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Daniels toughs out a rough season

Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels has continued to be productive while overcoming a lot the last two seasons. Daniels, 36, suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of training camp in 2008. This season, Daniels has managed to stay in the starting lineup despite a torn right biceps.

"To me, that is really what tough guys do," secondary coach and defensive spokesman Jerry Gray said. "They know that this time of the season you're not going to be healthy, you're not going to be 100 percent well. So the thing you have to do is suck it up and get ready for Sunday."

Daniels recently was named the winner of the Redskins' Ed Block Courage Award, presented to a player from each team who displays courage amid adversity. The award, named for longtime Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, was first presented in 1978.

Daniels has been solid, especially against the run, while also serving as a mentor to rookie defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon. In 12 games, including 11 starts, Daniels has been credited with 28 tackles, including 17 unassisted.

"One thing he does is kind of solidify the run for us," Gray said. "If you take a look, a lot of times people have been getting some run yards on us. We put a bigger bodied guy in there and he is able to stop the run. ... He did an excellent job and hopefully we can keep him doing the same thing."

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At 36 years old, Philip Daniels has been a solid contributor. I am not sure there will be a next year for Daniels. He has become brittle in his advancing years and there are some young guys behind him that demand playing time to develop. Where Daniels will probably be missed the most is in the weight room. Blessed with rare strength, he sets the standard for the youngsters to match.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 12, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Where Daniels will probably be missed the most is in the weight room. Blessed with rare strength, he sets the standard for the youngsters to match.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 12, 2009 11:59 AM

He battled back from last year’s injury and has played with one arm all season. He has made contributions but his performance hasn't justified his playing time. Before Jarmon was injured, Big Phil was taking away too many snaps from him and the other young guys.

I want him back next year but not as a player. There needs to be some role for him so that the young guys can learn perseverance, work ethic, and how to own the weight room.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 12, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Danielsn this season:

0 sacks
0 tackles for loss
0 forced fumbles
0 fumble recoveries

Those are the same number I have and Coach Zorn has had me inactive all season for some reason.

I want guys who make plays!! Thanks for the memories PDiddy.. don't forget to write.

Posted by: elfreako | December 12, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels is one of the most solid Defensive ends in the NFL. Unfortuantely when playing time only includes 1st and second downs put in position to simply stop the run, leaves a huge chunk of his talent unused and staticics that match those of his for the 2009 season. When you have an veteran player with brut strength such as Daniels, his age becomes a non factor and the coaches should look into what keeps a player at his age in such great physical shape. It is clear that if Daniels decides to continue his NFL career next year whether with the Redskins or another NFL team, he will be a key player to the D-line...

Posted by: bobbyperry | December 13, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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