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Doughty, Williams go to IR; Redskins add RB, CB

With one game to go in their lost season, the Washington Redskins put two more players -- offensive lineman Mike Williams and safety Reed Doughty -- on the injured-reserve list Wednesday and signed running back P.J. Hill and cornerback Marcus McCauley to their 53-man roster.

The moves, though minor, are the first under new general manager Bruce Allen, who replaced Vinny Cerrato as the head of the football operations department earlier this month. It would appear that Hill, signed off the Eagles' practice squad, and McCauley, who has spent time with four teams, would get a chance to stick with the Redskins during the offseason and compete for roster spots next summer.

Hill, a 5-foot-10, 218-pound back who rushed for 3,942 yards at the University of Wisconsin, originally signed as a college free agent with New Orleans in May, and was on the team's practice squad for the first seven weeks of the season. Philadelphia signed him to the active roster on Oct. 28. He never played in a game for the Eagles, who released him Dec. 15 and signed him to the practice squad the following day. He joins Quinton Ganther, Marcus Mason and Rock Cartwright as running backs on the Redskins' roster for Sunday's finale in San Diego.

McCauley was a third-round pick in the 2007 draft by Minnesota, and he played 16 games with the Vikings that year. He has 10 NFL starts and 27 appearances. He played in one game with Detroit this year and has been on the rosters of both New Orleans and Tampa Bay, but he didn't play for either team.

Doughty suffered a high ankle sprain while returning his first career interception last Sunday against Dallas. He started a career-high nine games this year and was a key contributor on special teams.

Williams was signed by Cerrato in the offseason and hadn't played in a regular-season game since 2005. The former first-round pick, originally a tackle, started five games at right guard and three at right tackle on a Redskins offensive line that was decimated by injuries. He was lost to a toe injury in the second quarter against Dallas. Coach Jim Zorn said Monday that the injury was a torn muscle leading to the big toe.

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 30, 2009; 10:52 AM ET
 
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It's gay to say 1st, so I'll just get to it. I like the Wisconsin Winnebago. (Don't think that is the correct spelling)

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 30, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Well... at least his first aquisition wasn't Jeff George.

Posted by: Redskinrex | December 30, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

What, were there no OL on any of the practice squads out there?

Posted by: PDXskin | December 30, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic at this point. Next Monday morning, Shanahan's gonna come in here and drop the A-bomb on this botched mess of a roster anyway.

At least I hope this happens.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 30, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Think they give these guys a shot on Sunday?

Posted by: REXskins | December 30, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

N.O. needs to win the Super Bowl so Danny can justify bringing Gregg Williams back as HC.

Posted by: Xlnt | December 30, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'd say something but don't want red calling me a racist so...I've got nothing.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 30, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

What's rock cartwright gonna have to say about them signing another RB?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 30, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"You can't be elected to the Hall of Fame without going to the Pro Bowl. That is what gets players on the ballot."

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Nope.

From the HOF FAQ http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/SelectionProcessFAQ.aspx : "Any fan may nominate any player, coach or contributor who has been connected with pro football simply by writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The only restriction is that a player and coach must have been retired at least five years before he can be considered."

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"them" to get it right on throw "one of them" into jail"

red, gimme a translation on this....what do you mean, when you say 'them'.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 30, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Let it go, Greg.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

BW - The point is, someone has to be named Off MVP. There's no taking a year-off. And Davis leads the team in TDs Scored, though he only played/started half the season. Campbell....his numbers are now average. He is in the middle of the pack in almost every statistical category. 77% of his pases are thrown 10 yardsor less. You don't get MVP for sympathy.

POSTED BY: 4th FLOOR

And you don't earn the MVP for deciding to learn the plays and how to block midway thru your second season just because the guy ahead of you got hurt.

Nope the vote belongs to Bingo Boy (if you could vote for a Coach) or if not, Campbell, for not shutting it down, and just endorsing his paychecks and reporting to the emergency room.

With the pathetic line blocking for him, with the top two backs out, with the chaos at playcalling, and from throwing most of his passes an instant before being thrown to the turf, Campbell gets my vote--in a very weak field.

Posted by: TheCork | December 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

are you a retard?????! Orakpo is a DE! of course he'll have some difficulty in coverages. OLB are normally

FLETCH WAS ROBBED AGAIN! The Pro Bowl system is A FARCE!


Posted by: datruth21 | December 30, 2009 10:15 AM


Funny how this dude calls me a retard....

Does this dude not realize that Orackpo was OLB ALL OF THIS SEASON???

