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Jansen May Start Again

Jon Jansen could start at right tackle Sunday against Philadelphia after Stephon Heyer aggravated his shoulder injury during a field-goal attempt in the 26-24 victory over Dallas, Coach Jim Zorn said. Heyer was activated but did not participate on offense, while Jansen had a strong showing after struggling mightily in pass protection in preseason.

The Redskins' ability to finally sustain runs to the right side was at least in part because of Jansen's aggressive run blocking, and Zorn was also impressed with the veteran's steadiness against Dallas' vaunted pass rush. Heyer will be re-evaluated later in the week, Zorn said, with the decision on who will start against Philadelphia perhaps coming at late as Sunday.

"He had a very strong outing," Zorn said of Jansen. "It will be a very tough decision."

Jansen, the longest serving Redskin, received kudos from many teammates as well. "I think he played outstanding," quarterback Jason Campbell said.

Several other Redskins are nursing injuries as well. End Jason Taylor is scheduled to have the stitches taken out of his calf after having surgery to drain blood from the muscle last week. Zorn said Taylor is up and walking around, but he has no firm timetable on a return. "We truly don't know," Zorn said.

Corner Shawn Springs, who left the game with a calf strain, remained in Dallas to be with his family. Springs's father, Ron, is in a vegetative state in a local hospital with little medical chance of a recovery. He will be back for practice Wednesday and reassessed then. Starting guard Randy Thomas suffered a turf toe - "We don't know the extent," Zorn said - while corner Fred Smoot entered the game with a hip problem and was also dazed after being struck in the head.

Smoot said he experienced headaches last night but felt much better when he woke up today. His hip is less of a concern now as well, Smoot said. "Hopefully this week I can actually practice every day," Smoot said.

Receiver Malcolm Kelly is still recovering from an ankle injury, as we noted earlier, and hopes to try to practice fully Saturday.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 29, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
 
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Hat tip to beantown...he scooped the next post!

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I think I'd go with Jansen starting again, give Heyer another week to heal up. Jansen played great, and the run game is gonna need to be able to go right.

See how much Heyer wants his spot back, how badly he's willing to fight for it.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 29, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone listening to what Doc Walker is talking about on 980?? Abuse, playing like gangsters, what? is he seriously saying we disrespected Dallas??

Posted by: realchica | September 29, 2008 1:34 PM

People he is being SARCASTIC

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 29, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Every time Portis started right, I winced. Why? Because it didn't work in the first 3 games. But against dallas, it worked. Didn't look at Jansen in particular, but running right was much better than before and I suspect Jansen was a big part of it

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 29, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

turf toe -- what a retro injury that is. Good riddance, stadium with hole in roof.

(And what was up with the slick turf yesterday anyway?)

(And were there really 12 men on the field? Did anyone get a picture of the entire D side of the field and get a count?)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 29, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Who starts versus Philly, Heyer, or Jansen...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 29, 2008 1:22 PM

I'm guessing Jansen. No particular reason. Nope, none whatsoever.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 29, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Jansen handled being benched with class, and erned a start next week with his agressive game yesterday. Some players perform well after being benched I.E. Jeff Bostic 87'

Posted by: Brutus2 | September 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

FYI- The bail out package didn't pass the House.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 29, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hail To 'EM

Posted by: goskinsgo | September 29, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

yes to the 12 men on the field. it would have been challenged if it wasn't. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Some people think we might play dallas again in da playoffs and so we'd return to that stadium. Ummmm, if we see dallas in da playoffs, they'll be coming to DC.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 29, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

(And were there really 12 men on the field? Did anyone get a picture of the entire D side of the field and get a count?)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 29, 2008 1:44 PM

Never saw a complete picture but even there coach said they had 12 men on the field after the game. They would have challenged it if they thought the refs were wrong.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 29, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

market just crashed!!!!!!! house didn't pass the bailout

Posted by: dealer1 | September 29, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

What I didn't like

2 times a TD called back (though I never saw the 'holds' ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 29, 2008 12:51 PM

Only one was for a hold (alleged hold). The other was for ineligible receiver downfield; Rabach thought that Jason Campbell was going to run the ball.

