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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Macho Harris, James Davis inactive

By Jason Reid

Apparently, safeties Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore will be even busier than usual Sunday against Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.

The Redskins listed safety Macho Harris among their inactives for the NFC East matchup, meaning Doughty and Moore are the team's only active defensive backs who primarily play safety. Second-year cornerback Kevin Barnes has worked a little at safety this season. Veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers, who has sat out three of the past four games because of hamstring problems, also has some experience at the position.

Defensive end Kedric Golston, who started the first 13 games, was ruled out Friday because of groin and elbow injuries. Vonnie Holliday will start at right end in place of Golston. The coaching staff also plans to take a look at defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who has been active for only four games to this point.

Running backs James Davis and Andre Brown, offensive linemen Derrick Dockery and Erik Cook and recently signed defensive lineman Jeremy Clark are also inactive. John Beck is again listed as the No. 3 quarterback.

On Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan said Beck will serve as the primary backup for new starter Rex Grossman in the final two games. For the final game this season, quarterback Donovan McNabb is active.

The Cowboys will be without standout wide receiver Roy Williams.

By Jason Reid  | December 19, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
 
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I'm not feeling bad for McNabb, but how anyone can minimize shanahans draft pick wasting I don't get.

Also, are any of you McNabb detractors at all impressed with Kyles body of work? Where is the faith in him coming from? Certainly not outstanding career performance.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 19, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Stand out receiver Roy Williams? Shirley you jest.


With only two RBs active it is a good thing that Williams is durable.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Mortensen just reported that $nyder isn't happy about this situation.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, are any of you McNabb detractors at all impressed with Kyles body of work? Where is the faith in him coming from? Certainly not outstanding career performance.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 19, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think most the faith comes from how strong the pass attack was in Houston and the fact that he has that Bill Belacheat like background having grown up in football

Posted by: alex35332 | December 19, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Also, are any of you McNabb detractors at all impressed with Kyles body of work? Where is the faith in him coming from? Certainly not outstanding career performance.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 19, 2010 12:31 PM

Kyle's body of work might be better if DM5 was doing his job.

And no, most of us fans are big time disappointed with MS and what he has done or not done this year.

I am just not willing to give up on another coaching staff ala Dan Snyder after less than one year of giving him the reigns.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I thought James Davis had played well enough to be active. No complaints at RB, though. Torain, my FF team is riding on you.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Mortensen just reported that $nyder isn't happy about this situation.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

No redskins fan is.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Mortensen just reported that $nyder isn't happy about this situation.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Glazer reported the same thing.

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Mortensen just reported that $nyder isn't happy about this situation.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

No redskins fan is.

Posted by: AdamCr
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indeed.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

So....

What if:

Grossman plays really well and we win? Is he the man for the future? Does it mean McNabb was the problem after-all?

Grossman plays disastrously bad and we're getting crushed? Do we tell McNabb we're sorry and put him back in?

Grossman plays well and the O still can't score? Does that mean Kyle or Shanny needs to re-examine their thinking?

Grossman doesn't play well and then gets hurt and McNabb comes in a rally's the team to victory. Do you stay with the plan and make him the 3rd QB next week?

The team "quites"on Shanny and embarrasses itself again? Does that mean Shanny should go? or the players?

What if....

Posted by: edvar | December 19, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Murphy's Law has been kicking the skins a$$ for years: Only 2 active safties today so Murphy will ensure that one of them will be injured today. """Murphy's Law"""

Posted by: kingpenn1 | December 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Mortensen just reported that $nyder isn't happy about this situation.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:34 PM |

If true, that's how you know it's a smart move.

Posted by: mack1 | December 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I think most the faith comes from how strong the pass attack was in Houston and the fact that he has that Bill Belacheat like background having grown up in football

Posted by: alex35332 | December 19, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse
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Houstons offense was moving the ball before and after Kyle.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 19, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey no one wants Shanahan to fail.

Just not enjoying this three ring circus and hate the usual one step forward, four steps back approach to running a franchise.
If they went 5-11 and didn't have this drama, I would be ok (not happy but ok).
This doesn't look like forward, it has the strange familiarity of moving backward.

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Is there some rule that we have to have either Aikman or that nitwit Moose announce our every game? I'm sure Moose won't be at all biased today.

Posted by: NYPDee | December 19, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Edvar,

I don't think anyone thinks Rex is the future no matter how well he plays today. Unless by "future" you mean "placeholder for draft pick".

I don't think we put McNabb back in unless an injury forces us to.

