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The Insider: October, 2011

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Jammal Brown frustrated by lack of a run game

Offensive linemen relish the opportunity to attack defensive linemen with run blocking, but the Redskins had only nine runs against the Bills.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 10/30/2011

London Fletcher has big numbers in loss

Linebacker was limited by injury in practice all week and his streak of consecutive games played appeared to be in jeopardy. But Fletcher was on the field for his 215th straight game and made his presence known.

By Rick Maese  |  11:15 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Keyaron Fox fills in for Rocky McIntosh

After losing players to season-ending injuries in each of their previous two games, the only wounds suffered in the Redskins’ 23-0 loss Sunday were of the emotional variety.

By Rick Maese  |  10:51 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 10/30/2011

John Beck: Nine sacks, 20 completions, two interceptions, zero wins

John Beck finished Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills, his second start as a Washington Redskin, as the first QB ever to be shut out while playing for Coach Mike Shanahan.

By Barry Svrluga  |  09:53 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Leonard Hankerson records his first catch

A week after his first pass route in an official NFL game ended in an interception, rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson did better, recording the first catch of his career.

By Mike Jones  |  09:43 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Redskins-Bills: Buffalo wins 23-0

Redskins quarterback John Beck is sacked nine times in the first shutout of Mike Shanahan’s career.

By Mike Jones and Rick Maese  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Redskins-Bills: Open thread

Both teams need this one, the Redskins to stop their slide, the Bills to get rolling again after their bye week. How do you think it will go? Post your comments below.

By Washington Post sports  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Redskins-Bills fast facts

The Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills meet today for the 12th time in the regular season. The Bills hold a 7-4 record, but Washington won the only postseason meeting, the 37-24 victory in Super Bowl XXVI.

By Mike Jones  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe will play against Bills

Free safety, who missed last week’s game, will play in return to his native Canada.

By Mike Jones  |  02:55 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/30/2011

Gameday Q&A: Adam Carriker

Six games into his second season with the Washington Redskins, defensive end Adam Carriker appears to be having a breakout year.

By Mike Jones  |  11:44 AM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/29/2011

Online Pro Bowl voting already underway

Fan voting for the 2012 Pro Bowl has gotten underway and will continue until mid-December. Several Redskins already have started to distinguish themselves.

By Mike Jones  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/29/2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe hopes to play in Canadian homecoming

After a week on the sideline with a knee injury, the free safety hopes to return to action when the Washington Redskins take on the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

By Mike Jones  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 10/28/2011

London Fletcher’s streak likely to continue

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said that although the 14-year veteran will be listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, he is likely to play Sunday against Buffalo.

By Mike Jones  |  03:51 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Redskins injury report: Three defensive starters questionable vs. Bills

Four Washington Redskins players — three of them starters — are questionable for the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Brandyn Thompson back on Redskins’ 53-man roster

Cornerback is moved up from the practice squad to bolster battered secondary.

By Mike Jones  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Redskins-Bills: Key matchups to watch

The 3-3 Washington Redskins are set to travel to Toronto where they face the 4-2 Buffalo Bills Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Quick Hits: Mike Sellers, Trent Williams out Sunday; London Fletcher should play

Defensive backs DeAngelo Hall and Oshiomogho Atowe are questionable.

By Mike Jones  |  01:26 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Bills defensive player to watch: George Wilson

The six-year veteran leads the Buffalo Bills with 57 tackles and three interceptions.

By Mike Jones  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Bills vs. Redskins: Five story lines for Week 8 matchup

Five keys to Sunday’s matchup as the Redskins try to end their two-game slide against a potent Buffalo offense.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Dominique Byrd happy for opportunity with Redskins, reunion with Fred Davis

They say you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and Dominique Byrd can certainly attest to that.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 10/27/2011

DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams miss practice again

The cornerback and left tackle were among those who did not practice Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  05:55 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Bills’ offensive player to watch: Fred Jackson

The total package, Jackson has size (6-foot-1, 215 pounds), power and speed, and is one of the best backs in the league.

By Mike Jones  |  04:38 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Shanahan: Redskins should’ve placed Cooley on PUP list

Coach Mike Shanahan says Chris Cooley’s surgically repaired left knee needed more time to heal.

By Mike Jones  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Quick hits: Mike Sellers injures back, expected to stay in hospital overnight

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan says the fullback injured his back during a rowing exercise in the weight room and went to the hospital.

By Mike Jones  |  03:13 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Haslett agrees Shanahan could have helped prep Redskins defense for Carolina

The Redskins defensive coordinator said Shanahan often helps with his unit’s game-planning.

By Mike Jones  |  02:14 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Chris Cooley says he is a casualty of NFL lockout

The Redskins tight end says he is a “casualty of the [NFL] lockout” because he was prohibited from rehabilitating his surgically-repaired knee at the team facility this offseason.

By Mike Jones  |  12:37 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Statistical analysis: Redskins stretched too thin

The current numbers suggest Washington has a slightly less than 30 percent chance of making the playoffs, but that figure doesn’t fully account for the recent spate of injuries.

