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Betts 'Dodged a Bullet'

Jason La Canfora reports:

Ladell Betts "dodged a bullet" with his knee injury Sunday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The injury, which initially looked as if it could be serious, is a strained lateral collateral ligament and strained hamstring, with some swelling in his calf.

The Redskins have said that the injury appears likely to sideline Betts for at least two weeks. The source expects Betts to be out about four weeks, putting him on pace for a return after the bye week.

By Cindy Boren  |  October 14, 2008; 12:23 PM ET
 
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first?

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 14, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I will forever now give up on trying to respond first as I have finally accomplished my life-time goal.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 14, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

good news. Let's hope Portis stays 100% healthy through those 4 weeks at least.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 14, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Nobody said Alexander was a world beater, he would be an OK backup for a few weeks,
he is a known commodity, Mason is not,no matter what he has done in preseason.

Posted by: Flounder21

Precisely my point. Alexander is a known commodity. And that known commodity is not good enough to make a roster on some of the most woeful teams, and in particular woeful running teams, in the league (like Detroit or Cinci).

Mason is not known. He could be bad, but he could also be a wonder. I'd take that over a guy who is "known" to be not good enough for a roster spot.

Posted by: psps23

Posted by: psps23 | October 14, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Beantown,re: ravens RB depth

they have rookie Ray Rice who I think is nicked up, and that FB McCLain who started this past week and fumbled....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 14, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

practtice squad rules:
each club may establish a Practice Squad of no more than eight (8) players who are free agents.The practice squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a practice squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment. A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club’s physical and been a member of the club’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (A bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.) and who did not dress for more than eight (8) regular season games during their only accrued (i.e., on the 53 man roster for at least 6 games) season. Minimum salary for a practice squad player shall be $4,700 per week for the 2006-07 League Years, $5,200 per week for the 2008-10 League Years and the 2011 League Year if it is an Uncapped Year, and $5,700 per week for the 2011 League Year if it is a Capped Year and the 2012 League Year, including postseason weeks in which his Club is in the playoffs. Aigher salary can be negotiated.
In addition, a player under contract to a club as a Practice Squad player is completely free to sign a contract with another NFL club during the season in order to be on the second club's Active/Inactive (i.e., 53 man) list. A practice squad player may not sign an NFL Player Contract with his Club’s next opponent later than 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the sixth day preceding the game (except in bye weeks, when the prohibition commences on the tenth day preceding the game).

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

and part 2:


If another club signs a Practice Squad player to its 53 man roster it does not have to provide any sort of compensation to the player's former club but it generally must keep the player on the 53 man roster for at least 3 weeks, thereby mandating that he earns in 2007 the minimum first year salary for said 3 week period ($285,000 prorated weekly). Also note that a team can add and release players from the practice squad as often as it desires and the eight (8) man limit does not have to be maintained. A player may be on the practice squad for two seasons; three weeks on the practice squad count as a season. An otherwise eligible player may be a practice squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment. The League may elect to allow some or all Clubs to add to their practice squads one additional player, who shall not count against the limit above, whose citizenship and principal place of residence are outside the United States and its Territories (“International Player”). The League’s election in any one season shall not determine or affect its election in any subsequent season.

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I have a question about the Anon-sources, I don't have a problem with them being reported as such, but when you write them in as anon-sources is it becuase the Skins PR would need to okay it to put out a name with the quotes/facts, or does the injury expert you mention like the one here usually request it? Its a weirdly formulated question sorry about that.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

It looks like Baltimore only has one other running back on the active roster (not including fullbacks) and it is Ray Rice.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 14, 2008 12:33 PM

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What is a "lateral cruciate ligament"?

So that's how the pros do it! They grow extra ligaments to keep their knees in one place.

Perhaps lateral collateral ligament? Or posterior cruciate ligament? Or maybe "owee near the hammie"?

Posted by: daggar | October 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Precisely my point. Alexander is a known commodity. And that known commodity is not good enough to make a roster on some of the most woeful teams, and in particular woeful running teams, in the league (like Detroit or Cinci).

