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Rinehart is latest player to be out for season

The Redskins have likely lost a third offensive linemen for the season. Chad Rinehart, who started four games for the Redskins at right guard this year, suffered a broken fibula in Sunday's 7-6 loss to Dallas.

"We'll have a better assessment," Coach Jim Zorn said after the game, "but it is fractured."

Rinehart was taken off the field on a cart in the third quarter, his right leg protected by an air cast and a close-up of his frustrated face broadcast above on the Cowboys' 11,500 square-foot video screen.

The team's second-round pick in 2008 out of Northern Iowa, Rinehart has had an up-and-down season. After starting in Weeks 3 and 4, he was benched and didn't start again until the Denver game.

"He didn't go in the corner, pout or suck his thumb when he got benched," offensive line coach Joe Bugel said last Friday. "He just worked harder at it. It's paying dividends for us right now."

Rinehart was surprisingly replaced by rookie Edwin Williams, not Will Montgomery, who started three games at right guard this season. Williams has been active for the team's previous four games but didn't see any action until Sunday.

"I feel like obviously I need a lot of improvement in certain technical things. I think I control the things that I can control," said Williams, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland who went to DeMatha. "Otherwise, I gave good effort and tried to finish each block."

In addition to Rinehart's injury, the Redskins were without lineman Mike Williams, who suffered an ankle sprain at Atlanta and hasn't been available since.

Rinehart would become the fourth Redskins player this season to suffer a season-ending injury. It's an unexpected obstacle the team has been fighting through.

"The main thing is that guy didn't give up," said quarterback Jason Campbell. "We were talking in the huddle about everyone stepping up and each player making plays. Everyone was very positive. Even though we lost those guys, no one got down on themselves."

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 6:56 PM ET
 
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Comments

Fire Zorn

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 22, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many new players will be in camp on Tuesday trying out for the team?

Posted by: edvar | November 22, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Rinehart was our third round pick in 2008. Our 2nd rounders were Davis, Kelly, and Thomas

Posted by: waldtorious | November 22, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Time to start raiding practice squad players from teams w/good OL.

At this point it's time to put CC, CP, Rhino and Betts on IR which will free up four positions to sign some young talent. Might be time to let Wynn walk as well and find some youth for his roster position as well.

Unless there is a chance to win out and make the playoffs. Otherwise, start looking at building next years team.

This scenario would work out best if Vinny would be replaced by a Talent_Evaluator.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 22, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Watching Cartwright run today, he looked as good or better than Portis has all year. That should give you an idea of how much Portis has fallen off. On the flip side, congrats to rock for stepping into the breach and making some plays. Well done sir.

Posted by: edvar | November 22, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Who to Blame: TOP 5
1. FO: No explanation necessary
2. Zorn: Even with his limited role he still finds ways to prevent a victory. He needs an even more reduced role.
3. Suisham: This guy was the least accurate kicker last year and it was just a matter of time.
4. JC17: Had a chance to win and once again he doesn't deliver...tho he played better he is too inaccurate and is mediocre at best
5. Blatche: The D's rankings are a facade. They have yet to make a stop when it matters and his scheme is terrible. ROMO is by QB rating the least effective QB in the league when blitzed and he doesn't blitz on final drive. Get 93 out of the lineup, he couldn't beat a guy named Doug Fine. He gives us nothing and Jarmon is a complete upgrade.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 22, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Rinehart was our third round pick in 2008. Our 2nd rounders were Davis, Kelly, and Thomas

Posted by: waldtorious | November 22, 2009 7:09 PM

Everyone on RI knows this except Jason Reid.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 22, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Curzon -

I agree. Let the raids begin! Time to get a jump on next years draft.

Also, lets start playing the youngins. Get Barnes on the field - even if it's in the dime package. Get M&M on the field and see if he can catch the fade against another team's starters. Look at the growth we've sen with Davis. Get 'em on the field.

Time to start thinking about next year.

Posted by: edvar | November 22, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Thomas, Kelly, and Davis look like they could be players if given a chance. I don't want to see anybody get hurt but I wouldn't mind if Moss and El had to miss 3-4 games so we could see what these young players could do. Jarmon, Tryon, Blades - let them play. Wish he had kept that big DT Dixon - he looked like a player too.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 22, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 22, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

bring back andrew crummey...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 23, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I was at a college house party with ed williams maybe a year and ahalf ago when he was at MD U. Like aikman said during the game "he aint that big". We have no depth.Im calling campbell to get hurt before the end of the season. book it!

Posted by: SkinsEmAll | November 23, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

who's fact checking? he was a third rounder

Posted by: brocknbone33 | November 23, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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