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Football Update (Disclaimer)

This is not Sean Taylor related, and is an update on player status for Sunday's game. This would be time to tune out if you are not interested in this kind of info.

Guard Randy Thomas returned to practice fully for the first time his tearing his triceps in Week 2. Thomas may need more than just this week of practice to get back - the Chicago game Dec. 7 has been a sort of target for him for a while - but this was a major step for him. Tailback Clinton Portis missed practice to rest a sore back, but is scheduled to practice tomorrow.

Receivers Antwaan Randle El (hamstring) and Santana Moss (hamstring/heel) were limited in practice. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (ankle), guard Pete Kendall (knee), receiver James Thrash (ankle) and fullback Mike Sellers (back) missed practice as well.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 4:18 PM ET
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Thats great news about Thomas. Just the thing to cheer this team up and get them rolling. There are going to be some sore Bills on Monday Morning!

Hail Skins. R.I.P Sean

Posted by: jjwilson312003 | November 28, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for keeping the news coming JLC. News on Sunday's game will help distract me. Good to hear Randy Thomas is back to full practice. Any word on Todd Wade's status?

Posted by: kreitman4 | November 28, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't shake this...I really can't. I don't want to say I don't care about this weekends game, but it just seems so irrelevant....This really sucks...on so many levels...Its just so unfair to the Taylor his g/f, to his child...I don't know...

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 28, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Dude, stop being so sensitive with the disclaimers. Just post the info already.

Posted by: Guy1 | November 28, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I think you have done a WONDERFUL Job in these past few dark days

Thank you soo much

R.I.P. #21

Posted by: jonthefisherman | November 28, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You have to hand it to the disingenuous folks at the Washington Post. They have taken dis-ingenuity to a whole new level this week. I'd like to see one, JUST ONE, Washington Post reporter have the guts to tell it like it is when it comes to Sean Taylor's "reclusive personality."

Be honest, come out and say the truth about it, don't sugarcoat it anymore: Sean Taylor was not reclusive, not shy, not scared of television cameras, not any of that. Sean Taylor DESPISED the Washington Post and most other local reporters who cover the team. He hated them for the non-stop barrage of negative articles about him from the moment he left a rookie symposium to clean out his apartment before a lease expired. From that moment forward, Taylor was enemy number 1 of the Redskins beat reporters. They had no shame in their attacks on him. None whatsoever.

Every single time the Washington Post wrote a story that mentioned Sean Taylor, they listed EACH and EVERY infraction, fine, DUI, firing of his agents, etc...etc...etc...(just as they have done the past 3 days). You don't think Taylor read or heard about any of that? You don't think that had something to do with why he cut off the Post from any interviews?

Taylor wanted nothing to do with the Washington Post. And it had nothing to do with him being camera-shy or reclusive or whatever other b.s adjective the disingenuous reporters at the Post continue to use to describe him.

#21 had every reason to have a grudge against guys like Jason La Canfora, Howard Bryant, Mark Maske, etc... Go back and read what they wrote about him over the'd hate him too if you were Sean. Don't tarnish his memory by giving JLC any more props about his coverage. Seriously. Taylor would not have wanted any praise heaped towards the disingenuous media this week. He hated them, and don't forget that.

God rest his soul.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 28, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis missed practice..." this seems to becoming the norm for him. I wonder if the lack of practice is what is causing his fumble-i-tist. I don't recall him putting the ball on the ground when he didn't miss practice.

Posted by: ahashburn | November 28, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

So I've decided to switch some of the lyrics around to the Redskins fight song to honor #21. If anyone's offended..get over it. :)

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Sean Taylor!
He's on the Warpath!
Fight for the 2-1!
Run or pass or score - he hit a lot more!
Beat'em, Swamp'em, Touchdown - left opponents soar.
Fight on Fight on Till you have one Number Twenty One - Rah! Rah! Rah!

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Sean Taylor!
He's on the Warpath!
Fight for late 2-1!

R.I.P. Sean Taylor. You'll be missed.

Posted by: Jonamath | November 28, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse



Good work.

let's sing it on sunday...

Posted by: Barno1 | November 28, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Listen, Pedro came to RP and gave a heartfelt speech to the Skins, and basically told them to go out there and win the rest of the games and get in the playoffs. Giving them permission to go out there and play their asses off.

Pretty damn sure Sean would want it that way.

I can't imagine how hard that first game will be for the players, but I can only imagine that the last thing Sean would want is for his team to not play or play with heavy hearts. Like I said for some that may be nearly impossible, especially so soon.

Now winning all 5 may be unrealistic, and winning or loosing is somewhat irrelevant, as long as they go out there and play with heart, play hard, be physical, play with passion and emotion...seems like that would be one of the best way's to honor his memory.

