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Cruel Summer: 80-Man Rosters; Shelton Released

We've dabbled in the harsh realities of the new 80-man roster limit, and it is certainly an every-day issue out here.

It's become quite clear that the days of being able to nurse injured depth players for a few weeks are ending. If you get hurt now, and you are not a definitely starter ot back-up, prepare for your walking papers. Teams cannot afford to keep a bunch of wounded role players around anymore - they need the roster spot to bring in another body to keep the cycle of attrition from curtailing the ability to get through games and practices.

RB Eric Shelton is gone. He is replaced by LB Alfred Fincher, 24. Fincher is 6-1, 238, and attended Connecticut.

With preseason games opening this weekend, the crunch is really upon us. No team is going to expose its veterans to unneccesary injury, and will need lots of reserves at every position to achieve that goal. Next man up, now more than ever.

And for the Skins, with the five preseason games and longer-than-usual training camp, everything is intensified. There is a daily juggling act being in personnel meetings as the ranks grow thin. Having a bunch of guys you know will make the team - Anthony Montgomery, H.B. Blades - get hurt and miss a few weeks makes it even tougher to carry guys like Shelton or Zarnell Fitch even a day longer than teams would like.

And, in unrelated news, here's an artery update:

Bolno strikes again. This guy is amazing. We've got bags of Egg McMuffins, hash browns, and assorted biscuit sammies from McDonald's in the schlub room this morning. I'm trying to show restraint here and not have a stroke, but there's only two schlubs in the room right now, and literally five bags of food, and I could do some damage. And word is we're getting Big Macs for lunch. Help, I've fallen and I can't get up. I might never leave this media room. All I need is a cot and a doctor on call 24/7.

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 31, 2008; 8:40 AM ET
 
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Comments

I like sammies.

Posted by: Prison Balls | July 31, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I like sammies.

Posted by: Prison Balls | July 31, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

J-la, Manny for Jason Bay, and prospects.

Your thoughts??

Posted by: Greg | July 31, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Ken Griffey to Chisox...Back to fubball...Hot Favre rumo(u)rs du jour have him getting traded to a team in the division or being given a boatload of cash (and a flat-screen TV?) to enjoy the games from Kiln, Miss. ...

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

What time on Sunday is the game on and is it on NFL Network?

Posted by: Greg | July 31, 2008 8:14 AM

It's on at 8pm on NBC. The first half is all that matters.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 31, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

cruel nads

Posted by: nads guy | July 31, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The Truth asks how INCREDIBLY AWESOME is that first black & white picture of Darrell Green in the slideshow from the previous post? The Truth says he wants it framed!

Posted by: The Truth | July 31, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

OR


80-man nads

Posted by: nads guy jr. | July 31, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Man-Ram is currently suffering from the "Favre".

Posted by: mike lighty | July 31, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I would trade Favre for some of those Egg McMuffins you guys are talking about...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 31, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Very subtle anti-media tactic at the Park, trying to kill you with this avalanche of garbage food. A refreshing change from their usual strong-arming, but still.

Zarnell Fitch, Alfred Fincher, Atticus Finch.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 31, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Um, first quarter may be all that matters. After that, it's just watching to see if someone puts together a monster game and how well Zorn and the assistants work together calling a game.

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I should have known Bolno was up to something when he took that amateur angioplasty class.

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"RB Eric Shelton is gone. He is replaced by LB Alfred Fincher, 24. Fletcher is 6-1, 238, and is attended Connecticut."

Is it Alfred Fincher or Alfred Fletcher? and it's good to know whomever just got signed "is attended Connecticut". How will he juggle training camp and summer classes?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

the first 3 minutes is all if anything that matters on sunday....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Sammies? Who are you you? Rachel f'ing Ray? It may be time to come out of the closet, Jason, and let the world know that your wife is just a beard.

Posted by: More Cowbell | July 31, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Redskins Training Camp: Day 11
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John Keim
WarpathInsiders.com Jul 30, 2008

How did Todd Collins look today with the starters? How is Randle El helping the defense? How did Carlos Rogers do at practice? How about Kareem Moore? All that and more is right here in this report.

...Center Casey Rabach does an excellent job in the one-on-one blocking session. Has a great base, sets his feet well and rarely seems to get beat. His hands are tight and his feet are wide.

...Ryan Boschetti did a nice job driving Justin Geisinger back. Geisinger was supposed to be a player to watch entering camp, but haven't seen much yet.

...Receiver Antwaan Randle El wants to make the defense better, which in turn helps the offense. So after beating rookie Justin Tryon on a long pass - he had barely a step on him - he chided Tryon for not finishing the play. He told Tryon that he could have still tackled him or at the very least tried to swipe the ball. That's how a rookie like Tryon will get better, with good tips from a vet. And Tryon seems to want to listen.

