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Redskins Insider: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Redskins prepare to face Finley

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers credits tight end Jermichael Finley with much of the team's success on offense early this season. The Redskins are well aware of what Finley has done, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "He is a big man that can run," Haslett said. "He makes great catches....

By Jason Reid  | October 9, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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A closer look at Devin Thomas's release from the Redskins

During Devin Thomas's rookie season, several Redskins veterans told me Thomas needed to grow up. They criticized his commitment to practice and study habits, saying he would have learned the playbook faster had he worked harder. And Thomas, 23, showed more maturity during his second season. People I trust in...

By Jason Reid  | October 9, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
Categories:  Devin Thomas, wide receivers  
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Haynesworth not expected to play Sunday against Green Bay

UPDATED: 3:05 p.m. The Redskins expect to be without Albert Haynesworth, whose brother was recently killed in a motorcycle accident, when they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, two people familiar with the situation said Saturday. Redskins officials have been in contact with people close to Haynesworth and the...

By Jason Reid  | October 9, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Devin Thomas talks about his release

Released Saturday, former Redskins wide receiver Devin Thomas quickly began to look toward the future. "You know, it is what it is," Thomas said in a lengthy phone interview. "Obviously, this staff didn't want to utilize me. For whatever reason, and I still don't know what it is, they just...

By Jason Reid  | October 9, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Devin Thomas, wide receivers  
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Haslett, McCarthy reunited on Sunday

In 2000, Jim Haslett was named the NFL coach of the year after guiding the New Orleans Saints to a 10-6 record and the NFC West championship in his first season. That same season, Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy was selected as the NFC assistant coach of the year....

By Jason Reid  | October 9, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Jim Haslett  
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Redskins release WR Devin Thomas

UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: The Redskins announced that they've signed Keiland Williams to the 53-man roster to replace Thomas. UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Thomas talks to Jason Reid about being released here. The Redskins have released Devin Thomas, the third-year receiver who came to Washington with lofty expectations and leaves without having...

By Rick Maese  | October 9, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
Categories:  Devin Thomas, wide receivers  
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Redskins-Packers injury report: Trent Williams questionable, but expected to play

The Redskins have listed six players as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers: defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, safety Chris Horton (ankle), safety LaRon Landry (wrist), guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), quarterback Donovan McNabb (thigh) and tackle Trent Williams (toe). Shanahan said earlier Friday that he expected to Williams to play,...

By Rick Maese  | October 8, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Box Seats: Redskins-Packers previews

The Post's fan bloggers on Sunday's game: I don't know if the Redskins will beat the Packers and neither do you -- Jason Woodmansee Sitting in the stands, waiting for Green Bay -- Stephen L. Carter Player profile: #26 Clinton Portis -- Evan Bliss For all of our Redskins fan...

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Packers cornerback Charles Woodson in fine form, despite pain

In Green Bay's Week 4 victory over Detroit, cornerback Charles Woodson again displayed the form of a future Hall of Famer. Woodson's 48-yard interception-return touchdown provided the difference in the Packers' 28-26 victory. Woodson, the 2009 NFL defensive player of the year, also had three passes defensed and made the...

By Jason Reid  | October 8, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is a difficult matchup

Third-year tight end Jermichael Finley is an emerging star for Green Bay. Through three games, the former University of Texas standout has 21 receptions for 301 yards (a 14.3-yard average) with one touchdown. Finley's performance has been among the keys to the Packers (3-1) sharing the NFC North lead with...

By Jason Reid  | October 8, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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If Albert Haynesworth doesn't play, how would Redskins adjust?

So what if Albert Haynesworth isn't able to play on Sunday? It would certainly be understandable if Haynesworth isn't ready to take the field just a couple of days after his youngest brother died in a motorcycle accident. Redskins coaches have a contingency plan for everything, and though they don't...

By Rick Maese  | October 8, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Redskins will add a running back, but who?

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to add a third running back prior to Sunday's game against the Packers. He's not giving any hints, but he also doesn't seem to have too many options. With Clinton Portis out, the only other tailbacks on the 53-man roster are Ryan Torain, who...