By Brian Burke  |  11:47 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Niles Paul, Leonard Hankerson embrace opportunity

Through the first six games of the season, rookie wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Niles Paul found game reps hard to come by. That likely will change now.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Childhood rivals John Beck, Ryan Fitzpatrick reunite Sunday

When John Beck leads the Washington Redskins against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday, it won’t mark the first occasion, or sport, in which he has against Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Redskins injury report: Hall, three others held out of practice

The banged up Washington Redskins were without three starters in Wednesday’s practice, according to the team’s injury report.

By Mike Jones  |  05:36 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Chris Cooley will rest knee; Mike Shanahan hopes TE rebounds next season

The Redskins coach said it’s not yet known if the tight end’s balky left knee will require surgery, but the coach remains hopeful that the eighth-year pro can return next season.

By Mike Jones  |  05:10 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Santana Moss could return in three to six weeks

Redskins receiver says he could return sooner than the five-to-seven weeks that Coach Mike Shanahan said to expect.

By Mike Jones  |  04:26 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Quick Hits: Trent Williams, London Fletcher miss practice, Rex Grossman out of the hospital

QB Rex Grossman is released from the hospital and is expected at Redskins Park later Wednesday.

By Mike Jones  |  03:22 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Evan Royster continues working, waiting

Redskins’ rookie running back has yet to receive a promotion from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, but the Penn State product said he will continue to prepare as if the nod is coming.

By Mike Jones  |  01:58 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/26/2011

John Beck says another week of practice will make a big difference

Slew of replacements will benefit from working together for another week in practice, new QB says.

By Barry Svrluga  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Too early to tell whether London Fletcher can play

Redskins LB hopes his sore hamstring will let him play Sunday against Buffalo, but he said it’s too early to know.

By Rick Maese  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Redskins add TE Domonique Byrd, OL Jonathan Compas to roster, RB Tristan Davis to practice squad

It’s unclear what the Redskins have planned for 6th-round draft Pick Evan Royster, who was still on the practice squad Wednesday morning.

By Mike Jones  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Areas to monitor as the battered Redskins prepare for Bills

After three trying days, the Washington Redskins get back to work to prepare for Sunday’s meeting with the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Chris Cooley placed on injured reserve

The most prolific tight end in Redskins history has his season ended by finger and knee injuries.

By Mike Jones  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Post Sports Live: Redskins injuries, the Capitals hot start

LaVar Arrington, Dan Steinberg and Mike Jones joined host Jonathan Forsythe to break down the injury-plagued Redskins’ loss in Carolina.

By Washington Post editors  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Redskins host flag football camp at FedEx Field

Five players join 200 middle school students at FedEx Field.

By Mike Jones  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Mike Shanahan: Defense needed better preparation

One of the first things Coach Mike Shanahan said after Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers was “I’ve got to do a better job of getting these guys ready to play.”

By Mike Jones  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Mike Shanahan: ‘Bad’ play call led to fourth-and-2 failure

Redskins coach says he would go for it on fourth-and-2 against Carolina again, but would choose a different play.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Niles Paul or Anthony Armstrong likely to replace Santana Moss

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan expects to use either second-year pro Anthony Armstrong or rookie Niles Paul at the starting wide receiver spot previously occupied by Santana Moss

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Redskins defensive players cite combination of reasons for low turnover total

The Washington Redskins defense failed to produce a single takeaway Sunday for the first time all season.

By Mike Jones  |  11:44 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Rex Grossman hospitalized with pneumonia

Backup quarterback Rex Grossman was hospitalized Monday and is expected to spend all of Tuesday there as well while being treated for pneumonia and a fever.

By Mike Jones  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Mike Shanahan praises John Beck’s performance

Redskins coach came away from his film study of Washington’s 33-20 loss to Carolina with a sense of pride in how his quarterback played.

By Mike Jones  |  04:51 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Quick hits: Santana Moss out 5-7 weeks

The Redskins’ top receiver had surgery Monday to insert three pins in his broken left hand.

By Mike Jones  |  03:26 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Tim Hightower out for the year with ACL tear

Redskins running back will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

By Mike Jones  |  03:03 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Santana Moss out five to seven weeks

Redskins wide receiver tweeted that he is having surgery on his broken left hand this afternoon, a day after injuring it in Washington’s 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

By Mike Jones  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/24/2011

John Beck deserves a “B.” So says Tom Boswell

In his weekly on-line chat, the Post columnist said he looks forward to watching the Redskins QB plays the rest of the season.

By Washington Post Sports  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 10/24/2011

John Beck: Interception wasn’t Leonard Hankerson’s fault

Redskins quarterback says late-game interception on a pass intended for Leonard Hankerson was his fault, not the rookie wide receiver’s.

By Mike Jones  |  12:37 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Five observations from Redskins-Panthers: ISO turnovers, playmakers, a star QB

Washington still needs turnovers, more playmakers and a franchise QB, among other things.

By Mike Jones  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011

D.C’s greatest sports fan contest

If you think you have the right combination of spirit, knowledge and loyalty, fill out the application form and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Who is the Redskins’ emergency QB?

Washington carries only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, and on Sunday with Rex Grossman sick with pneumonia, Mike Shanahan didn't have a backup passer on the sidelines.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Redskins had no answer for Cam Newton

Steve Smith had 143 yards receiving. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for 103 on the ground. But it was Cam Newton who baffled the Redskins’ defense Sunday.

