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Brennan Has Hamstring, Hip, Knee Injuries

The Redskins are strongly considering putting second-year quarterback Colt Brennan on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a hip injury he suffered in the first preseason game, league sources said today.

Brennan aggravated a hamstring injury and also injured his knee while being sacked late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 24-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville. Afterward, Brennan said the injuries were not considered serious.

In examining Brennan's left knee and hamstring, however, Redskins medical personnel apparently expressed further concern about his left hip injury that occurred Aug. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. In April of 2008, Brennan had surgery to repair a slightly torn labrum in his right hip.

On Friday night, Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, Coach Jim Zorn and other key team personnel discussed their options regarding Brennan, sources said. Brennan struggled in the preseason while competing with rookie Chase Daniel for the No. 3 quarterback job.

Facing a deadline today to set the opening 53-man roster, the Redskins were leaning toward giving Brennan as much time as necessary to heal by assigning him to injured reserve and keeping Daniel to play behind starter Jason Campbell and longtime backup Todd Collins. And Redskins officials also were mulling the possibility of keeping an extra cornerback because of growing concern about starter Carlos Rogers, sources said, who was sidelined most of the preseason because of a lingering calf injury.

Nickel corner Fred Smoot is the primary backup for starters Rogers and DeAngelo Hall. Second-year corner Justin Tryon and rookie Kevin Barnes were expected to complete the group. But with the uncertainty regarding Rogers as the team prepares to open the season Sept. 13 against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium, the Redskins might also keep Bryon Westbrook, who spent the past two seasons on their practice squad.

As for Brennan, going on injured reserve would be a disappointing capper to a frustrating experience for him since camp began. Zorn was eager for Brennan to push Collins for the No. 2 job, but the battle never materialized because Collins maintained a steady approach beginning his 15 th season and Brennan struggled with his decision-making throughout the preseason.

Brennan threw three interceptions in the first three games - one was returned 99 yards for a touchdown - and found himself competing with Daniel to remain on the team. Brennan had his best performance in the preseason finale against Jacksonville, completing 10 of 14 passes for 83 yards in an outing cut short because on injury.

Washington used the 186th pick on Brennan, who was a record-setter while playing in a run-and-shoot offense at the University of Hawaii. Some teams had backed off because of concerns about Brennan's past (he pleaded guilty to burglary and trespassing in 2004 and spent a week in jail) as well as issues with his health and weight, league sources said at the time. But Zorn was intrigued by Brennan's accuracy.

In three seasons at Hawaii, Brennan set 21 NCAA records. He passed for 14,193 yards with 131 touchdowns while completing 70.4 percent of his passes. Brennan was unable to participate in the 2008 minicamp and the offseason OTAs because he was recovering from the surgery on his right labrum.

By Jason Reid  |  September 5, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
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Comments

late.. redskins.com already said he IS on IR

Posted by: cocodc1 | September 5, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

First!

Posted by: Wemiss21 | September 5, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I guess I am late too.

So, if you are on IR, can you practice with the team?

Posted by: Wemiss21 | September 5, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

According to NBC SPORTS:

Redskins editorial director Larry Weisman reports that the quarterback will be placed on injured reserve after an MRI revealed a torn hamstring.

So let's update this INSIDER, Jason, that was posted on NBC at 10:20 EST

Posted by: mcornwell1 | September 5, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

First. This sound like the old days of Gibbs and Betherd stacking guys on IR in the pre- FA days to save 'em for later.

Posted by: boysheadcoach | September 5, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Well looks like he will be the 1st to go

Posted by: skinball77 | September 5, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Wemiss21, I believe a player on IR cannot participate in any of practices...

Didn't Belichick get in a little trouble for this a few seasons back? The gist of it is that it would give you an advantage, having more players available to practice than other teams which abide by the roster rules.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 5, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

makes the decision - based on how the two actually played - a lot easier...

Posted by: GusInLeesburg | September 5, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

They must really like this kid, because given all these circumstances I might have been moved to cut him outright, with some kind of injury settlement. (That, of course, would have been the Cut of Colt.)