By Rick Maese  | October 8, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Shanahan: Trent Williams should be ready to play; Albert Haynesworth's status undetermiend

Mike Shanahan says that rookie left tackle Trent Williams should be ready to make his return Sunday against Green Bay. But the Redskins coach isn't as certain about the availability of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. Shanahan said Haynesworth called him last night to tell him that his youngest brother had...

By Rick Maese  | October 8, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers presents stiff challenge to defense

After sitting behind future Hall of Famer Brett Favre for three years, quarterback Aaron Rodgers finally got his chance to start in 2008. Now, Rodgers is considered among the game's elite quarterbacks. He leads a Green Bay Packers passing attack that "is just crazy with all them guys that can...

By Jason Reid  | October 8, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Albert Haynesworth's brother killed in motorcycle crash

Albert Haynesworth's brother was killed Thursday night in a motorcycle crash, according to Nashville news reports. Nashville police confirmed that Haynesworth's brother, Lance McCoy, 23, was traveling at high rate of speed when he struck a car and was killed about 9 p.m., according to the Nashville Tennessean. He was...

By Rick Maese  | October 8, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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McNabb, Redskins need more receivers to catch on

Top wide receiver Santana Moss has a team-leading 22 receptions, and quarterback Donovan McNabb and tight end Chris Cooley have connected 16 times in the first four games. After Moss, however, Anthony Armstrong and Joey Galloway are tied for second on the team in catches among wideouts with just four....

By Jason Reid  | October 8, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong, wide receivers  
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Packers' blitz will be a challenge for Torain and company

The Green Bay Packers are tied for the NFL lead with 16 sacks, and second-year outside linebacker Clay Matthews tops the league with seven. Clinton Portis is second to none among running backs in blitz pick-up, but the nine-year veteran is sidelined at least four to six weeks because of...

By Jason Reid  | October 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Running backs, Ryan Torain  
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Only Trent Williams is limited in practice

Thursday's injury report was a promising one for the Redskins, with only left tackle Trent Williams (toe) listed as limited at practice. The Packers, on the other hand, have several players nursing injuries entering Sunday's game. The only other Redskins included on the report practiced fully on Thursday, including quarterback...

By Rick Maese  | October 7, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Josh Bidwell's hip pain sends him to the injured list

Punter Josh Bidwell's lingering hip pain prompted Washington to assign him to the season-ending injured-reserve list and sign former Redskins punter Hunter Smith, Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice Thursday at Redskins Park. "He was just hurting," Shanahan said. "He tried to come back with that hip injury and it...

By Rick Maese  | October 7, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Special teams  
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Trent Williams practices again

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams, who has missed the last two games with knee and toe injuries, practiced for the second straight day Thursday, increasing the odds that he'll return to the lineup Sunday against Green Bay. "He's still limited, but getting better," Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I'm hoping that...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 7, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Trent Williams  
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Groin injury puts Clinton Portis's future in jeopardy

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By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Lorenzo Alexander will start at LB and play on special teams

The play that established the Redskins' intensity in Sunday's 17-12 victory over Philadelphia came from a likely source: Lorenzo Alexander, who laid out Eagles' returner Jorrick Calvin on a kickoff return. "As far as the sidelines and everything, I understand what it does," Alexander said. "That's why I try to...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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RB Quinn Porter signed to the practice squad

The Redskins signed running back Quinn Porter to the practice squad Thursday to replace running back Javarris James, who was re-signed by the Indianapolis Colts. James, the cousin of former Pro Bowler Edgerrin James, was with Washington for just a single day. Porter, an undrafted rookie from Stillman College...

By Jason Reid  | October 7, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Running backs  
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Hunter Smith returns as Redskins punter

Punter Hunter Smith is back. The Redskins re-signed Smith, who stabilized the position last season, and placed injured punter Josh Bidwell (hip) on the season-ending injured-reserve list. Disappointed in the offseason when the Redskins did not offer him a contract, Smith returned to familiar surroundings Tuesday eager to work. "My...

By Jason Reid  | October 7, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Special teams  
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Statistical analysis: What impact has Clinton Portis had on the Redskins?