"Grossman plays well and the O still can't score? Does that mean Kyle or Shanny needs to re-examine their thinking?"

Definitely an option. I'd say yes, they'd have to re-evaluate the scheme, and that's part of the reason for the Rex-periment.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

More stuff from PFT that we should be able to get from RI:

Snyder “unhappy” with McNabb benching
Posted by Mike Florio on December 19, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

Jay Glazer of FOX is bringing the heat. On a Sunday morning that’s light on heavy-duty scoop (then again, they’d all be reporting that Jenn Sterger met with Roger Goodell on Thursday is that particular cat hadn’t shimmied out of the bag on Saturday), Glazer started with the Tyler Brayton sideline video, and he chased it with a report that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is “unhappy” with the benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Per Glazer, Snyder was out of the country while it all went down. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had to push repeatedly to get his way.

One source jokingly (we think) told Glazer that, if the switch to Grossman doesn’t go well, Snyder may change the locks on the coaches.

We think it’s not a joke. No owner falls out of love with head coaches faster than Daniel Snyder, and with Jon Gruden ready and willing to coach again, it’s only a matter of time before Snyder persuades himself that Gruden is the latest the guy to finally turn things around in D.C.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 19, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It's..THE BATTLE FOR THE BASEMENT!! C'mon, WHO WANT'S IT???

Posted by: frak | December 19, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Macho Harris, James Davis inactive"

So much for "seeing what we've got", huh?

F Shanahan...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 19, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

there's no way to make sense of this unless there's a trade in the works. the alternative is to say oh well, those crazy skins are just that head-slapping dumb and i can't accept that right now. not after giving up a 2nd rounder and a 4th that we desperately needed/need.

they knew mcnabb's age, and must have had some idea of the state of disrepair the team was in - yet they gave an nfc east rival our 2nd round pick and this year's 4th . . . for a guy in his mid 30s. the face of philly. twilight of his career.

OK, bad idea right? yes, really bad. skins fans in the know knew. oh well trade happened.

anyway, it seemed that the plan with mcnabb was to provide some stability at the qb position while they build the team and install the offense and also have a chance to compete while bringing along a kevin kolb type.

at the time, there was hope shannahan and allen knew what they're doing. we cheerfully thought "who knows? it could work, mcnabb is an upgrade let's see what happens."

...WELL WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT PLAN!? even if you finally realize mcnabb is 34 and on the downhill side of his career that plan still doesn't change.

did shannahan and allen forget about why they let themselves get fleeced by andy reid?

you did the trade stick it out! live with mcnabb for a while, dirt balls, injuries, 4-int games and all. that's what yoU GAVE AWAY OUR #37 OVERALL PICK FOR YOU TOOLS

i agree blow the team up (the skins are dog sh!te) but mcnabb isn't the problem. he's not the solution either, fine - but they did the trade leave it alone. jason campbell wasn't the problem. the QB position isn't the most immediately problem with this team.

they're overly focused on the QB. the idiots on television love to say "it's a qb league" blah blah blah well that's BS. it's a f-ing offensive and defensive line league as much as anything else.

if they don't get something for mcnabb and haynesworth (and why wouldn't they? more than one team wants them i guarantee it and they'd be in competition to offer the most attractive picks)...i'll lose my mind even more.

mcnabb isn't the solution. he isn't the problem but you mortgaged out future for this guy and his zoned out thousand yard stare so live with it while you address the deeper core issues of the washington dog crap deadskins that is life under daniel snyder may he rot in hell.

have fun watching the cowboys maul this disheveled mess (accept for banks, fletcher, moss those are my boys) im going to the gym.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 19, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Doughty with the sack!!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited to see Rex. I predict an INT.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 19, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

held them to a field goal, that a change from the last few weeks

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 19, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Here we go!

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Fumble, Int or TD, what does Rex do first?

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

no INT or fumble!

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 19, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

In with the new boss.....same as the old boss.....

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | December 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

ST killing us again.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Have a nice trip!

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, he tried to throw the Int, but dallas too incompetent.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Rex looks awesome! Loved that throw to Armstrong into double coverage.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This has a preseason feel for Grossman. Three passes against a defense that has been struggling to stop the run.

Posted by: TWISI | December 19, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

One of the first cuts made has to be K Moore. Dude plain sucks.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Why does Moore always tackle high. He sucks.

Posted by: TWISI | December 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Nice. D says F U Garrett!!

Great stop.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

LBF is the man!!!!

Posted by: TWISI | December 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Fletch, beasting again!!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice Stand D! John S h i t n a running? I think he turns back to a pumpkin today.

