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Fletcher, Golston, Jansen Questionable

Paul Tenorio reports:

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher (foot) was present during practice but did not participate this afternoon, Coach Jim Zorn said. He was the only player held out entirely from the Redskins' final practice of the season.

Fletcher, defensive tackle Kedric Golston (ankle) and tackle Jon Jansen (knee) are listed as questionable for Sunday's season finale at San Francisco, and Zorn said that Jansen and Golston would be game-time decisions. Guard Pete Kendall (knee) is listed as probable.

Jansen, who has missed the last two weeks with a sprained knee, is eager to get back on the field. "He was in my office saying, 'Let's go, let's do this thing,'" Zorn said. But the team will be cautious with the 10-year veteran and wait until game-time to make a decision, Zorn said.

Fletcher has not missed a game since injuring his foot Nov. 23 against Seattle and Zorn said the veteran linebacker again is "gearing up to go."

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Though today's session was the last practice of the season, Zorn said he did not address that fact, hoping to make the week seem as much like a normal game week as possible.

Zorn also praised players for their efforts during the week, especially with the distractions of the holiday season and with the Redskins out of the playoffs.

"I think they've done a great job getting ready," Zorn said. "They weren't just getting through practice, they were practicing with enthusiasm. Not a lot of messing around and it was good. I'm proud of what they brought to the week, it was a difficult week with all the distractions."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
 
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...yes...the FIRST day after christmas can be distracting...

Posted by: bobeaston | December 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

One can make a case for keeping the lineup in place as a 'coaching exercise' -- for Zorn needs game situation practice as much as anyone.
But I can't figure out what the difference is between Jansen, Fabini, and Rinehart in terms of coaching strategy.
Kelly, I get. But at least let the big ugly sniff the field once this year.

Posted by: daggar | December 26, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Same way if we go after Peppers or Haynesworth that you would then focus the draft on the other side of the ball."


ugh, people compain about the Skins so much but then talk about signing Peppers and/or Haynesworth.

That would be just more of the same.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

funny though


anyone remember before when we kept a bunch of draft picks, it was "Vinny is just keeping his picks, Zorn can't possibly want so-and-so on the team."

Why isn't Vinny now forcing Zorn to play those very same draft picks? Hrm...

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Rinehart has been practicing at guard so maybe they don't want to put him at RT to keep JC from getting abused. Not that Jansen or Fabini stop that from happening anyway.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | December 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't advocating Peppers or Haynesworth. I think they will be too expensive and could see both getting lazy after getting paid. But the way the Skins do business I will not be shocked if they go that way. Peppers has been on record saying football is not his first love. He had a bad year last year and then blew up again in his contract year.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | December 26, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Julius Peppers = Dana Stubblefield. Some players are motivated in a contract year. We signed Dana stubblefield after he was the defensive mvp. He stunk for us!!!!

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | December 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

With only four draft picks and six or seven holes -- the Skins definitely should make a play for Haynesworth. They should also consider using free agency to find better players at RT, LG, SLB, K, and P.

If a starting caliber RT, DT, or SLB is not available in the first round of the draft, then I suspect they will make an attempt to trade down for a couple more 2nd round picks.

Posted by: siris | December 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Have you watched Haynesworth play? He is the perfect pocket collapsing, backfield penetrating DT the Skins require to put pressure on opposing QBs. Haynesworth should fit in perfectly, since the Titans and Skins play a similar defense... His presence will alter blocking schemes and improve the play of the front seven. The money is no big deal, because he would basically replace Griffin.

I would be very surprised if the Skins don't make a play for him on the first day of free agency. It's their second biggest off season need after RT.

Posted by: siris | December 26, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Need your George Michaels Redskins Report fix now that it's off the air?


Realskins Report Coming soon........

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 26, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

siris,

What day does free agency start?

Posted by: NCMatt1 | December 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

They should not look for an OT a left tackle not specifically an RT. Look how limited they are when Samuels goes down. Jansen can't play that position. Fabrini? No way. You only have one guy. They desperately need top grade OT/G types.
Guys willing and able to move into any position. Like Ray Brown or Heyer. Where would they be without Heyer? Look how valuable Brown was even over 40! THEY MUST NOT GO RT ever again. Draft the very best OT/LT and train them to play both and guard if they can.

