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On his 'eighth' life, Mason gets another chance

The Redskins brought back running back Marcus Mason because Ladell Betts suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

After several stints with Washington, the former Georgetown Prep standout finally made the opening 53-man roster out of training camp, and it was a feel-good story for a team that has had few in another disappointing season. But Mason didn't show much (six rushes for 19 yards) earlier this season in his brief audition for an expanded role, and with Washington carrying five running backs on the active roster at one point and other moves needing to be made because of injuries, Mason got caught in the numbers crunch.

Now that he's back, Mason hopes this opportunity leads to a long NFL career. Rock Cartwright will start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial, Coach Jim Zorn said, but Mason will play.

"He will definitely play this week," Zorn said. "One of the things about Marcus is that he has real confidence in himself, much like Rock Cartwright. He understands the situation. He didn't just go huddle in the corner and wait until the phone rang [after the Redskins cut him].

"He has been working out and trying to get ready, so that if he had an opportunity he would be ready. That's what you love about a player like Marcus and other players like him who stay ready. Now, he has every opportunity to participate in his first game back."

With Betts and Clinton Portis also out because of lingering affects from a concussion, Mason is expected to split time with the recently signed Quinton Ganther behind Cartwright, who provided a spark in the running and passing games against Dallas after replaced the injured Betts.

"I feel like this is the best opportunity that I will have, so I got to make a name of myself," Mason said. "I got to do something this weekend and this is it. I feel like I've had nine lives and I'm on my eighth one."

Final score: Philadelphia 34, Redskins 17.

By Jason Reid  |  November 29, 2009; 7:06 AM ET
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Skins lose ONE game again and now you are predicting they'll lose and not score more than 17 points. Be more creative, Jason.

Posted by: cmecyclist | November 29, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

"I feel like this is the best opportunity that I will have, so I got to make a name of myself," Mason said. "I got to do something this weekend and this is it. I feel like I've had nine lives and I'm on my eighth one."

By Jason Reid | November 29, 2009; 7:06 AM ET

Nine lives? I feel like he's on his 12th one. Haven't we come to this movie a few times already and walked out in the middle each time?

Posted by: League-Source | November 29, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Final score: Philadelphia 34, Redskins 17.

By Jason Reid | November 29, 2009; 7:06 AM ET


You think the Redskins offense will put 17 on the Eagles D? What a homer.

You think the Eagles can score 34 on the Redkins D? What an awayer.

Philadelphia 17 Redskins 6

Posted by: League-Source | November 29, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Heh-heh, I guess ol' Tiger "Hunter Thompson Jr." is on the mainline to his lawyer right about now..You can just see the Nike "Star Disaster Team" come flying in their Apaches to perform a surgical extraction..One thing to always remember- PCP AND LSD DON'T MIX!! Next thing , he'll burn down the "Masters" country club in Augusta, screaming, "I'M NAT TURNER!!! I'M NAT TURNER!!!" Any other mortal droid would be in the pokey, negotiating plea bargains and deals for cigarettes, yeesh..

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

From the times, interesting stat on the improved play of JC. B4 some of you get started, and you know who you are, I'm posting this to show that while Zorn's scheme may work, for what every reason, the players are executing better under the Sherm Lewis experiment.

Campbell's confidence

Jason Campbell is developing more trust in second-year players Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly and Fred Davis and a better sense of what to do when the pressure does and doesn't come.

Since Zorn was stripped of the playcalling, Campbell has worn a large wristband with the plays listed. Campbell said that has contributed to a faster tempo getting to the line of scrimmage - a credit to offensive assistant Chris Meidt, who aids Sherm Lewis with the passing calls.

Campbell in Games 4-6 (Zorn calling the plays): 38-for-61 for 404 yards, three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 78.9 rating.

Campbell in Games 7-10 (community playcalling): 85-for-128 for 929 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions and a 95.6 rating.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Any other mortal droid would be in the pokey, negotiating plea bargains and deals for cigarettes, yeesh..

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2009 8:26 AM |

Yeah, right, because ramming a fire hydrant and a tree is a capital crime in Florida -- where DUI vehicular manslaughter of a poor Hispanic draws 30 days in the slammer.

Posted by: League-Source | November 29, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Campbell has worn a large wristband with the plays listed.

Wait, does this mean they've gotten rid of Zorn's playcalling nomenclature? That's the centerpiece of his offense!

Posted by: daggar | November 29, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Philadelphia 17 Redskins 6

Posted by: League-Source

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Does this mean you predict Suisham will make two field goals, or miss an extra point?

