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Smith re-injures groin; Paulescu to punt (updated)

Punter Hunter Smith has re-injured his groin and will not be available Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Sam Paulescu, a former Oregon State punter who was with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and again last year, will replace him on the roster. The team held punter tryouts today at Redskins Park.

Smith initially suffered the injury on his first punt Oct. 4 during a 16-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He sat out the next two games and punted seven times in the 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

On 20 punts this season, Smith has overall and net averages of 43.4 and 38.8 yards, respectively. The 11-year veteran has placed nine punts inside opponents' 20-yard lines and his longest punt covered 58 yards.

Rick Maese reports via Twitter that Chris Horton stopped practicing early because he hurt his knee. We'll have details later.

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  November 5, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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Comments

Where's our boy PakalakaHackaShaq?

Posted by: 4-12 | November 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

yeah because thats gonna make a big difference against atl. 2nd

Posted by: prescrunk | November 5, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Give Durant Brooks a call. haha.

Posted by: AllThatSkins | November 5, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I bet the Redskins FO has worked out more punters this season than offensive linemen. How does that make sense?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that Vinny Bug-eyes has gotten approval from Dan Snidely and Sherman Bingo to sign and activate three punters this week -- in another misguided to spread the workload around a bit -- in view of the numerous expected three and outs. To accommodate the signings, he'll need to deactivate a few more offensive linemen, but hey... TF, why not?

Meanwhile, ARE is said to be developing a whole new repertoire of fair catch fumbles and no gains for this week's march on Atlanta... while JC17 has come up with a whole new series of excuses and alibis for why he should not be held accountable for his failure to execute plays, move the ball or score points.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Hunter has a strained chuckle.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 5, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

4th Floor, what is the 3rd Wall?

Posted by: dcsween | November 5, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Loosen up, groiny-baby.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | November 5, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess 6 years isn't enough for even Greg Blache to get it. The disconnect between this organization and its fans is staggering.

We're not about Snyder's non-football activities- we're mad about how we've been dealt with as fans.

I've got nothing really to say about Riggo except that he in no way speaks for "fans". Riggo was a great football player- period. His opinion should bear no more consideration than any retired former prima-donna's would.

That said, Snyder's heart can be judged just as easily by looking at how his organization has responded to legit criticism. The knee jerk BS treatment of the fans is what I'm most pissed about.

The fact that the players, coaches and management all seem to have this absurd expectation of blind loyalty is galling and pushes me further toward the "franchisectomy" position.

Posted by: LarryBud | November 5, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

the 3rd Wall is attached to the 4th floor

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Blache stole that "three sides" line from my Grandma. Along with her "I ain't got a nickle in that quarter" those were my favorite adages from her.

She used to say that there are three sides to every story: Your version, their version, and the truth. Basically neither of the two sides will tell the story completely like how it went down or how it is. My thing is if Blache is on the side of Snyder, him being one of his "best friends" and all, who's to say that his side is the "truth"?

Not calling the man a liar or some Snyder do-boy-yes-man, but he isn't exactly Switzerland in this whole thing.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 5, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You miss Blatche's point...Riggins attacked the man personally. Snyder should be criticized for his football decisions, but Riggins, attacked his character.

If Blatche feels the need to defend him, then he should.

Me personally, I think the criticism if Snyder has gotten way too personal and gone way too far. There are many who are capitializing on piling on.

Posted by: rickyroge | November 5, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

On that note, Ryan Howard...please disappear for the ENTIRE off-season. Give no interviews, and maybe everyone will forget about the magnificent gag-job you pulled in the playoffs...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 5, 2009 8:05 AM


Here is your exact words bro. Thats why I mentioned the previous series. Baseball is a game of streaks and slumps. The Yankees have good left handed pitchers. Howard struggled. The Phillies lost to the better team this year. It wasn't all Howards fault. Hamels, Lidge enough blame to go around.

But you keep on there buddy. Anything you don't agree with. UFB or whatever. Clown.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | November 5, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I mean, could he have picked a bigger stage to absolutely SUCK on???

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 5, 2009 1:51 PM |
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Well there was that stage (with the pole) I saw your lady-friend sucking on, but that's another story.

