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Figuring out the inactive list

We're staring out a press box window while rain falls on the tarp-covered field at FedEx Field about five hours before kickoff, thinking we probably shouldn't have arrived so early.

Since we're here, though, we could do some work. And with that in mind, let's try to figure out the Redskins' inactive list for Sunday night's big-stage opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

Albert Haynesworth's status for the game has been among the main discussion topics on sports-talk radio this week. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haynesworth [http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/albert-haynesworth/pro-bowl-defensive-lineman-alb.html] mostly worked with the scout team in preparation to face Dallas, tight end Chris Cooley revealed on Friday, and he's likely the highest-paid scout team defensive lineman in NFL history.

Coach Mike Shanahan essentially said it was no big deal that Haynesworth, a two-time all-pro selection, worked with the scout team. Still, it does seem odd that Haynesworth - Washington's only all-pro player on defense - would get very few practice reps with even the second-team defense as the Redskins prepared to face their NFC East rivals.

Owner Daniel Snyder has already paid Haynesworth $32 million, and he's working a lot with the scout team at the start of only his second season with Washington? Based on Haynesworth's participation in practice this week, it seems he would have a small, if any, role in the Redskins' base 3-4 packages against Dallas.

But Haynesworth did work in the Redskins' nickel stuff this week. The nine-year veteran is, by far, the team's best pass-rushing lineman, according to NFL coaches who have reviewed film of Haynesworth rushing the passer. For those reasons, the Redskins are expected to have Haynesworth active against the Cowboys, and it wouldn't be surprising if he contributed in the nickel.

So with the Haynesworth question out of the way, the eight-member inactive group would seem to be relatively easy to predict. Start with No. 3 quarterback John Beck because, well, the No. 3 quarterback is the easiest place to begin.

Rookie wide receiver Brandon Banks also seems likely to sit out the first regular season game of his professional career. The speedy, diminutive Banks could help on punt returns. With the bright lights on now, however, Shanahan would probably prefer that sure-handed veteran Phillip Buchanon, Washington's third cornerback, handle those duties exclusively.

Free safety Kareem Moore is still sidelined after undergoing knee surgery, so he's undoubtedly on the list. That's a total of three with Moore, so we need five more. Rookie linebacker Perry Riley injured his foot in the final preseason game and also will be watching from the sideline.

The other top candidates are offensive lineman Will Montgomery, defensive lineman Anthony Bryant, rookie tight end Logan Paulsen and defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who still is regaining form after knee surgery late last season and may be inactive often, at least early this season. Teams must provide officials with their inactive lists 90 minutes before kickoff.

By Jason Reid  |  September 12, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
 
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An Open Letter to Redskins Fans:

It's bad enough your parents raised you in DC, but it was donwright cruel of them poison your minds with the Redskins. At least in Pampa, Texas we raise our younguns right--Cowboys early and Cowboys often!

The Cowboys will do their part tonight to free you from your inherited/taught sickness.

Revised score (Jerry's feeling charitable):

Cowboys 27
Redskins 10

Warmly,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | September 12, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I thought Anthony Bryant was playing better than Kemo? If so, why would you want him inactive?

Posted by: will_ga | September 12, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

You heard it here first. I am the best!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Not liking the beagles D.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

LOL! EAGLES AFTER 1 QUARTER: -3 PASSING YARDS

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 4:54 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hope Paulsen is on the 45 -- and plays. A blocking TE will matter vs the pass rush we're facing.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought Anthony Bryant was playing better than Kemo? If so, why would you want him inactive?

Posted by: will_ga | September 12, 2010 4:54 PM

That's what I've been hearing too. All I've heard was that he played the NT better than anyone in the preseason & practice.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 12, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! I stubbed my toe.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Kolb has 2 completions. Just gave up an INT.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Though I am liking what I see from the Beagles O.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Mustard yellow pants! One of my favorite condiments.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Go away, Tampax.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 12, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

please hurry up 8:20

Posted by: jumbo5383 | September 12, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

just heard on 980AM - burgundy jerseys, mustard pants. boy oh boy, that and dallas in their white jerseys/silver pants... that's what a football game looks like!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | September 12, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Kolb has 2 completions. Just gave up an INT.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 5:09 PM

It was Aaron Rodgers who threw the INT. Kolb got banged up on a sack by Clay Matthews

Posted by: Sulphide1 | September 12, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

tampax+pampers =

Posted by: aaronharman | September 12, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Eagles vs. Packers

Body Bag II

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

according to the Dallasmorningnews.com the Redskins have the edge when Dallas run the ball and intangibles with the unknown eliment. also concerns that Romo needs the run to keep defenders off him.these cowpies are scared

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 12, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSewoJtXg58

Old school Burgundy/Gold white /silver

Get Some!!!