Clinton Portis is out four to six weeks, but this may be a blessing in disguise for the Redskins. For over six years Portis has been the Redskins' workhorse back. Despite high hopes, he was never able to match his two great seasons in Denver, posting mostly negative seasons in...

By Brian Burke  | October 7, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Statistical analysis  | Tags:  Redskins, Statistical analysis  
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Should the Redskins seek another running back this season?

New Redskins top back Ryan Torain has made one career start, and backup Chad Simpson was primarily a special teams player during his first two seasons in the NFL. Rookie Keiland Williams, who is on the practice squad but could rejoin the 53-man roster for Sunday's game against Green Bay,...

By Jason Reid  | October 7, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Ryan Torain  
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Redskins likely will vary coverages against Packers, Rodgers

The Redskins performed well in executing defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's sound game plan in the 17-12 victory over Philadelphia. Concerned with the Eagles' big-play ability, Haslett called a lot of cover-2 and instructed cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers to jam speedy wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Things...

By Jason Reid  | October 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers, DeAngelo Hall  
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Cap analysis: Contrasting approaches toward roster building

The Redskins' history of roster building via free agency and the lucrative contracts rewarded to veteran players acquired from other teams as part of this approach has been well documented over the years. This week's opponent, the Green Bay Packers, represents the opposite end of the spectrum as it relates to...

By J.I. Halsell  | October 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Tags:  Cap analysis, Redskins-Packers  
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Redskins sign Hunter Smith to punt Sunday

Josh Bidwell said last week that he had overcome a recent injury and he punted for the Redskins in their win Sunday over Philadelphia. But the team will have a new punter at Redskins Park Thursday. Washington is expected to sign Hunter Smith, who appeared in 13 games for the...

By Rick Maese  | October 6, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
Categories:  Special teams  
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Trent Williams confident he'll play Sunday

After sitting out the last two games, rookie left tackle Trent Williams plans to play against the Green Bay Packers, he said Wednesday after practice at Redskins Park. Williams is ready to go after recovering from knee and toe injuries, and said he's "very confident" he will play Sunday at...

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Is an aging Clinton Portis finished with the Redskins?

Correction: Clinton Portis's stats, listed in the second paragraph of the post below, were from 2007, not 2008. --Washington Post editors Analysis In March of 2008, the Redskins renegotiated Clinton Portis's contract. During the 2008 season, Portis rushed for 1,262 yards (with a 3.9-yard average) and scored 11 touchdowns. He...

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Clinton Portis out four to six weeks with groin injury

Updated 3:35 p.m. Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis will miss four to six weeks with a third-degree separation of his left groin, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday, leaving the bulk of the team's carries - at least temporarily - for second-year back Ryan Torain, who has a history of...

By Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese  | October 6, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Statistical analysis: Playing with the lead

As time expired last Sunday, Philadelphia's Jason Avant couldn't hold onto what would have been an amazing, game-winning catch. In addition to the meltdown against the Texans, the Redskins are four ounces of pressure and one holding call away from squandering two other second-half leads. It's a razor-thin line between...

By Brian Burke  | October 6, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Devin Thomas: 'I just really don't know what's going on'

Wide receiver Devin Thomas has tried to remain upbeat and focused despite being buried on the Redskins' depth chart. But it has become increasingly difficult for Thomas, the Redskins' first pick in the 2008 draft, to put on a happy face, especially after a report this week that the team...

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Redskins sign Javarris James to practice squad

The Redskins moved Wednesday to add depth at running back with Clinton Portis expected to miss at least one game because of a groin injury. They signed rookie running back Javarris James to the practice squad. James, who played at the University of Miami, signed with Indianapolis after going undrafted....

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Redskins facing another hot QB in Aaron Rodgers

After containing quarterbacks Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb in the Week 4 victory over Philadelphia, the Redskins now shift their focus to another star signal caller: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. After throwing for 4,434 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, the Pro Bowler is off to another fast start for...

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Family enjoys Donovan McNabb's reception in Philly

Before we turn the page on quarterback Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia, we were curious about how his extended family viewed the standing ovation he received and their feelings after the Redskins' victory. Last week, Rick Maese reported that McNabb's parents, Sam and Wilma McNabb, who rarely miss any of...

