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Sinclair Is Released

Linebacker Matt Sinclair says he has been released by the Redskins.

He bumped into Jason Reid and Paul Tenorio at Redskins Park and told them he has three fractures in a lumbar vertebra (the L-5; we are seeking a little medical clarification on that). "They let me go," he said. "It's going to be at least three months so they had to make room on the roster."

Sinclair, 26, most likely was hurt in the Redskins' preseason game against the New York Jets. He played in four games with the Redskins last season, mostly on special teams.

"I just felt that Monday after the Jets game," he said. "I was dropping back in pass coverage and when I stepped over i felt it."


By Cindy Boren  |  August 25, 2008; 11:59 AM ET
 
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Back to his job as an investigative journalist...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Matt...

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

4th;

I think all the players you dont see getting reps they already know about. With Thomas a JC needing work, they figured throw to the wide outs.

Not worried about Cooley until Sept 4th

Posted by: Zebra | August 25, 2008 12:21 PM

Posted by: Zebra | August 25, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Back to the Malcom Kelly thing...

I guess I was a fool for getting my hopes up but when we drafted this kid I really thought he could take the field and at least get some "situation" game time this year...

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Deez nads

Posted by: OG Barno | August 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope you are right Zebra Cooley being invisible in the pre season had me a bit worried as well

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Why not put Sinclair on IR? After all, we need to get younger! He could be the next superstar, like Marcus Mason!

That's all sarcasm, baby. ALL of it. Except that I really do wonder why they didn't just put Sinclair on IR.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Just catching up on the weekend (isn't that what work is for?). Seems like it didn't go so well. Two words. ITS PRESEASON.

Jim Zorn gets his 'welcome to a head coach job' moment. Its how he and the team respond. But don't respond by putting the starters out for a long time on the meaningless final preseason game.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Too bad, I took a liking to Sinclair. Oh well such is the life of an NFL.

I can think of many times where I thought I had carpal tunnel. It's why i've invested well and keep my day job. I recognize my blogging days are numbered.

Posted by: Skinz | August 25, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if this has been discussed already, but was our base defense (as the game went on) a nickel defense? I know we were considering that prior to the game due to our shortage of healthy linebackers. Certainly if it was our base defense, it would explain why the panthers were able to run so well.

Posted by: talkshowhost | August 25, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

TSH, no, Khary Campbell was playing for M Wash... 4-3

Posted by: Zebra | August 25, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather go with the unknown known in Mason then the Known Known in Betts.
Trade Betts '08.

Posted by: 4th | August 25, 2008 12:11 PM

And when Mason fumbles you'll complain that the team let go of a guy who ran for over 1100 yards in 9 games. God I hope Mason gets cut...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 25, 2008 12:15 PM

Brown - He got that when he was the lone back, which he'll never be in a healthy seaosn for RBs.

He'll just be the guy that fumbles on key possesions. Betts isn't that great. He's shown signs, but that quickly disappears on making mistakes in key situations.

MAson hasn't done anything for everyone hating on him.

Re: Sinclair - I don't think they could put him on IR because he would still count as a player on the roster. So, they had to cut him........

Posted by: 4th | August 25, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll take All Pro Receiving Tight Ends from the Seattle Seahawks of the 80's for 500, Alex...

Who Is...????????????????

Posted by: Dik | August 25, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

marginal guys that get hurt in preseason usually get cut ... just a fact of life in the NFL.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 25, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Bob Sanders might disagree with me but T.O. WOULD agree with me. He torched us for how many ? like 3 TD's last year IN Dallas and that cost us the game. Why ? Because Landry was playing SS.

Posted by: Earl Sugarloaf III | August 25, 2008 12:18 PM"

Check the box that game. Landry was FS there, Doughty was the SS.

How do you figure his speed is wasted at SS? Where does it say that speed is less useful at SS? It allows him to match up 1-on-1 with any TE or slot WR, plus it allows him to go sideline to sideline in a shorter period of time (which is needed, considering it takes much less time for RB to hit the 2nd level rather than the 3rd).

Sorry, I'm not buying that argument. I just think that:
(1) Landry can play the SS just as well as the FS,
(2) Moore is a better FS than either Horton or Doughty is at SS (and actually, he's pretty good in general IMO - regardless of his rookie 6th round stature), and
(3) Although the FS is more dynamic, the SS is more crucial to success (which is why #21 needed LL in the first place).

