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Redskins Insider: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Giants' front four among the league's best

With 44 sacks, the New York Giants are in a three-way tie atop the NFL. The Giants continue to generate a lot of pressure with their front four, and the group, for the most part, has been outstanding throughout the season, Coach Tom Coughlin said. "They're good football players," he...

By Jason Reid  | January 1, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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Coughlin: Giants aren't taking Redskins lightly

In their final game of the season Sunday at FedEx Field, the Redskins will try to achieve a goal they've rarely reached recently: defeating the New York Giants. The Giants have defeated the Redskins in eight of their last nine meetings. The Redskins' last victory in the series occurred late...

By Jason Reid  | January 1, 2011; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Shanahan impressed after last practice of season

The Redskins' last practice of the season wrapped up Friday afternoon, and with it the first year of Coach Mike Shanahan's demands for improved work habits. Shanahan evaluates each and every workout session, both in the offseason and during the year, by breaking down film, and he expects players to...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 31, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Orakpo 'pretty sure' he's going to play vs. Giants

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who missed last week's victory over Jacksonville with groin and hamstring injuries, is "fine" after a week of practice and should play in Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to play," Orakpo said. "Looked...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 31, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Mike Shanahan  
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Sunday's game will be crucial for Grossman

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has watched quarterback Rex Grossman closely every week and will be focused on him again Sunday in the season finale at FedEx Field. If Grossman performs well against the New York Giants, he could take a huge step forward in solidifying his standing as Washington's starting...

By Jason Reid  | December 31, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman  
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Haslett: Hall's Pro Bowl selection was 'well deserved'

On Internet message boards and sports-talk radio shows, some Redskins fans have criticized the selection of cornerback DeAngelo Hall to the Pro Bowl. But defensive coordinator Jim Haslett believes the voters got it right. "It's well deserved," Haslett said of Hall's third Pro Bowl selection. "He makes a lot of plays....

By Jason Reid  | December 31, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall, Jim Haslett  
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DeAngelo Hall added to injury report with illness

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall (illness) was the Redskins' only addition to the injury report released Thursday. According to the report, Hall participated fully in practice despite being slowed by an undisclosed illness. On Tuesday, Hall was selected to play in his third Pro Bowl. For the second consecutive day, cornerback Carlos...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Kyle Shanahan still evaluating Rex Grossman

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has liked most of what he's seen from quarterback Rex Grossman throughout the season in practice and during Grossman's two games as a starter. Grossman's three-game audition to solidify his standing on the roster ends Sunday against the New York Giants at FedEx Field, and Shanahan...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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Carlos Rogers sits out practice again

Cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf) sat out practice for the second consecutive day, stirring further doubt about his status for Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. Rogers did not play during the second half of last week's overtime victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hamstring problems also...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers  
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What happens to Albert Haynesworth when suspension ends?

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's four-game suspension without pay ends after Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. On Monday, some Redskins players will report to Redskins Park and meet with Coach Mike Shanahan. Will Haynesworth be among them? "That's a good question," Shanahan said after practice...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Jim Haslett, Mike Shanahan  
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Carlos Rogers wins award from Redskins media

Regardless of the topic, cornerback Carlos Rogers candidly answered reporters' questions throughout the season. For his efforts helping reporters do their jobs, Rogers was presented Thursday with the Redskins Media Good Guy Award. "Through the bad and the good, I'll sit down and talk," Rogers said in the locker room...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Lorenzo Alexander wins Walter Payton Award

Lorenzo Alexander has had many roles during his time with the Washington Redskins. On Thursday, the versatile player welcomed another: Redskins 2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Alexander received the award, presented to one player from each NFL team, that recognizes community service as well as standout play. Inside...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Football Insider Live: Redskins-Giants preview

The Washington Post's football round table previews the Redskins' season finale against the Giants and debates whether the team will select a quarterback with its first pick in the 2011 draft....

By Washington Post editors  | December 30, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Ex-tight ends coach surprised by criticism of Chris Cooley

Washington's tight ends coach during the 2009 season, Scott Wachenheim, worked closely with Pro Bowler Chris Cooley and talented backup Fred Davis. Wachenheim, who just completed his first season as Virginia's tight ends coach, has continued to monitor their progress, and he was surprised by the negative fan reaction after...

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Fred Davis  
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Statistical analysis: Donovan McNabb wasn't responsible for Redskins' offensive woes

Donovan McNabb had the third best season of his career in 2009 with the Eagles. Needless to say, the results weren't so great as a Redskin in 2010, and he was unceremoniously benched at the end of the season by Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle in favor of Rex...

By Brian Burke  | December 30, 2010; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Statistical analysis  
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Graham Gano named NFC special teams player of the week

Place kicker Graham Gano has been named the NFC special teams player of the week for his performance in the Redskins' overtime victory against Jacksonville, the NFL announced Wednesday. On a cold and windy day, Gano made a 31-yard field goal with 12 minutes 13 seconds remaining in the extra...

