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Redskins Insider: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

Redskins add safety Sha'reff Rashad and defensive lineman Joe Joseph to roster

Shuffling up their roster just one day before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Redskins on Saturday added safety Sha'reff Rashad and defensive lineman Joe Joseph from the practice squad. To clear space on their 53-man roster, the Redskins placed defensive end Kedric Golston on injured reserve and released defensive...

By Rick Maese  | December 25, 2010; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Kedric Golston  
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Injured Kedric Golston done for the season

Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston on Friday confirmed he is done for the season because of elbow and groin injuries. "Well, I have a pretty significant injury," Golston said in a phone interview. "It's a downer, because you only get 16 of these." Golston will become the third defensive lineman...

By Jason Reid  | December 25, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Kedric Golston  
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Rob Jackson will start at linebacker Sunday against Jaguars

Less than a week after being elevated from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster, linebacker Rob Jackson will find himself in the starting lineup Sunday. Jackson, a third-year pro taken by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, had been on the practice squad all...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 24, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Adam Carriker says he and Jeremy Jarmon are 'good to go'

A day after he got into a weight room squabble with fellow defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon, Adam Carriker dismissed the incident as a simple disagreement that was blown out of proportion. "Just two guys who are passionate about what we do, had a little disagreement, and that's all," he said....

By Dan Steinberg  | December 24, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Jeremy Jarmon  
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Kyle Shanahan: Donovan McNabb 'said he didn't say any of that'

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Friday that he met with benched quarterback Donovan McNabb about the strongly worded statement released by McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, and that McNabb distanced himself from the statement. A day after Smith released a statement saying the relationship between McNabb and his coaches is...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 24, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan  
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Brian Orakpo out for Jacksonville game

Linebacker Brian Orakpo, defensive end Kedric Golston and safety Reed Doughty will all miss Sunday's game at Jacksonville due to injury, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice Friday. Orakpo, who has never missed a game in his brief NFL career, will be replaced by Rob Jackson, who will make...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 24, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo  
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Donovan McNabb's agent blasts the Shanahans

Updated: 8:04 p.m. In response to Fletcher's comments, Coach Mike Shanahan issued a statement of his own Thursday evening, saying he stands by his decision to bench the veteran quarterback for the team's final three games. "As I stated earlier, when I traded for Donovan McNabb I had hoped that...

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (346)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan  
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Players separate Carriker and Jarmon after altercation

Redskins players had to separate defensive ends Adam Carriker and Jeremy Jarmon after a heated exchange in the weight room at Redskins Park Thursday, several people familiar with the situation said Thursday night. Teammates rushed in to restrain Carriker and Jarmon, who apparently did not intentionally strike each other during...

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Jeremy Jarmon  
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Redskins, Jaguars hurting in run-up to Sunday's game

Though the Redskins are battling their share of injuries, the Jacksonville Jaguars also appear to be hurting in the days leading up to Sunday's game. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) and receiver Mike Sims-Walker (ankle) both missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, according to the team's njury report....

By Rick Maese  | December 23, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Brian Orakpo  
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Donovan McNabb's agent begins the exit strategy

Fletcher Smith, Donovan McNabb's agent, said a lot of things in the explosive 525-word statement he launched Thursday afternoon. And in between every line, one thing was clear: McNabb doesn't think he can co-exist with Mike and Kyle Shanahan beyond the 2010 season. We've been talking to people familiar with...

By Rick Maese  | December 23, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan  | Tags:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan  
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Brandon Banks's surgery has provided mixed returns

During the Redskins' bye week, Brandon Banks, the team's top punt and kick returner, had surgery on his knee. His performance since that surgery has been inconsistent, and the statistics seem to bear that out. But Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan says it's difficult to draw a direct correlation. Banks' kick...

By Rick Maese  | December 23, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Orakpo, Banks, Golston doubtful for Sunday

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice Thursday that linebacker Brian Orakpo, defensive end Kedric Golston and receiver Brandon Banks are all doubtful for Sunday's game at Jacksonville. None of the three practiced on Thursday, but the head coach said it's too early to rule any of them out for...

