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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/26/2010

Jones-Drew is out, but so are three Redskins linemen

By Rick Maese

Kickoff at EverBank Field is less than a couple of hours away here on a cold day in Jacksonville. While the weather isn't ideal, it certainly could be much worse today closer to home. If the Redskins are unable to fly back after the game because of the storm along the East Coast, team officials say they do have a contingency plan in place.

Meanwhile, Redskins players are focused on spoiling the Jaguars' playoff hopes. Washington will catch a break today: Maurice Jones-Drew is not expected to play for the Jaguars because of a knee injury.

Jones-Drew is second in the NFL with 1,324 rushing yards, and the Redskins are ranked No. 27 against the run. Washington gives up an average of 134.4 rushing yards per outing.

Second-year running back Rashad Jennings will likely start in Jones-Drew's place. Jennings has 319 yards this season on 47 carries, an average of 6.8 yards per carry. He has three touchdowns, including a 74-yarder in limited action this season. Today will mark his second career start.

To make matters worse for Washington, the Redskins placed three defensive linemen on injured reserve last week, including starters Kedric Golston and Maake Kemoeatu. Without them, the Redskins will likely start Vonnie Holliday at defensive end and Anthony Bryant for a second week in a row at nose tackle.

By Rick Maese  | December 26, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
Categories:  Kedric Golston  
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Brandon Banks is so fast he's already returned all his gifts.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

With all the airport delays, will Rashad Jennings's jersey make it to the Hall of Fame overnight?

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 26, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I think the point that needs to be made is that Shanahan overestimated and gambled on McNabb raising the talent level of this offense. This roster was a lot more than a 34 YR old QB away from being competitive. Shanahan made a TERRIBLE trade and wasted a 2nd and 4th but the only thing dumber would be to compound that mistake by not admitting it. Cut bait and rebuild..

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 25, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I cosign, diesel. Shanny rolled the dice, hoping that DMac could perform with this mix of offensive(double entendre intended) players. DMac clearly was an upgrade as a leader, but had developed too many bad habits from his earlier Iggle days. So I suspect that Shanny has made the decision to cut bait, perhaps get a draft pick for #5, and move on to his next candidate, probably to be drafted in April. Dmac certainly brought hope and excitement to the off-season workouts, but not a consistency to the game. Too bad. So we neeed to give Shanny credit for cutting bait and moving on.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 26, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse


i'm not talking to you. You're sorry team will end up tied with $kins in victories but benefitting from the different rules for playoffs and drafting thus ending a spot ahead in the draft having a 'harder schedule' but behind in the division thus getting the 4th place schedule next year. Typical d-bag thang that works for the 'girls.

Posted by: bangkokben | December 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Credit no f-ing way. Two picks to a division rival for qb not on the roster next year is stupid. He should have given #5 another off-season to figure it out and then made a deal.

Instead, we have a coach who has no problem wasting both 3 picks on a qb that won't start the majority of the games next year and two seasons with the little talent that this team does have. A strong season next year from Fletcher, Orakpo, Landry, Hall, and Cooley will be completely wasted because two of the qb picks (2010 #2 AND 2011 #1/2) could've been used on starters on the lines. Credit?

Condemnation is what Shanahan deserves.

Posted by: bangkokben | December 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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