By Jason Reid  | December 29, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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Rogers sits out practice

Cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf) sat out practice but outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (groin) did participate, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday after practice. "That's day by day," Shanahan said of Rogers's calf. "Everybody else practiced today and should be able to go." Rogers missed the second half of Sunday's victory over...

By Jason Reid  | December 29, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Rex Grossman: Sunday 'is a very big game for me'

Quarterback Rex Grossman's three-game audition for the Redskins concludes Sunday against the New York Giants at FedEx Field, and he believes a lot is at stake for him. If Grossman finishes well against the Giants, he could solidify his standing as the starter entering the offseason. Although the Redskins are...

By Jason Reid  | December 29, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Redskins will place Kareem Moore on injured reserve

UPDATED 3:07 P.M. The Redskins will place free safety Kareem Moore on season-ending injured reserve, Coach Mike Shanahan said, essentially making him inactive for the season finale against the New York Giants - but opening a roster spot for another player whom they can keep around during the offseason, former...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 29, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Clinton Portis says he can still be a top-flight back

Injured Redskins running back Clinton Portis said Wednesday that not only would he like to return to the team for the 2011 season - which would be his 10th in the NFL and eighth in Washington - but that he still has the skills to be a top-flight back in...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 29, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Phillip Daniels hopes to return for at least one more season

Defensive end Phillip Daniels, who was placed on injured reserve last week, says he hopes to return to play at least one more season in the NFL -- preferably with the Redskins. Daniels has 15 seasons under his belt and will be 38 years old at the start of the...

By Rick Maese  | December 29, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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DeAngelo Hall named to Pro Bowl despite drop-off in interceptions, Redskins' last-ranked defense

On Tuesday, cornerback DeAngelo Hall was selected to play in his third Pro Bowl. Hall was voted to participate in the all-star game in Hawaii despite being a member of the NFL's last-ranked defense and having only one interception since matching the leaguesingle-game record with four earlier this season. Opponents...

By Jason Reid  | December 29, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Roster analysis: Expiring Redskins contracts

With the final week of the regular season upon us, front offices across the league are well into the process of evaluating their contract and roster situations for the coming -- yet uncertain -- 2011 season. The first crop of 2011 contract signings will begin next week, when clubs...

By J.I. Halsell  | December 29, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Rex Grossman, Roster analysis  
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DeAngelo Hall selected to Pro Bowl

UPDATED 8:07 P.M. Despite being a member of the NFL's last-ranked defense, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is a Pro Bowler again. Hall - who tied the NFL's single-game interception record this season - was among the players chosen for NFC team in balloting by coaches, players and fans. Each...

By Jason Reid  | December 28, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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Hall, Fletcher top Redskins' Pro Bowl hopefuls

The NFL will announce its Pro Bowl teams tonight at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network, and the Redskins hope to be represented on the NFC team. Although Washington has the league's last-ranked defense, cornerback DeAngelo Hall is tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions. The two-time Pro...

By Jason Reid  | December 28, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall, London Fletcher  
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Redskins take no immediate action against Joe Joseph

The Redskins apparently have decided not to take immediate disciplinary action against rookie defensive lineman Joe Joseph, who was arrested early Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan declined to discuss the matter Monday until he had a chance to meet...

By Rick Maese  | December 28, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Football Insider Live: Jags recap, Giants preview and LaVar's flag football game with the troops

Rick Maese joined Cindy Boren, LaVar Arrington and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Sunday's overtime win, LaVar's USO trip to the Middle East and what to expect from the season's final game. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the...

By Washington Post editors  | December 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Donovan McNabb supports his agent's fiery statement

Quarterback Donovan McNabb said he supports the controversial statement issued last week by his agent, who blasted the Redskins, but he repeated his desire to return to the Redskins next season. "Would I like to be the quarterback here? Yes, absolutely," he said during his weekly radio show on ESPN...

By Rick Maese  | December 28, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
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Clinton Portis says his rehab is ahead of schedule

Running back Clinton Portis is ahead of schedule after season-ending abdomen surgery and remains determined to play again next season, he 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 he has exceeded expectations in his...

By Jason Reid  | December 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Rob Jackson impresses teammates

In practice the past three seasons, outside linebacker Rob Jackson has impressed teammates with his pass-rushing skills. And Jackson recorded his first career sack in Sunday's 20-17 Redskins victory in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His teammates were not surprised. "He took advantage of his opportunity," inside linebacker and defensive...

By Jason Reid  | December 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Chris Cooley says he's embarrassed by drops

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is embarrassed by his dropped passes.

By Rick Maese  | December 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Rex Grossman  | Tags:  Chris Cooley  
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Chris Cooley believes Rex Grossman could be "the guy"

If Donovan McNabb is not the Redskins quarterback next season -- and signs certainly seem to suggest he won't be -- "I think Rex is immediately the guy," says tight end Chris Cooley. Coaches have benched McNabb in order to evaluate Rex Grossman, who will start for the third time...