Posted by: brianearman | November 29, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

JASON LA CANFORA
Redskins DT Haynesworth inactive vs. Eagles
Posted: November 29th, 2009 | Jason La Canfora | Tags: Albert Haynesworth, Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Week 12 injuries

The Redskins have DT Albert Haynesworth slated as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. And Eagles RB Brian Westbrook could be out longer than anticipated.

Haynesworth is among the players identified by the Redskins as not being suited up to face the Eagles in Philadelphia, according to team sources. Haynesworth missed last week’s game against the Cowboys and was listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Haynesworth did travel with the team to Philadelphia, and he also made the trip to Dallas last week.

The Eagles are operating as if Westbrook, who played in only one of the previous four games because of a concussion, will be sidelined at least through next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team expects the running back to visit with specialists shortly after that as long as he continues to feel good and be symptom-free. The independent doctors then will make a determination on if and when Westbrook could return to practice and/or games.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Head Coach:

Russ Grimm

Def Cord:

Jerry Gray

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Head Coach:

Russ Grimm

Def Cord:

Jerry Gray

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2009 9:51 AM

More concerned about who will be the OC under the Grimm administration.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Skins lose ONE game again and now you are predicting they'll lose and not score more than 17 points. Be more creative, Jason.

Posted by: cmecyclist | November 29, 2009 7:29 AM |

We've lost a lot more ONE games than won homer.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Any other mortal droid would be in the pokey, negotiating plea bargains and deals for cigarettes, yeesh..

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2009 8:26 AM |

Yeah, right, because ramming a fire hydrant and a tree is a capital crime in Florida -- where DUI vehicular manslaughter of a poor Hispanic draws 30 days in the slammer.

Posted by: League-Source


Thanks for saving the rest of us the trouble of responding to this yutz.

Posted by: TheCork | November 29, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Head Coach:

Russ Grimm

Def Cord:

Jerry Gray

Posted by: 4thFloor |


Sound choices but utterly irrelevant as long as Cerrato is EVP and Snyder is Chief Meddler in charge.

Posted by: TheCork | November 29, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Head Coach:

Russ Grimm

Def Cord:

Jerry Gray

Posted by: 4thFloor
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GM: Chris Poulin

HC: Russ Grimm

Let Poulin run the front office and let Grimm run the team. That was easy.

Posted by: hessone | November 29, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

GM: Chris Poulin

HC: Russ Grimm

Let Poulin run the front office and let Grimm run the team. That was easy.

Posted by: hessone | November 29, 2009 10:34 AM

The only way this is possible is if Indiannoplace hires Grimm as HC. They locked up Poulin for the long haul.

Posted by: League-Source | November 29, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Head Coach:

Jim Hardbaugh

Why?

1. Brought Stanford football back from the dead, including win over USC.
2. Was NFL QB. Has NFL experience.
3. Cowher isn't going to hire on with Snyder and all the rest of the SB coaches in waiting are has beens.
4. Good bloodlines. Brother is Ravens HC. The Hardbaugh clan is a subclan of the Baugh clan which includes Skins HOF QB Sammy Baugh. Members of the clan have a reputation of being Hard Asses which is what the Skins need to whip then into shape after 2 yrs of mealy mouthed New Ageism.

Posted by: Coriolis | November 29, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@hessone - Chris Polin just signed an extension to become GM of the Colts by 2012.

@TWISI - Grimm would pull somebody from Wisenhunt's staff. Who more than likely will come from the Gibbs/Coryell Tree..

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@TWISI - Grimm would pull somebody from Wisenhunt's staff. Who more than likely will come from the Gibbs/Coryell Tree..

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2009 10:46 AM

I don't see anyone on the Cardinals staff that has NFL OC experience as far as I can tell. So I'm not sure that would happen. Grimm did work with Terry Robiskie who has OC experience. Bringing back Robiskie would be interting to say the least. Grimm is a good HC candidate, but with him in particular he'll need a experienced coordinators.

Posted by: TWISI | November 29, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

hc russ grim oc charlie weiss

Posted by: robertg238 | November 29, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

charlie weiss oc

Posted by: robertg238 | November 29, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Snyder isn't going with Grimm as HC. Two reasons:

1. He had the chance to take him before and passed.
2. So many teams have passed on Grimm you would think he was a Skins DB. Snyder doesn't other's leftovers.

Posted by: Coriolis | November 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

4thFloor
@hessone - Chris Polin just signed an extension to become GM of the Colts by 2012.

Thanks for the info, although it is disappointing to hear. A call to the wild:

BOYCOTT $NYDER-FIRE CERRATO-DUMP DONOVAN!!!

Posted by: hessone | November 29, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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