So, good for him that he'll have a chance to win our hearts again next summer...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 5, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Nate,

Well, it seems to me that if the injury is not 100% real, and Colt can't practice with the team, there is really not much upside to this maneuver. I mean, Colt is not ready to be a #1 QB and how much is he going to develop on his own.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | September 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"Redskins Back Off, Tell Va. Grandmother She Won't Have to Pay $66,364 Judgment

By James V. Grimaldi
 Washington Post Staff Writer

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Washington Redskins notified a Fairfax County woman Friday that the team plans to ask a court to vacate a $66,364 court judgment against her after she defaulted on a multiyear contract for season club tickets."

--WASHINGTON POST

Hey Barno,

Since you've cancelled your subscription, you might have missed this.

At its best a newspaper spots injustices, brings them out into the light, and in many cases gets a change in behavior or policy.

Without papers like The Post running stories like the ones it did this week, Grandmothers like this would be reduced to George Bailey status, trying to get an audience with Mr. Potter for redress of grievances.

YOU owe the Post a retraction of your suggestion that subscriptions should be cancelled.


Posted by: TheCork | September 5, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Best case for the skins. They get to keep Brennan, and put Chase on the PS. Vikings have a bevy of Corners, and there are some veteran CB on the market.

Posted by: TWISI | September 5, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they are keeping him as insurance for next season in case they don't resign jc in the offseason. It will be his 3rd season in the offense and they might feel comfortable with him being the starter.

Posted by: wattsicon | September 5, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

According to NBC SPORTS:

Redskins editorial director Larry Weisman reports that the quarterback will be placed on injured reserve after an MRI revealed a torn hamstring.

So let's update this INSIDER, Jason, that was posted on NBC at 10:20 EST

Posted by: mcornwell

As I said yesterday Mr. Potter is angry at the Post again, so the inside info gets slipped to their competitors. So J. Reid gets to pay the price of the quality journalism from Mr. Grimaldi and brilliant column writing of Mr. Boswell.

You'd think Potter would learn. As someone once said, you can't win a war of words with an entity that buys ink by the carload.

Posted by: TheCork | September 5, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Skins should look at Chris Mccallister he has to be better that tryon,barns and westbrook. If we have to play with them we will never get off the field on third down.

Posted by: wattsicon | September 5, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Salaries on IR players are still on the cap. (IIRC, the team usually has an insurance policy that covers the actual salary amount being paid, so it's just a cap impact)

So they must like him enough to keep him.

Me, I put Chase on the practice squad, use ARE as my #3 QB (because the W-L percentage isn't going to change if I end up playing part of a game with either of them taking snaps), keep an extra DL with the slot. Then bring Chase on (or get Vinnie Testaverde off the couch) if either other QB is long-term injured.

Posted by: daggar | September 5, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

daggar, I like your idea of putting Chase on practice squad and picking up another player. I'd probably be more inclined to pick up an OL or a CB though based on our depth at DL.

Posted by: trolly_time | September 5, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

this is bs... complete bs... this just another wway for ceratto to show up zorn... brennan is a much better qb than daniel!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | September 5, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Everybody!
some are asking if this is shady or circumventing the rules.

Not at all.
Colt did get hurt, we all saw it
The NFL only permits 53 on the roster.
An NFL club is forced to cut many outright.
The few that remain you either place on the practice squad if they qualify.
Or you place on a few on IR and they draw back is you cannot bring them back once the injury is healed... they are out the entire year.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 5, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Belichick get in a little trouble for this a few seasons back?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 5, 2009 11:10 AM

If Belichick got in "a little trouble" that means that if the 'Skins were caught doing the same thing they would have to give up their second and fourth round picks in the coming draft.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Belichick get in a little trouble for this a few seasons back?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 5, 2009 11:10 AM

If Belichick got in "a little trouble" that means that if the 'Skins were caught doing the same thing they would have to give up their second and fourth round picks in the coming draft.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Haha, jokes on you Goodell. The Skins never have 2nd and 4th round picks!!

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

cork--I'm used to being "out of it" but can you help me this time? Who is this "Mr. Potter" who you feature in most of your posts in the last few days? It's not "Skippy Potter" is it?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of the Skins going out and taking an OL from off of the PS of two of the best NFL offensive lines in the game?

Pittsburgh and NY Giants
there depth is so much better than ours, no question in my mind we could improve our OL with one from each team.
By the 4th game they would both be ready to help and play for guys that we KNOW are going to get hurt this season.

What do you think?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, even PFT had Colt on IR about an hour and a half ago.

