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Fletcher Back in Boot: 'I'm Hurting'

Barry Svrluga reports:

Middle linebacker London Fletcher was back in a boot to protect his injured left foot a day after he recorded a team-high 11 tackles in the Redskins' 23-7 loss to the Giants.

"I'm hurting," Fletcher said. "It's not as much pain, but it's a significant amount of swelling. I compare it to a pregnant woman's foot."

Fletcher, who did not practice last week, said he is likely a game-time decision for Sunday's game at Baltimore.

"I didn't do any damage to it," he said. "It's just a matter of getting the swelling down and hoping some of the pain will continue to subside after we get further away from the initial injury."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 1, 2008; 12:20 PM ET
 
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I think the Skins need to change some things up this week, They should go no huddle from the begining. Jansen needs to be replaced, Thrash should not play receiver any more. We need to go unorthodoxed against the Ravens or they will kill JC.

JC needs to stop checking down and take some chances down the field, forget stats or being worried about Int's.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, um, Talent Evaluator.......I was going to tell Truth to just man up and take it, but I can't seem to find that quote you used anywhere in the archives (figured I'd check before shooting my mouth off). Are you going to show us where you pulled that from? I know the guy deserves a little ribbing about losing to GTech, but if (I said "IF") you're making up false quotes.....not cool.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"Thrash at vet min for STs is worth keeping, IMO."

IMO, I'd be willing to completely overhaul the ST unit. We're dead last in the league in terms of punting. Our kickoff return team is average to slightly above average. Our kickoff coverage is nothing special either. If a guy doesn't contribute in any other way on the field, I'd have no problem ridding the team of him. Rock would be skating thin ice too, if we could get an upgrade at the 3rd RB spot. Our ST units are so poor that nobody currently on our roster should be saved a spot purely for special teams. They haven't earned it.

Posted by: psps23

Posted by: psps23 | December 1, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

JC needs to stop checking down and take some chances down the field, forget stats or being worried about Int's.

Posted by: Flounder21

I agree. I think JC needs to be reminded that he is in fact playing for his next contract. Put it up and lets see how bad the receivers want it.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 1, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Reed Doughty, are you serious!
Dude is Archuletta part deux (minus the huge bonus money). I wouldn't want him on my team for free."

Posted by: Predator48

"minus the huge bonus money"

That makes a world of difference. As the 4th safety, he's more than fine. Obviously I wouldn't want him as a starter, but at least he knows the system and has experience.

Posted by: psps23 | December 1, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"Put it up and lets see how bad the receivers want it."

Posted by: Predator48

He did that yesterday. Aaron Ross wanted the ball more. If these WRs gave him a reason to take a chance, I'd agree with you. But right now, the ONLY thing this offense has going for it is the ability to protect the football.

Posted by: psps23 | December 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

i want a goddamn "sign jc right now!" post from jasno!!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 1, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok, JLC is right, there are glaring weaknesses with this team. I am actually pretty surprised they are 7-5 right now. But I am kind of confused at this quote from him in an earlier post:

"Teams like Baltimore and Miami don't have nearly the kind of high-paid guys the Skins do at skill positions, yet they are relying on less to do more, using the Wildcat (hello - Antwaan Randle El was a college QB), running more gadget plays, showing creative twists each week. We simply haven't seen that here."

Um, were we all watching the same game? Randle El ran a reverse option pass to Cooley for 10+ yards, and Devin Thomas (you know, the ROOKIE WIDEOUT) scored on a 29 yard reverse that fooled at least 10 members of the Giants defense completely.

Don't get me wrong, I agree that the 'skins got destroyed on Sunday in a way that exposes pretty big weaknesses along the lines on Off and Def, but c'mon, I see twists from Zorn in the offense every single week in an effort to do exactly what Baltimore and Miami try to do: get more out of less. And the 'skins definitely have less than the Giants in many, many areas.

Posted by: hithere1 | December 1, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Fletch was awesome. Give him the CP (or RIGGO) treatment and keep him off his feet until next game.

Nice to see Taylor making some noise, Carter too!

I am disappointed with the loss, but we did better than DallSJK did against the Gints and hopefully we are learning from our mistakes to be able to apply in the playoffs... yes, I said it, we're GOING to the playoffs!!

Here's what I saw on Sunday and have for the last 3 weeks or so: Our team does not know what they're doing. The rookies are getting involved way too late and are being relied upon now too much. We are broadcasting our plays by how we execute them.

Against weaker or similarly talented teams, it really doesn't matter. But against better 'on paper' teams, it can be exploited. When we end up playing guys out of position (Springs, Taylor) we pay the price. That blown pic was pretty much the nail in the coffin.

If Soup isn't going to read the coverage at the line, someone else needs to. Can El help in this regard?

All in all, I'm optimistic about the rest of the season. 11-5 still probable in my book.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 1, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Before we start saying Kelly and Thomas are busts(and Campbell ain't "the man"), let's see what they can do with a decent OL blocking for Campbell. Don't forget, we won a SB with Mark Rypien @ QB. Though I must say Campbell doesn't seem to have those leadership qualities you like to see on the field.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 1, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Don't get me wrong, I agree that the 'skins got destroyed on Sunday in a way that exposes pretty big weaknesses along the lines on Off and Def, but c'mon, I see twists from Zorn in the offense every single week in an effort to do exactly what Baltimore and Miami try to do: get more out of less."


I'm not sure about Baltimore, but Miami runs the wildcat close to 10 times a game. Those 2 plays were 2 of the most successful of the afternoon. Maybe we need to start pulling this off more often.

