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Redskins Insider: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Shanahan stresses repetition in afternoon sessions

Day 3 of Redskins training camp is in the books, as the players just completed their afternoon "jog-through" practice session. As Coach Mike Shanahan said earlier in the day, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was on the field for the entirety of the session, but he did not participate. He stood...

By Rick Maese  | July 31, 2010; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Albert Haynesworth  
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Santana Moss: 'You have to use those guys that can be game-changers'

There has been plenty of optimism surrounding the arrival of the new coaching regime in Washington and one person joining the chorus of praise around the new offense, directed by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, is veteran wide receiver Santana Moss. After the team's walk-through on Saturday afternoon, Moss expressed his...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 31, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Santana Moss, wide receivers  
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Fisher: Test Haynesworth failed twice with Redskins is the same one Titans use

The Redskins have come under scrutiny this week because of the conditioning test Pro Bowler Albert Haynesworth has been required to pass in order to participate in practice. Haynesworth has failed in two attempts to complete two timed 300-yard shuttle runs, and Coach Mike Shanahan has remained firm. Some in...

By Jason Reid  | July 31, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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After recovering from injury, bulked-up Jeremy Jarmon readjusts to football

There are plenty of things NFL players tire of during a seemingly endless offseason. But for Redskins defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon, it wasn't the typical complaint of endless weightlifting or conditioning -- it was the food. "It got to the point where I didn't enjoy eating," Jarmon said. Jarmon was...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 31, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Shanahan: 'There's competition' at quarterback behind McNabb

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post The Redskins have four quarterbacks in camp, and Donovan McNabb might be the only one who feels any sense of safety. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was asked about the battle for the No. 3 quarterback position, but that could be a spot on the depth...

By Rick Maese  | July 31, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, quarterbacks  
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Malcolm Kelly anxious to get back in the mix for Redskins

Santana Moss is perhaps the only receiver on the roster with a comfortable spot on the depth chart. Each of the other 10 receivers is battling for a position, and it's a safe guess that third-year receiver Malcolm Kelly has not started camp the way he probably hoped. Nursing a...

By Rick Maese  | July 31, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Santana Moss, wide receivers  
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Agent: Donovan McNabb wants to be a Redskin 'for the long haul'

A day after the Redskins signed their top draft pick, the agent for Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, who hopes to receive a contract extension, unexpectedly visited Redskins Park. Fletcher N. Smith watched the morning practice session Saturday from a private, tented area reserved for the players' family and friends....

By Jason Reid  | July 31, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Shanahan: Haynesworth has swelling in his knee

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth did not take his conditioning test on Saturday morning due to swelling in his knee, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. Haynesworth arrived at Redskins Park "quite early," Shanahan said, but was experiencing irritation in his knee. The "recommendation from the doctors [was] to have him...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 31, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Haynesworth skips test, won't practice

Albert Haynesworth did not take his conditioning test Saturday morning and will miss his third day of practice. Haynesworth had run the sprinting drill for two straight days -- and failed in both attempts -- and is apparently resting his legs today. He is expected to tackle the test again...

By Rick Maese  | July 31, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
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Walk-through ends first two-a-day practice

The Washington Redskins completed their first day of two-a-day practices with a low-key, low-intensity walk-through. Players rarely needed to do more than a jog lightly during the session as the offense and defense worked through shadow drills on separate fields. They came together only for some special teams work. The...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 30, 2010; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas are down the depth chart

Wide receiver Joey Galloway is 38. In the last two seasons, he has a total of 20 receptions for 205 yards with no touchdowns. Roydell Williams has been out of football the past two seasons. At the outset of Redskins training camp, however, Galloway and Williams are listed as co-starters...