By Rick Maese  | December 27, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Rex Grossman  
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Shanahan hopeful that Rogers, Orakpo will play vs. Giants

Coach Mike Shanahan is hopeful that cornerback Carlos Rogers and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo will play in the season finale against the New York Giants. "I just keep my fingers crossed that they're able to go," Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park. "I really don't know at this time." Rogers...

By Jason Reid  | December 27, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Carlos Rogers, Mike Shanahan  
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Shanahan: Grossman lost focus after interception

Quarterback Rex Grossman struggled during his second start for the Redskins in Sunday's 20-17 victory in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a 322-yard, four-touchdown performance in Week 15 against Dallas, Grossman had only 182 yards against Jacksonville. He got off to a good start - Grossman and Fred Davis...

By Jason Reid  | December 27, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Redskins' defensive tackle Joe Joseph arrested for DUI

Redskins' defensive tackle Joe Joseph was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Vincent DiBenedetto, an investigator and the acting public information officer for the Sheriff's Department, said the department had Joe Louis Joseph, 25, in custody Monday, but could not...

By Jason Reid  | December 27, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Santana Moss ties personal best with 84 receptions this season

Even after all these years, Santana Moss is still the Redskins' top wideout. The 10-year veteran adapted well to Coach Mike Shanahan's version of the West Coast offense, and Moss needs only one reception to establish a new personal best. He had another solid performance (five receptions, 85 yards) in...

By Jason Reid  | December 27, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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Graham Gano: 'It feels good' to play a major role in Redskins' victory

Place kicker Graham Gano has experienced some rough times this season, but his 31-yard field goal Sunday capped the Redskins' 20-17 victory in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gano's game winner came with 12 minutes 13 seconds remaining in the extra session. He also had a 48-yard field goal in...

By Jason Reid  | December 27, 2010; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Redskins vs. Giants Week 17 kickoff moved back to 4:15 p.m.

The Redskins' season finale against the visiting New York Giants, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. next Sunday, has been moved back and will now kick off at 4:15 p.m. At 6-9, the Redskins are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but the Giants, who enter next week's game with 9-6 record,...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Rex Grossman less impressive in second start, but gets the job done

One week earlier, quarterback Rex Grossman had a strong individual outing, but his team lost. On Sunday in Jacksonville, Grossman didn't have the same numbers he posted in the loss at Dallas, but he was certainly pleased to go home with a win. "It feels great," Grossman said following his...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Santana Moss tops 1,000-yard mark

With yet another strong outing, Redskins receiver Santana Moss has now topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth time in his 10-year career. Moss finished Sunday's win at Jacksonville with 85 yards on five receptions. It's the ninth time this season Moss has had at least 70 yards. "I'm glad...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Carlos Rogers hopes sore calf won't keep him out of season finale

The Redskins' defense entered Sunday's game battered and bruised, so it didn't help matters when Carlos Rogers left the game late in the first half with a sore calf. The Redskins cornerback did not return but said he hopes to play in next Sunday's season finale against the New York...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Third-and-long situations held Redskins back early

The Redskins finished Sunday's game converting four of 15 on third-down attempts, but a slow start dug the Washington offense into an early hole, as several drives ended prematurely. The Redskins failed to convert their first seven third-down attempts of the game Sunday. They didn't convert their first one, in...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Jammal Brown sat out because of flu-like symptoms

Starting right tackle Jammal Brown said he was a late scratch Sunday because he experienced flu-like symptoms for several days. "It started early in the week," Brown said after the Redskins' 20-17 victory in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I thought it was going to get better, but it just...

By Jason Reid  | December 26, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Redskins beat Jaguars 20-17 in overtime

Updated: 4:30 p.m. Overtime Kicker Graham Gano's 31-yard field goal in overtime snapped the Redskins' four-game losing streak on Sunday at EverBank Field, dampening the Jaguars' playoff hopes in the process. On Jacksonville's first possession in overtime, Washington sent pressure right at Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard, who forced a bad...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (306)
 
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Kevin Barnes and "Macho" Harris to start as safeties

With the Redskins extremely thin at safety, cornerback Kevin Barnes and the recently signed Macho Harris will start Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Barnes, a second-year player, will replace Reed Doughty, who was not cleared to play after suffering a concussion in last week's 33-30 loss...

By Jason Reid  | December 26, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Donovan McNabb, Jammal Brown, Kareem Moore, Offensive line, Rex Grossman  
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Rate the Redskins against the Jaguars

washingtonpost.com users rate the performance of the Redskins against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 26, 2010.

By Washington Post Sports Editor  | December 26, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Jones-Drew is out, but so are three Redskins linemen

Kickoff at EverBank Field is less than a couple of hours away here on a cold day in Jacksonville. While the weather isn't ideal, it certainly could be much worse today closer to home. If the Redskins are unable to fly back after the game because of the storm along...

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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