And I totally understand players, coaches, fans that just might not be read for that. I totally felt that way yesterday...even hoping they would reschedule the game. But I spent all day crying reflecting...communing with other fans out at RP, cried a few more times this morning...and probably will a bit more tomorrow...def will for the moment of silence at the game tomorrow night. But time heals all wounds, for some it takes longer and every grieving process is different.

But I think a great way to acclerate that process and really get to also honor Sean, is to get out there and play hard!

PS. Darrel Green and Art Monk both in the final list of 26 to be considered for HOF...Seriously got to get both of them in this year damn it...Do it for Sean!

Posted by: rbfett | November 28, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks, but I don't think "Pedro" (Mr. Taylor, to me) went to Redskins park "Giving them permission to go out there and play their asses off." He went there and gave the team perspective on who Sean was and how much he loved his teammates." They didn't need his permission, nor would it be necessary, to play hard (let alone, "play their asses off".

And I'm not sure why we have to get Darrell Green and Art Monk inthe Hall of Fame "for Sean". How about we get Darrell Green and Art Monk in the Hall of Fame for what they did on the field? And not as a tribute to someone else. By that standard, we should put in a lot of other people "for Sean." Better to put them in because they deserve to be there for themselves.

And, I appreciate the excellent Washington Post coverage the last several days, as well as much of the local sports talk radio. That Mr. Taylor did or did not like the local media is irrelevant; that they've tried to put Mr. Taylor's life in perspective is important, and I'd much rather they report all aspects of his life and not try to make him seem like he was perfect simply because he was killed; he was human and he made errors which people say he grew from and learned from; without making those errors, he wouldn't have grown to the way you want to believe he always was. Or, should be written as if he always was. The coverage was excellent, especially considering deadlines and changing information.

Posted by: Dungarees | November 28, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

somehow my post never posted. it was directed at Barno.

1. portis can wear #21 if he chooses to honor his teammate, fellou U M athlete and friend. his doing so has no bearing on his talent level as a player. i also said that i would not like to see any fines imposed by the league should he not go through the formaility of making a request through the league prior to the game.

2. i believe taylor was guarded against the media and he had good reason to not trust specific post writers and columnists. we can't speak for him and say he "hated" them. given how many of the reports were negative and stories about him always detailed his mishaps, infractions, misunderstandings and/or punishments is part of what reporters are required to do by their editors so i understand that even though i don't always agree. they have to report the good with the bad. i don't believe that every story should list a timeline of one's events but its how our particular, the media sells papers and attracts/maintains readership.
3. lastly, i don't think we should discredit the job jason and cindy (most notably) are doing with their up-to-the-minute postings as information becomes available. regardless of what we fault them for in the past, their coverage of this has been sound, tasteful and thorough.

Posted by: gregskins | November 28, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse


Good observations. I wasn't trying to discredit JLC/Cindy/The Post etc, they've worked hard and long hours these past few days keeping us updated and a lot of their coverage has been excellent...but I do think JLC has had his fair share of distasteful reporting as well, including:

-the timeline of Sean Taylor's infractions on and off the football field. Somehow this timeline ALWAYS makes it's way into his articles, even when he claims it was his editors who put that in there. But someone needs to tell JLC and the rest of the Post reporters and editors that Sean Taylor missing a rookie symposium 3 1/2 years ago has absolutely NOTHING to do with this death. It's irrelevant, pointless, and has no business being mentioned this week.

-JLC's misquote of Gibbs yesterday in which he claimed Gibbs said Taylor broke a team rule by not notifying the team of his traveling down to FL on an off day. Gibbs addressed this issue TWICE at separate news conferences both Monday and Tuesday, and both times Gibbs made clear that Taylor broke no team rule. But JLC refused to correct his earlier misquote. (And seriously, even if Taylor had broken a rule by going down there without notifying the team, why in the hell was that a major focus of JLC's reporting up until mid-day yesterday? He was trying to frame the story the way he wanted it to look without respect to the facts, plain and simple)

-last, but not least, and maybe I'm alone on this one, but JLC's details of Taylor's contract ramifications came out way too premature for my taste. For crying outloud, JLC posted that stuff on the SAME day that Taylor passed away. If that's not distasteful, I don't know what is (and the excuse that he had a disclaimer, or that Len Pastabelly over at ESPN also wrote about the contract details yesterday, are pathetic excuses).

Look, I'm glad JLC and the rest of the Post have given us plenty of coverage of this terrible tragedy, I just wish they could do without giving their usual media spin.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 28, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse


You make some valid points in your latest post. Now that I no longer live in DC where I was raised as a kid, I get the majority of my Skins info online here and for the most part, blog during the day. I definitely agree with not needing to see the complete timeline of events. I doubt when Brett Favre passes that we'll have to read the timeline that included his dependency on pain pills. My props were mainly for the constant updates as to the real story about the murder, the effect on the team and commentary about Sean, the person. If JLC posted some info in error, its his duty to retract and acknowledge it. but we all know he sometimes plays to favorites.

Posted by: gregskins | November 28, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

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