By Jason Reid  | July 30, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Former players interning as coaches

Former Denver Broncos stars Terrell Davis and Steve Atwater are among six former players interning as training camp assistants with the Washington Redskins this summer. Michael Pittman, Chris Samuels, Steve Beuerlein and Clarence Vaughn are also working with the team during camp, to test the coaching waters. Davis, Atwater, Beuerlein...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 30, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Jammal Brown adjusting to the right side

Jammal Brown, who says he's 100 percent healthy, is adjusting to playing football again, meeting new coaches and teammates, learning a new playbook and trying to figure out his new position. But other than that, the first couple days of training camp have been pretty simple. Brown, who has played...

By Rick Maese  | July 30, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Shanahan is done commenting on Haynesworth's condition

Shortly after strength coach Ray Wright explained details Friday of the conditioning test Albert Haynesworth has failed twice, Coach Mike Shanahan addressed the situation and said he would not comment again about the Pro Bowler until Haynesworth rejoins the team for practice. The Redskins made Wright available to the media...

By Jason Reid  | July 30, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Trent Williams  
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More on Albert Haynesworth's failed conditioning tests

Following practice Friday afternoon, Redskins strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright provided details about the conditioning test that Albert Haynesworth has now failed twice. Wright confirmed that the conditioning test consisted of two 300-yard shuttle runs broken into 25-yard increments, with three and a half minutes rest between the two...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 30, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Trent Williams happy with deal, gets right to work

Trent Williams could not sleep on Thursday night. The Washington Redskins' first-round pick was eager to hear from his agents whether his contract would be completed. The call came at 4:30 a.m. The Redskins wanted Williams at the team's training complex by 6 a.m. "I figured there was no...

By Zach Berman  | July 30, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Redskins will give Haynesworth a third chance to pass physical

After failing another conditioning test, Albert Haynesworth will be given a third attempt to pass it before the Redskins practice Saturday morning. For the second straight day, Haynesworth was unable to complete the two 300-yard shuttle runs early Friday morning at Redskins Park. Haynesworth will take the same test in...

By Jason Reid  | July 30, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
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Albert Haynesworth fails conditioning test again [updated]

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has failed his conditioning test for a second day in a row, team sources say. The team hit the practice field for the second day of training camp Friday morning, and Haynesworth was not among the group that took the field for the start of practice....

By Rick Maese  | July 30, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, training camp  
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Redskins' top draft pick Trent Williams agrees to multiyear contract [updated]

It was a priority for rookie left tackle Trent Williams to participate in training camp as soon as possible, so Williams was pleased early Friday morning when his co-representatives reached a multiyear deal with the Redskins that enables him to get to work. "It was very important to Trent so...

By Jason Reid  | July 30, 2010; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Trent Williams  | Tags:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Redskins camp, Redskins top pick, Redskins training camp, Trent Williams, Washington Redskins, top draft pick  
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The first teams on the Redskins' first day of camp

Although you don't want to read too much into what you see during 11-on-11 drills during the first practice of training camp, there were a few noteworthy faces in the starting lineups. When the first-team offense took the field, Clinton Portis was lined up as the running back and...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Malcolm Kelly participates in first Redskins practice

In a positive development for the Redskins, wide receiver Malcom Kelly participated in practice Thursday after his hamstring injury improved. "I didn't even think I was going to practice today," Kelly said. "I came out today and I was running full speed. I'm not really concerned. If I was...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Shanahan: Haynesworth will focus on cardio work

After failing his conditioning test Thursday, Pro Bowler Albert Haynesworth will focus on cardiovascular training and be retested each day until he passes, Coach Mike Shanahan said after the Redskins first practice of training camp at Redskins Park. "Obviously, you'd like him to be in the type of shape...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Clinton Portis: Mike Shanahan hire was a "blessing"

Redskins running back Clinton Portis comes into training camp having missed half of last season after suffering a concussion. But he said Thursday it was the state of the organization, not his medical condition, that made him consider giving up football. "I never was worried about the concussion," Portis said....