By Rick Maese  |  07:36 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Leonard Hankerson makes forgettable debut for Redskins

Rookie Leonard Hankerson was active for the first time of his career, but it didn’t go quite the way he’d hoped.

By Rick Maese  |  07:17 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Redskins’ offensive line allows only one sack

With Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve and Trent Williams on the sideline in street clothes, John Beck’s first start of the season came behind a revamped front.

By Rick Maese  |  07:02 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Tim Hightower, Santana Moss, determined to come back from injuries

Running back Tim Hightower says he is determined to be back this year from knee injury. Receiver Santana Moss promises not to let broken hand discourage him.

By Mike Jones  |  06:23 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Redskins-Panthers: Carolina beats Washington 33-20

Redskins RB Tim Hightower, LB London Fletcher and WR Santana Moss are injured in the loss.

By Mike Jones  |  02:43 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Santana Moss is injured

Wide receiver is on the sideline with a heavily wrapped left hand. His return is questionable.

By Mike Jones  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Redskins-Panthers: Open thread

The John Beck era begins today. How will it go? Will this game set the tone for the rest of the season?

By Washington Post editors  |  12:39 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe out for Redskins vs. Panthers

The Washington Redskins will be without starting free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe as they take on the Carolina Panthers today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

By Mike Jones  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/23/2011

Redskins-Panthers: Fast facts for Washington’s Week 7 matchup

The Redskins and Panthers face each other today for the 10th time in the history of the franchises. Washington aims to improve on its 7-2 record against Carolina.

By Mike Jones  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/23/2011

Gameday Q&A: Redskins RT Jammal Brown

In today’s Gameday Q&A, Jammal Brown talks a little O-line, about his first love (baseball), fashion and sweatbands.

By Mike Jones  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/22/2011

Jarvis Jenkins continues recovery from knee surgery

Injured rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins continues to make strides in his recovery from a season-ending ACL tear suffered during preseason.

By Mike Jones  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/22/2011

Redskins confident in Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes

If free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe can’t play against Carolina, Redskins coaches have confidence that Reed Doughty and rookie DeJon Gomes can get the job done.

By Mike Jones  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Trial date set in Sean Taylor slaying

Four men accused of killing Redskins safety Sean Taylor in 2007 are scheduled to go on trial Jan. 30 in Miami.

By Mike Jones  |  07:31 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Brian Orakpo fined for hit on Michael Vick

The NFL docks Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo $15,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in last week’s loss.

By Mike Jones  |  07:19 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Eight Redskins listed on injury report

The Redskins will be without tight end Chris Cooley (finger), cornerback Byron Westbrook (hamstring) and tackle Trent Williams (ankle).

By Rick Maese  |  03:28 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe: ‘I hope I’ll play’

Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is hopeful his sore knee will be healthy enough by Sunday.

By Rick Maese  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Your definition of a great D.C. sports fan

As part of the Greatest sports fan in D.C. contest, we asked you your definition. Here are some of your responses.

By Washington Post editors  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Injured Chris Cooley back at Redskins Park

Tight end Chris Cooley says he’s at least four weeks away from returning to action.

By Rick Maese  |  02:11 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe not ruled out for Sunday

Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (knee) has been forced to watch practice all week, but Mike Shanahan won’t rule him out.

By Rick Maese  |  01:39 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Redskins-Panthers: Key matchups to watch

The Redskins for a second straight week face a one-win team with talent that’s better than its record suggests.

By Mike Jones  |  12:04 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Panthers defensive player to watch: DE Charles Johnson

The fifth-year pro, who leads the Panthers with five sacks, beats his opponents by getting a good jump off the ball and with great acceleration off the edge.

By Mike Jones  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Redskins-Panthers: Five story lines to follow

Washington will pay Carolina a visit, trying to avoid suffering a second straight loss to a one-win team.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Two DBs miss Redskins practice

Oshiomogho Atogwe and Byron Westbrook miss practice. DeAngelo Hall is limited.

By Rick Maese  |  04:47 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Kyle Shanahan: Playcalling will remain the same with John Beck at QB

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator says his playcalling will not change because of the switch from Rex Grossman to John Beck as starting quarterback.

By Mike Jones  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Quick hits: Atogwe, Westbrook unable to practice

The defensive backs are hampered by knee and hamstring problems. Atogwe, a starter, is unsure he will play against the Panthers Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  03:17 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Redskins banking on rookie backup linemen Willie Smith, Maurice Hurt

Injuries to starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger and left tackle Trent Williams have robbed Washington of the little depth and experience it had up front.

By Mike Jones  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Carolina Panthers offensive player to watch

With size, athleticism, a great arm and speed, the 6-foot-5, 248-pound Cam Newton has made a smoother transition to the NFL than many expected.

By Mike Jones  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Sean Locklear practicing at left tackle

There was some question about whether Jammal Brown or Sean Locklear would protect John Beck’s blind side Sunday at Carolina. Locklear says he’s practicing exclusively at left tackle this week.

By Rick Maese  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 10/20/2011

John Malecki happy to join to Redskins practice squad

Lost in the hubbub of the Redskins’ quarterback change on Wednesday was the addition of guard John Malecki to the practice squad.