Mason is not known. He could be bad, but he could also be a wonder. I'd take that over a guy who is "known" to be not good enough for a roster spot.

Posted by: psps23

Posted by: psps23 | October 14, 2008 12:32 PM

PSP,

That is because they were looking at him to be a #1 running back, so in that case you are correct he is not a #1 that is why he was not signed.

He can how ever be a backup only getting around 10 carries a game.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Way to bring the knowledge Craig, no matter how wordy.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess my overall point was, that Mason was so enticing that the Ravens went with a FB at RB, instead of Mason.

Thats all I'm saying about this 'turned to dust its been beaten so much' issue....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 14, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I mistyped....cruciate for collateral!

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Geez, didn't realize I was going to receive such wrath for my Frost comments. I mean granted the guy didn't light it up when he was here, but he wasn't LAST in the league, and for all the shanks, he had his fair share of 60-yarders also. I don't see that with Brooks.

So who are these guys the skins are looking at to replace Brooks? I mean they're mainly unproven or currently living in nursing homes.

Fact: Frost out-punted Brooks in avg and net yards in the preseason. Plus, can anyone argue that Frost, despite his performance in GB, hasn't outperformed Brooks so far this season? Just sayin...


Posted by: RambleOn | October 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

damn I did not know that PS guys got that much money.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

One other thing - if Alexander gets signed, seems he'd likely come in as the number two, ahead of Rock. If it's Mason, for sure he comes in as the three, behind Rock. So...if you want Rock to see the ball at RB, hope for the Mason signing.

Posted by: EpsteinsMothersDoctor | October 14, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sources request anonymity for many reasons. When they do so, we ask why and weigh that before proceeding. And editors always know who sources are.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 14, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Frost burned the bridge here. it'll never happen. We are more likely to trade for Laveraneus Coles.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 14, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I like the Mason choice. Though, I disagree that he should be the 3. I'd like to keep Rock in that B-Mitch roll... Special Teams specialist and 3rd RB.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 14, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Yup, JLC's source is called "Deep Route"

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 14, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I assumed as much on that Cindy. I just was not sure if that was a expediency thing to get arround Redskins Inc. PR.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Cindy- You can be my editor anytime. (Sorry Dorf)

Posted by: 4-12 | October 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

PS. Thanks, Daggar. Typing too fast....Am presently standing in corner as punishment.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Craig2 - that was awesome! Where did you get those rules?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Also, having "unnamed source" in story after story gives the impression that there are numerous people Jasno speaks to, hiding the fact that he really only has one source (and most of us can guess who that is).

Posted by: RambleOn | October 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Also, having "unnamed source" in story after story gives the impression that there are numerous people Jasno speaks to, hiding the fact that he really only has one source (and most of us can guess who that is).

Posted by: RambleOn | October 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea who is it? Maybe I'm just slow. You still think it's Archdelux?

Posted by: Gweez | October 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Nah, it's Earnest Byner

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 14, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was Vinnys split personality.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Frost burned his bridge big time so it's a moot point. The league is shallow on punters so my guess is Frost is punting somewhere else assuming GB cuts him. The problem is not his punting avg or net (15th in the league), its that his worst punts occurred in close games and contributed to losses.

Posted by: RambleOn | October 14, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks scampbell, DikShuttle I found 'em with rather time consuming GOOGLE about a month ago. There was lots of crap links, but I came across that one that was posted on another board from the same type of question being asked.

Held on to the text in my "notes" and there ya go.

I still don't think they should even bother with another back, address the punter situation and the WR situation and move on.

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

If brooks is injured at all, isn't the best thing to put him on IR, sign another punter and let him try again next year. Why lose him altogether?

Posted by: MonteColeman | October 14, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If unnamed sources can bring down a U.S. president, pretty sure they can comment on NFL football....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 14, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

carrying only 2 RBs will spell nothing but trouble.

Frost sucked alot, very frusterating we do not need him back. There are only 32 employed punters, you telling me that the next 30 are that terrible by comparison that would seem almost impossible.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 14, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Monte, I agree with that completely, and I won't be surprised if that's ultimately what they do with him.