By Rick Maese  | December 23, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Brian Orakpo  
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Understudy Rex Grossman moves into the spotlight

Quarterback Rex Grossman's three-week audition continues Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The former backup was impressive in the second half of a 33-30 loss to Dallas. If Grossman continues to play well in the final two games against Jacksonville and the New York Giants, he could be...

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Reed Doughty to meet with concussion specialist

Safety Reed Doughty, who suffered a concussion last Sunday, said he's scheduled to meet with a specialist Thursday in hopes of being cleared to play this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They don't take concussions lightly," Doughty said before practice Thursday at Redskins Park. "Again, it's not like I got...

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Healthy Jammal Brown: 'I'm becoming my old self'

For much of the season, right tackle Jammal Brown has not performed as effectively as the Redskins envisioned when they traded a conditional third-round pick to New Orleans for the two-time Pro Bowler. Brown missed the entire 2009 season after having two surgeries in two weeks to repair a sports...

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Statistical analysis: How the o-line stacks up

There is no question where the Redskins need to start rebuilding for next season. It's clearly the offensive line, and pass blocking in particular. Measuring line play with statistics is tricky, so before we look at just where the Redskins' line stacks up statistically, let's look at how line stats...

By Brian Burke  | December 23, 2010; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Offensive line, Statistical analysis  
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Mike Shanahan to Clinton Portis: Get well soon

On Tuesday Clinton Portis said he felt the benching of Donovan McNabb had "scared" other Redskins players, and Wednesday afternoon, Coach Mike Shanahan offered a terse response to his injured running back. Here's what Portis, whose season ended early due to a torn abdominal muscle, said during his weekly paid...

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Kareem Moore sits out practice with knee injury

It turns out that a fourth defensive starter missed practice Wednesday. Coach Mike Shanahan had previously said linebacker Brian Orakpo (groin/hamstring), safety Reed Doughty (concussion) and defensive end Kedric Golston (groin) sat out practice, but the team's injury report revealed that safety Kareem Moore (knee) also was unable to participate....

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Donovan McNabb in the Pro Bowl? Never say never

Here's a fun scenario to consider: Quarterback Donovan McNabb isn't expected to see any action in the Redskins' final three games of the season, but is it possible that he'd appear in the Pro Bowl as a quarterback for the NFC? As we told you earlier, fan voting for the...

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Donovan McNabb  
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Shanahan would welcome McNabb as a backup next year

Coach Mike Shanahan is pleased that demoted quarterback Donovan McNabb hopes to return to the Redskins next season, but Shanahan said he disagrees with McNabb's version of how McNabb was informed about some details of his benching. "It's great," Shanahan said Wednesday after practice at Redskins Park. "It's a conversation...

By Jason Reid  | December 22, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman  
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Orakpo, Golston, Doughty miss practice with injuries

The Redskins practiced Wednesday without three defensive starters who are nursing injuries: linebacker Brian Orakpo, defensive end Kedric Golston and safety Reed Doughty. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Golston, who was inactive for last Sunday's game because of a sore groin and elbow, would be a "long shot" for this...

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo  
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Despite the losses, Redskins are still fighting

The Redskins (5-9) have lost four in a row and six of seven; they are tied with Dallas for last place in the NFC East. Although it appears there is little to motivate players in the final two games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, the Redskins will...

By Jason Reid  | December 22, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall, London Fletcher  
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LaRon Landry tops fans' Pro Bowl vote for strong safety

Despite missing the Redskins' final seven games of the season, safety LaRon Landry apparently made quite an impact in the nine games in which he did appear. At least among football fans. Landry was the NFC's top vote-getter at the strong safety position on fans' Pro Bowl ballots. Landry finished...

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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When did it all go wrong?

The Washington Post's Barry Svrluga, Rick Maese, Dan Steinberg and Jonathan Forsythe discuss the moment when the season began to unravel for Mike Shanahan and the Redskins....

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Rex Grossman had Donovan McNabb's support Sunday

With the Redskins trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter at Dallas, new Redskins starting quarterback Rex Grossman received encouragement from the man he had replaced, Donovan McNabb. The Cowboys had a 27-7 lead and the Redskins were not exactly upbeat along the sideline. McNabb stood next to...

