Morning Wrap - Carlos Rogers Can't Go On PUP, Injury Updates, All You Could Want And More
The Redskins had debated internally whether or not Rogers would need to open the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but placing him with that designation is no longer an option. When Rogers, who underwent major reconstructive knee surgery in November, was cleared for full participation in 11-on-11 drills this week it made him ineligible to open the season on the PUP list, and means he will count against the 53-man roster limit to open the season even if he is still not able to play in regular season games.
Zorn said in general his policy in such cases it to "err on the side of caution" but in this instance the team felt that Rogers was ready to take part in drills and is making such strong strides that it would only benefit him and the club to allow his workload to increase on the practice field. "He's really come a long way," Zorn said. "It's been wonderful to watch him progress." Zorn said the club mulled placing rookie safety Kareem Moore on the PUP list after his recent setback (which would have limited to working only individually with trainers and not taking part in practice), with his surgically repaired knee swelling up, but is pleased they opted otherwise, with Moore able to rejoin full practices this week and showing signs of a positive recovery from his offseason knee surgery.
The Redskins have ruled a host of players out of Sunday's game -- more on that after the jump. But first, here's J-Reid's latest Unrestricted video, which looks ahead to the weekend's action:
Zorn said that star tailback Clinton Portis, Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, starting middle linebacker London Fletcher and newly acquired Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor will not play at all, while the starters who do take part will do so for only a series or two on offense (the defense will rest most of its starters entirely). The Redskins are being very careful with cornerback Carlos Rogers and linebacker Rocky McIntosh, both of whom are returning from season-ending knee surgery, and neither is will play Sunday, Zorn said.
Rookie wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, both second rounds picks dealing with hamstring injuries, will not play, either. Thomas is likely out another week or so, while Kelly continued to experience soreness in his limited practice reps this week.
Tailback Ladell Betts (thigh bruise), receiver Anthony Mix (hamstring) and safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) missed practice against yesterday and will not play, while defensive end Chris Wilson (calf strain) has returned to practice but may sit out as well.
The Redskins also have a group of players recovering from recent surgery - defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery, linebacker H.B. Blades and linebacker Rian Wallace - who are at least another week or so from being able to practice again, while end Erasmus James, who underwent offseason knee surgery, hopes to be back by the end of the month but cannot even practice to this point.
Odds And Ends:
Veteran linebacker Alfred Fincher, who was signed late this week, could participate in a limited special teams role Sunday, Zorn said.
Backup quarterback Todd Collins is scheduled to replace Campbell after the first or second series and play the rest of the first half, with rookie Colt Brennan starting the second half.
The offense looked very sharp in the morning practice, albeit in shorts and not full pads, leading Zorn to shorten the practice as a reward. "It was very fast paced," Zorn said, who has made tempo his mantra. Zorn added a brief afternoon session as well, mostly as a walkthrough to aid the youngsters who will get a bulk of the playing time Sunday ...
Washington's rookies will be touring the Hall of Fame this weekend, but otherwise only a contingent of team officials, and not players or coaches, will be able to attend the induction of former Redskins Art Monk and Darrell Green into the Hall of Fame. The team will be in meetings Saturday night during the ceremonies - "We'll have to get it on DVD and watch it later," Zorn said - and is staying in Cleveland, about an hour from Canton. The Redskins arrive in Canton Saturday afternoon
Spoke to Jon Jansen about returning to Canton, where he ruptured his Achilles on the first play of the 2004 preseason and missed the entire season. It was Joe Gibbs's first game back in the NFL, with Washington facing Denver in the Hall of Fame Game, and Jansen suffered the freak injury on the first drive of the season.
Jansen had started all 80 games of his NFL career to that point, as durable as they come, then missed all of the 2004 season and has missed 31 games total in the past four seasons, including all but one in 2007 (he broke his leg in the season opener). Jansen said that he cannot allow any memories of his last trip to Canton to influence him this weekend.
"If you go into a game worried about getting hurt, or your apprehensive, then there's a chance you're setting yourself up to get hurt," Jansen said. I wondered if the artificial surface on the high school field there had anything to do with it that Achilles injury, and Jansen said it's a Field Turf surface but, "I'm not sure exactly how it would compare to the Field Turf at an NFL stadium," Jansen said. Jansen said he would be very thorough during a walkthrough Sunday to make sure he had on the best possible footwear for the conditions of the surface.
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