Unfortunate it had to go down this way but it's the best case scenario for the team. That way you keep Colt AND Chase and have them battle for that 3rd spot (or maybe the 2nd spot) again next preseason.

It's rare I say this, but good move by the FO.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 5, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Way too much talk regarding the 3RD STRING QB! Who cares? Neither will break a sweat all season. Colt goes to the IR and can't go to pratice. Chase gets to dress for pratice and the games and dosen't have to shower after either. Dress. Hold a clipboard.

...And there's so much passion 'up here' about who should play dress-up and hold a clipboard.

Posted by: bangkokben | September 5, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I see your point at CB, but my thought is that we have a couple of DLs that we will probably lose to other teams if we can't protect them. Where will Westbrook go if he gets cut? (He's the tough case since he can't go to the practice squad.)
As for OL, I don't see enough quality from 7-9 in the depth chart; unless we pick up someone from another team. Why do I want to go all the way to #10?
Bottom line is that any of these players are likely to be game-day inactive, so it's mostly about keeping guys you're afraid won't -- or can't -- get to the practice squad, with the hope that they could progress to a point that they can backfill a position where the injury bug bites.

Posted by: daggar | September 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:41 AM

I assumed (not usually a good idea) he is using an "It's a Wonderful Life" reference.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh and NY Giants
there depth is so much better than ours, no question in my mind we could improve our OL with one from each team.
By the 4th game they would both be ready to help and play for guys that we KNOW are going to get hurt this season.

What do you think?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 5, 2009 11:42 AM

Do you have someone specific in mind or are you just saying "I'll take what's behind door number three"?

I think I'd go with the 'Skins on this. Between Joe Bugel and the 'Skins scouting organization, I think they will do a better job than the unnamed guy in the Steeler shirt.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

cork--I'm used to being "out of it" but can you help me this time? Who is this "Mr. Potter" who you feature in most of your posts in the last few days? It's not "Skippy Potter" is it?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:41 AM |

Jesus, man. Ain't you never seen "It's a Wonderful Life"?

^._.^

Posted by: ArcticCat | September 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

daggar, I agree that the 3rd best QB on our roster is now -- and has been -- ARE. Get him off punt returns, let him concentrate on being a WR and if one of the QBs goes down, move him to #2 QB on the depth chart.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow, even PFT had Colt on IR about an hour and a half ago.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 5, 2009 11:43 AM |

Which of the J's lasts past four weeks?

1. JC
2. JZ
3. JR

^._.^

Posted by: ArcticCat | September 5, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

late.. redskins.com already said he IS on IR

So let's update this INSIDER, Jason, that was posted on NBC at 10:20 EST


too bad Jason reported it at 9:30 on the previous thread...too many RI "haters" as the homer (or homo) Larry Michelle would say...get a life

Posted by: ae3td | September 5, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The Post doesn't seem to consider LArry Weisman, a Univ. of MD Grad and NFL Reporter for over 20 years, who recently was employed by the Redskins, as a legitimate source.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

And Chase Daniel to the P Sqaud.....

I doubt we will add another CB beyond the 5 we know will make it.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 5, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Jesus, man. Ain't you never seen "It's a Wonderful Life"?

^._.^

Posted by: ArcticCat | September 5, 2009 11:47 AM

No. Did Cork play Mr. Potter?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of the Skins going out and taking an OL from off of the PS of two of the best NFL offensive lines in the game?

Pittsburgh and NY Giants
there depth is so much better than ours, no question in my mind we could improve our OL with one from each team.
By the 4th game they would both be ready to help and play for guys that we KNOW are going to get hurt this season.

What do you think?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Giants I can see but Steelers? Really? Best offensive line in football? Big ben got sacked 57 times last year and had 14 fumbles. Are you sure you want Steelers o-line rejects?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 5, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I meant big ben got sacked 46 times last year.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 5, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

nod, nod, wink, wink... yeah. ok. Injury. Gotcha.

Posted by: AWWNats | September 5, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

PFT is reporting that ESPN is reporting (how convuluted can we get here) that Daniels is flat out cut and not going to the practice squad. Which might mean he just has to go through waivers first since he is only a rookie. But, it seems the Redskins are praying for a healthy Jason Campbell all season with only 2 active QBs.

Posted by: epjd | September 5, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is saying the Redskins are going to cut Daniel.

Posted by: spidey103 | September 5, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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