Doughty played real well at that spot last year, but so far he looks to be nowhere NEAR where he was last year. Maybe I'm pulling the trigger too quick, but he looked worse than awful this weekend - in every aspect of the game.

Posted by: psps23 | August 25, 2008 12:34 PM

Posted by: psps23 | August 25, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news: there's a new free credit report commercial -- the dudes are rapping.

Posted by: Cindy | August 25, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

4th,

First, I don't think IR players count against the roster. That's why they are no longer available the rest of the year.

On Betts, who cares that he was the only back when he ran for 1100 yards? What difference does that make? He still had the most impressive stretch of RB play maybe in franchise history. Bums don't run like that. And he fumbles at bad times, but not that often. Same as Stephen Davis did. Same as Clinton Portis has. I think it's stark raving mad that you would cut him to keep a damn undrafted rookie.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

So what do we do at LB now? Before cutting sinclair, LB was arguably the weakest position on our team. Now, there is no denying it.

Sinclair isnt all that great but he was pretty much a lock to make the team. Does this mean Gatewood makes it now? Do we pick up somebody after the cuts on saturday? Do we (gasp) trade for someone?

Posted by: talkshowhost | August 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The free credit report gang need a good ass whipping cant stand those guys

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What is everyone's thoughts on Fincher the LB?? I thought he's had a good showing when he's been in..

I brought this up last week, don't flame me, but what about trading for Jason Peters from the Bills?

Posted by: Greg | August 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Doughty has been les than stellar so far but all around there has been some really poor tackling

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

just made me think, what's worse:

Getting cut, or running into one of the Jason's in the hallways on your way out?

Not sure.

Posted by: isnadd | August 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sinclair isnt all that great but he was pretty much a lock to make the team. Does this mean Gatewood makes it now? Do we pick up somebody after the cuts on saturday? Do we (gasp) trade for someone?

Posted by: talkshowhost | August 25, 2008 12:39 PM

We've got 5 good LB's on the roster. I'm thinking they pick up a solid vet after the cuts. Not too worried about LB.

Posted by: psps23 | August 25, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Let the rookie's play free safety or move springs back there and move Landry back to SS. It looks like we may need him for run support. Reed is a nice story but he didnt look good at all against Carolina. He got beat on pass coverage and missed to many tackles on run defense. Rod Woodson made a good transition from corner to safety and it prolonged his career.I think springs could do the same

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"They let me go," he said. "It's going to be at least three months so they had to make room on the roster."

..............

By Cindy Boren | August 25, 2008; 11:59 AM ET

Brownwood26 - That's Sinclair's qoute, not mine. So, obviously, there's a direct corelation (sp?) with IR and Roster #s. HE could have easily been put on the PUP list and came back later in the year.

I heard it before somewhere else but can't remember where and exactly how it works. (Cindy time to jump in or ask MAske for us)

Re: Fumbles - That's why I hopped off the Stephan Davis bandwagon. Too many fumbles at key times. Portis I wouldn't put in that category just yet, but he has had some bad games because of that.

Posted by: 4th | August 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news: there's a new free credit report commercial -- the dudes are rapping.

Posted by: Cindy | August 25, 2008 12:37 PM

Best commercials on TV. Except the one with them in the car. The video and sound are not synched very well and it bothers me. The rest are pure genious.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Greg I dont think we can carry another 8 million a year guy...

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

We've got 5 good LB's on the roster. I'm thinking they pick up a solid vet after the cuts. Not too worried about LB.

Posted by: psps23 | August 25, 2008 12:46 PM

However, of those 5, 3 are injury concerns (McIntosh, Blades, Washington), 1 is old and will decline at some point (Fletcher), and one is just not that good (Campbell).

I am VERY worried about LB.

Posted by: talkshowhost | August 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Greg, why would anyone flame you for bringing up the idea of getting a Pro Bowl player unhappy with his contract?

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

trail, Peters wants a new deal, he signed with the bills as an undrafted free agent. I don't think he's a ton of dough this year, but obviously he'd need to sign a long term deal for next year, and going forward.