And chowdah sucks.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 5, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

He set a record for number of strike-outs, but what do I know, I'm just a sox fan.....ufb....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1
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The typical sox fan at that. Bet your lady-friend has a nice, new looking pink Sox hat. Or is that your hat?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 5, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

This groin thing with Hunter sounds kind of familiar. The Redskins had a kicker named Hall who had recurring groin problems. I think he was eventually placed on injured reserve, and then lost his job to Suisham the next year. I hope this isn't something similar.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 5, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Riggins "took it there" with Snyder comes as no surprise to me.

The dude is straight up bitter and can't keep his damn mouth shut for s***. If it's not Portis, then it's Snyder/Cerrato, or whatever other hair that's across his ass that day.

His pissing and moaning started to wear thin about two years ago. I honestly believe that is why his radio show FAILED and SUCKED. he blasts Clinton Portis every chance he gets for the SAME S*** he used to do? If that's not bitterness or hating I don't know what is. Or He'll go on and on about how the state of the Redskins is so f'd up, and Snyder has a "dark heart", or how "Vinny is an idiot" but offer no real analysis on how to resolve it.

If Riggins were a blogger, he'd be a troll.

Thing is the dude is sour because whatever appeal he had left is fading, the one thing he can't lose, he's about to (all-time leading rusher in 'skins history), and he got s*** canned from Snyder's network.

You'd think with someone who had the success of John Riggins would be a very happy dude, but when you've been a whiny, egotistical, stubborn jerk-off all your life I guess it ain't that easy to change.

I know many of you gaze upon this dude like the 2nd coming and whatnot, but when I started watching football he was long gone, so sorry, the dude is hardly canonized by me. He just sounds like a bitter, pathetic old dirtbag at his point, and it's been old.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 5, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed how it's Snyder's well-paid, kept lackeys that are coming to his defense. Portis has nice juicy guaranteed $$$ but on the open market he is a has been and Blache is making close to a HC salary which Snyder gifted on him to hang around instead of retiring. The worst of his attackers, like Riggo, were porked by him (lost his radio gig) and are bitter and want revenge.

Posted by: LittleGreenBag | November 5, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hunter's groin is just anohter example of how our free agent additions either under perform or can't stay on the field. What is it with these guys...

Posted by: Devo2 | November 5, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm enjoying all the junior Dr. Freuds here describing Riggo's motivation....

News bulletin: He's no different than Rush Limbaugh,Colin Cowherd, Brittney Spears, Sarah Palin or Balloon Boy Dad.

You thrive in Media in this sad sack condition the country is in today by being outrageous. A conscience is strictly optional.

And there's a huge dollop of the same thing in many of the posters here. The difference is you're just not very good at it.

Posted by: TheCork | November 5, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Red, I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that the thing Riggo "can't lose" is having made the greatest play in the history of the franchise, 70 Chip.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 5, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Loosen up, groiny-baby.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | November 5, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

LOL, excellent.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 5, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Red, I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that the thing Riggo "can't lose" is having made the greatest play in the history of the franchise, 70 Chip.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 5, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, they can't take that away from him; I don't know who would even try

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"Goal line, goal line...I-left, tight wing, 70 Chip on white."

*Goosebumps*

Posted by: 4-12 | November 5, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

So no good on the Boom Pakalakalaka ... return of Dave Rayner?

[Rayner is one of those rare birds to make it out of Michigan State who is neither a criminal nor outstanding ... which means he kicks or punts ... but you already knew that.]

Posted by: dcsween | November 5, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. So Riggins gets a pass becasue he's in the media now, therefor it's okay to be outragesouly negative all the damn time becasue "these are the times"?

Bullspit!

Posted by: RedDMV | November 5, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

RedDMV,
John Riggins was a great running back and just because he played while you were still pooping green don't make it any less the truth. I wouldn't take that away from him, but you are right: the guy is 100% pure bitter. That's a pity because he was so much fun to watch on and off the field when he was a player. Now he's this washed up drunk who can't find a job, taking desperation shots at people just to get on the air. Sad. Truly sad.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 5, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice. Now Vinny has room to pick up another running back.

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | November 5, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

You miss Blatche's point...Riggins attacked the man personally. Snyder should be criticized for his football decisions, but Riggins, attacked his character.

If Blatche feels the need to defend him, then he should.

Me personally, I think the criticism if Snyder has gotten way too personal and gone way too far. There are many who are capitializing on piling on.

Posted by: rickyroge

I agree Ricky. I think some of this stuff have gotten way too personal and some have cross the line. Attack what he has done with the football team but some of the stuff about his character is way over the line especially when people don't really even know the man.

