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Zorn: Samuels, Portis Sore but Will Start

Jim Zorn said Chris Samuels will start at left tackle Sunday, although he rested his sore knee at practice today. Tailback Clinton Portis has a hip flexor, and he sat out practice as well, but there is "no doubt" that he will play Sunday as well.

Safety Chris Horton's status with his ankle is uncertain for now. Guard Pete Kendall was again given a day of rest, but will play Sunday. Tackle Stephon Heyer (shoulder) took Samuels's reps at left tackle, his first full practice in quite some time, but Zorn is still unsure whether he will be able to start Sunday at this point. The Redskins are also working rookie WR Malcolm Kelly very hard, trying to see how his sore knee will respond, and if they will need to put him on IR in the near future.

"I'm pushing Malcolm Kelly now," Zorn said. "We're going to find out [if he can overcome this sore knee]. We just have to."

Zorn said newcomer Shaun Alexander will be active and play Sunday, but cautioned that the former MVP will not necessarily be the first man to enter the game to spell Portis. "I don't count Rock Cartwright out of this," Zorn said. "He could be the first guy in."

Alexander has been criticized in the past for not always embracing the violent spirit Portis and injured Ladell Betts carry on to the field, abusing themselves for the extra yard and embracing contact. Alexander has had issues in pass protection as well. Zorn hopes that Portis and Betts have an effect on Alexander.

"Those are the types of things we're hoping will grow on him," Zorn said.

Zorn called Alexander a "tremendous" back and repeatedly praised his huge 2005 season, when Seattle reached the Super Bowl.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 15, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Which one of them will start

FIRST?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 15, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

first..

Posted by: martinta3 | October 15, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

damn...thought I got you.

Posted by: martinta3 | October 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

We should not have Portis, or Samuels practice the rest of the week, so they can be fully healthy for Sunday. I hope Kelly is able to play soon and we do not have to place him on the IR. I sure hope Chris Horton will be able to play Sunday.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Crap, Horton's injury concerns me the most. Springs to safety perhaps if Horton can't go?

Posted by: ga8085 | October 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What about the new Green pickup--any chance he could go this soon? Is it easier to sub in on defense with a new team? (esp since he's worked in Blache's system in the past)

Posted by: redskirt_ | October 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh Beep Beep my A$$


+++If you think Jackson would have as many oppotunities here as he does there, you're kidding yourself.+++--FBChick

He would start by returning punts. Has a 13 yard average there. Just the TEENSIEST bit better than ARE.

As a third WR in a 3-wide formation his speed an elusiveness would not only open him up, but ease the pressure on the other two WRs.--TheCORK

+++We have the luxury of having better options while Thomas figures out he's seperation issues.+++

Really, FBChick? Really? Are you actually saying that James Thrash--LOVE his ST play--is a better option than DeSean Jackson as third WR?

Because if so, it's time to turn you over to the discussion group led by Flounder21.

Posted by: TheCork | October 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

while the thread's slow, i'd like to throw my support for JLC out there and general disapproval of the Stasi front office on media-related issues.

Posted by: batigol85 | October 15, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

ga, who will be the 3rd CB if Springs is at safety?

Seeing how Blatche uses these exotic coverage schemes, I'm sure that at times it would appear that Springs is playing safety anyway.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 15, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Kareem Moore will get the nod at first I would think. That kid's got skills, he just needs to keep his head in the game.

If he stumbles, Springs would be the guy at free, and move Landry to strong(and get a few shots on Anderson with his knack for good blitzing).

Kelly is a concern, I agree that he needs to be a part of this season, I really think the Skins expected him to contribute this season, and he looked very good in camp before the hammy(and then the knee, and then the ankle and knee again).

Zorn can get it done with out him though I think, Zorn isn't just going to sit and let the offense go stagnant, give him some credit.