And I am the retard?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

At least they won’t be able to use the “he doesn’t have a ring” argument against voting him into the HOF.
Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 30, 2009 10:56 AM

Dude. He has a ring.
Posted by: skinfanman | December 30, 2009 11:15 AM

I know. That’s why I said what I said. Glad we are in agreement.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Flecher may end up being the guy who makes the HOF as the only HOFer never to go to a Pro-Bowl.

Some HOF LB stats (I am a stat man)

Dick Butkus 1965-1973 1,020 Tackles 22 Int 27 Fr
Mike Singletary 1981-1992 1,488 Tackels 19 sacks 7 Int
Lawrence Taylor 1981-1993 1088 tackels 142 sacks 9 ints
Jack Lambert 1974-1984, 1,479 tackles 23.5 sacks 28 ints
Derrick Thomas 1989-1999 642 tackles 126.5 sacks 1 int.

London Fletcher 1472 sacks 15 ints 30 sacks

Currently LFB is no 9 on the all time tackles list (nfl did not keep the stat till 01 but the teams supposedly did)

as of 02/09
*Randy Gradishar - 2,049
Junior Seau - 1826
Zach Thomas - 1737
Derrick Brooks - 1698
Ray Lewis - 1637
*Mike Singletary - 1,488
Donnie Edwards - 1487
*Jack Lambert - 1479
London Fletcher - 1362
Lawyer Milloy - 1309
*-no longer active

Posted by: alex35332 | December 30, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

One thing about the pro bowl this year - it's being played before the SB. So those in the SB won't play in the PB. Assuming Cincy won't be in it, both all-star teams will need to name more players to the PB rosters after the conference championship games. There is still hope for LF.

Posted by: skinfanman | December 30, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

4th, guys who've had over 4,000 yards passing:

Rich Gannon, Don Majkowski, Brian Sipe, Lynn Dickey, Bill Kenney, Jay Schroeder, Scott Mitchell, Jon Kitna, Elvis Grbac, Jake Plummer.

And the 4,000 passing yards club is sort of exclusive, there isn't that may guys who've done it...

Posted by: RedDMV | December 30, 2009 10:14 AM

Soyou proved my point....stats mean nothing...

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 30, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Best case scenario, OL 2010-11:

LT- Chris Samuel's neck
LG- Randy Thomas' triceps
C- H1N1 Virus
RG- Mike Williams' toe
RT- Heyer's knee

Posted by: ElYeah | December 30, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Anyone got any info on HIll? he a speedster or we going with more slow power guys who we will for some reason try and run around the end.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 30, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

beans, if were to call you a racist, then I'd say: BeanTownGreg, you sir are a racist.

I think there is a lot of people that wanted some "get back" for OJ Simpson walking from the double murders. They saw this as a chance for "judicial retribution", and when it didn't go how they wanted to, they got pissed about it, and remain so until this very day...

Posted by: RedDMV | December 30, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Random non-Redskins note:

Anyone see the interim coach of Florida, Steve Addazio? Dude looks and sounds just like comedian Louis C.K.

If you haven't seen or heard either one, look it up. The similarities are stunning.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 30, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

anyone else quick glance the title to the post and see Doughty, Williams as Doug Williams?

Posted by: alex35332 | December 30, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Anyone got any info on HIll? he a speedster or we going with more slow power guys who we will for some reason try and run around the end.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 30, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

He's played Wisconsin, I don't think Wisconsin and speed should ever be used in the same sentence. He probably runs a 5 second 40 but hits like a dump truck. I don't remember seeing him play though.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 30, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"them" = judicial system

"one of them" = black football player

Doesn't make you a racist. Just makes you human.

If I was alive around 60 or 70 years ago and I seen a group of white guys walk from a murder charge and I knew they were guilty, of course the next time a similar case is brought to trial I'm going to want to see some motherf_ckers fry! Especially, if some circumstantial evidence suggests that they committed the murder.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 30, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"them" to get it right on throw "one of them" into jail"

red, gimme a translation on this....what do you mean, when you say 'them'.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 30, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Sh_t, or any guys for that matter...

And 4th, stats DOES matter when you're talking about all-star games.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 30, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

REPOST from last thread.

BeanTownGreg & AllThatSkins,

Where is your proof, not some circumstantial bulls_it, but FACTS and EVIDENCE?

Posted by: RedDMV

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beans, if were to call you a racist, then I'd say: BeanTownGreg, you sir are a racist.

I think there is a lot of people that wanted some "get back" for OJ Simpson walking from the double murders. They saw this as a chance for "judicial retribution", and when it didn't go how they wanted to, they got pissed about it, and remain so until this very day...

Posted by: RedDMV

*********************

There will always be Ray Lewis haters who bring up the stabbing. Unfortunately, Ray Lewis did nothing to disspell any rumors about his involvement. He took a plea bargain, snitched on his friends and avoided a trial on the merits. The facts and the evidence show that someone died of a stabbing. While he may have avoided a murder conviction, a lot of people have convicted him in the court of public opinion. Even for one of the greatest players ever, there's a price for being a snitch.