By Jason Reid  | December 22, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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"Rough season" for Maake Kemoeatu ends on IR

"It's been a rough season," nose tackle Maake Kemoateu said today, neatly summing up the thoughts of many. Coming off an Achilles injury that kept him out all of 2009, Kemoeatu joined the Redskins last offseason as a bit of an unknown. Though he was able to start in the...

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Maake Kemoeatu headed to injured reserve

The Redskins have lost another defensive lineman. The team is expected to place starting nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Anthony Bryant started in Kemoeatu's place in Sunday's loss at Dallas and played the majority of the game. The team has brought back defensive lineman...

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Roster analysis: Redskins have plenty of cost-cutting options

At first, it seemed as though Donovan McNabb's November contract extension was was bringing clarity to his future. But with his benching over the final three games of the season, the veteran quarterback's future is once again uncertain. What is absolutely certain is that if McNabb is listed as...

By J.I. Halsell  | December 22, 2010; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Roster analysis  
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Football Insider Live: Future QB options, Jags preview and how it went wrong in 2010

Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese joined Dan Steinberg and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Rex Grossman's future and how the 2010 season slowly fell apart. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the podcast....

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
 
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Despite demotion, Donovan McNabb wants to come back

Demoted quarterback Donovan McNabb says despite the drama surrounding his status with the team, he hopes to return to the Redskins in 2011. "I definitely hope so, and I expressed that," he said Tuesday afternoon in his first public comments since Coach Mike Shanahan benched him last week. "I don't...

By Rick Maese  | December 21, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman  
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McNabb benching has Redskins playing "scared," Portis says

Stunned that Coach Mike Shanahan would bench a player as accomplished as quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Redskins are playing "scared," running back Clinton Portis said in a radio interview Tuesday. During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show With Holden Kushner, Portis said Shanahan's decision to...

By Jason Reid  | December 21, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
 
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John Beck has two weeks in practice to impress the boss

When Redskins players return to work Wednesday, former third-string quarterback John Beck will become the primary backup for new starter Rex Grossman. Although Grossman will get the majority of first-team reps this week as the Redskins prepare to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, Beck also will work with the starters a...

By Jason Reid  | December 21, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Carlos Rogers pain-free, hopes to show he belongs

Sidelined for much of the second half of the season because of hamstring injuries, cornerback Carlos Rogers said he experienced no hamstring problems in Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. "Everything good," Rogers said. "No pain. Nothing. Felt good. Worked good." Assuming his hamstrings continue to...

By Jason Reid  | December 21, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Doughty could be out this week, pressing Barnes into duty at safety

Safety Reed Doughty could be sidelined this week after suffering a concussion against Dallas, so cornerback Kevin Barnes could continue to work at safety. Lacking depth at the position, the Redskins turned to Barnes, who has had few reps at the position. If Doughty does not play, the Redskins likely...

By Jason Reid  | December 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Will Donovan McNabb take snaps with the scout team?

Former third-string quarterback John Beck will serve as the primary backup for new starter Rex Grossman during the Redskins' final two games, so Donovan McNabb essentially will be inactive against the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. But what will McNabb do in practice during the week? Beck has directed...

By Jason Reid  | December 20, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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LB Rob Jackson to join active roster

The Redskins are expected to promote linebacker Rob Jackson to fill an opening on the active 53-man roster, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels (abdomen injury) will miss the final two games of the season. He was assigned to the season-ending injured reserve. Washington...

By Jason Reid  | December 20, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Heated field needed before indoor facility, Shanahan says

In addition to wanting an indoor practice facility, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan also believes the team needs a heated practice field at Redskins Park. "I can say that for the future that our first plan will be getting a heated field out here," Shanahan said Monday at the complex. "So...

By Jason Reid  | December 20, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Injured Phillip Daniels will miss the rest of the season

Defensive end Phillip Daniels saw his first start of the season on Sunday at Dallas. It will stand as his last game of the season. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Daniels will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and will miss the team's final two games. Daniels aggravated...

By Rick Maese  | December 20, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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John Beck finally gets his chance--in practice

After 15 weeks of running the Redskins' scout team, quarterback John Beck will finally get his chance to run Washington's plays in practice. But that's not the only reason he figures to approach this week with more attentiveness and focus. "Now you're one play away," Beck said Monday of his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | December 20, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Have a nice trip: Sam Paulescu struggles at punter

The Redskins' don't appear to have addressed their instability at punter after newly acquired Sam Paulescu struggled in Sunday's 33-30 loss in Dallas. In fact, Paulescu's most memorable moment might have come when he tripped Cowboys returner Bryan McCann on a first quarter punt return. Paulescu wasn't penalized on the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | December 20, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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When will the Redskins and Donovan McNabb part ways?

