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Redskins Insider: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Texans' offense loaded with weapons

As if facing the Houston Texans was not enough of a challenge for opposing defenses, the fast start of second-year running back Arian Foster provides another major weapon for Coach Gary Kubiak. Quarterback Matt Schaub passed for the most yards in the league last season, wide receiver Andre Johnson is...

By Jason Reid  | September 18, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Haslett, defense prepare to face Foster

Houston running back Arian Foster was the talk of the NFL this week after rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns in an opening victory over Indianapolis. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett noticed. Haslett devised a strong game plan for Washington in its 13-7 victory over Dallas, and he has stuff...

By Jason Reid  | September 18, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Redskins list four as questionable for Sunday

The Redskins have listed four players as questionable on their final injury report before Sunday's game against the Houston Texans: Albert Haynesworth (ankle), Donovan McNabb (ankle), Clinton Portis (wrist) and Perry Riley (foot). McNabb was able to fully participate in all of the team's practices this week, as was Portis....

By Rick Maese  | September 17, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Redskins blitz package could be 'scary'

In an interview shortly after the Redskins' 13-7 victory in Week 1, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he had never seen so many corner blitzes in one game. And to hear Redskins players tell it, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is only getting started. "People see it on the film,"...

By Jason Reid  | September 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Jim Haslett  
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More O-line shuffling possible

Don't be surprised to see more in-game shuffling on the Redskins' offensive line this Sunday against Houston. Offensive line coach Chris Foerster said coaches are still evaluating their players and trying to settle on the best five. This likely means Kory Lichtensteiger will again see some reps at the left...

By Rick Maese  | September 17, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Offensive line  
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Kareem Moore ruled out for Sunday's game

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said safety Kareem Moore will not be able to play on Sunday, though he might be ready for the team's Week 3 game at the St. Louis Rams. Moore, who had arthroscopic surgery Aug. 23, returned to the practice field this week -- he participated in...

By Rick Maese  | September 17, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Kareem Moore, Mike Shanahan  
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Chris Samuels continues to learn from Redskins staff

Technically, Chris Samuels' internship with the Redskins' coaching staff expired at the end of training camp last month. But as the regular season hits Week 2, he's still been at every practice, in every meeting and has been a constant presence around Redskins Park. Samuels was one of 96 players...

By Rick Maese  | September 17, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Redskins rely on Portis blocking in pass protection

Even when Clinton Portis's teammates privately expressed frustration with his poor practice habits, they acknowledged he was second to none in blocking among the NFL's top running backs. For many seasons, Portis and former Redskins backup running back Ladell Betts excelled in blitz pick up, and Portis's blocking again was...

By Jason Reid  | September 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Chris Cooley is hopeful for offensive improvement vs. Texans

Coach Mike Shanahan and his offensive coordinator son, Kyle, hope the offense makes strides after it produced only 250 net yards and failed to score a touchdown during the victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Week 2 could be the week to do it, Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley said....

By Jason Reid  | September 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Texans' Mario Williams presents challenge for Redskins offensive line

Houston all-pro defensive end Mario Williams doesn't focus on the performances of other top players at his position. "I look at it like ... all I can do is go out and play," Williams said in a phone interview Thursday. "I really never focus on comparisons or anything like that....

By Jason Reid  | September 17, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Jammal Brown, Offensive line, Trent Williams  
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Lorenzo Alexander has faith that offense will improve

Rick Maese explained that the defense might have to carry the offense while that group gets things together under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Of course, this is nothing new at Redskins Park. The defense did most of the heavy lifting during Joe Gibbs's second stint and Jim Zorn's brief time...

By Jason Reid  | September 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Vincent Jackson's suspension could drop to four games

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan would not rule out pursuing San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson on Thursday but noted that "we don't talk about people as well, for obvious reasons." The NFL ruled earlier Thursday that Jackson's six-game suspension would be only four games if the Chargers manage to trade him....

By Rick Maese  | September 16, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Kareem Moore practices in pads, Haynesworth ailing

Free safety Kareem Moore returned to practice in pads Thursday, but defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was unable to take any team reps. Moore, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 23, returned to practice earlier in the week but Thursday's practice marked the first time he wore pads. "He went...

By Rick Maese  | September 16, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Kareem Moore  
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Statistical analysis: When should a coach take points off the board?

Should a football team ever take its own points off the board? Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan did exactly that in Sunday's 13-7 win against Dallas, and without the epic hold Alex Barron put on Brian Orakpo, it would have been the most talked-about topic in town Monday. With the Redskins...

By Brian Burke  | September 16, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Statistical analysis  
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Hall: Texans WR Andre Johnson is the NFL's best

Second-year running back Arian Foster has received a lot of attention this week, and deservedly so, after rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns in Houston's season-opening victory over Indianapolis. Obviously, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will account for Foster in the game plan, but the Redskins also must contend with...