Whether you agree with the verdict or not, OJ actually went to trial and was acquitted by a jury of his peers. In that respect, he has a leg up on Ray. If you're so big on EVIDENCE and FACTS, Red, where's your proof that people were out to "get back" at OJ by going after Ray?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | December 30, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

There is one great thing about the signings of these two guys: They were not chosen by Cerrato. We have begun the era of Bruce Allen!

I'm puzzled by the signing of a RB and not an OL, but we only have one game so it's probably not about next week as much as next year.

For the last game why not put in a bunch of back-ups to see what they can do. I'd love to see Colt Brennan play!

Also, hand the ball to Sellers a bunch to see what he can do.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | December 30, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Colts on IR he is not going to play, and I have a gut feeling that next season he will be in the UFL.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 30, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Where's the OptimisticOne when we really need him? I miss that wacky dude.

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ADAM BOONE WHY THE SKINS WANT GIVE HIM A SHOT HE IS ON THE 49'ERS PRATICE SQAUD MIGHT PAN OUT ON OL

Posted by: robertg238 | December 30, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ADAM BOONE WHY THE SKINS WANT GIVE HIM A SHOT HE IS ON THE 49'ERS PRATICE SQAUD MIGHT PAN OUT ON OL

Posted by: robertg238 | December 30, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ADAM BOONE WHY THE SKINS WANT GIVE HIM A SHOT HE IS ON THE 49'ERS PRATICE SQAUD MIGHT PAN OUT ON OL

Posted by: robertg238 | December 30, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I'll believe that Pro Bowl appearances (however bogus their selection criteria may be) don't matter in Hall of Fame elections when I see one Pro Bowl-era player get into the HoF without a single Pro Bowl appearance on his resume. It's just not gonna happen.

So what I'm saying is, London is going to be in that class of players who had a really, really good career but will have to pay admission when they visit Canton. Good thing he has a ring, which I would guess means more to him ultimately than any individual honor would.

(This reminds me of another bogus element in this carnival of absurdity: I think players get credit for "Pro Bowl appearances" even when they are not voted to be "starters" or named as replacements... ah, I don't give a crap about any of this...)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 30, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Also, hand the ball to Sellers a bunch to see what he can do.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | December 30, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs4Pres, are you kidding me with this request or are you trying to see Sellers get punished for all the half A$$ blocks he did this season? Sellers is the worst fullback in the league. The guy can't block to save his job.......

Posted by: thebanker21 | December 30, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"There's not going to be a whole lot, unless a team flat out releases a player. Guys like McNeil, and Penn would be RFA."


I would think this reality forces B Allen's hand.

Anyone with an ounce of sense looks at the redskins' offense and thinks, "I wonder what it all would look like with consistent blocking from week to week."

But with few choices in FA and specific drafts needs, Allen has to be like King Solomon and know which linemen to keep, draft, and release.

I say you pay L Jones, release BMW, and draft a rt guard and right tackle if either can't be gotten in FA.

Heyer, Montgomery, and Rabach are goners, too.

It's going to take a couple of drafts to fix the redskin offensive line, and please don't shout, "Okung!!" and then be happy when a linebacker is drafted in '10.

'Cuz that's what happen last year, pro bowl or not.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 30, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hill was good but not spectacular at Wisconsin. Fast enough, but by no means a speedster.

The cb, based on draft status, must have had ability somewhere along the line. Maybe we can draw it out of him. Here's hoping at least.

Looking optimistically at not bringing in an OL, hopefully that means Bruce knows you fill these slots with talented high round bruisers and stop trying to get lucky with free agents and 6/7 rounders. Use those picks to sneak a marko, or a (dare I say) colston.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 30, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Nate, I hope LFB proves you wrong. He will finish with a more impressive career then Mike Singletary. That should help him get in.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 30, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm puzzled by the signing of a RB and not an OL, but we only have one game so it's probably not about next week as much as next year.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | December 30, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm not, we have plenty of backup linemen. We need starters. We can only get them through free agency and the draft.

Stephon Heyer, Edwin Williams, BMW, Rhinehart, and Fainika are decent as backups. Imgine if they were the reserves and we had legit starters in front of them.

As far as running back is concerned we are still in need of someone that is truly a quality backup in addition to needing a starter.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Also, hand the ball to Sellers a bunch to see what he can do."
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He can run slowly and fumble a bunch. Then again, if he's as good at eluding defenders as a runner as he's been as a blocker this year, you might be on to something.