By Mike Jones  |  10:53 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Ron Rivera: Redskins’ QB switch doesn’t hamper efforts

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera doesn’t expect the switch from Rex Grossman to John Beck to change the Redskins’ offense drastically.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Phillip Buchanon ready if called upon

Washington Redskins cornerback Phillip Buchanon said that he is available to play in this weekend’s game at Charlotte, but didn’t yet know if he would get the nod.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Mike Shanahan on his QB decisions

The coach said Rex Grossman’s turnover-prone play, the way John Beck handled himself, and the backup’s mobility all factored heavily in his decision to give Beck the starting job.

By Mike Jones  |  06:12 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Mike Shanahan: Chris Cooley to have knee evaluated by James Andrews

Coach Mike Shanahan said the tight end will meet with noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews about his troublesome left knee.

By Mike Jones  |  05:34 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Redskins injury report: Oshiomogho Atogwe sits with knee injury

Starting free safety sat out Wednesday afternoon’s practice with a knee injury, according to the team’s report.

By Mike Jones  |  05:04 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Santana Moss ready to support John Beck

The receiver spoke out Monday as the strongest supporter of quarterback Rex Grossman, who was benched Sunday after throwing four interceptions in his team’s 20-13 loss to the Eagles.

By Mike Jones  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Quick hits: John Beck’s mobility helped tilt QB decision in his favor, Shanahan says.

It helped tip the decision on a starting QB to the backup, Coach Mike Shanahan says

By Mike Jones  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Logan Paulsen is ready to contribute

Tight end Chris Cooley underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his fractured left index finger. Up next for the Washington Redskins is second-year pro Logan Paulsen.

By Mike Jones  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 10/19/2011

What does Beck think of Moss’s comments?

Earlier Wednesday, Redskins players said all the right things about their new starting quarterback, John Beck. And why would they say anything different?

By Rick Maese  |  01:04 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Redskins players take QB switch in stride

Players say all the right things, at least publicly, after Coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to go with John Beck as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

By Mike Jones  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Rex Grossman wishes he had another chance

Rex Grossman said Mike Shanahan called him into the head coach’s office at Redskins Park Tuesday and told him John Beck would be the Redskins’ new starting quarterback.

By Rick Maese  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/19/2011

John Beck: “Definitely excited” to start

The Redskins hit the practice field Wednesday morning for a walk-through at Redskins Park. For the first time since 2007, John Beck will start at quarterback.

By Rick Maese  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Statistical analysis: Can John Beck be worse than Rex Grossman?

As poorly as Rex Grossman has played recently, it’s about as good as one could reasonably expect.

By Brian Burke  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/19/2011

John Beck to start at quarterback for Redskins

Former backup will take over for Rex Grossman, who threw four interceptions in loss to Eagles.

By Mike Jones  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Redskins QB controversy, and other areas to monitor

The 3-2 Washington Redskins get back to work today with a scheduled decision by Coach Mike Shanahan about whether Rex Grossman or John Beck will start at quarterback against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Post Sports Live: Who should be the Redskins starting quarterback?

LaVar Arrington, Dan Steinberg and Jason Reid joined host Jonathan Forsythe to debate the budding quarterback controversy and preview Sunday’s game against Carolina.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:19 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Donovan McNabb benched in favor of Christian Ponder

The Minnesota Vikings have benched former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb six games into the season, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora.

By Mike Jones  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/18/2011

The one that got away? Raiders reportedly land Carson Palmer

The Washington Redskins find themselves in the middle of another quarterback controversy, but passed on Carson Palmer this offseason. Did they do the right thing?

By Mike Jones  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Redskins’ Terrence Austin aims to build on first catch

Austin hauled in a 32-yard grab from John Beck and was tackled at the two-yard line. The big catch marked Beck’s longest completion of his 15 attempts and set Washington up to score on the next play when Beck scrambled for a touchdown.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

London Fletcher expects Redskins’ defense to rebound from disappointing outing

Washington Redskins inside linebacker and defensive captain London Fletcher expects his team to rebound from Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and put together a strong performance against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Anthony Armstrong optimistic about return from injury

Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said he plans to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers after missing the last 2 1 / 2 games with a pulled hamstring.

By Mike Jones  |  11:16 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Mike Shanahan says he still believes in both QBs

Redskins’ coach won’t announce his team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Panthers until Wednesday, but said he has confidence in both Rex Grossman and John Beck

By Mike Jones  |  05:33 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Offensive line questions add to Redskins’ uncertainty

Along with a renewed quarterback controversy, the Redskins must decide how to replace two injured starters on their offensive line.

By Rick Maese  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Chris Cooley out indefinitely

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan sounded resigned to being without tight end Chris Cooley for a significant period of time.

By Mike Jones  |  04:19 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Let the Redskins’ QB controversy begin

POLL | On Wednesday, Coach Mike Shanahan will reveal whether Rex Grossman or John Beck will start against the Panthers. Who would you choose?

By Washington Post editors  |  03:44 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Quick Hits: QB choice and Cooley surgery Wednesday; Lichtensteiger lost for the year

Coach Mike Shanahan says he has not made his decision yet and is consulting with coaches. Tight end Chris Cooley will have surgery Wednesday. Guard Kory Lichtensteiger is lost for the season.