By Jason Reid  | September 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers, DeAngelo Hall  
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Clinton Portis declines to comment, with help from Albert Haynesworth

Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth performed a scripted skit for reporters in the locker room Thursday afternoon in which Portis declined to answer questions and Haynesworth covered the running back's mouth with strips of black athletic tape. A Redskins media relations official informed reporters that Portis, who, in a prepared...

By Jason Reid  | September 16, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Clinton Portis  
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LeBron roots for Cowboys and London Fletcher

Let's clear something up real quick. At Sunday's game, LeBron James was in attendance rooting for the Cowboys. Prior to the game, he was on the sidelines, tweeting things like, "All of this Maroon and Yellow is making me sick to the stomach!" Following warm-ups, while most of his teammates...

By Rick Maese  | September 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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How the Redskins learned to eat their veggies

How did Redskins running back Clinton Portis lose 13 pounds and learn to like his vegetables? With the help of a team nutritionist and a chef, of course. Other Redskins have taken the same approach. Eat, Drink and Be Healthy columnist Jennifer LaRue Huget explores their efforts:...

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Chris Cooley is all the way back from his leg injury

Since the beginning of training camp, Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley has shown no lingering effects from the injury that cut short his 2009 season. Cooley had a team-high six catches for 80 yards against Dallas last week, and Coach Mike Shanahan has known for many months that Cooley...

By Jason Reid  | September 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Coaches watching Devin Thomas closely

On Monday, Coach Mike Shanahan said little-used wide receiver Devin Thomas helped himself with his strong showing on kickoff returns in the opening victory. Thomas has not been in the team's plans on offense since late in the preseason because, for the most part, he has not impressed the coaches...

By Jason Reid  | September 16, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Redskins seek to speed up tempo on offense against Texans

The Redskins' offense produced only 250 total net yards and failed to score a touchdown in the season-opening victory over the Cowboys. Washington plays host to the Houston Texans on Sunday at FedEx Field, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would prefer to see significant improvement from the group. "I would...

By Jason Reid  | September 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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The tests keep coming for rookie left tackle Williams

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams fared well against Dallas star linebacker DeMarcus Ware in Washington's season-opening victory, and the Redskins hope Williams performs similarly during his Week 2 challenge against Houston Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams. Ware sacked quarterback Donovan McNabb once and had a strong game overall, but...

By Jason Reid  | September 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Mike Shanahan and Clinton Portis meet about remarks

Coach Mike Shanahan spoke with running back Clinton Portis about his comments about female reporters in locker rooms, Shanahan said after practice Wednesday at Redskins Park. Shanahan declined to reveal the details of his conversation with the team's top back, saying their exchange would remain "private." Suffice it to say,...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Redskins, Texans defenses vary

Although there are few differences in the offensive schemes of the Redskins and Texans, their defenses are different. And they will almost certainly play to their strengths on that side of the ball. "It doesn't take long to figure out after you take a look at film," said head coach...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Ankle injury limits Albert Haynesworth in practice

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was limited in practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury, according to the Redskins' injury report. It is unclear how much Haynesworth participated in practice as the Redskins began preparations to host the Houston Texans on Sunday. Haynesworth, a two-time all-pro selection, played but did not...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Kyle Shanahan: Former pupil Matt Schaub 'knows the game'

For three seasons, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan tutored Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. And with the help of Shanahan, formerly the Texans' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, Schaub had a breakthrough season in 2009, passing for 4,770 yards with 29 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. The former Virginia standout completed...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Kyle Shanahan  
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LaRon Landry says 18 tackles are not enough

Strong safety LaRon Landry initially was credited with a game-high 17 tackles in the season-opening victory over Dallas. When they reviewed film, however, Redskins coaches determined that Landry actually had 18. "I need 30," Landry said. "There's always room for more." Before the season, Landry expressed excitement about his role...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Redskins-Texans coaching ties will help both teams

With all the ties between the Redskins and Texans coaching staffs, the teams are very familiar with each other offensively. In fact, the offensive schemes are basically the same. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan taught the offense to Texans Coach Gary Kubiak, who then taught it to his former offensive coordinator,...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Texans' Foster makes his own opportunity - and it's paying off

At times, running back Arian Foster wondered whether he would have an NFL career. "I'll be lying if I said that didn't cross my mind," Foster said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. But Foster made it to the NFL with the Houston Texans, and it appears he...

By Jason Reid  | September 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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NFL, Redskins condemn Clinton Portis comments

Last week, tight end Chris Cooley drew the head coach's ire for revealing a small part of team strategy on the radio. This week, running back Clinton Portis has one-upped him, drawing a rebuke from the league for comments he made during his paid radio appearance. On Tuesday afternoon, Portis apologized...