Posted by: jm220 | November 5, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Nate, you can vouch for that. I wasn't even around.
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And another thing Corkczar those people you named: Rush Limbaugh,Colin Cowherd, Brittney Spears, Sarah Palin or Balloon Boy Dad -- are all denigrate pieces of s***.

So I guess Riggns does fit in aptly with your list.

You Riggins apologist kill the f outta me, for real.

He needs to just take his ass on somewhere these ain't your 80's 'Skins so how is he helping the team by going into b**ch mode?

Posted by: RedDMV | November 5, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Portis has nice juicy guaranteed $$$ but on the open market he is a has been"

Too true.

C Portis=Edgerrin James=L Tomilinson=Larry Johnson=Jamal Lewis=Shaun Alexander= the quick death of the early 2000 running back stars.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 5, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

todd, so help me understand where I was wrong in saying that Howard stunk?? Cuz, I'm not getting it???? Did he not stink, just kind of simple, yes or no will suffice on that.........I mean, when you set a record for strike-outs...is that NOT the epitome of stinking??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 5, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

RedDMV,

Riggins is just bitter Portis gets paid and is about to break his records and Dan won't give him a job.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 5, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Hit refresh; I updated this string.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 5, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Update from above....

Punter - Paulescu,
Horton Hurts a Knee

Posted by: 4-12 | November 5, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Coach Blache is one of those folks Snyder WANTS in the building. The problem is that Snyder strongly PREFERS NOT TO let guys like grilliams or even Joe Gibbs decide who is chosen for his defenses to make those choices. I believe that is what Coach Blache means when he says he does not agree with every decision Mr. Snyder makes. I wonder how much input coach Blache has on who makes the 53 man roster? Who is active or inactive? How much input do you really have Coach Blache?

Are both Champ Bailey and Lavernus Coles WRONG in describing the side of Dan Snyder THEY experienced?

Coach Blache should perhaps answer some of these questions before he makes such 'pronouncements'.
It would go a long way to deflating criticisms from pundits such as John Riggins.

Posted by: periculum | November 5, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think idiot boy should move the team to LA, and we can start over in a couple of years.

I know it will suck, but can anyone else think of another way to get rid of him?

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 5, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

We could hire those guys from "Saving Silverman" to kidnap Danny...that would work.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Riggins is just bitter Portis gets paid and is about to break his records and Dan won't give him a job.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 5, 2009

Clearly a co-worker of Homer Simpson at the nuclear power plant. Too much exposure to radioactivity. Dude, How many superbowl trophies has Portis helped win? Z-E-R-O, Z-E-R-O! Count them again please, yup ZERO. How many superbowl MVP awards? NFL overall MVP awards? Z--E--R--O. How many NFC or AFC championships? You idiot Riggins came out of retirement because Gibbs convinced him he could still win some of those. AND HE DID.
Please stop pushing that consumate L-O-S-E-R L-held up to forehead player who is currently the feature back for the Redskins. Blache is one thing ... Portis is quite another ...

Posted by: periculum | November 5, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

On the theme of "the good ol' days"....

http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2009/11/1105back-to-the-future/

[And bringing back sween's favorite game of 'Bizarre and irritatingly relevant']

Posted by: 4-12 | November 5, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Clearly a co-worker of Homer Simpson at the nuclear power plant. Too much exposure to radioactivity. Dude, How many superbowl trophies has Portis helped win? Z-E-R-O, Z-E-R-O! Count them again please, yup ZERO. How many superbowl MVP awards? NFL overall MVP awards? Z--E--R--O. How many NFC or AFC championships? You idiot Riggins came out of retirement because Gibbs convinced him he could still win some of those. AND HE DID.
Please stop pushing that consumate L-O-S-E-R L-held up to forehead player who is currently the feature back for the Redskins. Blache is one thing ... Portis is quite another ...
Posted by: periculum

You have a point with some of it but you have to admit that Riggins was FAR from a saint. If he would've played today, his antics would be right up there with the TOs of the world. His antics today would make CPs look minimal.

Posted by: dcwun | November 5, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Which antics? Be specific; yes, Riggins was a partying kind of guy, but he didn't pull the team destruction kind of stuff that TO does.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Clearly a co-worker of Homer Simpson at the nuclear power plant. Too much exposure to radioactivity. Dude, How many superbowl trophies has Portis helped win? Z-E-R-O, Z-E-R-O! Count them again please, yup ZERO. How many superbowl MVP awards? NFL overall MVP awards? Z--E--R--O. How many NFC or AFC championships? You idiot Riggins came out of retirement because Gibbs convinced him he could still win some of those. AND HE DID.

