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Taylor 'Looks Like He's Up to Speed'

From Jason Reid:

Having recovered well from emergency surgery less than three weeks ago, Redskins Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor could start tomorrow against the St. Louis Rams at Fed Ex Field.

Taylor, who underwent a procedure Sept. 22 to relieve compartment syndrome in his left calf, practiced yesterday for the second time this week. Coach Jim Zorn was encouraged that Taylor "moved well" in limited reps and "looks like he's up to speed," saying he expected the 12-year veteran to participate against the Rams.

Informed of Zorn's comments, Taylor said he would prefer to return to the lineup after being sidelined in Washington's previous two games against Dallas and Philadelphia. Although still not completely healed, Taylor is confident he could contribute.

"That's good to hear," Taylor said of Zorn's assessment of his performance. When Taylor awoke yesterday after practicing Wednesday, his leg "felt like I used it. It's sore, which it should be. It's only been two and a half weeks.

"But it felt pretty good. It felt decent yesterday, it felt a little better today, and I think I'm trusting it a little bit more. Barring a setback, I'm hoping he'll give me a shot."

After starting in 133 consecutive regular-season games, Taylor, 34, was sidelined because of surgery to relieve acute compartment syndrome, an excessive buildup of pressure on muscle groups caused by internal bleeding. The injury occurred Sept. 21 when Taylor was inadvertently kicked in the first half of a 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx.

Despite being eager to have Taylor active against the Rams, Zorn was noncommittal about whether Taylor would start at left end. Versatile lineman Demetric Evans has started the last two games opposite right end Andre Carter.

"I don't know about the not-starting part," Taylor said, jokingly. "It doesn't matter to me. The last thing I want to do is mess this team up. The way they've been playing, they've been playing so well.

"I don't want to mess up any rotation or chemistry, anything that's going on, I just want to find a role and help participate in winning some games. Yeah, we all want to be the starter, we all be the guy, but the end of the day, I want to win."

Taylor sprained his right knee Aug. 23 in a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers and struggled in the season-opening loss to the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Just as he thought he was reverting to form, Taylor encountered another obstacle in his brief tenure with the Redskins.

Taylor acknowledged he has not regained that quick first step that has helped him become one of the league's elite pass rushers, "and unfortunately, I haven't been able to show it a whole lot since I go here because I had the knee in preseason and the knee led to this," Taylor said. "We're still sitting behind the eight ball a little bit, so to speak. But hopefully, one day soon, I'll be able to show people that I'm not that old and I've still got it."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 10, 2008; 1:56 PM ET
 
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Comments

Let the healing begin!

Posted by: alex35332 | October 10, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...start tomorrow? Jason's moving farther into the future.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 10, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

1) Herschel Walker is one of the top 10 or top 20 leaders in all-time total yards from the line of scrimmage. That is HoF worthy.

2) Serious question - should we tank the rest of the season in hopes of getting a higher % chance of the #1 overall pick and drafting Knowshon Rockwell Moreno? If he doesn't come out this year, we can put it off a year and try next year. If he doesn't come out next year, we'll do it again for his senior year. If we go winless from here on out for the next three years, we'll have the highest % chance of getting him. What do yall think?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 10, 2008 2:07 PM

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 10, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Ten bucks says at the end of the year, we'll all look back and ask "why did we give up a second rounder for that?" ............ Or that the Tuna just knew something that Vineee didn't. Either way, I bet 10 bucks

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | October 10, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

News Update:
Heyer will be inactive tomorrow. I'll do a new post with more info on that shortly.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 10, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'll take that $10. Dude is a beast and will be a key contributor come playoff time.

Posted by: NickelsLuvsSkins | October 10, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought that a patient on ER last night had the same problem as Jason Taylor. Except the character didn't get it from being kicked during a football game. And Jason Taylor wasn't making ricin. Other than that, the injuries seemed very similar.

Posted by: sherry3 | October 10, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Heyer not active. Wow

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 10, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

now thats just nothing like what JT had happen.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 10, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Truth...dude...Moreno won't be available next year, so there's no need for the Skins to tank. Even if he does come out, he'll still be recuperating from the lick that will be laid on him by Rolando Mclain in the SEC championship game. And Woodall's gonna hit Green so hard that the A and the J won't even be next to each other anymore. Bet your beloved Dawgs won't wear black for THAT game.

Roll!

Posted by: Good2bOK | October 10, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

TT is swiftly moving into ITA land.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

***
"I don't want to mess up any rotation or chemistry, anything that's going on, I just want to find a role and help participate in winning some games. Yeah, we all want to be the starter, we all be the guy, but the end of the day, I want to win."
***

Love it! This team is a TEAM. No I in there.

