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Redskins Insider: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Redskins face another top quarterback in Peyton Manning

Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers. Oh, almost forgot: Sam Bradford, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Those are the quarterbacks the Redskins have faced in their first five games. And up next: Peyton Manning, quite possibly the best to ever play the...

By Jason Reid  | October 16, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Banks is showing why he's one of Shanahan's favorites

It's clear that diminutive rookie wide receiver-return specialist Brandon Banks is among Coach Mike Shanahan's favorite players on the team. Shanahan was among Banks's biggest supporters during internal discussions to trim the opening-day roster to 53, people familiar with the situation said. And Shanahan advocated promoting Banks to be the...

By Jason Reid  | October 16, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Special teams  
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Haslett: Only so much Redskins can do to stop Peyton Manning

There has been plenty of praise for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning this week from Redskins Park. But perhaps no one offered a more glowing review than defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Haslett tells a story from his first stint with the New Orleans Saints, when he was a defensive assistant 15...

By Rick Maese  | October 16, 2010; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Jim Haslett  
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NFL fines Jeremy Jarmon for helmet-to-helmet hit

The NFL has fined Redskins defensive end Jeremy Jarmon $5,000 for a helmet to helmet hit on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in last Sunday's game. Jarmon rushed the quarterback in overtime on the Packers' final offensive play. Jarmon got his hands up and Rodgers had to rush his throw,...

By Rick Maese  | October 15, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
Categories:  Jeremy Jarmon  
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Box Seats: Redskins-Colts previews

The Post's fan bloggers on Sunday's game: The Peyton Puzzle -- Evan Bliss Fight for Old Baltimore -- Jason Woodmansee Winning the second half -- Stephen L. Carter For all of our Redskins fan bloggers contributions so far, go to http://voices.washingtonpost.com/box-seats/redskins/...

By Mitch Rubin  | October 15, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Redskins-Colts injury report: 6 questionable, Clinton Portis out

The Redskins have listed six players as questionable for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Among Washington's questionables: quarterback Donovan McNabb, tackle Trent Williams, tackle Jammal Brown, linebacker Rocky McIntosh, safety LaRon Landry and safety Kareem Moore. Running back Clinton Portis is out for a second straight week. The Colts...

By Rick Maese  | October 15, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Could Anthony Armstrong surpass Joey Galloway on Redskins' depth chart?

Today's print-edition story focused on the Redskins' lack of production from players not named Santana Moss or Chris Cooley. The two receivers behind Moss - Joey Galloway and Anthony Armstrong - are tied with seven receptions apiece entering Sunday's game against the Colts. Since Armstrong's 84-yard performance last week against...

By Rick Maese  | October 15, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong, Joey Galloway, wide receivers  
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Jeremy Jarmon makes most of opportunity against Packers

When the Redskins decided to switch to the 3-4 defense, several players seemed like odd fits for the new system. A couple in particular -- Andre Carter and Jeremy Jarmon -- still seem to be searching for their way.   Jarmon was inactive for the first four games of the year, and...

By Rick Maese  | October 15, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Andre Carter  
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Jim Haslett keeps focus on bottom line, not yards surrendered

A season ago, the Redskins finished with the NFL's 10th-ranked defense, in terms of yardage allowed. They won four games. This season, the Redskins are ranked last in defense but already have three wins.   According to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the numbers don't always tell the full story.  ...

By Rick Maese  | October 15, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Rocky McIntosh unable to practice fully for third straight day

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh was unable to participate fully in practice for a third straight day because of a concussion suffered in last Sunday's win over Green Bay, but Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has not ruled him out of this weekend's game against Indianapolis. Shanahan said McIntosh met with a doctor...

By Rick Maese  | October 15, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Caldwell: Anthony Armstrong is 'a big-play guy'

Indianapolis Colts Coach Jim Caldwell is impressed with several Redskins players, LaRon Landry, Brian Orakpo and Anthony Armstrong among them. Landry -- the NFC defensive player of the week for Week 5 -- and Orakpo have made big plays during the Redskins' consecutive victories, and "those guys certainly move around...