Randle El's move was pretty slick by the way...

Posted by: psps23 | December 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Soup. You can win with Soup. You can't win with JUST Soup. He needs some open guys and a little more understanding of the play.

He finally started to learn the pocket & how it collapses (nice runs!) He can learn how to sell a miss-direction too. He definitely needs 2 more years to blossom.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 1, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

JLAC was just asking a question with no question. I guess he was trying to lead Zorn one way to satisfy his (JLaC's) logic......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

... But get used to it: Georgia Tech is here to stay. ...

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 1, 2008 12:02 PM

... and producing some of the finest punters since ... since ... um ... scratch that ... and will heretofore stop trying to produce punters.

Posted by: dcsween | December 1, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Skins don't use some of the weapons that they have to a large degree. When you have Randel El, use him not as a wide receiver but in option plays. You have a 270 plus pound back in Sellars and yet you run a gimpy CP on short yardage. Campbell has shown that he can run the draws well. Normally this is a sign of a weak team when you have to resort to trick plays, but then again scoring 7 points per game is definitely a sign of a weak team. I would love to see the Redskins start using the no huddle a whole lot more. It can not be any less effective than our present offense at scoring. Perhaps our offensive line is so ancient that it would literally give some of them strokes out there.

Posted by: driley | December 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Reed Doughty, are you serious!
Dude is Archuletta part deux (minus the huge bonus money). I wouldn't want him on my team for free."

Posted by: Predator48

"minus the huge bonus money"

That makes a world of difference. As the 4th safety, he's more than fine. Obviously I wouldn't want him as a starter, but at least he knows the system and has experience.

Posted by: psps23

Point taken, but then this argument takes a turn into the Leigh Torrance type debate.
You have a guy like Kareem Moore whom you've drafted with supposedly some upside (at least from the draft reports I've read).

With Doughty, you've got a guy who has pretty much peaked in potential. You know who he is and other teams know how to easily exploit him.

Rather keep Moore as #4 behind Landry, Horton, and Springs. Reed is expendable IMO.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

LET'S SEE WHAT COLT CAN DO!!!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 1, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

LET'S SEE WHAT COLT CAN DO!!!
Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 1, 2008 1:00 PM

Against the ravens defense? I think we would find out if it is actually possible to score negative points.......

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 1, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Tiny Bit of News
The Bucs and Pats will play the London game next year on Oct. 25.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 1, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The line is NOT the problem, the WR's ARE!!! they don't get any seperation at all! I feel sorry for Jason. He's got NOTHING to work with and hasn't since he's been starting.

Posted by: tbarz1 | December 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Ok,

They were soundly beaten by the Giants...no big surprise - that's what has happened to nearly everyone else who has played them the last several weeks, and we knew they weren't as good as the Gints as of now anyways.

The O-line has worn down. If they are knocked out of the playoffs before the last game, I'd like to see their 3rd round pick out there just to see what he can/can't do. Watching Jansen is painful, and Rabach can't handle the big heavys inside anymore. Having said that, they could have drafted nothing but O-linemen in this past draft, and it's unlikely it would have changed their circumstances this year - the starters didn't get hurt, after all.

This team should have drafted/picked up more O-line in previous years, no argument there. I don't have a real issue with their D-line work, since the stop the run very well, and have a few young guys who can play and some depth. Certainly I would like to see more of a pass rush, but there are very few teams fortunate enough to have lines that do both very well.

Overall, the D is good enough to contend.

The O is not. Drafting WR's wasn't a problem - they needed to get bigger and younger there, and they have (we will see if they can play over the next year) - but drafting a TE in the 2nd for me was a mistake. That could have been another O-lineman or LB, both positions of higher priority than TE.

Now, Cooley goes out with a knee injury next season, maybe I sing a different tune.

The Redskins will finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs. They are a little to old to stay healthy for a full season, and the regression of the offense shows it. Now that they seem to have committed somewhat to a draft (I hope), maybe they will continue to get younger, and stay more fresh as the season wears on.


Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 1, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

When we're eliminated from playoff contention,THEN let's see what Colt can do!!!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 1, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"When we're eliminated from playoff contention,THEN let's see what Colt can do!!!"

I would like to see this just so people can stop clamoring for a guy who played well against the Colts 4th string defense in the 1st preseason game of the season. How did he do in PRESEASON games 2-5? JC is your QB, like it or not.

Posted by: chirsch | December 1, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"I think the Skins need to change some things up this week, They should go no huddle from the begining. Jansen needs to be replaced, Thrash should not play receiver any more. We need to go unorthodoxed against the Ravens or they will kill JC.

JC needs to stop checking down and take some chances down the field, forget stats
or being worried about Int's."

Thank you!!!!!! I hope Zorn reads this. I would add stop throwing WR screens. I would like to see Zorn as OC next year and a new headcoach with balls that will make sure we step on the gas for 60 minutes. If I'm a defensive coordinator playing us I laugh at how no threatening Thrash, screens, and check downs are. Too bad that's the entire playbook. Take chances early and often Zorn!!!! What's the worst that could happen (losing?) - Marty Schottenheimer

Posted by: bosa_18 | December 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I think JC is our QB too. But not with this OL. Why risk getting him a yearlong injury that would put him out for part of next season?

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 1, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The experience might be a bonus, what team sits someone down because they might get injured? No one would field a team if they thought like that.

Posted by: chirsch | December 1, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It happens every year when team have nothing to play for because they've locked up home field in the playoffs. Once we've been eliminated, let Colt get some experience. It may be a bonus for him, too.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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