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Lorenzo Alexander gets a promotion to starting linebacker

In March, the Redskins rewarded Lorenzo Alexander with a three-year contract for his strong work as a reserve defensive lineman and on special teams. The versatile Alexander, who played both end and tackle in 2009 and is the Redskins' top player on special teams, received a three-year deal that pays...

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (218)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Andre Carter, Special teams  
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Redskins Insider Live Webcast

Dan Steinberg and LaVar Arrington joined Rick Mease on this week's Redskins Insider Live webcast to talk about the win in Philadelphia and this Sunday's Portis-less game against the Packers. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the podcast....

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
 
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McNabb on second-half struggles: 'I take full responsibility'

Donovan McNabb says the Washington offense should have put up 24 points against the Eagles on Sunday, and the Redskins quarterback blamed himself for the team's inability to find the end zone in the second half. "I take full responsibility, definitely for the second half," he said during his weekly...

By Rick Maese  | October 5, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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RB Ryan Torain appears to be atop the depth chart

Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins starting running back? With Clinton Portis expected to sit out against the Green Bay Packers because of a groin injury, it appears Washington will turn to the talented but injury-prone young back Sunday at FedEx Field. Torain, 24, has made only one career start (in 2008)...

By Jason Reid  | October 5, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Running backs, Ryan Torain  | Tags:  Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain  
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Clinton Portis says he's unlikely to play Sunday

Updated: 11:29 a.m. Running back Clinton Portis does not expect to play against the Green Bay Packers because of a groin injury but hopes to return to the Redskins' lineup soon, he said in a radio interview Tuesday. During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show...

By Jason Reid  | October 5, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Running backs  
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Banks, Alexander put the "special" in special teams

Seeking to set the tone early against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Redskins hoped to start fast on special teams. They achieved their goal during the first few minutes of the opening quarter in a 17-12 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. Rookie wide receiver Brandon Banks returned his first...

By Jason Reid  | October 5, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Albert Haynesworth's play earns Mike Shanahan's praise

Albert Haynesworth was a disruptive force during Sunday's 17-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. In easily his best performance since the Redskins changed their defensive scheme, Haynesworth was credited with four tackles and one pass defensed. Statistics alone, however, do not tell the story of Haynesworth's...

By Jason Reid  | October 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Mike Shanahan  
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Next time he'll slide

On third and four from Washington's 22-yard line late in the fourth quarter Sunday, quarterback Donovan McNabb scrambled around right end and gained 18 yards. The Redskins led, 17-12, and the play helped them extend the drive as they tried to run out the clock at Lincoln Financial Field. Only...

By Jason Reid  | October 4, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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Redskins already are 2-0 in the NFC East

After going winless in the NFC East during the 2009 season, the Redskins are 2-0 in the division this season with victories over Dallas and Philadelphia. Last year, the Redskins accomplished the dubious feat of failing to win in the six division games against the Cowboys, New York Giants and...

By Jason Reid  | October 4, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Mike Shanahan on Redskins' use of timeouts vs. Eagles

The Redskins experienced time-management problems early in the third quarter of their 17-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Washington led, 17-6, and took possession to start the second half. But the Redskins called two timeouts within the first 1:26 of the third quarter. So, what happened?...

By Jason Reid  | October 4, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Redskins awaiting MRI on Clinton Portis' injury

The Redskins are awaiting the results of an MRI exam on running back Clinton Portis, who injured his groin in yesterday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but are pleased with the play of backup Ryan Torain, Coach Mike Shanahan said at his weekly news conference Monday. Despite a shortage of...

By Rick Maese  | October 4, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Clinton Portis, Donovan McNabb  
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Report: Redskins shopping WR Devin Thomas

Since training camp, it has been apparent that Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan do not believe wide receiver Devin Thomas is a good fit for their long-term plans. Citing a source, the National Football Post is reporting that the Redskins are shopping Thomas in advance of the...

By Jason Reid  | October 4, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (254)
Categories:  Devin Thomas, wide receivers  
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How does the season look now?

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By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
 
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DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers limit Eagles' deep threats

Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers were on the spot. They did not play particularly well in a Week 3 loss to the St. Louis Rams, and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett challenged them to do more Sunday against standout Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. With Hall...