And by the way, we miss ya bud! Get back out there!

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, we certainly appreciate it, Craig2.

I'd take Frosty back anyway - wasn't he a long kicker, too? He apologized, so if the FO can't 'man up' that's their problem.

My frustrations w/ Frosty were always tempered by his contributions: Great holder, could lay a man out on coverage, long kicking (if I'm not mistaken...)

I missed the WR problem... what's the problem there? besides injured rookies...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 14, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

From two threads ago :


"Why isn't Alexander on anybody's team? Surely a former MVP with loads of experience, including playoff and Super Bowl experience, should be able to crack somebody's lineup for the vet minimum.

It says a lot more about Alexander that he can't crack a roster than it does about Mason.

Posted by: psps23 | October 14, 2008 12:03 PM"


I don't want EITHER on the team. I want Rock to be 2nd string while Betts is hurt.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

why don't we look at some of the top punters who were seniors in college last year? Like take a list of the top 5 or 6 punters and bring them in? Brooks couldn't have been the only good one in the bunch, and I don't think any other rookie punters are signed to any teams...

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Craig my man, I'd be out there if I could. No one could cover backs and TE like me...:)

Posted by: MonteColeman | October 14, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

DiK

The last 2 weeks our passing game has been "limited"(that doesn't mean shut down) because there isn't a 2nd or 3rd guy that defenses are afraid of at all. Randle El is forced into the number 2 role when he would most likely better fit as a number 3, slot guy. With Kelly's knee issues, it may be time to IR him and find another one to bring in, and of course, push Thomas to be able to contribute more very soon.

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't want EITHER on the team. I want Rock to be 2nd string while Betts is hurt.

Posted by: TheTruth11

Only 2 RBs, one of which is the key catalyst on nearly every special teams unit? That spells danger to me.

Posted by: psps23 | October 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

http://was.scout.com/2/800882.html

Back to the saeson at hand.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

hi

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Daly at the Times offers some feel good stuff:

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/14/showing-plenty-of-drive/

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

so what's up? what's going on?

4th, you have to admit you aren't too unhappy about the loss last night?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree it would be great to have a third receiver. But how would you like to be Miami?? They don't even have ONE receiver!!

Can't TEs and RBs do the same function as a 3rd receiver...?

Quick - list the formidable 3rd receivers on the following teams:

This & Last year's Dallas Cowgirls
Last year's Champion Giants
The Superbowl 49ers
etc. etc. etc.

I would think a high qualtiy 3rd receiver is a luxury. Yes, it would be nice to have that prototype 6'5" 225 lbs'er. But our makeup doesn't include that and we certainly aren't going to find it in the trash heap... unless we go shopping in Arena Land (tip o' the keyboard to Mr. O. Gadsden! - how bout THAT RedCoat? hehe).

Then again... what's Mr. R. Williams cost these days?? he he he...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 14, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

also i don't know if lisa has already mentioned but goatherd wasn't bashing the skins...instead he was bashing the girls...he said it is OKAY that skins lost and didn't warrant enough concern to jump off their bandwagon...or the gints...obviously i agree with him on skins but not on gints...i love the new old eli!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

some guys cant kick under pressure. Brooks problem was 100% mental

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

i'm kinda sorta against the shawn alexander move over marcus mason. if i was given a choice, as a fan, i would give mason a shot. i'd love to see mason be the next michael turner...as a skin...just a thought...don't kill me for it greg!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

alex, how can you say that? he kicked under a LOT of pressure in dallas. can't we just take brooks word that he's injured with a weak leg?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The problem is DiK that ARE isn't really much of a 2. He has looked the part at times, but he's been up and down, and that's not good enough.

A solid 3rd would help ARE a lot I think, cuz it would cut down on his reps in the game.

I just think it needs to be dealt with, whether Thomas just get's going or another guy is brought in, just get it done.

Posted by: craig2 | October 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

4th, you have to admit you aren't too unhappy about the loss last night?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:31 PM

But Braylon didn't have to do all that to win the game. Seriously........