Quarterback Rex Grossman's four-touchdown performance in Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys reflects poorly on former starter Donovan McNabb, who rarely directed the offense as well as Grossman did in his first start since 2008. For weeks, members of the coaching staff privately expressed frustration about McNabb's failure to...

By Jason Reid  | December 20, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Reed Doughty hopes to play Sunday despite head injury

Safety Reed Doughty said he hopes to play next week in Jacksonville despite leaving Sunday's game against Dallas with a head injury. Doughty suspects he was injured on the game's first play while he was tackling Chris Gronkowski. As Doughty and Gronkowski were going down, Brian Orakpo launched himself into...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | December 20, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Redskins vs. Cowboys: Defense not helped by early breakdowns on special teams, offense

Washington's last-ranked defense needs as much help as it can get, and the team's offense and kickoff and punt coverage units provided little early in Sunday's 33-30 loss to Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. "We haven't really put a whole game together - offense, defense, special teams," cornerback Carlos Rogers said....

By Jason Reid  | December 20, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
 
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Landry's injury will keep him off Pro Bowl roster

Without the possibility of garnering any support from coaches or his fellow players, LaRon Landry will likely be left to watch the Pro Bowl on television.

By Rick Maese  | December 20, 2010; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Count Rex Grossman's teammates as impressed

Quarterback Rex Grossman started for the first time in more than two years on Sunday and turned in his best performance since 2006. He was 25 of 42 passing for 322 yards and a passer rating of 93.4 against the Cowboys. (He also had two interceptions, a fumble and took...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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Chris Cooley reappears against Dallas

Against the New York Giants on Dec. 5, tight end Chris Cooley was targeted six times in the first half. In each of the two games since, though, the Redskins quarterback hasn't thrown Cooley the ball once in the first two quarters, waiting until the second half to involve the...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Anthony Armstrong: Redskins' best deep threat

Redskins receiver Anthony Armstrong made no mistake about how much it meant to him to play in Dallas, his hometown. "Being able to come back and go against your hometown team, the team you grew up watching, the team you wanted to play for from Texas, your family and friends...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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CB Kevin Barnes forced to play safety

The Redskins had only two safeties active for Sunday's game: starters Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore. So when Doughty went down with a head injury in the first half, they had to turn to Kevin Barnes, a third-year cornerback who had never played safety in a game. "I didn't get...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Orakpo on injury: "It's a bad situation"

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is concerned he could miss the final two games of the season after suffering groin and hamstring injuries while in pass coverage in the second quarter of Washington's 33-30 loss Sunday at Dallas. As the Cowboys were driving for a touchdown that would put them...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Redskins' comeback stalls, Cowboys win 33-30

Updated: 4:26 p.m. Fourth Quarter: Led by Rex Grossman's impressive second half, the Redskins staged a furious comeback but fell short, and Washington lost its fourth game in a row, this time 33-30 to the Dallas Cowboys. Though the Redskins overcame a 20-point second-half deficit, David Buehler kicked a 39-yard...

By Rick Maese and Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (342)
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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Macho Harris, James Davis inactive

Apparently, safeties Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore will be even busier than usual Sunday against Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins listed safety Macho Harris among their inactives for the NFC East matchup, meaning Doughty and Moore are the team's only active defensive backs who primarily play safety. Second-year cornerback...

By Jason Reid  | December 19, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Are Redskins trying to go 5-11?

Check out what the NFL Network's GameDay crew thinks over on the The Early Lead....

By Washington Post editors  | December 19, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Rate the Redskins (and Rex Grossman) against the Cowboys

washingtonpost.com users rate the Redskins' performance on Dec. 19, 2010.

By washingtonpost.com sports editors  | December 19, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, NFC East, Polls, Rex Grossman  | Tags:  Cowboys, Cowboys-Redskins rivalry, Rate the Redskins, Redskins, Rex Grossman  
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