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Redskins Insider: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Haynesworth denies boycott rumor

Just received a text message from Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who denied an Internet report he attempted to gather the locker room in protest of the start time of Friday's Christmas Day practice at Redskins Park. Citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the National Football Post...

By Jason Reid  |  December 26, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Haynesworth is scheduled to start

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, sent home from practice Friday for disciplinary reasons, returned to Redskins Park on Saturday and is scheduled to start Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, according to people in the organization familiar with the situation. Haynesworth, who arrived about 20 minutes...

By Jason Reid  |  December 26, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Rogers ready for whatever comes next

A year ago, Carlos Rogers was benched in the Redskins' 14th game of the season, leaving the starting cornerback jobs to veteran Shawn Springs and newcomer DeAngelo Hall. This year, Rogers was benched during a win over Denver, leaving Hall, second-year man Justin Tryon and veteran Fred Smoot to handle...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 26, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Robinson preps for Dallas' rush...just in case

Before Monday night, William Robinson had only seen New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck play on television. But when Stephon Heyer, the Redskins' starting right tackle, succumbed to a persistent knee injury, Robinson found himself playing in his first NFL game, lining up against Tuck. "It was a little...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 26, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Haynesworth sounds off

Albert Haynesworth spoke with Jason Reid late yesterday afternoon about being sent home from practice because he was late. He shared his frustration about that and with the bigger issue of how he is being used, elaborating on comments he made early Tuesday morning after the Redskins' loss to the...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Like Daniels, Carter will play through biceps pain

Defensive end Andre Carter had extended his left arm to make a tackle during Monday night's loss to the Giants, when the ball carrier pushed back. Carter's arm bent backwards, and he heard what he later called "a pop, a snap" in his upper arm. He immediately guessed that he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Zorn: Haynesworth discipline 'was necessary'

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn sent Albert Haynesworrth home from practice after a disciplinary infraction Friday morning, the latest bit of turbulence for a team that has endured a torrent of off-the-field distractions this season. Zorn declined to specify the nature of Haynesworth's violation, but sources with knowledge of the situation...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Thomas listed as doubtful; Kelly would fill in

Devin Thomas again missed practice Friday with an ankle injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. If he can't play, fellow second-year wideout Malcolm Kelly would fill in on offense, while veteran Rock Cartwright would "absolutely" reclaim his role as the team's primary kick returner, Coach Jim Zorn...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Avoiding an NFC East sweep matters, Zorn says

While some Redskins players have said the threat of a winless NFC East season won't offer additional motivation Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Jim Zorn disagreed. Since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970, creating six divisions, Washington has only had one season without a division victory. That came...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Haynesworth sent home for disciplinary reasons

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was sent home from practice Friday for disciplinary reasons, Coach Jim Zorn said. "All that will be kept between Albert and I," Zorn said. "He wasn't belligerent or nasty to me, and I wasn't nasty to him. It's just something that needed to be done."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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From the get-go, Gano seemed headed for NFL

It seems as if Graham Gano has been on an NFL trajectory forever, Dan Steinberg writes. "It was obvious he was head and shoulders above a normal kid," Charlie Armstrong, Gano's high-school coach, recalled this week. "The way the ball came off his foot, the sound of the ball when...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 25, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Haynesworth accepts fine: 'We're a family'

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth figured he would have to write a check for his involvement in an incident on the field during Monday night's 45-12 loss to the New York Giants. He found out how big the amount is today: $10,000. That was how much the NFL fined...

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Haynesworth, Jacobs fined for Monday's skirmish

The NFL today handed down disciplinary action stemming from the on-field incident that occurred Monday night in the Redskins' 45-12 loss to the New York Giants, fining defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth $10,000 and New York running back Brandon Jacobs $7,500, according to a league source. We'll have more on this...

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Kelly is likely to start against Cowboys

With first-team flanker Devin Thomas (ankle) sitting out practice again today, Malcolm Kelly is on track to start Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, Coach Jim Zorn said. "I will say that he's had an excellent week of practice thus far," Zorn said of Kelly. "He's looked...

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Zorn shares 'fond, fond memories' of Michael

Redskins coaches have always had a unique relationship with George Michael and Jim Zorn is no exception. He visited Michael on Wednesday at Sibley Hospital and spoke about their conversation today at Redskins Park. Dan Steinberg has the full rundown at the D.C. Sports Bog. "I got to hold his...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Haynesworth's frustration is no surprise

It took longer than I expected for Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to express frustration about his role and blast the coaching staff. I saw this coming from the moment the Redskins offered Haynesworth $41 million guaranteed to lure him from the Tennessee Titans. With the Titans, Haynesworth had...

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Michael inspired many, including kid in Brooklyn

"The George Michael Sports Machine" changed my life. As a child in Brooklyn, N.Y., my parents never let me stay up late enough to watch George Michael televise the Sunday sports highlights from that weird thing with the buttons. On Monday mornings, my friends in school would always talk about...