By Mike Jones  |  03:29 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Santana Moss: Rex Grossman deserves another shot

Redskins’ wide receiver says it’s too early for Coach Mike Shanahan to make a quarterback change.

By Mike Jones  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Even with Trent Williams down, Jammal Brown doesn’t think he’ll switch to left side

With starting left tackle Trent Williams almost certainly out with a high ankle sprain, don’t expect right tackle Jammal Brown – a former Pro Bowl left tackle – to switch to the left side.

By Barry Svrluga  |  12:37 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/17/2011

John Beck’s time is now, but Rex Grossman may be back

John Beck’s mobility gives the Redskins a better chance behind a battered offensive line. But if he struggles, Rex Grossman could return.

By Mike Jones  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Barry Cofield leads the league in deflected passes by linemen

Vick pass bounces off Barry Cofield’s helmet, leads to interception. His five deflections lead the NFL among linemen.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Fred Davis heavily involved with offense again

Starting tight end leads team with 95 yards receiving

By Gene Wang  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Atogwe notches first takeaway as a Redskin

The free safety finally got his first takeaway as a Redskin on Sunday against the Eagles, intercepting a Michael Vick pass at the 1-yard line.

By Mike Jones  |  06:47 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Michael Vick left game because he had dirt in his eyes

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said that he left the game on the hit from LaRon Landry because he had dirt in his eyes and couldn’t see.

By Mike Jones  |  06:29 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Shanahan mum on whether Redskins will switch to John Beck after Rex Grossman’s poor showing

The Redskins coach doesn't reveal whether he will switch to John Beck after Rex Grossman’s poor showing against the Eagles.

By Mike Jones  |  06:10 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Tim Hightower doesn’t play

Coach Mike Shanahan elects to keep running back with ailing shoulder on the bench

By Barry Svrluga  |  05:54 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Lichtensteiger, Cooley, Williams suffer serious injuries

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger appears to be the most seriously injured, with torn ligaments in his right knee.

By Mike Jones  |  05:18 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Redskins-Eagles: Philadelphia wins 20-13

Four Rex Grossman interceptions plague Redskins

By Gene Wang and Steve Yanda  |  01:51 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Redskins-Eagles: Open Thread

Do the Redskins effectively end the Eagles’ season today? Let us know your thoughts.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:39 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 10/16/2011

Cooley, Hall, Hightower to play for Redskins vs. Eagles

Tight end Chris Cooley, running back Tim Hightower and cornerback DeAngelo Hall were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

By Mike Jones  |  11:46 AM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/16/2011

Redskins-Eagles fast facts

The Washington Redskins will take on the Philadelphia Eagles as they attempt to pick up their second straight victory and maintain first place in the NFC East.

By Mike Jones  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 10/16/2011

Gameday Q&A: Torain on patience, fantasy football and Emmitt Smith

After three weeks of riding the pine, Ryan Torain finally got a chance to play for the Washington Redskins and exploded onto the scene with 135 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Week 4 against the St. Louis Rams.

By Mike Jones  |  09:10 AM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/15/2011

Redskins’ Trent Williams, Jammal Brown ready for Philly’s ‘wide nine’ front

Redskins tackles Trent Williams and Jammal Brown see how the Eagles’ “wide nine” system could cause problems.

By Mike Jones  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/15/2011

Redskins’ Jim Haslett focusing on turnovers, points as defense improves

A year after ranking among the worst in the league, the Redskins are off to a strong start.

By Mike Jones  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/15/2011

Barry Cofield: Physicality will help Redskins vs. Eagles’ speed

Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher and nose tackle Barry Cofield believe the Eagles are the fastest team on their schedule, if not in the NFL.

By Mike Jones  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Redskins-Eagles: Five storylines to follow

The Redskins on Sunday get back to work after a Week 5 bye, looking to maintain first place in the NFC East.

By Mike Jones  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Redskins injury report: Hall questionable; Cooley expecting to play

The Washington Redskins listed cornerback DeAngelo Hall as questionable for Sunday’s game because of a knee injury that limited him in practice on Friday.

By Mike Jones  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Hightower, Armstrong, Buchanon and Cooley listed as questionable

Tim Hightower, Anthony Armstrong, Phillip Buchanon and Chris Cooley are nursing injuries.

By Mike Jones  |  01:08 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Redskins-Eagles: Key matchups to watch

The Redskins play host to the Eagles on Sunday, looking to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the NFC East.

By Mike Jones  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Eagles defensive player to watch: Jason Babin

At 6 feet 3, 267 pounds, Babin has good size and strength and explodes off of the ball and can get in the backfield in a hurry.

By Mike Jones  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Kareem Moore eyes return to practice field Monday

Once-hobbled free safety Kareem Moore will be eligible to join the Redskins after this weekend’s game against Philadelphia, when his status for the remainder of the season will be evaluated.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

What happened to Ryan Kerrigan’s sack total?