By Rick Maese  | September 14, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (282)
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Redskins and Texans share coaching ties

On Wednesday, the Redskins will put the victory over Dallas behind them and begin preparations to host the Houston Texans in Week 2. There are many ties between the teams, beginning with the head coaches. Houston Coach Gary Kubiak formerly served as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos under...

By Jason Reid  | September 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Donovan McNabb happy with communication

Quarterback Donovan McNabb said miscommunication played a role in the Redskins burning two timeouts early in the second half but said he was pleased with the in-game communication he had with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "That's something each week we'll continue to grow," McNabb said Tuesday afternoon during his weekly...

By Rick Maese  | September 14, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Clinton Portis says team supports Albert Haynesworth

The media has misrepresented Albert Haynesworth's standing with the Redskins, who remain supportive of their controversial teammate, Clinton Portis said in a radio interview Tuesday morning During his weekly segment on The Mike Wise Show on 106.7 The Fan, Portis said Haynesworth, a two-time all-pro defensive lineman, was unfairly singled...

By Jason Reid  | September 14, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Clinton Portis  
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Redskins Insider webcast

Former Redskin LaVar Arrington, beat writer Rick Maese and D.C. Sports Bog Dan Steinberg taped their weekly "Redskins Insider Live" webcast this morning. Take a look, let us know what you think, and send in your questions ay washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsiderlive for next week's show after the Texans game. You can also...

By Mitch Rubin  | September 14, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Clinton Portis says Redskins gave up on him last year

Redskins running back Clinton Portis said Tuesday that he believed the organization gave up on him last year and was getting ready to "ship him out." The nine-year veteran said during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan that the arrival of head coach Mike Shanahan in Washington has revived...

By Jason Reid  | September 14, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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No rest for Trent Williams with Mario Williams arriving

Next up, Mario Williams. Houston's all-pro defensive end is the next star pass rusher Washington rookie left tackle Trent Williams will face early in the season. The Redskins play host to the Texans on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field. Trent Williams fared relatively well in his opening one-on-one matchup with...

By Jason Reid  | September 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Devin Thomas shows promise on kick returns

Buried on the depth chart since training camp, wide receiver Devin Thomas had no role on offense in the opening 13-7 victory over Dallas at FedEx Field. But Thomas contributed on special teams, averaging 38 yards on two kickoff returns. His longest return covered 42 yards. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan...

By Jason Reid  | September 14, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Redskins Insider Live: Today, 10:30 a.m.

Join LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and Dan Steinberg this morning at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the Redskins' season-opening win over the Cowboys and look ahead to Sunday's matchup with the Texans. Submit questions here. Redskins Insider Live, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout the season....

By Washington Post Sports  | September 14, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Mike Shanahan happy with Redskins start

Hired to restore the Redskins to prominence, Coach Mike Shanahan is off to a good start after opening the season with a 13-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, and his mood Monday reflected the situation. Shanahan appeared relaxed while speaking with reporters in the auditorium at Redskins Park. The regular...

By Jason Reid  | September 13, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Mike Shanahan pleased with Trent Williams's game

Head Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that offensive tackle Trent Williams was "quite impressive" against Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware in his first NFL game. "I thought for Trent's first game in the National Football League, he did a great job. ... You can see his athleticism," Shanahan said...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  | September 13, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Kareem Moore's rehab ahead of schedule

Washington Redskins safety Kareem Moore said Sunday that he is ahead of schedule as he rehabilitates from a knee injury suffered in preseason. Moore underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Aug. 23, two days after injuring it in the Redskins preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and was...

By Paul Tenorio  | September 13, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Josh Bidwell shaky at times in victory

During an Internet chat this morning, I was asked whether the Redskins to work out punters this week after Josh Bidwell's sometimes shaky performance against Dallas. Bidwell averaged 41.2 yards on six punts - including an impressive net average of 39.3 yards - and his longest punt covered 51 yards....

By Jason Reid  | September 13, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Trent Williams passes test against DeMarcus Ware

Not surprisingly, Redskins rookie left tackle Trent Williams faced a major challenge Sunday night against Dallas star linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Often lined up opposite Williams during the Redskins' 13-7 victory at FedEx Field, Ware had six unassisted tackles, sacked quarterback Donovan McNabb for a 10-yard loss, had three tackles for...

By Jason Reid  | September 13, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Offensive line strategy creates competition for Dockery

As the offense took the field for each possession Sunday night against the Cowboys, quarterback Donovan McNabb kept noticing a new cast of characters. "Yeah, I got a glimpse of that in the huddle," he said. "I saw some different faces." Coach Mike Shanahan never used the same offensive line...

By Rick Maese  | September 13, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Redskins' Graham Gano: 'I'm never really nervous'

The Redskins held a slim three-point lead with less than two minutes to play when Graham Gano trotted onto the field for the biggest -- and longest -- field goal of his professional life. The second-year kicker had only four field goal attempts as a pro heading into the night, and...