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Snyder: Michael 'consummate reporter, valuable friend'

Legendary sports broadcaster George Michael has died after a battle with cancer. Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder released the following statement through the team: "George was the consummate reporter and a valuable friend. I doubt we'll ever again see a sports reporter who was so admired by the people he...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Zorn: Davis is Redskins' most improved player

Second-year tight end Fred Davis has been a force in the mid-range passing game since Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley suffered a season-ending injury. In fact, Davis is the Redskins' most-improved player, according to Coach Jim Zorn. "I would say he is," Zorn said. "He really has had some...

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Suisham joins Cowboys

The Cowboys on Monday signed former Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham, who missed field-goal attempts from 39 and 50 yards in the Cowboys' 7-6 victory in Week 11 at Cowboys Stadium. "Well, one of 'em was a real long one," Dallas Coach Wade Phillips said today during a conference call...

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Redskins have last chance for NFC East win

The Redskins are 0-5 against the NFC East and complete their division schedule Sunday night as they play host to the Dallas Cowboys in the FedEx Field season finale. Washington last failed to defeat an NFC East opponent in the 1994 season. That season, the Redskins finished 3-13 under coach...

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Injury report: Thomas sits out practice

Starting flanker/kick returner Devin Thomas (ankle) sat out practice today and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) and defensive end Andre Carter (biceps) were limited, Coach Jim Zorn said. If Thomas sits out Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, Malcolm Kelly would start opposite split end Santana Moss and Marko Mitchell...

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Some clarity -- sort of -- on the Jerry Gray situation

Secondary coach Jerry Gray again declined to comment on reports he has interviewed for the Redskins' head coaching position that Jim Zorn still occupies, but Gray revealed he has spoken with Zorn about the situation and they are "on the same page," Gray said after practice today at Redskins Park....

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Hall happy to have Haynesworth at his back

Shortly after the Redskins signed defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in February, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he was happy that "the league's best defensive player is on my team." Hall and Haynesworth have become friends during their first season together on the Redskins, which was evident early in the fourth quarter...

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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Campbell: Loss 'makes you wonder about everything'

After the embarrassing 45-12 loss to the New York Giants, the Redskins hope to regroup Sunday night in their nationally-televised FedEx Field season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. It won't be easy. "That was the worst" experience of his career, quarterback Jason Campbell said. "Something like that happens, it makes...

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (298)
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Portis gives Shanahan a 'thumbs-up vote'

Jim Zorn still has two more games remaining as the Redskins' head coach, but if the team opts to make a change, former Denver coach Mike Shanahan has already received an endorsement from the team's unofficial "assistant general manager." Injured running back Clinton Portis said today "if they have a change,...

By Rick Maese  |  December 22, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (289)
 
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Amid the hubbub, Zorn says he tries to focus

With two games remaining in his Redskins experience, Coach Jim Zorn has tried to maintain his focus on the team. Judging by the apparent strain on Zorn's face during Tuesday's news conference, however, that has become increasingly difficult. "I don't really want to have an answer for that specific question...

By Jason Reid  |  December 22, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Carter says he'll play despite biceps tear (updated)

Defensive end Andre Carter underwent an MRI on his biceps today and, reached shortly thereafter, said that he expects to play Sunday with at least a slight biceps tear. That means both of the Redskins' starting defensive ends -- Phillip Daniels is the other -- will finish the season with biceps tears....

By Rick Maese  |  December 22, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Predict Sunday's result

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By Cindy Boren  |  December 22, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Campbell: 'We got beat in every phase of the game'

Jason Campbell, perhaps appropriately, addressed the media early Tuesday morning with a black eye. He was sacked five times in the Redskins' 45-12 loss to the New York Giants. He threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He suffered a sprained shoulder that drove him from...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 22, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
 
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Suisham adds kick to Redskins-Cowboys rivalry

Place kicker Shaun Suisham will play in the Redskins' final game this season at FedEx Field after all. Released the day after missing a chip-shot field goal in the Dec. 6 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, Suisham was signed Monday by the Dallas Cowboys, who face the Redskins...

By Jason Reid  |  December 22, 2009; 2:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Redskins embarrassed by their performance

After the 45-12 thrashing at the hands of their division rivals, the theme of the postgame locker room interviews was the embarrassment at such a dismantling on national television. "Yeah, I feel like this is the worst game, since my career, since we've been here," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "We...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 22, 2009; 1:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Haynesworth questions role, leadership

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said late Monday night that when he was considering where to sign as a free agent last season, he looked at tape of the Redskins and thought, as he said, the defense "was somewhat the same" as what he ran in Tennessee. Now, though, Haynesworth...