By Barry Svrluga  | July 29, 2010; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Mike Williams placed on reserve list

Redskins The Redskins said Thursday that the team was placing offensive lineman Mike Williams on the reserved-non-football illness list. Williams will miss the season due to blood clots near his heart. Williams, 30, overcame weight problems to earn a starting job last season and was expected to compete for the...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 29, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Haynesworth to take another conditioning test Friday

Albert Haynesworth will undergo a second conditioning test Friday morning, according to a team source. Haynesworth, who failed one phase of the two-stage running test Thursday, worked with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and defensive line coach Jacob Burney after the Redskins completed their first practice of training camp at Redskins...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Snyder: Shanahan and Allen wanted more open practices

Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Thursday praised Redskins fans who braved the stormy weather to take part in the opening camp workout, and said it was Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen's decision to open more practices to the public this season. Speaking to ESPN 980's Larry Michael...

By Paul Tenorio  | July 29, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Trent Williams not on the field as practice begins

The Redskins' first round draft choice, offensive lineman Trent Williams, did not take the field when practice began at 4 p.m., indicating he and the team have not reached agreement on his contract. The two sides are likely to continue talks this evening. Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in...

By Rick Maese  | July 29, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Albert Haynesworth fails to complete second part of conditioning test

Albert Haynesworth performed well Thursday on the first part of his conditioning test but failed to complete the two-part process and did not pass, according to people familiar with the situation. Haynesworth did so well in the first phase that one team source said he "killed it." But Haynesworth apparently...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
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Trent Williams remains unsigned, but both sides hopeful

With less than three hours remaining before the Redskins' first practice of training camp was scheduled to begin, first-round draft pick Trent Williams had not signed a contract. But neither side was ruling out the possibility of striking a deal in time for Williams to suit up Thursday afternoon. One...

By Rick Maese  | July 29, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Jim Haslett playing a key role in mending fences with Haynesworth, sources say

Despite his decision to skip optional minicamps over the past three months, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth already has a better working relationship with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett than he had all of last season with Greg Blache, people familiar with the situation said Thursday. With the Redskins scheduled...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Albert Haynesworth, Jason Reid, Jim Haslett, training camp  
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Mike Shanahan: Morning practices 'will be pretty intense'

Washington's players are bracing for hard work in practice during Coach Mike Shanahan's first training camp that begins Thursday afternoon at Redskins Park. During his long, successful run with the Denver Broncos, Shanahan usually pushed players in the first session of two-a-day practices. "Our morning practices will be pretty intense,"...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Mike Williams taking blood thinner in recovery

Veteran offensive lineman Mike Williams is taking blood-thinning medication because of the clots near his heart that have forced him to sit out this season, Coach Mike Shanahan said. "Mike cannot, obviously, play with blood thinner," Shanahan said. "It was really a setback for us, a setback for Mike. But...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Malcolm Kelly expected to miss at least two days

Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will be held out of practice for at least two days in order to rest his injured hamstring, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday. Kelly, who recently experienced tightness while participating in quarterback Donovan McNabb's "Hell Week" that began July 19, is expected to...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Camp Storylines: No. 1 Albert Haynesworth

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we have counted down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. Will disgruntled, all-pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth report to camp in shape after skipping all but one day of Coach Mike Shanahan's...

By Jason Reid  | July 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Malcolm Kelly injures hamstring at Donovan McNabb's 'Hell Week'

On the day before training camp begins, the Redskins already face a potential injury problem. Third-year player Malcolm Kelly, vying for the No. 2 wide receiver position, recently suffered a hamstring injury and might sit out practice Thursday at Redskins Park, according to people familiar with the situation. The injury...

By Jason Reid  | July 28, 2010; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
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Shanahan: Wait-and-see on Haynesworth [UPDATED]

Coach Mike Shanahan said he had a good meeting with Pro Bowler Albert Haynesworth on Wednesday morning, but the Redskins' top football official wouldn't commit to Haynesworth remaining on the roster for the entire season. While meeting with reporters at Redskins Park, Shanahan revealed that he spoke with Haynesworth...