By Jason Reid  | October 15, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong, Brian Orakpo, LaRon Landry  
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Lorenzo Alexander 'very comfortable' with role in 3-4 defense

Many Insider readers expressed skepticism when we reported in February that the new regime would convert Lorenzo Alexander to an outside linebacker. But look at him now. "I love it. I am very comfortable" in the new 3-4 base scheme, the Redskins' starting left outside linebacker said. "I let them...

By Jason Reid  | October 15, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Lorenzo Alexander  
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Peyton Manning is not taking the Redskins' defense lightly

Obviously, the Redskins still have major issues defensively as they continue their transition to a base 3-4 front. Washington is last in the league, giving up an average of 410.2 yards per game. And the Redskins rank 30th out of 32 teams against the pass. Teams are averaging 298 yards...

By Jason Reid  | October 15, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  3-4 defense, LaRon Landry  
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Anthony Armstrong is earning a bigger role

On Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan said that wide receiver Anthony Armstrong would have a bigger role moving forward. Sound decision. In the first five games of his NFL career, the hard-working, unheralded Armstrong has been a difference-maker for the Redskins (3-2), who are tied for the NFC East lead and...

By Jason Reid  | October 15, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong  
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Statistical analysis: Don't fear the Colts, and other notes

If there is one statistic that's most indicative of how well a team is doing and most predictive of how it will do, it's Net Yards per Pass Attempt (YPA). Net YPA factors includes sack yards and values efficiency rather than accumulating lots of yards in garbage time. Quarterback Donovan...

By Brian Burke  | October 15, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Statistical analysis  
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Trent Williams practices, Rocky McIntosh still out

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams (knee) returned to practice Thursday, but inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh (mild concussion) sat out for the second straight day and hopes to be cleared to return to work Friday, Coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday. "Rocky, he's going to talk to the doctor tomorrow," Shanahan said....

By Jason Reid  | October 14, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Linebackers, Trent Williams  
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Haynesworth practices, Sunday status unclear

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth rejoined the Redskins Thursday and practiced with the team, but his status remained unclear for Sunday's against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field. Haynesworth, who left the team last week after the death of his younger brother, returned to the area Wednesday and participated in what...

By Jason Reid  | October 14, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Rocky McIntosh says he's fine. But go ask coach

Inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who sat out the first day of practice this week after suffering a mild concussion in the Green Bay game, said he was doing fine Thursday before practice at Redskins Park. "How am I? What did Coach [Mike] Shanahan say about it?," McIntosh asked. "I'm fine,...

By Jason Reid  | October 14, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Linebackers  
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Fred Davis is not producing as much as expected

After all the talk about the Redskins' plans to use both of their pass-catching tight ends -- Chris Cooley and Fred Davis -- things have not developed as some envisioned early in the season. Cooley, fully recovered from the fractured ankle that cut short his 2009 season after seven games,...

By Jason Reid  | October 14, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Trent Williams expects to play against Colts

With Dwight Freeney lurking on Sunday, the Redskins could definitely use the services of Trent Williams. Thursday's good news: The rookie left tackle says he expects to be able to play. Williams suffered a knee injury late in last Sunday's win over the Packers. An MRI revealed no structural damage...

By Rick Maese  | October 14, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Trent Williams  
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Redskins defense will be challenged by Peyton Manning's deceptions

Of all the things at which Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning excels, he is second to none at disguising his intentions on play calls at the line of scrimmage. The four-time NFL most valuable player, who is adept at reading defenses, only calls plays after he surveys the defense (for...

By Jason Reid  | October 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Rain cancels full practice; walk-through session instead

Because of today's rain, the Redskins will shuffle their practice schedule and will not be able to have a full-blown practice just three days before playing host to the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, the Redskins will bus to a nearby indoor facility and hold a walk-through practice session. The team does...

By Rick Maese  | October 14, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Analysis: Is it time for a LaRon Landry contract extension?

The most impressive defensive player in Washington's 16-13 overtime win against the Packers was undoubtedly safety LaRon Landry, who tallied 13 tackles, one forced fumble and one game-clinching interception in overtime. In his postgame press conference, Mike Shanahan praised the fourth-year safety, saying: "Landry amazes me, to be honest...He's...

