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Brunell's Groin

Brunell did not practice, resting a sore groin, Gibbs and Bubba say. All are saying it's minor, a precaution, and that he will definitely play Saturday in New England. We're waiting to see if Brunell talks to us, which we imagine he will when he leaves the building. This is his third minor injury of the preseason - broke that finger and got kicked in the calf - and I'm sure he's sick of having to talk about his age and injuries all the time, and we'd rather not have to ask about it all the time, but when stuff like this happens well . What can you do.

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 24, 2006; 5:13 PM ET
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Best blog title so far, at any rate...

Posted by: Sean | August 24, 2006 5:24 PM | Report abuse


With the title, if this entry had included a cheerleader, it would have been a lot more interesting! Unfortunately this is the one person who really has to stay healthy. MB has to feel like a lab rat with all this attention paid to his health.

Posted by: JC | August 24, 2006 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Who practiced with the 1st team in place of Brunell, and how did he look?

Posted by: LV | August 24, 2006 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Skins look like they're having a bad preseason but it looks like they're making a conscious effort to make everything vanilla both offense and defense. On offense, there are no audibles and no one ever goes in motion unlike their opponent. Every other preseason game I've seen has both of these things. Are they setting everyone else up for a fall or themselves?

Posted by: Big ED | August 24, 2006 8:39 PM | Report abuse

speaking of cheerleaders.... how's about a cheerleader profile of the week for the blog? put a link to her profile on the skins site and do a little mini interview for the fans.

Posted by: j-dog | August 25, 2006 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed your article about the up-downs. Nice work.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | August 25, 2006 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, the up-downs article was superb. Well done!

Posted by: P Diddy | August 25, 2006 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This is NOT Brunnell's 3rd minor injury of the preseason. The broken finger occured months ago during what is considered the "off season". Getting his calf stepped on was not an injury because he was scheduled to take an off day anyway the following day, and was back in pads a day after that. I am sick of the washington media blowing up the smallest little things way out of proportion. There certainly doesn't need to be a blog just about Brunnell's groin "injury" considering he will play this saturday in a PRE-SEASON game!

Posted by: Enough with the minor injury updates | August 25, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about The Times and the propaganda they spew? Reverend Sun Myung Moon sucks anyway.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | August 25, 2006 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Do you have any thoughts on Ryan O'Halloran from the Times? He starts off his latest blog entry describing the "incompetence" of "certain media members." What do you think?

Posted by: Ricky | August 25, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey ya'll, what's up. I like Ryan a lot. He's a goiod dude and we've had some fun throing back a few beers on the road. There is an intense level of competition on this beat, but we all get along for the most part, too.
I agree completely with Ryan. He and I were the only people interviewing Williams at the time, and no one from the team let us know Gibbs was speaking then, also. He was surrounded by cameras, apparantly, and no one asked a single follow-up question about the injury. Strange.

Anyway, I think a small, timely blog anytime the QB has an injury is warranted, and we hardly blew it out of propoprtion. It was just a note in our paper and not a full, front page story. However, these things can linger and are also sometimes easily aggravated, so making note of them and alerting the fans in a sane manner is part of our job.
I'll have a much bigger Brunell story coming out next weekend, when we can put things in perspecitve and delve into all of the issues surrounded the vet as he heads into the season.
Thanks as alwasy for reading.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | August 25, 2006 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't know who posted that foolish comment about Brunell's groin injury not being newsworthy. But to whomever did, your assertion is ridiculous. His injury isn't being played up. An injury to a team's QB, as Jason pointed out, is important. Considering Brunell's past couple of years here and his propensity to allow nagging injuries to affect his play, I think reporting on his groin problem is logical. The only person overreacting here is whoever made that post.

Brunell's age and injury problems worry me. He hasn't looked good in preseason, and his arm has looked weakened. I'm not sure if I wouldn't consider throwing Jason Campbell out there sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Colin | August 25, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

It was me who posted it!

Posted by: Larry Michael, Head Cheerleader | August 25, 2006 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, Brunell's groin is a way bigger issue than the unhappiness of our #2 and #3 RBs, which has been a totally absurd story the past few days. You'd think Rock and Betts were Pro Bowlers or something if you listened to the media around here. Seems some are eager to stir up some "controversey" at Redskins Park, even if it means making guys nobody cared about before suddenly huge factors on the team. If you read O'Halloran's blog on the issue, it sure seems that way. He sounded positively giddy about that "drama". Typical Times mush. But Brunell seems to be getting a lot of injuries in *practice*. That has to concern Gibbs. What's going to happen when the real games start? Especially with them running a more spread offense that will leave Brunell less protected than last year? In my mind, there's just no way we don't see Campbell this season.

Posted by: Mike | August 25, 2006 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Haha, classic. Nice work whoever posted as Larry Michael, Head Cheerleader.

Posted by: Colin | August 25, 2006 2:02 PM | Report abuse

LMHC - I like it. Sound like BMRC, only with a toolish bent.
As for who replaced, Mark, I knew that was coming. Like I blogged before, we don't get to see that stuff anymore, but I imagine Collins, since he is in line for No. 2 duties in Sat. game.
Brunell bears monitoring closely, it's as simple as that. Whether it's a 3, 5 or 7 step drop, the footwoork must be precise the ball has to fly out of there.
He says he's fine, but Mark always says that and is the ultimate gamer. We'll have a better idea Saturday but the fact that he's being allowed to play - assuming he does play - is pretty telling. If it had a real chance of being serious, they'd sit him down.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm going to grab my daugher before she uses her crib as a trampoline. So much for this alleged afernoon nap I'd been hearing so much about.

Posted by: Jason L | August 25, 2006 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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