You may have noticed that the Redskins’ rookie linebacker has only two sacks to his name despite appearing to have a hand in as many as 1.5 more during the first four games.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 10/13/2011

D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan: Help us choose

What makes someone a great sports fan? More specifically, what makes someone a great D.C. sports fan? We’re asking because we’re nearing the launch of a contest that hopes to identify the greatest Washington area pro sports fan. And we want your help.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:50 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Redskins injury report: Four limited for a second straight day

Receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), running back Tim Hightower (shoulder), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck) and tight end Chris Cooley (knee) were limited in practice again.

By Mike Jones  |  05:04 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Jim Haslett miffed over dirty hit calls

After a game in which three Redskins received fines for unnecessary roughness, Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett said he doesn’t have much advice for players on how to avoid getting flagged for illegal hits.

By Mike Jones  |  03:58 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Quick Hits: Chris Cooley has injured knee drained

Coach Mike Shanahan says the tight end experienced some swelling in his balky left knee Monday and had fluid drained.

By Mike Jones  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Oshiomogho Atogwe improving after playing with hamstring pull

In seven years in the NFL, Oshiomogho Atogwe has ranked among the top turnover-forcing defensive backs in the NFL with 22 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles. But through four games, Atogwe has yet to force a turnover and has broken up only one pass.

By Mike Jones  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Jim Haslett noncommital on Phillip Buchanon

Redskins’ defensive coordinator won’t commit on whether cornerback will play Sunday. substance abuse policy.

By Mike Jones  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Eagles offensive player to watch: Michael Vick

Philadelphia is off to a disappointing 1-4 start, but Vick remains one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, with amazing mobility and speed as well as a strong arm.

By Mike Jones  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Brandyn Thompson remains upbeat despite demotion

Redskins’ rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson was demoted to the practice squad last week to make room for returning veteran Phillip Buchanon but has maintained a positive outlook.

By Mike Jones  |  11:50 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Injury gave Darrel Young wakeup call

A stained hamstring almost four weeks ago gave fullback Darrel Young flashbacks to his 2009 preseason. Then a rookie linebacker out of Villanova, he was cut before re-signing with Washington’s practice squad.

By Mike Jones  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 10/13/2011

SI player poll: Landry ninth meanest player in NFL

Sports Illustrated conducted a poll among NFL players to identify the 15 meanest players in the league, and Washington strong safety LaRon Landry was voted ninth on the list.

By Mike Jones  |  08:42 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Redskins injury report: Chris Cooley limited by knee

The Washington Redskins listed tight end Chris Cooley as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice because of a knee injury.

By Mike Jones  |  05:16 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Andy Reid denies defensive consultant reports

Reports have surfaced that Eagles’ coach was seeking a defensive consultant. Former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini was rumored to be Reid’s target.

By Mike Jones  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Quick Hits: Anthony Armstrong, Tim Hightower still limited

Coach Mike Shanahan says he reminded the team of its shortcomings in last season’s blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

By Mike Jones  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Asomugha downplays Eagles’ tackling struggles, significance of this week’s game

Philadelphia’s defensive struggles have been well documented during its 1-4 start, with missed tackles a particular problem.

By Mike Jones  |  02:31 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Sav Rocca unfazed by meeting with former team

Punter will face the team he was part of during all four of his previous NFL seasons, but insists the game against the Philadelphia Eagles carries no special significance.

By Mike Jones  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Phillip Buchanon ready whenever his number is called

Redskins cornerback does not know whether he’ll make his season debut Sunday, but the 10th-year veteran believes he can help against the Eagles.

By Mike Jones  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Rex Grossman: Redskins on the cusp of great things

QB enjoyed a good first quarter of the season based on the Redskins’ won-lost record. But he says there’s plenty of room for improvement, by him and the entire offense.

By Rick Maese  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Redskins have .500 record following bye weeks

Washington will try to do something Sunday it hasn’t accomplished in four years: winning after a bye week.

By Mike Jones  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Hightower: Eagles no more dangerous than Redskins

Tim Hightower knows all about the Philadelphia Eagles struggles and how desperately the team needs a win. But the Washington Redskins running back dismisses the notion that the Eagles are more dangerous because of their precarious situation.

By Mike Jones  |  12:06 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Redskins earning respect in national power rankings

Despite their bye week, the Redskins’ standing in the NFC East improved, and the team is moving up in national power rankings as well.

By Mike Jones  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Redskins at No. 10 in Week 5 power rankings

Mark Maske’s Week 5 NFL ranking has the Redskins at No. 10.

By Washington Post Sports  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Redskins believe consistent rushing attack will make a difference

The Redskins are still seeking consistency in their rushing attack, and may start a new running back Sunday. They believe a reliable run game will rank them among the league’s contenders.

By Mike Jones  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Redskins won’t underestimate 1-4 Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles may own a 1-4 record. But when Washington players look at the squad, they don’t see a team on the ropes.

By Mike Jones  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Barry Cofield still learning Redskins’ defense, but senses progress

Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield has yet to break out his Taser sack dance while in the burgundy and gold, but the sixth-year pro believes that he is getting closer to that moment.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Fred Davis, Rex Grossman get in work during bye

While scattered for some rest and recovery in their home towns during the bye week, tight end Fred Davis reported to Redskins Park to receive treatment for various bumps and bruises.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Redskins’ Tim Hightower hoping to play Sunday

Washington Redskins running back said he expects to be on the field despite the shoulder injury that hampered him against the Rams.