By Rick Maese  | September 13, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Donovan McNabb-Chris Cooley chemistry continues to develop

Throughout training camp and the preseason, it was evident that quarterback Donovan McNabb and tight end Chris Cooley were developing something in the short-to-intermediate passing game. In Washington's season-opening 13-7 victory over Dallas on Sunday night, Coooley led the team with six receptions for 80 yards. On the Redskins' final...

By Jason Reid  | September 13, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Donovan McNabb  
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First Things First

Don't forget to join Tracee Hamilton and Jason Reid as they dissect the Redskins win Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. on First Things First....

By Washington Post editors  | September 13, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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Albert Haynesworth says trade talks are no distraction

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Sunday night he was not distracted by reports that the team was considering a trade for him. In the locker room following the Redskins' 13-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Haynesworth responded with a one-word answer, "no," when asked if the trade talk...

By Paul Tenorio  | September 13, 2010; 12:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Final: Redskins hold on for 13-7 win over rival Cowboys

Updated, 11:40 p.m. Brian Orakpo had dominated Alex Barron all night in the Redskins' opener and had been held several times. And on the game's final play, Barron was forced to grab Orakpo around the neck to prevent a sack, wiping out a touchdown and ending the game with the...

By Paul Tenorio  | September 12, 2010; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (335)
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Haynesworth plays mostly at nose tackle

After much speculation about the type of role Albert Haynesworth would play in the season opener, the All-Pro defensive tackle played mostly in spurts - seeing action on 16 snaps in the first three quarters, primarily at nose tackle. Haynesworth's first action came on the game's sixth offensive play, a...

By Paul Tenorio  | September 12, 2010; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Rate the Redskins: How do you feel they played in Shanahan's debut?

The Redskins held on for the 13-7 victory, but it was as close as they come, as Dallas scored what looked like the winning touchdown before the holding penalty ended the game. With some time to calm down and digest the team's debut, tell us what you thought, on a...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  | September 12, 2010; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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LaRon Landry treated for apparent leg cramps

Safety LaRon Landry went to the locker room at the end of the first half before his teammates. Team personnel accompanied Landry to the locker room in the final minute of the second quarter, where the team's fourth-year strong safety was administered an IV during the halftime. Twice in the...

By Rick Maese  | September 12, 2010; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Phillip Buchanon, Devin Thomas handle returns

One question the Redskins refused to answer in the week leading up to Sunday's season-opener concerned the team's return specialists. The Redskins had used only two punt returners in the preseason, but Terrence Austin was assigned to the practice squad and Brandon Banks was inactive Sunday night. When Dallas punter...

By Rick Maese  | September 12, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Offensive linemen shuffled too

Redskins' defensive coordinator Jim Haslett warned several times during the preseason that he'd be shuffling his defensive linemen. The bigger surprise Sunday night came on the other side of the ball, where the Redskins constantly shuffled their offensive linemen. The Redskins entered the game staying true to the depth chart,...

By Rick Maese  | September 12, 2010; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Rain gone, gold pants shine

Updated: 7:21 p.m. The team's have announced their inactive players for tonight's game. For the Redskins, they are: quarterback John Beck, receiver Brandon Banks, safety Kareem Moore, linebacker Perry Riley, guard Will Montgomery, nose tackle Anthony Bryant, tight end Logan Paulsen and defensive end Jeremy Jarmon. The Cowboys inactive list...

By Rick Maese  | September 12, 2010; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
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Figuring out the inactive list

We're staring out a press box window while rain falls on the tarp-covered field at FedEx Field about five hours before kickoff, thinking we probably shouldn't have arrived so early. Since we're here, though, we could do some work. And with that in mind, let's try to figure out the...

By Jason Reid  | September 12, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Tony Romo says Cowboys aren't bothered by preseason woes

The Dallas Cowboys' first-team offense struggled during the preseason and the offensive line has been weakened by injuries. It would appear Dallas's offense is in bad shape for Sunday night's season opener against Washington at FedEx Field, but Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is still confident in the group. "Well, it'll...

By Jason Reid  | September 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
 
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Tony Romo was among those surprised by Donovan McNabb trade

Many in the NFL were surprised that the Philadelphia Eagles traded Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in April, and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was among the group. "Well, you're always surprised that people trade within the division," Romo said. "But I think that Philadelphia probably felt...

By Jason Reid  | September 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Pre-game reading list

It's here. Tonight they'll finally take the field. But you've still got some time to kill, so here's your reading assignment, while you wait for 8 p.m. to roll around. Ever wonder what makes Mike Shanahan tick? Sally Jenkins explains You have your own rituals in the days leading up...

By Rick Maese  | September 12, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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