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Redskins to Audition Punters

Veteran punter Hunter Smith, who has a groin injury, might miss this week's game against the Carolina Panthers, so the Redskins plan to audition possible replacements Tuesday at Redskins Park, Coach Jim Zorn said today.

"His MRI came out decent," Zorn said. "He's got a pulled groin. It's not severe, but it is going to possibly keep him from participating. We're going to take him as we go through the week.

"We are going to bring a couple of punters in and work them out. I can't say it's a day-to-day thing. It may look like he's out. I don't know that for sure."

In Sunday's 16-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Smith was injured on his first punt in the first half. Place kicker Shaun Suisham took over punting duties and averaged 26.7 yards, and only 25.3 net yards, on three punts in the game. Smith held for Suisham on kicks after halftime, but Suisham handled Washington's only punt.

"If we did sign a punter, I would just rest Hunter. I would not punt him," Zorn said. "Now, as far as the holding goes, I would love to have him out there holding, because I want that to stay the same.

"I can't tell you want I'm going to do yet. But that's definitely a possibility, getting a guy to come in for a week and punt and give him a rest. Try to get that leg strengthened so I don't have this reoccurring the entire season."

By Jason Reid  |  October 5, 2009; 1:05 PM ET
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Comments

First to say Derrick Frost and Durant Brooks may still be available.

Posted by: goose33 | October 5, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Bean - no, we haven't got better. But its possible that it may just take longer than 20 games for a new coach/new system to shape up. Not to mention the fact that the rest of the team hasn't played that well so far, especially the line. The team is underperforming as a whole, not just JC. I think they deserve at least another few weeks to see if they can turn in the right direction.

Last year, the Saints comeback put us on a run. Sometimes things just click. Do I think it will happen? Not really, but its not impossible.

I understand theres little patience in this organization and with the fans... I'm guilty as well. But JC has gotten a pretty crummy deal in his tenure here and has handled it pretty darn well, and been a decent QB on top of it all. He knows whats on the line this season and the next few games, and so does Zorn.

Its unfortunate, but theyre going to get all the blame one way or another. So let them either succeed or go down in flames. If they fail, then change will be coming...

Posted by: Rypien11

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 5, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy of this blog and the media that surrounds it. All this season all we have been hearing is that the Redskins have not allowed JC to take his bumps and bruises like other QB's have. All QB's have had this type of game. Then when JC has a game where he has a lot of bruises we want to bench him, how can you learn what JC is made of if you dont let him play through the rough times.

We all thought that Peyton Manning would never beat NE and then he got it together, Favre has had these types of games, and the list goes on and on, but you have got to let the QB play and see how he responds.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | October 5, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Give Cooley a shot.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 5, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

But JC has gotten a pretty crummy deal in his tenure here and has handled it pretty darn well, and been a decent QB on top of it all.

can you elaborate on this? cuz, I'm not seeing how he got a crummy deal...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 5, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"can you elaborate on this? cuz, I'm not seeing how he got a crummy deal..."

Seriously?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 5, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The big story of the day should be....how did an extra point get blocked?!

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 5, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Man... We lost are number one scoring option Hunter the Punter???? Well at least he'll still hold.

Posted by: BREV1 | October 5, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Re: the bench Campbell thread.


I wanted Campbell benched at halftime.

But if we did, we lose that game.

Good thing we didn't.

Posted by: psps23 | October 5, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"... I would just rest Hunter. I would not punt him," Zorn

Geez. I would hope not, that is unless your leg is a thick as your head.

Posted by: hock1 | October 5, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

psp, how do you know we lose that game??

you got your crystal ball out again?

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Bean, seriously?

3 different playcallers/systems?

Lack of good WRs?

A bad O-line?

The FO trying to trade him, repeatedly?

An impatient and maniacal fan base?

And he's been a stand up guy, a leader, and in my opinion, a servicable QB.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Kelly and Thomas have been disappointments, but sometimes I think JC makes his job harder than it is.

He appears to be unwilling to throw the ball before the WR breaks much of the time, which means the CB gets time to recover if he's beat. If nothing else, he is late with the ball far too often - something else that can make any WR look worse than they are.

JC has a ways to go. Whether he'll make some of those improvements as the year goes on is anyone's guess.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 5, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I personally was screaming for a QB change this past weekend. Thank God Zorn cant hear me, cuz JC17 came back and had a fairly steady finish.

Didnt get to watch the game, but I was listening to it on the internet, so i could not see what was going on but it sounded pretty bad.

Kudos to Zorn for sticking with his guy. Not sure Todd Collins would have been able to come in there and do what JC17 did.

All the good stuff aside, he's been in the system too long to have those types of breakdowns. But when it got bad, he seemed to stay poised and got the job done.