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 14, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"some guys cant kick under pressure. Brooks problem was 100% mental

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 1:34 PM "

This is what I've been saying. The kid has been playing at Georgia Tech his whole college career with knowledge that the "fans" only came because they got a free hotdog and coke with the purchase of their ticket. He doesn't have the killer UGA instinct.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

so dealer by your logic the kid can't kick with out pressure? Dallas was the closest game we played in to being in a Dome?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

funny that everyone says we need a #2 and #3 WR. Let me ask yall, before the draft, would yall have taken Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly as one of your draft picks if you were planning on using one for a WR? You're a liar if you say no.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Love each of you here like play cousins, but anyone clamoring for Rock Cartwright is on serious lunch mode.

Rock Cartwright since 2004 has only carried the ball 37 times. As far as RB's go, how does Cartwright exceed Mason so much? People are trying to make Rock like he's some best kept secret. Dude has been playing for 7 years now and has a total of 147 carries with 107 of those coming in 2003. On average he sees 21 carries a season.

Again I ask: What is the BIG difference between Mason and Cartwright?

Cartwright is what he is; a standout special teamer. There isn't anyone on the 'skins right now I'd prefer returning kickoffs.

I'd much rather see Marcus Mason as the #2 back while Ladell Betts gets healthy. From what I seen, Mason is a better all-around runner than Cartwright, he gets lower and is good, not great between the tackles. Besides he's younger and has more to prove than either Alexander or Cartwright.

I'm starting the Free Mason (From B-More) society today.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 14, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I be a liar if I said I understood your point....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 14, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Dan Snyder should traid our first round pick for ownership of Cowboys stadium.Then burn it.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya, Craig - but he's doing better on Punt returns & he has a touchdown pass.

I don't really have a problem w/ the pass game dropping off if we keep the run going.

Seriously, if you fix the punting issues & turnovers from the Rams game - are we still singing the same songs?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 14, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Rock Cartwright and that Mason guy is that Rock Cartwright is already on the team and we won't have to cut someone to let Rock Cartwright get the snaps.


Da-uh.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

My Grandfather was a Free Mason. I always wondered if I could get Grandfathere'd in.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 14, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Skins are 5th in the ESPN Power Rankings. Not bad. I expected them to downgrade the Skins to at least 8. At least they're still getting a little bit of love.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?week=7&season=2008

Posted by: Cobain | October 14, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Dan Snyder should traid our first round pick for ownership of Cowboys stadium.Then burn it.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 1:47 PM |

But only after letting all Skins fans piss on the star.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 14, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

alex, no that's not what i'm saying. brooks said that he hurt his leg in dallas. so meaning that everything after the dallas game his production could be attributed to his injury that occured in dallas. no?

i know we can blame him for sunday's loss but this D continues to give up long important drives. like the last drive on sunday. i guess that's where the lack of pass rush comes in. #99 and #55 need to figure it out quick or the coaches need to figure out how to best use them both. without any pass rush this d has performed amazingly. they've played just awesome.

last year at the end of the season when evaluating this team (by everyone including vinny and everyone who has watched this team) there were two glaring needs a big WR to complement moss and a pass rushing end. well after 4 2nd round picks (of this year's draft and the next) and 6 weeks this team is still searching for those two positions desperately.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 14, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt we'd miss Justin Hamilton or Justin Tryon if we had to release one of them for a couple weeks. They're not exactly valuable assets right now (and from the looks of it, in the future either).

Posted by: psps23 | October 14, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious CL.

Cobain-I'm all for us being late 25th. I was hoping for comments like, "This team is awful they just had a good run. Zorn's O has been figured out. Blache's D is old and incapable of getting pressure on the QB"

F Power Rankings

Posted by: Gweez | October 14, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Rock Cartwright and that Mason guy is that Rock Cartwright is already on the team and we won't have to cut someone to let Rock Cartwright get the snaps.


Da-uh.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:58 PM

Know something, boy? You're a funny dude for real. Let me get this straight: you're trying to speak logically about the roster, when not more than a couple of post ago you posted: "I don't want EITHER on the team. I want Rock to be 2nd string while Betts is hurt.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:19 PM"

Dude, we have to get one or the other. Do you think it's smart to carry only two RB's on the team? Herein lies the stupidity of that post.