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 22, 2009; 1:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Redskins fall to 4-10 in 33-point loss

It has not been the prettiest of seasons for a Washington Redskins team that entered the year with playoff hopes and had fallen to a lowly four wins with hopes only of spoiling a division rival's postseason aspirations. In front of a national television audience on "Monday Night Football," however,...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 21, 2009; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Giants quickly put an end to Redskins' hopes

The Redskins started the second half with a momentum-gaining touchdown drive but saw any positives quickly disintegrate when the Giants scored twice in a 14-second span to turn the game into a blowout. After a first half in which they had barely managed to move the ball at all -...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 21, 2009; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Campbell hurt as Redskins trail 24-0 at halftime

There was no more fitting a way for the Redskins to end an extremely ugly half of football than with perhaps the ugliest play of all: an interception on a less-than-impressive fake field goal attempt in which punter Hunter Smith was crushed as he threw into a crowd of Giants...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 21, 2009; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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Halftime questions

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By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Giants dominate Redskins in first quarter

The Redskins won the coin toss but chose to defer - a decision that would not pay off. The Redskins would run just three offensive plays in the quarter as the Giants put together two extended, clock-eating drives. The Giants took over on their own 20-yard line to start the...

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 21, 2009; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
 
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Gruden takes himself out of mix for Redskins job

Jon Gruden removed himself from consideration for the Redskins' head coaching job -- and any other coaching position in the NFL next season -- saying in simple terms, "No, I'm not coaching." "I'm going to stay with the team I'm on. The only team I'm going to coach is my...

By Rick Maese and Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2009; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Griffin heads Redskins' inactive list

For the Redskins, Stephon Heyer, Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Graham Gano and Mike Sellers all are expected to play tonight. The biggest surprise among the inactives is defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury; expect to see Kedric Golston in his place. Other inactives are:...

By Rick Maese  |  December 21, 2009; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Report: Cowboys will sign Suisham

Shaun Suisham, who was in Dallas for a tryout with the Cowboys today, will sign with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, and his first game with his new team will be Sunday night against the Redskins at FedEx Field. Although Suisham missed a chip-shot field goal late in...

By Jason Reid  |  December 21, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Fletcher appreciates Blache's endorsement

Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache recently broke his self-imposed media silence to publicly support middle linebacker London Fletcher, whom Blache believes should be selected to the Pro Bowl this season. Not surprisingly, Fletcher appreciates the gesture. "It's a good feeling to know than my defensive coordinator appreciates the way I...

By Jason Reid  |  December 21, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Campbell: Redskins' last 3 games do matter

With many at Redskins Park awaiting the long-anticipated announcement that Mike Shanahan will be the team's next coach, the Redskins tonight face the New York Giants at FedEx Field. At his introductory news conference last week, new football-operations chief Bruce Allen said he would evaluate Jim Zorn and the coaching...

By Jason Reid  |  December 21, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Analysis: 'There are no guarantees'

Some in the organization are openly discussing how things might change at Redskins Park if/when Mike Shanahan is officially introduced as team president and head coach, his expected titles with the Redskins. Many believe owner Daniel Snyder already has a deal completed with Shanahan, the former Denver Broncos' coach, who...

By Jason Reid  |  December 21, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (204)
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Jaws: Redskins should be thankful to have Campbell

Rick Maese sat down with Ron Jaworski of "Monday Night Football" last week and took notes as Jaws evaluated, among other things, the play of Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell ahead of tonight's game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. A year ago, Jaworski tabbed Campbell as an MVP...

By Cindy Boren  |  December 21, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Suisham to try out with Cowboys

Just got a text from former Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham, who told me he has a tryout scheduled Monday with the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins play the Cowboys next week in their FedEx Field season finale, and wouldn't it be something if Suisham signed with the Cowboys and had...

By Jason Reid  |  December 20, 2009; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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Giants vs. Redskins: 4 Quarters, 2 Reporters

By Cindy Boren  |  December 20, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Giants' McKenzie, Webster to miss Redskins game

New York Giants tackle Kareem McKenzie and cornerback Corey Webster, both of whom have knee sprains, have been ruled out of Monday night's game against the Redskins at FedEx Field and will not make the trip to D.C., the Giants announced. William Beatty is expected to start in place of...

By Jason Reid  |  December 20, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Devin Thomas' study habits bring results

Many players slept on the long flight home after the Redskins' rout of the Oakland Raiders last week, but second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas was not one of them. Instead of resting following the 34-13 win at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Thomas studied film of his performance for much of...

By Jason Reid  |  December 20, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Special Teams Report: Planning for Hixon, Thomas

The schedule was unusual because of Saturday's snowstorm and this week's game being on Monday night, so Special Teams Saturday with Lorenzo Alexander this week is Special Teams Sunday with Lorenzo Alexander/the Snowpocalypse Edition. In this installment, we take a look at New York Giants punt/kickoff returner Domenik Hixon and...

By Jason Reid  |  December 20, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Redskins ready despite unexpected day off

The Redskins earlier in the week were aware practice might be canceled Saturday because of the snowstorm and that they wouldn't have the extra day in which to prepare for Monday night's game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. Although the Redskins prefer to have as much practice...

By Jason Reid  |  December 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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