They really don't desperately need a DT at this point. They need an end to replace Carter. Evans is okay but is he a starter? Their linebacking and ENDS are older and have injury problems. While Griffin is ably backed up by Golston, Montgomery and Lorenzo. They should bring back Taylor but he is an older vet.


"If a starting caliber RT, DT, or SLB is not available in the first round of the draft, then I suspect they will make an attempt to trade down for a couple more 2nd round picks."

Posted by: periculum | December 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

NO FINE FOR JOHNSON?
Posted by Mike Florio on December 26, 2008, 3:09 p.m.
Several readers have asked us to explain why Patriots receiver Wes Welker was fined $10,000 for making a snow angel after scoring a touchdown against the Steelers on Sunday, while Titans running back Chris Johnson has not been fined $10,000 for removing a towel from his pants and waving it after scoring a touchdown.

So we asked NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. He told us, via e-mail, that Johnson won’t be fined.

“It was a towel that is legally part of his uniform,” Aiello said. “There is not a violation of rules.”

In contrast, any celebration involving a player going to the ground results in a fine.

“Due to past inappropriate acts while on the ground,” Aiello wrote, “the player demonstration guidelines were modified two years ago to prohibit celebratory actions while on the ground. So it’s a blanket rule (not a snow-angel rule). You can’t go the ground to celebrate a play.”


..................

So, by this definition, Santana shouldn't have been penalized or fined.....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 26, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

periculum,

I could not agree more with your take on the OT situation. But, quality LTs are a premium in the NFL. That is like saying that we need to draft a lock down corner (not saying this, just using it as an example), there just aren't that many. If we can get one in the draft, we need to jump on it. None of this trading down BS.
I do have to disagree with you on your assessment of the D-Line. I truly believe that getting a stud DT is much more important for us than a DE. Our DEs are quick and can get an upfield rush. The problem that we are having is that our DTs are just "chicken fighting" on the LOS and not pushing the pocket one bit. Therefore, QBs are able to step up comfortably in the pocket and don't have to worry about DTs in their face. So, if we are able to get just one stud DT, then I think that you will see the DEs sack total go way up next year.

Posted by: NCMatt1 | December 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Most ALL the best defenses play a 3-4. That means there is one tackle and he is usually not a pass rusher. The only top rated 4-3 is Washington's I think.

So, really you need athletic linebackers and ends that are good against the run and can shoot the gaps to get a pass rush (makes good run blitz too). The Skins should consider a 3-4 since athletic linebackers are easier to come by. More valuable because they are usually faster and can do special teams duty. Whereas DL types are not as agile and not always so good on the specials. There are some exceptions but I think you get the picture.


"is that our DTs are just "chicken fighting" on the LOS and not pushing the pocket one bit. "

Posted by: periculum | December 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I would love for the 'Skins to switch to a 3-4, but it will take quite a while before we can get the personnel to make that system work. We are extremely short on LBs as it is and that system requires great LB play and you have to have a good number of them. We can not waste our draft picks on LBs when our O-Line is in such bad shape.

Posted by: NCMatt1 | December 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

You should be able to manage both through the draft and through free agency. That's what New England does.

OL/LB are both areas that should be addressed this off season. The problem is all of the dead cap space they have through extremely poor free agent signings (such as Brandon Lloyd and David Patten). Its really why they can't manage to do both things ... and giving away too many draft picks ...


"I would love for the 'Skins to switch to a 3-4, but it will take quite a while before we can get the personnel to make that system work. We are extremely short on LBs as it is and that system requires great LB play and you have to have a good number of them. We can not waste our draft picks on LBs when our O-Line is in such bad shape."

Posted by: periculum | December 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"Same way if we go after Peppers or Haynesworth that you would then focus the draft on the other side of the ball."


ugh, people compain about the Skins so much but then talk about signing Peppers and/or Haynesworth.

That would be just more of the same.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Truth, you're talking about probably the best DT and a Top 3 DE in the game today - hardly "more of the same"...Look, I'm totally onboard with building thru the draft. But it's hard to get to the Super Bowl without successfully utilizing both talent streams. Granted, f/a should be to fill 1-2 needs, not 4-5 as we've tried in the past, but if we can add one All Pro on EITHER line, we do it (cap permitting of course). Both are on the good side of 30 and supreme talents.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 26, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

THey will be phoning it in this week for sure.

Christopher Thaens
Tampa Bay, Florida

Posted by: Thaens | December 26, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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