Also, turf toe isn't as much about the toe but the ball of the foot (over extension).

Posted by: dcsween | September 29, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If I'm buges, I get a copy of the game tape, and sit down with Heyer, and show him how Jansen run blocks, how to drive a guy out of the picture. I tell him that in the run game, his job is to get his man pancaked, and then get the next guy pancaked.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 29, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

JJ good against the run still why not a goal line FB option from time to time once Heyer is ready again?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 29, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

FYI- The bail out package didn't pass the House.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 29, 2008 1:49 PM

Good

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"...he caught a virus over the weekend"
this bears reposting...


So, technically, he now has 2 catches this season.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 29, 2008 12:39

My vote for POD (Post of the Day)


Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Nate,

Not only were there 12 men on the field, but according to Wade Phillips, the 2 guys who play the same position (one of whom should have come off the field) were standing right next to each other. LOL

Posted by: Im_JustMe | September 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

We rip him a lot here, but it should be noted that Rogers had a good game yesterday.

From Zorn's presser:

On Carlos Rogers stepping up, Zorn called it “an awesome job,” and called special attention to the fourth quarter series where Rogers made three straight plays defending Terrell Owens: “He put his stamp on that series. It was totally him.”

Credit where credit is due...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Just like with JC and Rogers. Give the kid some time.

Posted by: icetotalpackage | September 29, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, blog peeps; been out of the loop.

Great Win for the Skins! Listened to the Cowboys' broadcast on Sirius Radio and was delighted to hear the Dallas announcers squirm in anguish over the loss.

Happy to see JC progessing well. Sounds like Santana Moss is unstoppable.

HTTR!

Yo, Nate! I'm still in the PDX. Doesn't look like I'm going anywhere anytime soon, or ummm, ever!

Hope all is well...

'Sup Willie? 'Sup Stumped?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 29, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

beeps...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Beantown - Carlos really stepped up in the 2nd half after a rough couple quarters. Any word on Springs' calf? We really need him - it is so clear to see how much better our secondary is when he's healthy and able to get physical with the other team's #1 WR...

As for the notion of Doughty as an LB...I don't see it. I don't think he's big enough. Maybe if he added 20 lbs, but given his already less than prodigious speed, I don't know...to me he's destined to be a solid backup safety and hopefully a solid special teamer. We now have a safety tandem, each 24 yrs old, that could play together for a looooong time.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

nice to beat the boys. you guys see Snyder in the locker room yelling about being physical? All 5'5" of him getting fierce!!LMAO

Posted by: Hail2theChief | September 29, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Khary Campbell spoke to Steinz about the birth of his first child:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/

Posted by: Cindy Boren | September 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

that is classic, Hail! Little Danny all geeked up. I bet he chest-bumped Suisham and cracked his sternum. Wouldn't that be a shame.

HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 29, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Receiver Malcolm Kelly is still recovering from an ankle injury, as we noted earlier, and hopes to try to practice fully Saturday.

By Jason La Canfora | September 29, 2008; 1:16 PM ET

There's a Saturday practice?

Posted by: LiberalMike | September 29, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Malcolm Kelly has a Michael Westbrook jersey. I'm starting to feel nauseous.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 29, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Gots to go wid da JAMMUP!! Any pass blocking defeciency Jansen has is made up for with a stronger run game and a more hesitant pass rush being resultant.. I noticed NO pass blocking defeciency , however..Skins are lucky to have two rt tackles of such high caliber..

Posted by: frak | September 29, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Gots to go wid da JAMMUP!! Any pass blocking defeciency Jansen has is made up for with a stronger run game and a more hesitant pass rush being resultant.. I noticed NO pass blocking defeciency , however..Skins are lucky to have two rt tackles of such high caliber..

Posted by: frak | September 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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