handing out toys and books in the home locker room at FedEx Field as part of the team's efforts to support the U.S. Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" programs, which helps provide kids with gifts for the holidays....

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 15, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Redskins cut Batiste, sign Gatewood (updated)

The Redskins have cut offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste and signed linebacker Curtis Gatewood from Pittsburgh's practice squad, the team announced. Gatewood was on the Redskins' practice squad last year. Portis on Tiger He isn't quite a life coach, but Clinton Portis offered his take on Tiger Woods today on the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 15, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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No tampering found in Haynesworth signing

(Updated ... 3:15 p.m.) The NFL has determined that the Redskins violated no tampering rules in their offseason pursuit of All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the league said Tuesday. "The NFL notified the Washington Redskins today that following an extensive review it cannot conclude that a tampering violation occurred in...

By Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese  |  December 15, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Portis says he'll play again -- somewhere

Redskins running back Clinton Portis said Tuesday that while he doesn't believe the concussion that ended his season will end his career, his time in Washington may well be up after this season because the team, a disappointment at 4-9, will likely undergo significant changes. "I can't sit and tell...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 15, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Mike Williams finds a home at right guard

Selected fourth overall in the 2002 draft, offensive lineman Mike Williams was considered a first-round bust as a tackle. But lacking depth along the offensive line after repeatedly having failed to address the unit, the Redskins in April signed Williams, who was out of football in 2007 and '08 and...

By Jason Reid  |  December 15, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Blache speaks up for his players

The Redskins' last defensive player to earn Pro Bowl honors was safety Sean Taylor in 2007. In fact, he's the only defensive Redskin to play in the Pro Bowl since 2004. The team's defensive coordinator Greg Blache thinks he has a few players this season who are deserving, and he broke his...

By Rick Maese  |  December 15, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Carter has Pro Bowl stats if not the votes

Defensive end Andre Carter was upbeat as usual Monday when he arrived at Redskins Park. Carter is among the most genuinely positive people I've ever met, so his good mood wasn't surprising. And his two-sack, six-tackles-for-loss performance in Sunday's 34-13 rout of the Oakland Raiders might have had something to...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  December 15, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Rabach provides stability as line improves

Amid all the injuries and shuffling along the offensive line, center Casey Rabach has continued to anchor the unit while providing some stability for quarterback Jason Campbell. Campbell has produced passer ratings of more than 106 in consecutive weeks for the first time in his career. The offense has scored...

By Jason Reid  |  December 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
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Report: Mitchell has preliminary talk with Southern

According to an Associated Press report, Redskins assistant coach Stump Mitchell has had a preliminary telephone interview for Southern University's head coaching job. Burton Rocks, the agent for Mitchell said Monday his client spoke to Southern and is "honored to be considered a candidate." The Redskins granted Southern AD Greg...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 14, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
 
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Haynesworth expected to practice

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who has missed three of the last four games because of a lingering ankle injury, is expected to participate in practice this week in hopes of returning to the lineup Monday night against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. "We're going to limit his [practice]...

By Jason Reid  |  December 14, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Alexander has triumphant return home

Versatile defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander had a big game playing in front of family and friends in his return to Oakland, Calif. A native of Berkeley and a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the University of California, where he earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies, Alexander made two...

By Jason Reid  |  December 14, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Could punt returns be in Thomas' future?

Devin Thomas, punt returner? The second-year wide receiver is the No. 1 flanker, recently replaced Rock Cartwright as the primary kickoff returner and has emerged as a productive deep threat while displaying improved work habits. It would seem Thomas has more than enough to handle, but he said he's ready...

By Jason Reid  |  December 14, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Quick hit: Zorn's injury updates

Mike Sellers, who suffered a thigh contusion against New orleans, was jogging today on the treadmill, Coach Jim Zorn said in his regularly-scheduled Monday press conference. Zorn said that the plan was to get him practicing later in the week. Presently, Zorn listed him as questionable. He added that the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 14, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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Davis: 'The more I play, the better I'm going to be'

Deep inside the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium, Redskins tight end Fred Davis leaned against a wall outside the visitors' locker room and briefly rested as the team hurried to pack after Sunday's 34-13 rout of the Raiders. The break definitely was well-earned. Davis had three receptions for 50 yards and two...

By Jason Reid  |  December 14, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
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Davis gets two more TDs

A season ago, the Redskins got just two touchdowns out of their tight ends, and this season, quarterback Jason Campbell lost his favorite receiving target, Chris Cooley, in October. But Campbell has a new favorite target, particularly in the red zone. With two more touchdowns on Sunday, tight end Fred...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  December 13, 2009; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Ganther has a big day in Raider territory

The Washington Redskins turned to their fourth starting running back of the season Sunday, and Quinton Ganther proved to be more than sufficient -- at least against the league's 30th-ranked rush defense. Ganther finished Sunday's game with 50 rushing yards on 14 carries and 43 more receiving on three catches....

By Rick Maese  |  December 13, 2009; 10:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Redskins get first road win since November 2008

For the first time since Oct. 1, 2006, the Redskins scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games and used a stellar offensive performance and eight sacks from the defense - including four from rookie Brian Orakpo - to down the Oakland Raiders 34-13. It was the Redskins' first win on the...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 13, 2009; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
 
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Redskins have 4-point lead going into the 4th quarter

The third quarter lacked offensive firepower, though it provided plenty of sacks - including the ongoing battle for the Redskins' team lead between veteran defensive end Andre Carter and rookie Brian Orakpo. The Redskins opened the second half with the ball, but ended up moving backwards on their first possession...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 13, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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Timeout for some voting

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By Cindy Boren  |  December 13, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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Redskins lead by 7 at the half

Appearing as though they might be headed to halftime tied with the Oakland Raiders, the Redskins were aided by two Raiders penalties late in the half and went into the locker room with a 17-10 lead compliments of yet another standout performance from one of last season's second-round draft picks....

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 13, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Redskins hold 7-3 lead after a quarter

It took a while for both the Redskins and Raiders to get started Sunday afternoon, but big plays from running backs for both teams sparked scoring drives in the first quarter in Oakland. Neither team produced much on its first drive, with the Redskins stopping Oakland with a Reed Doughty...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 13, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Redskins' inactives in Oakland (updated)

Inactive players for the Redskins, in addition to DeAngelo Hall, Albert Haynesworth and Mike Sellers, are Alvin Bowen, Paul Fanaika, D'Anthony Batiste, Richard Bartel and Renaldo Wynn. Replacing Sellers, Todd Yoder gets his first start since September 2008. He has two catches this year, both for TDs. Quinton Ganther makes...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  December 13, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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Draft picks from '08 are out to prove their worth

Starting flanker Devin Thomas often refers to them as "the second-rounders." That's his nickname for backup flanker Malcolm Kelly, starting tight end Fred Davis and himself -- all chosen in the second round of the 2008 draft. They quickly became friends after the Redskins selected them and their bond strengthened...

By Jason Reid  |  December 13, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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