Mans play Fletch.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

YES! The D has more heart than the entire Shanahan family!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | December 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Whew, close one. Almost scored a TD there.

Fair is foul and foul is fair
When neither team a win can spare

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Fletcher channeling Lavar on that play!! defense came to play...time for the O to step the f up.

Posted by: s22312 | December 19, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes, let's get the train going

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

pick

Posted by: priceisright | December 19, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

YES! LOVE REX!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I like it. Keep our offense off the field. We might win with that formula.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

And the correct answer is...INT.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I want the Skins to win, always - almost as much as I want the Cowhomos to lose. That said, give a decent showing but preserve our standing in the Cam Newton sweepstakes, please.

Thank you.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

41 and 37 probably aren't even backups on other teams.

Posted by: swowra | December 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I call next Rex turnover.

This time I call fumble despite not being touched by a defender.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I think we've seen enough to "evaluate" Rex Grossman III.

unilateral disarmament versus dallas. the franchise has been sunk from joke to outright disgrace.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | December 19, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Two three and outs? Rex's got this.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 19, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

If Grossman plays well the last three games ... pulls a Todd Collins then he gets the job for the next 2-3 (or more) and Kyle is your next head coach when his daddy retires in 2-3 after grooming the young quarterback they plan on drafting.

What will in reality happen is that due to the dearth of decent lineman on both sides of the ball the Redskins will get blown out at least one or two more times. Morale has to be low and when you have a dearth of talent on your lines that can kill you because you expect guys will little talent to overachieve.

It ain't happening. Shanahan gets canned by the end of the season. Saw this coming with the whole Haynesworth debacle. You can't have that when you are a rookie coach with a new team that has suffered a continuous melodrama for years that has had a profound effect on their ability to play football. This is all about Shanahan trying to set up his son Kyle. Just like good old Marty Schottenheimer.

The difference is Marty used to actually win because he believed in building THE LINES and made the skill players a lower priority. Even quarterback. Yet he managed to go 8-8 in his first year after the drama the led to the end of Norv Turner's regime.

Shanahan does not look as good as Schottenheimer. He is definitely not as good as Joe Gibbs 1.0 or 2.0 or 3.0.

Dan will go back to the drawing board again.

Posted by: periculum | December 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

God, the field position our ST is giving up is absolutely atrocious.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Dallas playing with way more energy. Why is Witten getting such a clean release.

Posted by: TWISI | December 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Macho Harris, James Davis inactive"
So much for "seeing what we've got", huh?
F Shanahan...

Posted by: brownwood26

F you brownwood. It's funny guys that work at Mc donalds think they know what's better for the team. Obviously Rex is not the answer, but donavan is not either. Why did the Eagles let him go? You are no real fan.

HTTR!

Posted by: rodskin | December 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

good thing we fired our punter.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | December 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

PUSH 'EM BACK, PUSH 'EM BACK, WAAAAY BACK!!! COME IN ANY CLOSER AND WE'LL SCRATCH YOUR EYES OUT!!! SHMEEGEL!!SHMOFFLE!! HOSSENFEFFER INCORPORATED!!

Posted by: frak | December 19, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Right after they cut Moore, they need to fire D. Smith.

Punt coverage suks.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Rex has obviously not yet recovered from the news of Captain Beefheart's death.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 19, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Barnes first play at fs, he doesn't know his assignment then blows his man up.

Book it he's the starting safety nexty yr.

Seen him play a lot umd n he can light guys up

N plus kareem can't takle for caca

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | December 19, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody have hunter the punters e-mail address ?

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Well...how many think Grossman can answer with a TD drive on the next series?

Posted by: TWISI | December 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

beeps new thread

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Rex will answer

Posted by: rodskin | December 19, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sean Lee got the ever-loving crap knocked out of him by Sellers and LoZo.

I am happy.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 19, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The difference so far is field position. If anyone is fired it should be Danny Smith, how has he survived so far?

Posted by: rodskin | December 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Well...how many think Grossman can answer with a TD drive on the next series?

Posted by: TWISI | December 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Rex will answer

Posted by: rodskin | December 19, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I called it. We know Rex is not better than Donavan, but grasp the offense better. They will be on top by the half.

Posted by: rodskin | December 19, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Donavan didn't score a touchdown in the first game with the girls. And the last time we were in in D we didnt score a TD.

This offense of the shanahans will be productive. Those wanting to choose Donvan over Shanny need to go to Baltimore.

Posted by: rodskin | December 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

DC is the As*hole of professional sports

Posted by: aaronharman | December 19, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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