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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Injury woes plague Redskins' offensive line

By Jason Reid

Although center Casey Rabach is not among the league's biggest or most physical players at his position, he plays a major role each week in the performance of Washington's offensive line.

The Redskins are hopeful that the knee injury (a medial collateral ligament tear) Rabach suffered in Sunday's victory against Tennessee does not sideline him long.

"I'm not sure of anything right now," Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. "I'm just guessing right now. Just kind of giving you my opinion."

By Jason Reid  | November 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan, Offensive line  
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Comments

Not to jinx him, but maybe Montgomery playing C will be the start of something good.

Rabach has not had a good year thus far. And as much time as he's spent being pushed into the Redskins backfield, I don't think playing him this week with a bum knee is a good idea at all.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Rabach wasn't doing well with good wheels. Can't imagine he'll get better with a bad one.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Although center Casey Rabach is not among the league's biggest or most physical players at his position, he plays a major role each week in the performance of Washington's offensive line."

Ha, that major role is stepping on DMac's feet on the 1st snap of every game.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | November 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"he plays a major role each week in the performance of Washington's offensive line."

There in lies the problem.

Posted by: Predator48 | November 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Reachback better learn how to play guard if he doesn't know already.

I think his days as a starting C are over.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

that first sentence is some kinda bullcrap....the only major role he plays is getting #5 killed....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Remember Brandon Banks?

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 2:17 PM

Accidental send. Let me clarify. Smart guys don’t risk putting certain players on practice squads. But every now and then, people sneak through. The same smart guys who put Banks on the active roster, may actually find one.

Late in the year, it’s more of a risk leaving good players exposed. P Squad player have to be signed to another team’s active roster for restof season. It’s less of a risk to sign one with fewer games left.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I think you meant major roll instead of role...as in rolling into the backfield after getting dump trucked by another DT.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh....there it is...about time...I'm not watching this.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn'tmind seeing team pick up Maurkice Pouncey's brother in the draft. Might solve center position for a decade.

Trouble is he'll probably fall between 'skins 1st (too high for a C) and their 2nd (probably be gone).

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I mean this is all seriousness. Why does everyone in the media and at Redskins Park continue to ignore the fact that Casey Rabach's skills have been in decline for 3 years. This ZBS should help him, especially given his size, yet he has struggled all year. Montgomery may have been pushed back a bit but he wasnt run over and through like Rabach has been. It's not just against large athletic NT's anymore, it's everybody. Montgomery at C and Heyer at RG instantly gave McNabb a pocket...without having to keep two TE's in either. All I ask is for someone, anyone to ask Shanny why Rabach continues to start when it would appear that he is constantly outplayed physically and I question his line calls. IMO Heyer and Litchenstieger instantly looked better because we didnt have a turnstile at C.

Posted by: ezdoesit74 | November 23, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse


Ain't licensed to practice medicine on this blog -- but sorta hope they take the safe and smart course with Rabach and let him heal.

While Reverend Mike's healing hands did something miraculous with Banks' knees -- it would be foolhardy to expect similar results with the big guy.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh....there it is...about time...I'm not watching this.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 23, 2010 2:28 PM

Then watch it on the next beep

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Injury woes HELP Redskins offensive line"

Posted by: retroskins14 | November 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Just for PA - Beep Beep

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 23, 2010 2:17 PM

Haha...thanks kerz...

Man...this quote can really be taken out of context for some ahole in the media to run with...

"I'm not sure of anything right now," Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. "I'm just guessing right now."

Posted by: PlayAction | November 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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