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Redskins uncertain who will start at right guard

Coach Jim Zorn said he did not yet know who would start at right guard in Sunday's season finale at San Diego, leaving open the possibility that a 12th different offensive lineman - Paul Fanaika - could play, and even start, against the Chargers.

"Right now we're working Paul Fanaika, we're working Edwin Williams, and Will Montgomery," Zorn said after practice Wednesday. "We tried to get some reps in for Paul to see if he can handle it. Right now, he's doing just fine. We'll continue to take it another step further. I wouldn't name a starter yet. I probably won't name a starter, or think about it, until we're on that plane."

Randy Thomas began the year as the starter at right guard, but after his season-ending injury in Week 2, the Redskins have used Chad Rinehart, Mike Williams, Will Montgomery and Edwin Williams in the spot. Mike Williams's toe injury, suffered Sunday, means a new starter is needed against San Diego. Fanaika, a rookie from Arizona State, signed with the team Nov. 23.

Other practice developments: Safety LaRon Landry was sent home with what Zorn suspects is a mild concussion.

"It just flared up," Zorn said. "He started getting headaches yesterday. We started to do all the testing, and then today it wasn't any better, so we just sent him home just to take a precaution. We think it's a mild concussion."

The Redskins are already down two safeties - Chris Horton and Reed Doughty - and Kareem Moore will fill in for Doughty this week at strong safety.

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth also did not practice Wednesday because of a sore hip. Zorn said the injury flared up as Haynesworth tried to loosen up prior to practice. Linebacker Rocky McIntosh (back) and receiver Santana Moss (knee) were limited in practice. Wide receiver Devin Thomas also did not practice.

Zorn also said the two players signed to the active roster Wednesday morning - cornerback Marcus McCauley and running back P.J. Hill - were signed primarily to develop in the offseason.

"Obviously to get them up to speed with what we do is not going to happen," Zorn said. "They'll be inactive this weekend. But we're getting them involved."

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 30, 2009; 3:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

First!

Posted by: OptimisticOne | December 30, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the Zorn era to end. At least we're certain of when that will happen.

Posted by: League-Source | December 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Heyer can show Fanaika some of his best moves: the flop, the ole, the grab-n-tackle. Or he can teach him how to walk back to the huddle and say, "Sorry, Jason, that one's on me."

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"Zorn uncertain who will start at right guard"

At least he can be certain about his future.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 30, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Our conditioning coach is a spy for Dallas.

Posted by: REXskins | December 30, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

How many teams can claim they had 5 different RG's during the season?

Certainly no NFL team going to the playoffs this year...

Good Players + Good Coaching + A Little Luck = Playoff Team

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

How many teams can claim they had 5 different RG's during the season?

Certainly no NFL team going to the playoffs this year...

Good Players + Good Coaching + A Little Luck = Playoff Team

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

How many teams can claim they went into the season with a vet starting at right guard that was almost certainly a lock to get injured again then backed him up with a 3rd round draft pick who has never taken an NFL snap, an undersized backup center that never saw an nfl snap, and a guy that was out of football for a year and a half?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Fanaika

Posted by: 4-12 | December 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

How many teams can claim they went into the season with a vet starting at right guard that was almost certainly a lock to get injured again then backed him up with a 3rd round draft pick who has never taken an NFL snap, an undersized backup center that never saw an nfl snap, and a guy that was out of football for a year and a half?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse
---------------

1. What do I win?

Posted by: closer44 | December 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

[Trying again]

Faneca > Fainaru-Wada > Fanaika

Posted by: 4-12 | December 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Also,

beep beep = beep beep

Posted by: 4-12 | December 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe LaUndry got his concussion from flinging himself up in the air at opposing players.

Or maybe it was when he fell to the ground after chasing Jason Witten for 25 yards. How could someone who beat Portis in a foot race not be able to run him down? Maybe Witten was running on heart and LaUndry on hype.

Posted by: peauxsucent | December 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Is 2010 going to be an uncapped year for sure? When will we know?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Sign New Right Guard

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

Sources close to the Redskins have acknowledged that the team has signed a new Right Guard Extreme Stealth Solid to bolster a depleted lineup.

"We've got a player here that is a no-sweat choice. He's fast, agile, performs better than anyone at his position, and at the end of the day he just stays medium," noted Zen Zorn, current head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Posted by: laserwizard | December 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Fanaika couldn't possibly catch up on what the Redskins OL is doing out there?

What, trying to fall down in front of opposing linemen to stop them from knocking Campbell out of the game?

Stephon Heyer and Will Montgomery stole paychecks last week, because they didn't do anything on the field to help this team against Dallas.

Posted by: leopard09 | December 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

fanaika is a big guard hopefully he can develope for this team. enough said about heyer and w. montgomery they are not the problem SIRrato and snyder have neglected the o-line for years. There are probably a few intelligent people in the FO but they get over-ruled by the inane 2 fools mentioned above. cerrato is gone the owner still here will there be correct change from the disasterous path this team has been on for over 10yrs?

Posted by: wathu19 | December 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Will the Thrill is the answer at right guard. With more than 30 seconds to warm up, he'll do fine

Posted by: Fredneck2 | December 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

how is this not comical!!!

Zorn!, it's week 17 baby. you are going to get fired on the flight home. Just play Edwin Wms or Montgomery and move the hell on. What are you trying to prove? if you don't know who is the best between the 3 players you and the staff you inherited are f'ing clowns! finish the season and move on.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 30, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

OptimisticOne- a juvenile yelling "first".

Posted by: Towards_Light | December 31, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Let Campbell pick it.

Kind of a "Pick Your Poison" type of deal.

That way, Jason will have no one to blame, but himself.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 31, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if they let Landry drive with a mild concussion or how they handle that.

Oh well, he can't hit anything anyways.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | December 31, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey Zorn, u have 3 more days until u get a ticket out of town u MORON!

Posted by: mike1ad | December 31, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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