By Jason Reid  | October 4, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers, DeAngelo Hall  
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Artis Hicks happy for fellow former Eagle Donovan McNabb

For four seasons beginning in 2002, offensive lineman Artis Hicks and quarterback Donovan McNabb played together with the Philadelphia Eagles. During that time, Hicks grew to respect and admire McNabb for his work ethic, professionalism and dedication to his teammates. Hicks was among many NFL players stunned that the Eagles...

By Jason Reid  | October 4, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Redskins win one for their leader

Sure, climbing to 2-0 in the division is a huge accomplishment for the Redskins, but in the locker room, every player seemed to know just what the win meant for one player in particular. Here's a sampling of the reaction to Donovan McNabb returning to Philadelphia and defeating his former...

By Rick Maese  | October 3, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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DeAngelo Hall wanted Vick to play the whole game

The Redskins began working on their gameplan for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb several weeks ago, but they had to switch gears last month when Andy Reid named Michael Vick his starter. The Redskins only had to tweak the gameplan slightly Sunday afternoon when Vick was knocked out of the game...

By Rick Maese  | October 3, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Albert Haynesworth's best game so far

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth had his best game of the young season in the Redskins' win over the Eagles. He not only saw his most action, but he made the most of it. Haynesworth finished the game with four tackles - one for a loss - and batted down...

By Rick Maese  | October 3, 2010; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Offensive line adapts to injuries and illness

Injuries and illness forced more changes on the Redskins' offensive line in Washington's 17-12 win over the Eagles. Rookie left tackle Trent Williams was inactive for a second consecutive game, saying he could not play because of his injured toe. Starting right guard Artis Hicks left the game due to...

By Paul Tenorio  | October 3, 2010; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Brandon Banks contributes after an up-and-down week

It had been an up-and-down week emotionally for wide receiver Brandon Banks. Washington released the diminutive rookie last Saturday to make room for running back Ryan Torain on the roster. Then the team re-signed the undrafted free agent to its practice squad early in the week and had him mimic...

By Paul Tenorio  | October 3, 2010; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Redskins hang on to defeat Eagles, 17-12

Updated: 7:45 p.m. Fourth Quarter Coming off of an awful loss to the lowly St. Louis Rams, the Redskins responded Sunday with a huge division road win in quarterback Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia. After an efficient first half, the Redskins did just enough in the second half to give...

By Paul Tenorio  | October 3, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (291)
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Rate the Redskins: How did they play against the Eagles?

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By Keith McMillan  | October 3, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Michael Vick will not return to the game

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is out for the game. Vick suffered a chest injury at the end of the first quarter and had X-rays in the locker room. Results of those X-rays were not made available, but the team has ruled him out for the remainder of the game. He...

By Rick Maese  | October 3, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Vick injures his rib on run to the goal line

If the first quarter was a series of bad plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, the second quarter began with some bad news. As the Eagles' kicked a 49-yard field goal and cut the Redskins early lead to 14-3 in the opening seconds of the quarter, Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick walked...

By Rick Maese  | October 3, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Lorenzo Alexander starts over Andre Carter at OLB

Andre Carter appeared to be a bad fit for Washington's new 3-4 scheme this season, and it appears the team has acknowledged as much after only three games. Before Sunday's game against Philadelphia, the Redskins announced that Lorenzo Alexander would start at outside linebacker opposite Brian Orakpo. Carter, at his...

By Jason Reid  | October 3, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Trent Williams, Vonnie Holliday among inactives

For the second consecutive week, rookie left tackle Trent Williams (knee and toe) was among the Washington Redskins' inactive players as the team completed preparations Sunday to face the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Injured during the Week 2 loss to Houston, Williams sat out the Week 3 loss...

By Jason Reid  | October 3, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Kyle Shanahan is 'real concerned' with Redskins' production on offense

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is trying to get things fixed, and there is a lot that needs work. Washington has converted only six of 33 third-down attempts and ranks last in the NFL at 18.2 percent. The Redskins also are struggling in red-zone offense. In nine possessions inside opponents'...

By Jason Reid  | October 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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