Please stop pushing that consumate L-O-S-E-R L-held up to forehead player who is currently the feature back for the Redskins. Blache is one thing ... Portis is quite another ...

Posted by: periculum | November 5, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, I'm not trying to take anything away from Riggins. Dude was a good RB in his day and had the benefit of running behind a great o-line.

Don't be so sensitive that Portis about to break his records. There is room for more than 1 great RB in Redskin history.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 5, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

They didn't put Cooley on IR so I don't think they have an open roster spot for this punter, which means someone will get cut. Who wants to bet Renaldo Wynn gets it again?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 5, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks Jax is warming up the moving vans for LA. Check ESPN's NFL front page right now for details of THAT debacle.

Not sure the League will sit still for a Danny move.

Also, Danny is more than anything, a Redskins fan at heart. Its actually part of his management problem. NO WAY he moves them. Maybe I'm completely wrong, but i don't even think he views it as the remotest of options or possibilities.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 5, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What Blache didn't say: "Dan Snyder knows football."

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 5, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Also, Danny is more than anything, a Redskins fan at heart. Its actually part of his management problem. NO WAY he moves them. Maybe I'm completely wrong, but i don't even think he views it as the remotest of options or possibilities.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 5, 2009 4:25 PM

Why would he? He has access to one of the biggest and most loyal fan bases in the country (which ironically is the very thing he is exploiting). He's not going to dump that cash flow.

Posted by: Moose33 | November 5, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

You miss Blatche's point...Riggins attacked the man personally. Snyder should be criticized for his football decisions, but Riggins, attacked his character.

If Blatche feels the need to defend him, then he should.

Me personally, I think the criticism if Snyder has gotten way too personal and gone way too far. There are many who are capitializing on piling on.

Posted by: rickyroge


Exactly.....

Posted by: jcnjcnj | November 5, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there revenue sharing in the NFL?

Since Redskins already make the league a lot of money I don't think the owners would want to risk that just to try a team in LA.

A smaller market team like Jacksonville would make sense because the owners would be risking less and would see a much greater return on investment.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 5, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The infidels will always return to root for Mr. Snyder's business. Empty your pockets in masses infidels.
You people are a joke, you wated all this time attacking Mr. Snyder and now that the waters are all calmed now you shall come back to feed the business.

Posted by: Incognito00 | November 5, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't be so sensitive that Portis about to break his records. There is room for more than 1 great RB in Redskin history.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 5, 2009

You still don't get the point do you? Sonny Jurgenson had MULTIPLE 400 yard games, back when there were only 14 games in a season AND the Redskins were perennial losers ... although not as bad as they are now. The only other QB who did that was Dan Marino. Did Sonny win an MVP? Did he win a superbowl (okay, so maybe if Allen has let him into the Miami game things might have been different) still ...
Riggins and Manley had MELTDOWNS, complete breakdowns experiencing heart-breaking losses with this team. Riggins just quit, retired. Manley fell in to some heavy drug use. They did not care about sacks or yards from scrimmage ... only the score at the end of the game and the tally of wins and losses.
Portis IS NOT LIKE THIS. I could give a rat's a

Posted by: periculum | November 5, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Agreed with everything you say there Periculum, except that the Redskins were not as bad as they are now - Until Vince Lombardi got here, they were, just, pretty darn bad...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, so Portis doesn't care because he hasn't threatened to quit or become a heavy drug user? Is that really your argument.

I respect that Portis plays hard on game day and often plays injured. If that's not enough to earn your respect..oh well.

RE: your simpsons reference. That show was funny 10 yrs ago.

Maybe if you stopped watching reruns and old Riggo game film your arguments would make sense.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 5, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

you know, it just feels like RI has just run out of steam; it's kind of like when the popcorn in the microwave is almost through popping; we just get noisy posts at random intervals throughout the day.

Are we really arguing about Riggins' contribution to the 'Skins vs. Portis'?

Two different eras, with, (and this is important) two different OLs

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Bye week blues, brother, bye week blues.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 5, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Yup, yup - just think, next week, we'll be able to discuss the latest trave-sham-mockery from the boys in maroon and black.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 5, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Um, hello? If the Burgundy Revolution succeeds, any chance Greg Blache has a job? Why would he be on Riggins's side?

Posted by: minorthread | November 5, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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