By J.I. Halsell  | October 14, 2010; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  LaRon Landry, Salary cap analysis  
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Redskins add receiver to the practice squad

The Redskins signed receiver Ray Small to their practice squad this week, taking the place made available when running back Keiland Williams was elevated to the 53-man roster last Saturday. Williams took the place of receiver Devin Thomas, who was cut. Small, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound rookie from Ohio State, spent...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 13, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  wide receivers  
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Mike Shanahan game-planning for Freeney and Mathis

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has had at least 10.5 sacks in six of his nine NFL seasons. This season, the four-time all-pro selection has three sacks and two forced fumbles. Colts end Robert Mathis has produced at least 9.5 sacks in five of his eight seasons in the...

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Offensive line preparing for Freeney and Mathis

Considering the shuffling along the Redskins' offensive line through the first five games, it's not surprising that Donovan McNabb is among the league's most-sacked quarterbacks. McNabb is tied for fifth in the NFL, having been sacked 11 times. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked a league-leading 17 times....

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Offensive line  
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Rocky McIntosh misses practice after mild concussion

Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh suffered what the team is calling a mild concussion in last Sunday's victory over Green Bay, and he did not practice Wednesday as the team returned to work in preparation for its Sunday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said there...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Manning likely to see through defense's disguises

From week to week, the Redskins' defense seems to have a new game plan. The team blitzed heavily in early games but hardly at all against Philadelphia. Andre Carter is playing more defensive end, Lorenzo Alexander can play on the line or as a linebacker, and Brian Orakpo can rush...

By Rick Maese  | October 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Trent Williams' reckless driving charge is dropped

Read the full story on The Crime Scene blog...

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Trent Williams  
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Versatile safety Reed Doughty is playing many roles

Playing behind Kareem Moore and LaRon Landry, fifth-year safety Reed Doughty doesn't know how much playing time he'll see from week to week. In fact, before Sunday's game against the Packers, Doughty said he had no idea how often coaches might call his number. As it turned out, Doughty played...

By Rick Maese  | October 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Elite QBs, longtime friends--and foes on Sunday

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb have been among the NFL's elite throughout their long careers. Manning, 34, is a four-time NFL most valuable player, a 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time all-pro selection. He has led the Colts to two Super Bowl appearances with one championship....

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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If he can't play, Derrick Dockery looks to contribute from the sideline

On Sunday, Derrick Dockery watched an NFL game from the sideline for the first time in his eight-year career. Beaten out by Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting left guard spot and deemed less versatile than backup Will Montgomery, who can play center or either guard spot, Dockery was inactive and...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 13, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong, Derrick Dockery  
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Haynesworth scheduled to return to Redskins Thursday

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who left the team last week after the death of his younger brother, is expected to rejoin the Redskins Thursday, two people familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Haynesworth did not play in the Week 5 victory against Green Bay after traveling to Nashville, Tenn., early...

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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LaRon Landry is NFC defensive player of the week

Strong safety LaRon Landry was named the NFC defensive player of the week for his performance against the Green Bay Packers, the NFL announced Wednesday. "Dirty 30" was credited with a game-high 13 tackles, 10 of them unassisted, and produced both Redskins turnovers during a 16-13 overtime victory against the...

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  LaRon Landry  
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The defense needs to rest

Number of tackles is not an official NFL stat, but according to the league's numbers, LaRon Landry is leading the league in solo tackles with 41. He's second in the NFL in total tackles with 52. Suffice it to say, people around the league are starting to notice the Redskins'...

By Rick Maese  | October 13, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall, LaRon Landry, London Fletcher  
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Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb are changing attitudes

In today's On Football, we look at the positive impact of Coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Donovan McNabb on the NFC East-leading Redskins. McNabb's leadership has been as good as advertised, players said. "When you see that No. 5 back there, you always feel like you've got a chance," said...

By Jason Reid  | October 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Redskins Insider Live Webcast

Dan Steinberg and LaVar Arrington joined Rick Maese on this week's Redskins Insider Live webcast to talk about the win against the Packers and whether the run can continue against the Colts this Sunday night. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the podcast....