Posted by: Greg | August 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Brownwood tell me your kidding every time i see those assclowns come on I immediately change the channel

Posted by: trailblazer302 | August 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

However, of those 5, 3 are injury concerns (McIntosh, Blades, Washington), 1 is old and will decline at some point (Fletcher), and one is just not that good (Campbell).

I am VERY worried about LB.

Posted by: talkshowhost | August 25, 2008 12:48 PM

For the future, I agree with you. For this season - not really concerned. Washington and Fletcher will be steady, and the combo of Rocky/Blades/Campbell will get it done at the last spot. Plus, with the heavy passing game that the league has now, you'll be seeing less 3 LB sets and more 3 CB sets out there.

Posted by: psps23 | August 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

So does Sinclair get an injury settlement before he was cut? Are ths Skins on the hook for any medical bills he still is going to incur? Just curious how the process works.

Posted by: Larry | August 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Greg - We can get Peters if you agree we should keep Mason.

Deal?

Posted by: 4th | August 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So does Sinclair get an injury settlement before he was cut? Are ths Skins on the hook for any medical bills he still is going to incur? Just curious how the process works.

Posted by: Larry | August 25, 2008 12:54 PM

There is def an injury settlement. Not sure about everything.

Where's MAske when you need him?

Posted by: 4th | August 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

PSPS23,

I too feel equally as stubborn about my stance as you with yours.

I have no doubt in my mind Landry can play as good at SS as FS. And thank goodness just in case this does happen. As far as your #2 point. I am definitely more interested in is Moore a better FS than Horton is a SS ? This is how you feel, anyone else can feel free to chime in on this one, but in all honesty I think it is way too early to know that much about these rooks. But #2 is definitely what I think we have to find out in the next coming months. As far as #3 we'll prolly just have to treat this like the whole argument and agree to disagree because neither one of us is convincing the other. Either way I'm glad that Horton and Moore have been playing so well as for us to even have this conversation. Because we could be talking about Stuey Schweigert right now and I'm glad we are not !! I guess this debate is a good problem the Skins have right ? It will be real interesting to see Moore and Horton mature and develop over the years with us. Very excited about these two, as with our 2 WR's and Chad Rinehardt especially.

Posted by: Earl Sugarloaf III | August 25, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If you think our LB corps need more attention then our saftey spots your not following the same team. All those "injuries" wont be a problem soon. Rocky is looking comfortable on the field blades was a minor issue anyways since hes backing up Fletcher who was described as "old", if by that you mean best run stopin lb in the league ill agree, Washington is gonna have a steller year, witha minor hip porblem if he wants to rest it let him. kheary is still learning where he fits in out corp but will emerge very valuable for his versitilty. Safties need some attention. Landry hasnt seen a second on the field and our 2 rooks are playing better then anyone else in the unit.

Posted by: Stu | August 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

4th, FINE, Mason makes the team.

I concede the Mason issue, please issue me a pass to the Marcus Mason Fan Club

Posted by: Greg | August 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Doughty's first couple of games last year were pretty poor. But he raised his game a lot with the rest of the defense in the last 4 games. He's not a high talent guy. When paired with Landry, they had chemistry.

Haven't seen the preseason games, but my sense is that I'd wait until Landry and Doughty are playing together before I'd decide to remove Doughty as a starter.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | August 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Safety is not that big of a problem. LInebackers are the problem. I mean sure reed and moore miss some tackles But the running backs is at the the second level everytime they touch the ball... And for is reed is concern we all know he is not a starter but the guy is smart.. Moore has good ball skills but he still raw college is different and he cant take those angles in the NFL and he will learn tht,, But i like Moore he is phyiscal and confident he even was talking trash to Steve Smith they was going back and forth.. Give it sometime lets not Put the HOLY WATER ON him Yet

Posted by: Ty-BO | August 25, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

+++Excellent news: there's a new free credit report commercial -- the dudes are rapping.

Posted by: Cindy | August 25, 2008 12:37 PM+++

Well that IS good news. Rather have beaten the Panthers or had someone besides Moore and a redundant punter look good, but if the Dudes are rappin,' all's well with the world.

Make sure someone tells Zorn.

We kid because we love.

Posted by: Corkczar | August 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not the safeties. It's that we are too small with the front seven. Period.

Posted by: zourneidentity | August 26, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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