By Mike Jones  |  05:44 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Shanahan, Hall remember Al Davis

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and cornerback DeAngelo Hall both spoke fondly of their former employer, Raiders owner Al Davis, who died this weekend.

By Mike Jones  |  05:14 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Quick hits: Mike Shanahan happy with first day of practice

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he was happy with how his players practiced on their first day back from the bye week.

By Mike Jones  |  03:48 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Construction begins on practice bubble

Players returned to Redskins Park following their five-day bye week getaway and were greeted by activity on the site of their planned indoor practice facility.

By Mike Jones  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Are Redskins now NFC East favorites?

The weekly trash talk chat on TheRootDC considers Washington’s frontrunner status.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:40 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Five questions facing Redskins as they return from the bye

Washington gets back to to work after its bye week, hitting the practice field at 1 p.m. as they prepare for the 1-4 Eagles, who come to town Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  10:14 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Rob Jackson and Perry Riley each fined $15,000 for hits vs. Rams

Linebackers Rob Jackson are Perry Riley are docked $15,000 by the NFL for hits that resulted in penalties during the Rams game.

By Mike Jones  |  07:13 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Redskins bye week: A look at special teams

Punter Sav Rocca has been a bright spot for the 3-1 Redskins, but place kicker Graham Gano has been uneven.

By Barry Svrluga  |  11:38 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Statistical analysis: Sav Rocca plays the hero, Ryan Torain’s valuable return

The unsung hero award of last Sunday has to go to punter Sav Rocca.

By Brian Burke  |  07:15 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Redskins reportedly work out six players

The Washington Redskins reportedly held workouts for six unemployed players, including running back Laurence Maroney, according to profootballscout.com’s Aaron Wilson.

By Mike Jones  |  03:59 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Cooley to host auction for breast cancer Monday

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will host his third annual fundraiser Monday.

By Mike Jones  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Redskins bye week: A look at the defense

A year after turning in the league’s 31st-ranked defense, the Redskins have made a big leap in Year 2 under coordinator Jim Haslett.

By Rick Maese  |  07:30 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Brandyn Thompson clears waivers

Rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson, who was released to make room on the roster for Phillip Buchanon, is expcted to be signed to the Redskins’ practice squad.

By Mike Jones  |  08:39 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Niles Paul fined $20,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit

Rookie receiver Niles Paul was slapped with a $20,000 fine for helmet-to-helmet contact in Sunday’s 17-10 win at St. Louis.

By Rick Maese  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Brian Orakpo named NFC defensive player of the week

Brian Orakpo earned NFC defensive player of the week honors after getting

By Mike Jones  |  10:03 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Redskins bye week: A look at the offense

The unit remains a work in progress: It has made some improvements but still experiences some of the struggles that plagued the team in 2010.

By Mike Jones  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Thompson is waived to make room for Buchanon

The Washington Redskins have waived rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson to make room on the 53-man roster for veteran defensive back Phillip Buchanon.

By Mike Jones  |  11:52 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Post Sports Live: Redskins first-quarter assessment and Nationals 2011 season review

Rick Maese, LaVar Arrington and Dan Steinberg joined Jonathan Forsythe on this week’s webcast to discuss where the Redskins stand at the quarter-pole mark of the 2011 season. The guys also analyze the Washington Nationals’ progress in 2011.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:52 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Post Sports Live: Redskins first-quarter assessment and Nationals 2011 season review

Rick Maese, LaVar Arrington and Dan Steinberg joined Jonathan Forsythe on this week’s webcast to discuss where the Redskins stand at the quarter-pole mark of the 2011 season. The guys also analyze the Washington Nationals’ progress in 2011.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  04:40 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Players leave Redskins Park for bye week

The Redskins ran through their final practice of the week Tuesday and the players’ bye week officially begins Wednesday. The team’s next practice is Monday morning

By Mike Jones  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Buchanon returns, could play against Philadelphia

Cornerback Phillip Buchanon returned to the practice field Tuesday after a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

By Mike Jones  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Torain up for player of the week honors

Rookie linebacker is again a nominee for the Pepsi NFL rookie of the week. Running back Ryan Torain is a candidate for the FedEx Ground player of the week.

By Mike Jones  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Mike Shanahan pleased, but not satisfied, with defense

The Redskins dominated the Rams on defense, limiting them to just 172 yards of total offense, sacking the quarterback seven times and bottling up running back Steven Jackson

By Mike Jones  |  11:46 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Shanahan: Grossman will be judged on wins and losses

Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said that wins and losses – more than statistical accomplishments or shortcomings – will determine how long Rex Grossman remains the starting quarterback.

By Mike Jones  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 10/04/2011

POSTPONED — Online Q and A with Redskins’ linebacker Rocky McIntosh

Linebacker will answer your questions at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday

By Washington Post editors  |  08:30 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Banks bottled up, but Shanahan not worried

The St. Louis Rams on Sunday kept Washington Redskins kick/punt return specialist Brandon Banks in check, limiting him to an average of 17.5 yards on kickoff returns and just 0.8 yards on four punt returns.