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Russ Grimm to receive Hall of Fame ring at halftime Sunday

We won't know the status of players like Trent Williams and Jammal Brown until much later this week, but the Redskins already have announced the names of at least a few guys who will be at Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Larry Brown, Pat Fischer, Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby...

By Rick Maese  | October 12, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Donovan McNabb calm when game's on the line

In this morning's dead-tree edition, we took a closer look at the Redskins' string of tight games. Since 2006, the Redskins have played more games decided by eight or fewer points (46) and more games decided by three or fewer points (23) than any other team in the league. Though...

By Rick Maese  | October 12, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Clinton Portis hopes to break team rushing record

Still hoping to break the franchise rushing record, Redskins running back Clinton Portis said Tuesday he has "no doubts" he will return this season despite a severe injury that is expected to sideline him at least a month. During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show...

By Jason Reid  | October 12, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Clinton Portis: 'I'll be back'

Redskins running back Clinton Portis expects to return the team this season despite a severe injury that is expected to sideline him for at least a month, he said Tuesday on a radio show. During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner, Portis...

By Jason Reid  | October 12, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Lorenzo Alexander continues to make plays

In his second start at left outside linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander made several key plays to help the Redskins - who twice trailed by 10 points - rally for a 16-13 victory in overtime against the Green Bay Packers. Alexander was credited with three assisted tackles. On a blitz of Packers...

By Jason Reid  | October 12, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Redskins Insider Live: Packers recap, Colts preview

LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and Dan Steinberg join studio host Jonathan Forsythe for this week's edition of Redskins Insider Live. They'll talk about the Redskins' victory over the Packers and look ahead to Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts. To watch the show live, click here at 10:30 a.m....

By Washington Post Sports  | October 12, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Anthony Armstrong emerging as Washington Redskins' No. 2 wide receiver

The offensive star of training camp and the preseason, Anthony Armstrong appears to be emerging as an effective No. 2 wide receiver in his first five games with the Redskins. The speedy, unheralded player has had key roles in the Redskins' consecutive victories against the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay...

By Jason Reid  | October 12, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Santana Moss: Devin Thomas can use fresh start

Santana Moss, the Redskins top wide receiver, said he was surprised that wideout Devin Thomas, the team's first pick in the 2008 draft, was released, but Moss figured Thomas's situation had deteriorated for some time. Thomas, who the Carolina Panthers claimed off waivers Monday, was too talented to be buried...

By Jason Reid  | October 11, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
Categories:  Devin Thomas, Santana Moss  
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Derrick Dockery can still contribute, Mike Shanahan says

Although guard Derrick Dockery lost his starting job to a player who was out of football last season and was inactive for the first time in his career Sunday, he still could contribute in the 2010 season, Coach Mike Shanahan said during his Monday news conference at Redskins Park....

By Jason Reid  | October 11, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Devin Thomas joins Carolina Panthers

Apparently, the Carolina Panthers believe wide receiver Devin Thomas may be able to help them. The Panthers claimed Thomas, the Redskins' top pick in the 2008 draft, off waivers Monday. The 34th overall selection in 2008, the demonstrative Thomas did not mesh well with Coach Mike Shanahan, who questioned Thomas's...

By Jason Reid  | October 11, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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MRIs on Trent Williams and Jammal Brown are negative

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that MRI exams on offensive linemen Trent Williams and Jammal Brown were negative. "They're both OK. No surgery," Shanahan said at his weekly news briefing. But both are "quite sore," he said. Williams, who had missed the previous two games with toe and knee...

By Rick Maese  | October 11, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Devin Thomas and Mike Shanahan: A bad fit

Many Insider readers have emailed me since Saturday seeking answers about Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to release third-year wide receiver Devin Thomas. After Sunday's 16-13 victory in overtime against the Green Bay Packers, and Shanahan was surprisingly candid in his comments that, in his opinion, Thomas had failed "to commit...