2 - 2 not terrible.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

People, people, have patience, in 12 more games it will be all over ... well, that is until next season when I will ask you to have patience once again ... LOL

I am looking forward to the off-season. We seem to be the best team then.

Posted by: hock1 | October 5, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

But JC has gotten a pretty crummy deal in his tenure here and has handled it pretty darn well, and been a decent QB on top of it all.

can you elaborate on this? cuz, I'm not seeing how he got a crummy deal...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 5, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

In 5 years he's had 3 different coaches and 4 different offensive schemes. He has an UFA RT that blocks about as effectively as a revolving door. He has a broken down almost 30 year old RB with over 2,000 carries. He has a 5'10'' guy as his primary receiver and a second year guy at #2 that lost a year due to injury and is basically a rookie. The only thing he has going for him is the left side of the line and Chris Cooley.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't take a crystal ball to determine the likelihood of TC going 7 for 9 for 110 yards, 2 TDs, and a 3rd down scramble on 3rd and 12 for 13 yards in order to score 16 points in the 3rd quarter, BG.

But whateves. MK12 has yet to be thrown the ball this season. We all know this.

Posted by: psps23 | October 5, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Positive thoughts from yesterday's game:

Between Horton and Doughty, we have two safeties that can tackle. Landry needs to stop believing the hype and worry more about wrapping up than ending careers. I don't think he'll ever be Arrington or Taylor, but that doesn't mean he can't be Horton or Doughty...

With DeAngelo Hall, we have one corner who can catch. Plus, Tryon looked great chasing down Josh Johnson.

London Fletcher seems to play all three LB positions at once. With someone like him back there, surely we can spare Orakpo to rush the passer going forward.

Jeremy Jarmon seems to be nothing but awesome whenever he's in the game. I'd love to see the following defensive line-up on third down situations:

Horton, Doughty, and Landry in Cobra
Rogers, Hall, and Tryon
Fletcher and Orakpo
Jarmon, Haynesworth, Daniels, and Carter

With Orakpo to blitz or QB spy. We need as much speed as possible in the defensive backfield, and we have to rely on Fletcher or one of the three safeties to play the draw.

Offensively, we got one quarter. Out of 16 quarters of football this year, we so far have one quarter where this team has actually played like we (naively) expected it to. That may sound depressing, but I actually feel like it's a glimmer of hope. So far this year, I imagine JZ and co. have been showing the players a lot of "if only" in the film room; if only this block had held up, if only Campbell had made this read, if only Kelly had run the right route, if only Portis had cut back... At least now we should have one quarter where the offense can watch itself do something right.

Also, as bad as the first series was for Chad and Stephon, the team seemed to run really well to the right side. It was the run to the right where Portis tripped at the LOS, but could have broken a huge one. I don't know if it's because the Bucs didn't gameplan for us running to the right (it is outlandish) or because the young lineman on the right are gutting it out, but that seems like a really positive sign.

Posted by: crashinghero | October 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

They need to use the middle of the field more. Stop cutting the field in half and calling those sideline routes.

Posted by: FedorEm | October 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Every win is a small miracle with this team. I'm not expecting any miracles with Carolina.

WE NEED TO DROP A RUNNING BACK AND SIGN OL TO THE ACTIVE ROSTER

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 5, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

ChrashingHero ---I don't think they can have 12 guys on the field at once. Although it may help on 3rd down.

Posted by: goose33 | October 5, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

So everyone who thought the punter would make a difference is lame.

Everyone who thought they should have cut Suisham is lame.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 5, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This just in:

Zorn and Campbell will not be Redskins next year!

Poor Sonny J. He must wince at almost 90% of our offensive (offensive, ha) plays.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | October 5, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The reason Zorn can't tell you what he is going to do with the punter or any other decision is that the wizard behind the curtain - Snyreta haven't decided to tell him yet....He acts like he has some say in it....LAP DOG, no-play calling, goofball!!!

Posted by: klangley69 | October 5, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh NO.....Hunter the punter is hurt.....there goes half of our goal line rushing offense !!!!

Posted by: klangley69 | October 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Can't understand why Zorn would want to keep Smith active as the holder in lieu of using Todd Collins this week. Signing a punter for a week or two is a given with Smith hurting (and the fact that he's the first quality punter we've had in years), but to give up an active roster spot for a holder? Give Collins some reps holding for Suisham during the week and he should be fine to hold on Sunday.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 5, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Who do they cut to sign a punter? Mason? Alridge? Marko Mitchell? Batiste? Renaldo Wynn?

Can't Cooley punt?

Posted by: dannykurland1 | October 5, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

we simply need someone with intensity, whether that be someone on defense, on offense, we just need someone to get some fire going, no sense of pride, Doughty is the only one playing like a true skin.

Posted by: JasonCampbellisnotproblem | October 6, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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