By Mike Jones  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Mike Shanahan: Tim Hightower played with shoulder injury

Washington Redskins’ coach said after Sunday’s 17-10 victory that the running back Tim Hightower didn’t look like himself in practice last week.

By Mike Jones  |  05:55 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Shanahan focuses on fourth-quarter penalties, not INTs

Coach focuses on two costly flags rather than fourth-quarter picks that prevented the Redskins from putting away the Rams Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  05:32 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Quick Hits: Fourth-quarter penalties as damaging as interceptions

He says eliminating them is as important as cutting out fourth-quarter interceptions.

By Mike Jones  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Where was LaRon Landry?

He missed a series for a restroom break during the second half of Sunday’s game.

By Mike Jones  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/03/2011

NFC East trash talk hour on TheRootDC

All things Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles and Giants. Join the chat.

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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Redskins-Rams: Five observations

Everything you’ve read about Rex Grossman is true. And other important lessons from Sunday’s game.

By Mike Jones  |  10:59 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Redskins’ Ryan Torain makes case for starting job with strong showing vs. Rams

After starter Tim Hightower struggled, and Ryan Torain impressed coming off the bench, the Redskins have a decision to make.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:30 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Rams QB Sam Bradford finds going rough against Redskins

The Redskins harassed Rams quarterback Sam Bradford constantly, sacking him seven times and hitting him 10 more times.

By Barry Svrluga  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Redskins’ offensive line holds Rams sackless

The Washington Redskins’ offensive line on Sunday held the St. Louis Rams without a sack, marking the first time this season that Rex Grossman has escaped unscathed.

By Mike Jones  |  07:52 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Were the Redskins simulating quarterback cadence? Not this time

One week after the Dallas Cowboys accused the Redskins’ defensive linemen of simulating quarterback cadences, the Rams apparently had no similar qualms.

By Rick Maese  |  07:36 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Chris Cooley: Young is without question the Redskins’ fullback

Although Chris Cooley is happy to help his team and likes the unpredictability Washington offers with him lined up at fullback and Fred Davis at tight end, Cooley insists that Darrel Young is the best option at fullback for the Redskins.

By Mike Jones  |  07:02 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Happy homecoming for Redskins’ Oshiomogho Atogwe

Redskins safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is certainly no stranger to the Edward Jones Dome and looked right at home in Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Rams.

By Rick Maese  |  06:45 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Shanahan: Penalty against Perry Riley a ‘bad call’

The Redskins had two bruising hits on St. Louis punt returns and received two unnecessary roughness penalties, the first of which Shanahan contends was a bad call by officials.

By Rick Maese  |  06:29 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Redskins-Rams: Washington escapes with 17-10 win

Two fourth-quarter interceptions allow Rams to make it close.

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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Redskins-Rams Open Thread

Let us know whether you think the Redskins will be 3-1 going into their bye week.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Redskins-Rams: Fast facts for Week 4

Washington looks to rebound today from Monday night’s loss to the Cowboys and improve to 3-1 on the season.

By Mike Jones  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/02/2011

Redskins-Rams: Armstrong out with hamstring

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong will not play for the Washington Redskins today against the St. Louis Rams. He suffered a strained hamstring suffered Monday night against Dallas.

By Mike Jones  |  11:52 AM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 10/02/2011

Gameday Q&A: Kevin Barnes on growth, the Terps and music

One of the younger players who the Washington Redskins are counting on this season is third-year cornerback Kevin Barnes, who has seen his role with the team change drastically in the last year.

By Mike Jones  |  09:48 AM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 10/01/2011

Mike Shanahan mourns the loss of Mike Heimerdinger, his friend and former assistant

Mike Shanahan will be coaching with a heavy heart Sunday in St. Louis following the death of longtime NFL assistant Mike Heimerdinger.

By Mike Jones  |  01:44 PM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 10/01/2011

With suspension over, Phillip Buchanon could return to Redskins Monday

The Redskins may welcome the veteran cornerback to the roster Monday, the first day he is eligible to return after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

By Barry Svrluga  |  10:16 AM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/01/2011

Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh off to strong start

Now more comfortable in Washington’s 3-4 defense, inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh leads the team in tackles, but he ranks contributing to a winning season as his top priority.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Redskins relatively healthy for Rams game

On the final injury report of the week, the Redskins have listed three players as questionable for Sunday’s game at St. Louis. Receiver Anthony Armstrong, safety DeJon Gomes and fullback Darrel Young all have been nursing hamstring injuries.

By Rick Maese  |  04:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Redskins-Rams: Key matchups for Week 4

The Redskins face the Rams Sunday for the 36th time, entering the game with a 23-11-1 record against the team.

By Mike Jones  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Quick Hits: Armstrong, Young, Gomes are game-time decisions

All three are still hampered by hamstring injuries.

By Mike Jones  |  01:16 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Rams’ defensive player to watch: Chris Long

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Virginia product has three sacks on the season. He’s strong, physical and technically sound, with good hands and agility.

By Mike Jones  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Redskins-Rams: Five storylines to follow

The Redskins look to get the taste of Monday’s disappointing loss out of their mouths Sunday when they pay a visit to the St. Louis Rams

By Mike Jones  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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