...The rookies have impressed the older players; they like the collective toughness of the group, especially the guys on defense. Tryon has drawn the most praise, but safety Chris Horton also is getting some notice because of his willingness to stick his nose everywhere.

...Jason Taylor provided a reminder today of what he can do when, on a stunt, he quickly got to the quarterback. Said it last week but it bears repeating: he doesn't waste a step.

...Randy Thomas got up slowly after one play and grabbed the back of his right hamstring . He missed a couple plays then went back in. When asked later what happened, he said, "Veteran move." In other words, it got him a couple plays off. But, in reality, something did happen. He just fought through it; no biggie.

...Todd Collins took snaps with the first unit, just to give him time with them in case something happens. But I'll say this: There was a major difference in his play once he was paired with the top talent. Threw a nice deep out to Santana Moss.

...Carlos Rogers broke up two plays in a row, the first to Maurice Mann and the second to Fred Davis. Still too early to tell when he'll actually play in a game, but the kid has done a nice job fighting back.

...Safety Kareem Moore, who has missed much of camp with a knee injury, had a nice shoulder pop on Mike Sellers today. Knocked him to the ground.


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Story URL: http://was.scout.com/2/773875.html

Posted by: Keim to da Post | July 31, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird", classic. Just a great read...

Posted by: Greg | July 31, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"Killing me softly, with gut bombs..."

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 31, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

just get it over with and light up 2 cigarettes at a time for the remainder of the day and taking table-spoonfuls of mayonaise on the hour...F it.

Posted by: POOP | July 31, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Someone knocked Mike Sellers to the ground? And here I thought that was well nigh impossible. I'm intrigued. Maybe getting knocked down was a "veteran move."

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 31, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

A new day, a new list of reasons to blow up Loseable Type: two or more people can be in the same file updating it at the same time.

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Fincher, it's Fincher!
Here's a quick morning-practice update: Devin Thomas, Anthony Mix, LaRon Landry, Ladell Betts, H.B. Blades, Rian Wallace, Erasmus James and Anthony Montgomery are on the field, working with trainers. They will not play Sunday. Montgomery, who had hand surgery earlier this week, has a cast on his right hand and is doing light individual drills. Chris Wilson and Malcolm Kelly continue to work through muscle strains; their status for Sunday has not been determined.

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the editing Cindy.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Jasno,

Be careful up there like the NFL papers are doing "more with less" and if you were to get injured you might find yourself in the same boat as Shelton.

What was that celebrity blog status thing Kost was talking about Nate? Link please.

Posted by: Skinz | July 31, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait until the season starts.

Posted by: jm220 | July 31, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

What a great read, the Green interview. This humble man still sounds like a CB. He was better than all of 'em, says he. That's a CB 'tude. Put the pads on, Mr. Green and you might have some fun in Blache's system: playin' 'em tight, takin' the ball.
We miss you Mr. Green. You were the best ever. Welcome to Canton.

Posted by: Neil in Durango | July 31, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse


It's on at 8pm on NBC. The first half is all that matters.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 31, 2008 8:46 AM

I'm going to watch Chad Rhinehart (sp?) who should play quite a bit of the game.

Posted by: frediefritz | July 31, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Is Jasno going the Peter King route? Being a fat azz and talking about food all the time. Multiple rounds of Mickey D's is nothing to get excited about unless you really enjoy sitting on a toilet.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Can we all agree to not read too much into sunday's game? The scrubs and practice squad fodder is all we'll really be able to judge. I can see it now. Everyone flipping out about how bad we look. Let's just relax.

Posted by: rich20ssu | July 31, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Brennan, 24, has never been afraid to try to prove his critics wrong. For the Washington Redskins' brash rookie quarterback, training camp represents the latest episode in an effort to show he belongs among the game's elite.

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Who is this new post writer? "Elite?" He should be worried just about making a roster and not looking too stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't Jasno seen SuperSize Me?

Posted by: rich20ssu | July 31, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Agreed on Rinehart, Crummey too.

Also, Jackson, the DE they took in the 7th.

Posted by: Greg | July 31, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I was watching Redskins Nation last night on CSN and they said they would show a drill that the QBs do on a slip and slide...but they didn't show it. Anyone know if there's a video out somewhere of that drill?

Posted by: svxcountry | July 31, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else on here going to Canton this weekend?

Posted by: Gloating Skins Fan | July 31, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

It's really quiet in here.

Posted by: svxcountry | July 31, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

[...dismissed from the team following convictions of criminal trespass and burglary after a female student accused him of forcing himself into her dorm room and fondling her.

"There were so many negative times for me, and it was really unfair," Brennan said. "I was fighting through a lot of adversity. My main goal at that moment was to play football. ]


I think I definately hate Colt Brennan now. He gets convicted of breaking into a girls room and fondling her then says that the tough times as a result of that were "unfair" That just screams to me, "I didn't learn my lesson."