Posted by: craig2 | October 15, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If Horton can't go, then it's Laron, Moore, and the just signed guy at safety? That's gotta lend itself to a lot of Springs back there.
Which leads to a lot of Torrence/Tryon in the nickel/dime.
Which scares the bajeebus outta me.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 15, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

moore looked great in preseason; i'd like to see him out there too

Posted by: batigol85 | October 15, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Chris Mims has been found dead in his downtown apartment.
Police say the 38-year-old Mims was discovered shortly before 9:30 a.m. by officers conducting a welfare check. Police say there does not appear to be any evidence of foul play.
Coroner’s officials declined to comment because Mims’ relatives had not yet been notified.
Mims played eight seasons in the NFL, seven with the Chargers and one with the Washington Redskins (1997). He retired in 2000.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 15, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Green will be active, but he's a strong safety with little upside, Blache trusts him, but that doesn't mean he's all that good. He should be able to step right in though, he already knows Blache's calls, philosophies and schemes.

But don't be surprised to see Spring back there and Landry up in the box.

Posted by: craig2 | October 15, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

RedDMV
Torrence...But you're right, the way they mix up the coverages, Springs will be back there anyhow, just don't know how often. I really hope JT and AC get some sacks on Anderson this week, it's long overdue.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 15, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel like we need depth at all 22 spots

Posted by: alex35332 | October 15, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel like we need depth at all 22 spots

Posted by: alex35332 | October 15, 2008 3:57 PM

Because you are forgetting about special teams?

Posted by: dcsween | October 15, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Solid Analysis from Tandler (who I think posted earlier today).....

http://was.scout.com/2/801205.html

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 15, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

ga, no on Torrence, and I'm not saying that because of the play he gave up last Sunday. I agree with 4-12, having either him or Tryon in nickle and dime packages will worry me.

As for Carter getting a sack on Anderson, I wouldn't bet the rent money on that. Joe Thomas is a BEAST!

Why is it that OTs seem to pan out or come in and produce right away?

Taylor isn't 100% just yet, but I still like his chances of getting at least one sack better than Carter.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 15, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"If you think Jackson would have as many oppotunities here as he does there, you're kidding yourself."

Opportunities aren't the whole story. How many players have had opportunities in Philly? Greg Lewis, Todd Pinkston, Freddie Mitchell, James Thrash, Hank Baskett, Kevin Curtis, the list is quite long. How many have stuck? DeSean Jackson got the opportunity, yes, but he will stick because he is good.

Devin Thomas has had his opportunities as well. JC's trusted him by throwing him the ball. Zorn has trusted him by putting him in during crucial plays (like crucial 3rd downs late in games). How has he responded? Not well. A number of penalties have occurred in particular. And if you don't consider James Thrash as the #3 on the depth chart "an opportunity", I don't know what is (let alone ARE who, as much as I love him, has had a career year in which he caught 51 passes for 700+ yards and 1 TD as the #2 WR. Not exactly eye-opening numbers).

Posted by: psps23 | October 15, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

psps23, thank god somebody gets it

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 15, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

How many have stuck? DeSean Jackson got the opportunity, yes, but he will stick because he is good.
---
Got to diagree PSP, many of those guys who were good did not stick and many were not good and did stick in Philly. In fact some very good WR's went there only to leave next year.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 15, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

we have to be carefull with Portis's hip flexor and not let him rest too much with hip flexers sometimes the more your rest the more it hurts when you do start playing some light drills and stretching for the rest of the week will be sufice i think. This is going to be a tough game and will show the character of this team.

Posted by: drkeller1 | October 15, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

the eagles are morons, they let TO and Dante Stallworth walk.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | October 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drkeller1 | October 15, 2008 4:32 PM |

Are you a real doctor or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

alex35332 - I assume you're talking about TO, who doesn't really apply to this discussion for being probably the most unique WR of this generation (both physically and mentally).

The point is that being a starting WR and getting an opportunity does not make you good. You have to make that opportunity count. DeSean Jackson has made it count. So far, Devin Thomas has not.

Posted by: psps23 | October 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Very sad news about Chris Mim

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 15, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

So what exactly is a hip flexor?

Posted by: redskirt_ | October 15, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Alexander has been criticized in the past for not always embracing the violent spirit Portis and injured Ladell Betts carry on to the field, abusing themselves for the extra yard and embracing contact. Alexander has had issues in pass protection as well. Zorn hopes that Portis and Betts have an effect on Alexander.

"Those are the types of things we're hoping will grow on him," Zorn said.

******

It's a little late to teach this dog new tricks. I'm hoping he doesn't see the field. He's gonna run forward for 1 yard, first contact he gets he turns around and sits on the turf.

Posted by: p1funk | October 15, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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