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Rinehart Expects to Sit Again

Dan Steinberg reports:

With the Redskins' coach and front office deciding to stick with their front-line players this weekend rather than experimenting with newcomers, that means another week as a reserve for rookie Chad Rinehart. The third-round pick has been on the active roster the past two weeks, after Justin Geisinger was put on the injured reserve, but Rinehart has yet to play and said he doesn't expect Sunday to be any different.

"I think it's gonna be about the same as the rest of the season's been," he said of his playing time. "From all indications, it sounds like it's gonna be the same gameplan going in as the other games have been, so it'll probably play out about the same, too."

Since Geisinger's injury, Rinehart has taken snaps with the first-team offense on Wednesday afternoons, when Pete Kendall rests his knees, he said that's helped his development.

"Obviously I haven't worked with Casey [Rabach] that much," the rookie said. "Just kind of working with those guys and getting a little more comfortable with them [helps], because it just takes a little bit to get used to kind of what you need to do on a block and how they do it. So, yeah, it definitely helps."

Other than that, Rinehart has primarily been involved with the scout team, simulating the opposing team's offensive scheme. He had a fairly promising preseason, playing both guard and tackle, with the team's veterans praising him, Joe Bugel saying he had "starter potential" and Jim Zorn saying "I think he's caught everybody's attention." But this week, Executive Vice President for Football Operations Vinny Cerrato said "it makes no sense" to thrust Rinehart into the lineup merely for evaluation purposes, and Zorn has said the same.


Steinberg has a Bog post today about Charlie White, an 86-year-old Redskins usher who has missed only a half-dozen home games since 1939,

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Posted by: 4-12 | December 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Why not play Chad and see what he can do? Jansen is banged up and Kendall might not be here next year. What are we waiting for? Is he really that bad?

Posted by: NCMatt1 | December 26, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

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