/rant

Posted by: Skinz | July 31, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Back for a second... Farve Reportedly accepts 2 mil a year for 15 years to STAY retired...

Posted by: Zebra | July 31, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

This place is deader than Diddy's sex life.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Advice - don't play a drinking game Sunday with NBC Olympics promo's as the trigger.

You'll be drunk before kick-off.

Posted by: GAD | July 31, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Only thing I want from Sunday's game is no injuries.

Posted by: jm220 | July 31, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Maybe some news of how the skins are doing will liven this place up.

Posted by: svxcountry | July 31, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Jasno, don't fall for this! They are just doing the oldest ploy in the world that we women do w/you men--kept you well-fed with good (obviously, McStinky's doesn't qualify) food to get what we want. You'll be too full, sleepy, and happy to be the critical, hard-hitting, investigative journalist that the WaPo is paying you to be. Before you know it, you'll be sitting back in reclining Lazy-Boys in the press room, cutting and pasting your stories from a team-supplied memory stick.

Posted by: Nojunk4me | July 31, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

T Dawg, how did the whole Full Back adventure go? Still doing it? Or did you pull the plug?

Posted by: kost52 | July 30, 2008 9:52 PM

Hey, kost!
Check this-- I dropped 60 lbs., got my 40 time down to 4.68 and tried out for the team. I was a beast and despite never playing was headed for second-string, I think. But alas, I somehow managed to get far in the competition before they realized that I had spent all of my NCAA eligibility-- you can only play Division I football up to 5 years of graduating high school-- it's more leinent in Division II and III. So, my dreams were crushed. But I got an apartment next to the stadium with season tickets, so I'm not too bummed.

...though I would've loved to take the FB roster spot for the Skins once Mikey retired. Then Jasno could have some true insider information!

Posted by: TDawg | July 31, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The Truth might be buying into this Tryon hype, but The Truth says the guy is like 5'2.

Posted by: The Truth | July 31, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The Truth also says it is way too early to talk about McDonalds. The Truth wants to throw up just thinking about seeing that "food". The Truth mutters "disgusting".

Posted by: The Truth | July 31, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The Truth might be buying into this Tryon hype, but The Truth says the guy is like 5'2.

Posted by: The Truth | July 31, 2008 10:04 AM

Size isn't everything. Just remember "28".

Posted by: frediefritz | July 31, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Can I come and try out?

Posted by: John Lynch | July 31, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Pulling a CL on the handel for the fun of it. I think that Vinny and Danny may be trying to get rid of JLC via' heart attack. Also he may want an intern taste the food first.

Posted by: aLEx#533@ | July 31, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Please, for the love of god, no more!!!

Posted by: Jasno's Coronary Artery | July 31, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The Truth might be buying into this Tryon hype, but The Truth says the guy is like 5'2.

Posted by: The Truth | July 31, 2008 10:04 AM

Size isn't everything. Just remember "28".

Posted by: frediefritz | July 31, 2008 10:10 AM

Size isn't anything. The Truth is 6'2" and he's not in anyone's camp.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

TDawg,
Don't give up the hope brother. Remember, someday we will get an AFL team in DC. You still have a chance.

Posted by: 35332 | July 31, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear that T-Dawg! I say transfer to a Div 2 school, dont let the dream die!

Posted by: c | July 31, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

1) The Truth is nowhere near 6'2.

2) The Truth posts the following quote : "TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Quinn Pitcock spent a lifetime preparing to play pro football.

It took one year in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts for Pitcock to decide he wanted to do something else. The defensive tackle has decided to retire at age 24.

"After much deliberation and careful thought, Quinn resolved to retire from the NFL," agent Brad Leshnock said in an e-mail confirming Pitcock's decision."

The Truth says that Pitcock must have heard he can get 20 mil to retire if he just annoys his previous team a little bit.

Posted by: The Truth | July 31, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Redcoat | July 31, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

++++Um, first quarter may be all that matters. After that, it's just watching to see if someone puts together a monster game and how well Zorn and the assistants work together calling a game.

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 8:50 AM+++

Disagree,. it's a Scrubinni's opportunity to make the club, or failing that, get a gig elsewhere.

The same kind of draft nerd mentality that causes interest in seventh round prospects will assure many of us hopeless desperate football freaks will be glued to the set all tehe way thru.

Posted by: Corkczar | July 31, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Redcoat: I knew it was you... The Acme Corporation sticky slippy slide has been deployed!

Posted by: Wile E Coyote | July 31, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

beep beep -- take that Redco(u)at

Posted by: Cindy | July 31, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, Jasno, I guess now would be a good time to pop a copy of Supersize Me in the ol' DVD player.

Though it might not have the same effect retroactively. Post digestion, that is...

Posted by: Bryan | July 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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