(Well, maybe you could consider Cliton's remarks about wishing he could see what he could do behind "the best o-line in the league" as being somewhat selfish. But Cliton is such a beast, especially in pass protection, I will overlook it.)

-"Stay medium"

Posted by: kjhealey | October 10, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is Heyer inactive? Correct me if I'm wrong, but even though he didn't play last Sunday he actually WAS active. Something must have occurred for him to take a step back.

Posted by: RambleOn | October 10, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Who is Cliton? I meant Portis, of course.

Posted by: kjhealey | October 10, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...start tomorrow? Jason's moving farther into the future.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston
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Jason does this lazy crap all the time. This blog post is likely actual text from an article that will be in tomorrow's print edition, hence "tomorrow" as of tomorrow. Way to phone it in Jasno.

Posted by: RambleOn | October 10, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

2 things:

Q) RambleOn- This is a Jason Reid entry, not from Jasno.

%) beep beep

Posted by: 4-12 | October 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Nah, that's not ITA land - I don't know what it is - but it does not fall into the ITA classication, becuase it's ... just ... so ... darn ... off ... the ... wall...

C'mon Truth, you really don't think there is value in that kind of strategy?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 10, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

+++I'll take that $10. Dude is a beast and will be a key contributor come playoff time.

Posted by: NickelsLuvsSkins | October 10, 2008 2:13 PM+++

NFL Playoffs? Or Dancing with the Stars Playoffs?

Posted by: TheCork | October 10, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

everyone i heard on here dont know what their talking about. pls. it's redskin time jason campbell will surprise u all portis is just begining, a few good men COOLEY, RANDEL,THOMAS,DAVIS, ETC.............

Posted by: kd6300 | October 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

AND I DIDN'T EVEN SAY OUR DEFENSE 10 POINTS A GAME PLS....... PITTSBURGH AND WE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kd6300 | October 10, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

AND YA'LL FORGOT GIBBS is still consulting

Posted by: kd6300 | October 10, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

This defense has been playing as well as it has with basically its best four defenders in and out of the line up.

With Taylor, Springs, Washington, and Griffin healthy they should be better especially getting to the QB. I hope the staff takes its time with these guys during the soft spot in the schedule and makes sure they are all ready for the second half.

Posted by: ashmilad | October 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Prediction:

St. Louis -- 34
Washington -- 13

Too bad, Danny Snyder

Posted by: hclark1 | October 10, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

According to Pro-football-reference.com, Herschel Walker is only # 34 in career yards from scrimmage and only made it to two Pro Bowls.

Here's the top 10 (+ is HOF):

1. Jerry Rice: 23,540
2. Emmitt Smith: 21,579
3. Walter Payton+: 21,264
4. Marshall Faulk: 19,154
5. Barry Sanders+: 18,190
6. Marcus Allen+: 17,654
7. Curtis Martin: 17,430
8. Thurman Thomas+: 16,532
9. Tony Dorsett+: 16,293
10. Tiki Barber: 15,632

Among current players, Edgerrin James is # 12, Warrick Dunn is # 17, Isaac Bruce is # 18, LaDanian Tomlinson is # 19.

John Riggins clocks in at # 27, Art Monk is # 35, Earnest Byner is # 37, Gary Clark is # 56, Bobby Mitchell is # 59, and Charley Taylor is # 61.

Clinton Portis is # 73. Portis is # 32 in all-time rushing yards (8,229). Funnily enough, Hershel Walker is #33 with 8,225.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/yds_from_scrimmage_career.htm

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/rush_yds_career.htm

Posted by: hooameye | October 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Where will they get 34 points from? The banks aren't lending anything. Maybe they can get a bailout plan that will help them with some points.

Posted by: 15600_sknfan | October 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Well if Heyer is out at least Zorn doesn't have to make the Heyer/Jansen decision for a nother week and big John can audition for the starting job again. I dont car about Jason Taylor as long as Shawn Springs is playing. It would be nice if Marcus Washington could go too, but if he can't he shouldn't push it.

This is definitely a trap game. Anyone else think Saunders can recognoze the part of his offense that we still use and maybe tip his defense off where he can? Could make this a bit closer game.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | October 10, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

And if the list above was total yards instead of yards from scrimmage you can put Brian Mitchel at #2!

Posted by: dbrine1261 | October 10, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Knowshawn Moreno was a NO-SHOW versus the TIDE two weeks ago so before we get his bust ready for the college and pro football HOF lets just hold on a minute,i mean here in the ATL the kid can do no wrong, he's a good kid no trouble, good grades, but Alabama kick their azz on the Dawgs home field. As much as i think Sunday's contest is a "trap" i can't see the Ram's winning this game SKINS-31 RAMS-17 Jason throws 2td's and CP goes for 100 yds.PLAY HARD FOR SEAN#21 LET GO DC 11!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 10, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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