All of this coming from someone who thinks Brooks' punting woes are attributed to the venue he played in at college.

You're a bama to the fullest.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 14, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Guys, you're missing the important question...

Can either of them punt?

EaglesFanAdam

Nobody said Alexander was a world beater, he would be an OK backup for a few weeks,
he is a known commodity, Mason is not,no matter what he has done in preseason.

Posted by: Flounder21

Precisely my point. Alexander is a known commodity. And that known commodity is not good enough to make a roster on some of the most woeful teams, and in particular woeful running teams, in the league (like Detroit or Cinci).

Mason is not known. He could be bad, but he could also be a wonder. I'd take that over a guy who is "known" to be not good enough for a roster spot.

Posted by: psps23

Posted by: argh3 | October 14, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Larry Johnson of the Chiefs has three assault charges.

All three have been assaults against women.

Any man that puts his hands on a woman, in my opinion, is the stuff that accumulates between your tiles in the bathroom.

What an a$$bag.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 14, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Schefter reporting on nfl.com that Williams and the lions are in talks with the Cowboys...with the boys offering "at least a #1 pick"

Posted by: dbussjd | October 14, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

following from clark judge of cbs sportsline:


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My sources in Washington tell me that running back Shaun Alexander looked good in this morning's workout and, if he passes the physical, will be signed by the club. Alexander showed up in good shape and did enough that club officials recommended adding him. He is expected to be paid the league minimum, and will serve as a backup to Clinton Portis -- in effect, taking the spot of Ladell Betts, who will be out 3-4 weeks.
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Posted by: dbussjd | October 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2008 1:34 PM "

This is what I've been saying. The kid has been playing at Georgia Tech his whole college career with knowledge that the "fans" only came because they got a free hotdog and coke with the purchase of their ticket. He doesn't have the killer UGA instinct.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 14, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

So when stud UGA punter Brian Nimbs blew up the Tide with his bad azz 30.2 yard punting avg. during UGA's game against bama he immediately climbed to the top of the 2009 draft class?

Posted by: will_ga | October 14, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting guys.

I'm waiting to see what Alexander adds to the team before I call this move a success, or a failure....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 14, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I KNEW we should have kept TJ Duckett. Damn!!

Ok, now into serious mode. I think Betts is out for four weeks. Redskins are, as I type, 1 injury away from having a) only one healthy RB on the roster, b) having Rock as the starting RB and only RB on the roster. Obviously something has to be done.
We need to get an RB in here who can get 5-8 carries a game to spell CP. Rock could do that, but you are still gonna need another RB on the roster JUST IN CASE, and Rock is as already mentioned numerous times, a ST Stud. Would giving him extra work spelling CP detract from his ST duties? Maybe. Maybe not.

I think SA is the "safest" solution. You know what you are getting. Agree with those who said other teams didn't sign him were probably looking for an everydown guy...and that is not SA anymore IMO. As a spell and emergency guy, I think he is the safest way to go a this juncture. As long as he is not fat and out of shape...which is a big question mark.

Mason. Not as safe, but I think more upside. He is a young guy with good speed. Seems to me his problem areas are coachable, namely, blocking for QB protection. Another positive is his youth...maybe he could develop, and adding youth is not a bad idea for the Redskins.

My guess is they will go wtih SA unless he is toally out of shape. Last thing we need is for him to come in and then immediately get injured because he is not in game shape. At least Mason has been actively practicing and getting scout team reps for the Ravens.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 14, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Again I ask: What is the BIG difference between Mason and Cartwright?

Posted by: RedDMV | October 14, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The biggest difference is that Cartwright won't get his QB killed if asked to pick up blitzing linebackers or DBs, whereas Mason, with his blocking deficiencies, might. It was this, along with Cartwright's superiority at special teams play, that led the 'Skins to keep him instead of Mason after the last roster cuts.

Posted by: rbpalmer | October 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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