By Jason Reid  | July 28, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Albert Haynesworth, Trent Williams  
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Haynesworth meets with Shanahan, Haslett

In addition to meeting with Coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday at Redskins Park, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth also had a private session with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, with whom he has been in contact for weeks, according to several people familiar with the situation. Haslett and Haynesworth have...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  | July 28, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Camp storylines: No. 2 Trent Williams

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. We'll discuss the No. 1 storyline Thursday morning. Will Trent Williams report to camp on time and how quickly will he develop over...

By Rick Maese  | July 28, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Haynesworth tells Redskins he won't be a distraction

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has reached out to the Redskins recently and assured them he won't be a distraction, several people familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Haynesworth, who has returned to the area to prepare for the opening of training camp Thursday, is optimistic about his...

By Jason Reid  | July 28, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Camp Storylines: No. 3 Backfield logjam

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. Which Pro Bowl runner on the Redskins' roster -- Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson or Willie Parker -- will emerge as the team's top...

By Jason Reid  | July 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker  
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Camp Storylines: No. 4 Receiver questions

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. Will Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly finally emerge as an impact No. 2 wide receiver this season? Beginning their third seasons in the...

By Jason Reid  | July 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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McNabb is gonna train like it's 1999

Two days before the Redskins begin training camp, quarterback Donovan McNabb says he's not concerned about his contract and says he hasn't felt similar anticipation for a camp since his rookie season in 1999. "There's definitely an excitement. There's a vibe that's going on right now," McNabb said. "It's...

By Rick Maese  | July 27, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
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Redskins thrilled with Maake Kemoeatu's progress

The Redskins are so encouraged about Maake Kemoeatu's rehab that they recently sent Ray Wright, the team's new strength and conditioning coach, to Hawaii to continue helping Kemoeatu prepare for the season, according to people familiar with the situation. Kemoeatu, who sat out the 2009 season because of an achilles...

By Jason Reid  | July 27, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Camp storylines: No. 5 Special teams

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. With last year's specialists all chased from the roster, who will anchor the Redskins' special teams? While so much focus this offseason has...

By Rick Maese  | July 27, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Camp storylines: No. 6 Right side of offensive line

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider, we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. How much of an upgrade -- if any -- is provided by the new faces on the offensive line? It was no secret...

By Rick Maese  | July 27, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Jason Campbell: 'I just want to enjoy my career again'

Former Redskins starting quarterback Jason Campbell today begins his first training camp as a member of the Oakland Raiders, who acquired him in an April 24 trade. Campbell left Washington after failing to meet expectations, and he welcomes a fresh start. Before Campbell headed west, we caught up with him...

By Jason Reid  | July 27, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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Camp storylines: No. 7 Tight ends

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. How will the Redskins involve both Chris Cooley and Fred Davis in the offense? Chris Cooley was as dependable as any Redskin player...

By Rick Maese  | July 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, training camp  | Tags:  Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, tight ends  
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McNabb book signing Tuesday

Redskins' fans will get a first look at Donovan McNabb later this week when training camp opens and the public is invited to Redskins Park. But fans can steal a sneak peek at McNabb in Washington Tuesday, when he appears at a local bookstore to sign copies of a new...

By Rick Maese  | July 26, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Camp storylines: No. 8 Safety

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll countdown the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. Will Reed Doughty, Chris Horton or Kareem Moore start at safety? Horton struggled in coverage early last season after a surprising rookie year in...

By Jason Reid  | July 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Camp storylines: No. 9 Outside linebacker

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll countdown the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. Who will start opposite Brian Orakpo at the other outside linebacker spot in the Redskins' new 3-4 alignment? Orakpo has nailed down one spot...

By Jason Reid  | July 26, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo  
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Camp storylines: No. 10 Santana Moss

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report. Will Santana Moss be punished for his involvement with a Canadian doctor accused of administering human growth hormone to athletes?  The biggest performance-enhancing...

By Rick Maese  | July 26, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Santana Moss  
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