By Jason Reid  | October 11, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
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Ryan Torain not yet a cure for Redskins' run game

In his first game as the starting running back for the Redskins, second-year running back Ryan Torain did not overwhelm. Nor did he solve the woes that have plagued the Washington running game this season. Torain finished with 40 yards on 16 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per attempt,...

By Paul Tenorio  | October 11, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Graham Gano tries to forget the last kick

On Sept. 20, Redskins placekicker Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal in overtime that would have beaten the Houston Texans. Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, Gano nailed his first kick, a 26-yarder, but then left a 51-yarder wide right. "I was glad to had the chance to redeem...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 11, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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Packers suffer a string of injuries

Sunday's game wasn't the only big loss for the Packers. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion late in the contest, and his status for next week is uncertain. Details were scarce following the game. Rodgers was not made available to reporters. Of the injury, Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said...

By Rick Maese  | October 10, 2010; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Brian Orakpo disrupts Packer offense

When the ball was snapped, Brian Orakpo was gone. Before Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton even had a chance to react, Orakpo was in the backfield, and as quarterback Aaron Rodgers surveyed the field early in the overtime period, Orakpo slammed into him from the blind side. It...

By Paul Tenorio  | October 10, 2010; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Jeremy Jarmon plays for the first time this season

With defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth inactive following the death of his half-brother last week, second-year defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was active for the first time this season. Jarmon played in 11 games a year ago before tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament Nov. 29 at Philadelphia, an injury that hampered...

By Rick Maese  | October 10, 2010; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Mike Shanahan: Devin Thomas must commit to being a pro

On Saturday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan made the decision to release third-year receiver Devin Thomas. On Sunday, following the Redskins' 16-13 overtime win, Shanahan explained his reasoning. "I sat down and talked to Devin many times and told him what he needed to do to be a pro football player,"...

By Rick Maese  | October 10, 2010; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Brandon Banks: 'I kind of grew up out there'

Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post With wide receiver Devin Thomas's release on Saturday, rookie Brandon Banks inherited the kickoff-returning duties to go along with his responsibilities on punt returns. The results for the Redskins were encouraging. Banks returned three punts for an average of 15.7 yards - including a 30-yarder...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 10, 2010; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Hunter Smith pleased with season debut

Hunter Smith punted only once last week -- Friday in practice -- but said he felt good in his season debut. "I thought it was a real strong first game back," said Smith, who re-joined the Redskins on Thursday. "Not surprising to me because I've been working like I was...

By Rick Maese  | October 10, 2010; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Redskins beat Packers 16-13 in OT

Updated 4:44 p.m. Overtime With a timely interception by safety LaRon Landry, the Washington Redskins completed a late-game comeback and defeated the Green Bay Packers 16-13 in overtime Sunday. After both teams failed to score on their first drives of the overtime period, Green Bay took over on its own...

By Paul Tenorio  | October 10, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (524)
 
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Rate the Redskins: How did they play against the Packers?

Washingtonpost.com users react to the Redskins-Packers game at FedEx Field on Oct. 10, 2010.

By Keith McMillan  | October 10, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Derrick Dockery a bad fit for zone blocking scheme

Derrick Dockery continued to plummet on the Redskins' depth chart Sunday. The veteran guard was inactive for the first time in his eight-year career. Washington's coaching staff determined in the preseason that Dockery, 30, was a bad fit for the team's zone blocking scheme. In the first two games, Dockery...

By Jason Reid  | October 10, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Derrick Dockery inactive, streak broken

Derrick Dockery had played in every game of his career, a string of 116 consecutive regular season games. But after starting the Redskins' first two games of the season, Dockery is on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Packers. Dockery had started 111 games before losing his starting...

By Rick Maese  | October 10, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is much improved

Second-year Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks with seven. Matthews had three sacks in each of the Packers' first two games, and his strong performance is among the reasons the Packers are tied for the NFL lead with 16 sacks. Matthews had 10 sacks as...

By Jason Reid  | October 10, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Torain growing more confident

New top running back Ryan Torian ran extremely hard during the Week 4 victory over Philadelphia and in his season debut against St. Louis in Week 3. But Torain didn't show as much determination in the preseason, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "I think Ryan was playing with confidence [against...

By Jason Reid  | October 10, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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