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 12, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

i was surprised the eagles put #55 back in after stumbling off the field the way he did.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | September 12, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

they gotta get rid of this "booth review" at the end of each half... just give them one more challenge and let them make the decision.

it slows the game too much as if it's not slow enough already.

Posted by: joek443 | September 12, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | September 12, 2010 5:42 PM

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The guy won't remember what happens in the next three hours. He shouldn't be playing.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

the Giants are who we thought they were.
they let 'em off the hook
Kevin Kolb is who i thought he was

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 12, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Boo birds out in Philly already? Corn Kolb is in deep sh!t. Andy Reid may have sealed his fate.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Some long FG being made today.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Ha! 4-9 for 23 yards, not sure the iggles kept the right QB.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I am ready to play!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or is it a little odd that a black guy named Arian is playing football in Texas?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

So does haynesworth playing mean that jreid's early week breaking story that he'd be benched flat wrong??

Oh well, let's play ball.

Posted by: AdamCr | September 12, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Coach said I can skip halftime meeting to post here.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Corn Kolb out with a concussion. DOH!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Eagles imploding. Kolb concussed.

:)))))))))))))))))))

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Corn Kolb out with a concussion. DOH!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Predict Vick will pull this out for the Beagles. QB controversy in Philly upcoming.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 12, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

SCampbell, my thoughts exactly!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Eagles media/fans will be talking about the McNabb trade tomorrow. Lovin' it!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Predict Vick will pull this out for the Beagles. QB controversy in Philly upcoming.

Posted by: fan-o-matic

Don't think so... Packers in red zone!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 12, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

20-3

ALL PACK LOL

MCNABB LAUGHING IN LOCKER ROOM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 12, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I expect dallas to look every bit as good as the iggles tonight. This division may be there for the taking.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Predict Vick will pull this out for the Beagles. QB controversy in Philly upcoming.

Posted by: fan-o-matic

Don't think so... Packers in red zone!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 12, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Okay, maybe not. In any case, if Vick has a pretty good game and Kolb gets held out next game (what with the increased concern about concussions and head injuries) it'll be interesting to see if Vick gets a foothold. Perhaps he's getting his chops back.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 12, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Honestly it would be awesome if McNabb did great tonight... Philly fans will not be able to sleep tonight and will probably be crying this whole week wondering why they let McNabb go...and why they are stuck with Kolb!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 12, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Philadelphia is stinky. New Jersey smells worse. My agent said I should be happy to play here!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

suddenly winning the east is not out of reach

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 12, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Gold pants!

Posted by: Original_etrod | September 12, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Cue the controversy in Philly... hahahahaha. Morons.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 12, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately Vick can still run. But boy did he get hammered.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think they should suspend Vick for another three months.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"Since we're here, though, we could do some work." Why start now?

Posted by: mafafu | September 12, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Falcons and Steelers in overtime keeping me from seeing Eagles and Packers.

Stillers v. Falcons is the game of the day, so far.

BTW: the stillers play a 3-4 and completely shutdown the ATL's running attack.

Their NT gets a great push.

Their monstah linebackers maintain 'areas' and don't over pursue.

The safeties fill-in and are sure tacklers.

We mention this as I'm betting Jason Garrett dials up running plays that attack the edges of the redskin's defense hoping Fletch/Rock overpursue and are out of position for cutback runs.

This was an obvious weakness we saw with the first unit in all 4 preseason games.

Rock and Fletch must play their areas and let the scheme force the running flow back to them.

Otherwise, Jones/Barber will have big nights.

And we don't want that.

HTTR!!!!

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 12, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Since we're here, though, we could do some work." Why start now?

Posted by: mafafu | September 12, 2010 6:28 PM

Exactly.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

JC8 over 50% passing over 175 yds 1 td 1 int.
he is no loger a Redskin but I'm still a fan of mediocrity

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 12, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

this is bad.. this is the ghost of randall cunningham

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 12, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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