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 30, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

He can run slowly and fumble a bunch. Then again, if he's as good at eluding defenders as a runner as he's been as a blocker this year, you might be on to something.

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 11:48 AM

Closer44 that was funny..... But too true

Posted by: thebanker21 | December 30, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Also, hand the ball to Sellers a bunch to see what he can do."
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He can run slowly and fumble a bunch. Then again, if he's as good at eluding defenders as a runner as he's been as a blocker this year, you might be on to something.

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That post just made me laugh. Great job!

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 30, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Is there some kind of direct correlation between IR in '09 and uncapped in '10? Seems a lot of players who are sort of fan faves are now on IR. Coincidence?

Posted by: Xlnt | December 30, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Somehow I'd missed that the Pro Bowl is before the Super Bowl this year, with none of the players from the championship teams playing. I don't get it. Sounds like they're making an irrelevant game even more irrelevant (if that's even possible).

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The saving grace for Allen is like George McPhee with the Caps in 2003, is that if 2010 is an uncapped year the Redskins will be able to get rid of a lot of dead wood on the roster and rebuild faster in a responsible fashion.

This team needs to get younger and faster across the board on offense and defense.

We need legitimate punt and kickoff returners that can take the ball to the house when they get in the open field.

And the team needs to finally wed the talent it does have and acquires with the SCHEMES they are going to run.

Jason Taylor asked upon his release WHY the Redskins acquired him if it was not to suit up and play RDE in the 4-3?

Playing him on the left side made no sense.

The same thing happened in 2009 with Albert Haynesworth. The team paid $41M in guaranteed money to a player and then expected him to be little more than a guy that holds up the OL at the line of scrimmage as a traditional nose tackle.

That is not what Haynesworth did in Tenn and not what got him the money in FA.

Even though I don't like his attitude of blasting the team in the media, he is in essence correct in noting that Blache played him and several other players out of position and refused to change his system to fit the talents the team had on the field out of pure obstinacy.

Posted by: leopard09 | December 30, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone want Mike Shanahan to be the coach? I think it's time to get permission from the Arizona Cardinals and talk to former Hog Russ Grimm to be the head coach. Think about it, u do that then the possibility is there to bring back former 'Skins as coaches. BMitch coaching special teams, Ken Harvey coaching linebackers, etc. Bruce Allen is a nie nostalgia GM and the hire of Russ Grimm as the new HC would be the icing on the cake.

Posted by: Alleyezon4 | December 30, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"I seen a group of white guys walk from a murder charge and I knew they were guilty, of course the next time a similar case is brought to trial I'm going to want to see some motherf_ckers fry!"

Wanting another person to fry, based solely on their skin color- for the actions of another. If that's not racism, I have no idea what is. And this from the guy that screams "racism" more than anyone on this blog? Classic.

Like most bigotted actions/people, there is a shred of humor amidst the pathetic ignorance of this unfortunate comment.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 30, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Russ Grimm is even being considered? Is Shanny the done deal that everyone says it is? I don't know, but when Mortenson talks about Shanahan as though he's already on the Snyder payroll, I'd say there's a pretty good chance it's gonna happen. I would say we'll have an answer within 2 weeks.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 30, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

And congrats to Orakpo on a great rookie season and a deserving Pro Bowl selection. Shame on the voters for snubbing London again though. He must've ticked someone off.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 30, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

For the last game why not put in a bunch of back-ups to see what they can do. I'd love to see Colt Brennan play!

Also, hand the ball to Sellers a bunch to see what he can do.

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...Sellers will fumble.

Posted by: MJR720 | December 30, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Another RB?!?!?!?!

Why is Rock Cartright not out there? Give him a shot. Ganther is not getting it done. Whether that is due to the line or his ability is irrelevant.

Give Rock the ROCK!

Posted by: sheehado | December 30, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap: Texas Tech fired coach Mike Leach.

Posted by: jcabana | December 30, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 4th Floor: all of those LOSING QB's with "stellar" yardage stats. Guess it means stats are MEANINGLESS.

Goodbye Campbell. Good riddance!

Posted by: dc1020008 | December 30, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 4th Floor: all of those LOSING QB's with "stellar" yardage stats. Guess it means stats are MEANINGLESS.

Goodbye Campbell. Go whine somewhere else. Good riddance!

Posted by: dc1020008 | December 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 4th Floor: all of those LOSING QB's with "stellar" yardage stats. Guess it means stats are MEANINGLESS.

Goodbye Campbell. Go whine somewhere else. Good riddance!

Posted by: dc1020008 | December 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey closer: you're forgetting Sellars TD reception from Hunter Smith on the successful Fake FG attempt. Gotta give him props for that stellar catch.

Posted by: dc1020008 | December 30, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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