Redskins mailbag: Carriker’s future, Jackson’s status, right tackle and more …

The Washington Redskins get back to work today for their fourth practice of training camp, and this morning we take another dive into the mailbag.

This week we tackle everything from Adam Carriker’s future, Tanard Jackson, right tackle, drug suspensions and a couple of other topics in between. Amazingly, Robert Griffin III is not one of them.

Here we go …

With the news that Adam Carriker will have yet another surgery (his third) for the same problematic right quadriceps tendon and most likely miss the bulk of the season. Do you think it’s time for an injury settlement and move on from him? I think so.

– Gene Bruce

The Redskins currently don’t have plans to pursue an injury settlement with Carriker. He is expected to need four to five months of recovery time, and it appears unlikely that he will play this season. But because of his work ethic and strong character, plus his production as a run-stopper, team officials seem willing to give Carriker time. Now, if we reach a later point this season, and the recovery isn’t going well, then maybe they consider it. Maybe. They never looked to work out an injury settlement last year for Jammal Brown, who had to have surgery just before training camp, opened the year on the PUP list, tried to come back and then had another setback and wound up on IR.

What is the final status on Tanard Jackson and the Skins? Or is there still more to come?

– Paul Clark

Maybe a little more to come. But probably not much. He’s not eligible to apply for reinstatement until Aug. 31, and then the commissioner will determine his fate. The Redskins still hold the rights to his contract, but they don’t have to take him back even if he is reinstated. I get the sense that he probably will not be back with the team. He hasn’t done any football activities in a year. Training camp and the preseason will have come and gone, and team officials wouldn’t have even been allowed to take a look at him or get a feel for if he is in the right mind-set or not. The Redskins couldn’t hold a roster spot for him sight unseen.

I’m going to training camp Wednesday for the afternoon practice. After the morning walk-thru is over around 11:30 or so, do the fans have to leave until around 3 p.m.? I was thinking of showing up around 2 p.m. and want to make sure I can get in or if I’ll be standing in line.

 – Dewayne Soltes

Many of the fans from the walk-through do leave and come back. But the gates stay open and you shouldn’t have a line. Showing up around an hour early will probably help make sure you can find a good spot to post up. My advice: don’t set up in the end zones. Best view is probably on the hill along the sideline. You can watch the units work their ways up and down the field with a much better view. It’s possible to find a spot down along the roped off sidelines, but it can be hard to see there if players, photographers, TV camera men and reporters are standing in the way. The only drawback of sitting on the hill and watching is that although you can see better, you might have trouble positioning yourself for some post-practice autographs, if you want them.

Have we, by any chance, changed trainers in the past few seasons? With this many torn pectoral muscles it seems as though the training staff needs to change their standard procedures. 

 – Bob Lasher, Clearwater, Fla.

There haven’t been any changes to the training staff, and although the rash of pectoral muscle tears (for Brian Orakpo and Keenan Robinson, anyway) are alarming, everyone says nothing changed in the way players have prepared themselves. No one has been able to provide clear reasons on why the second tears occurred, either. Orakpo has said perhaps his initial injury hadn’t completely healed. He admitted he didn’t feel 100 percent healthy when he attempted his comeback last year. Word was, however, that the second tear occurred at a different spot on that same pectoral muscle. Keenan Robinson’s initial injury occurred when hiss outstretched arm was pulled awkwardly as he attempted an arm tackle. His second injury (to the opposite pectoral muscle) is being described as “a freak injury,” because he was losing his balance, stuck his hand down to catch himself and injured himself. Robinson said from going back over his preparation both in his head and with trainers, he doesn’t know how that injury could have been prevented. “I need to lift weights and be strong to play my position,” he said. “I can’t not lift, and it wasn’t like I did it in the weight room, trying to do too much. I don’t know how I could have prevented it.”

Am I the only one getting tired of hearing grown men making excuses for doing dumb stuff? Jarvis Jenkins recently got suspended for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy and the only response he could give was “I made a mistake.” No kidding! He made a mistake at a position the Redskins are in dire need of starter quality players. Eight players suspended in the players in the last three years? He can’t sell me that line about not knowing what supplements he was taking. Do you think we have a problem that needs to be taken more serious by the team’s front office?

 – Olufemi Adepoju

Mike Shanahan’s frustration with Jenkins was pretty obvious. The league makes it pretty easy for a player to avoid mistakenly taking a banned substance that happens to be in an over-the-counter supplement. Players simply have to look for the NSF label, and if the product doesn’t bear that label, they shouldn’t take it. Mike Shanahan was asked if he and other team officials need to do a better job of addressing this issue, and he insists that players have been warned and that the importance of responsibility over what they put in their bodies has been stressed repeatedly. Veteran players like London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall say this message has been relayed loud and clear, over and over. Carelessness, or just plain ignorance, seems to be the blame.

Maurice Hurt

Maurice Hurt cools off after the first day of training camp in 2012. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Everyone seems to want to say Tyler Polumbus, Tony Pashos, and Jeremy Trueblood when talking about the right tackle competition.  I thought Maurice Hurt did a fine job in a brief opportunity last year – better than Polumbus.  Why isn’t he getting more run as a possible contender? I know he’s hurt now, but he’s expected to be back soon, correct? Could you handicap the right tackle competition for us?  Who’s most likely, next most, etc.?

  – Brian Mulholland

Maurice Hurt did an okay job filling in for Tyler Polumbus that one game last year, but he definitely has his limitations and isn’t the answer at right tackle. Size, quickness and strength are suspect areas for him. Each candidate for right tackle has his limitations. Polumbus returns as the starter, and will likely hang onto that job. He has good size at 6 feet 8, 305 pounds. That height can make it difficult for him to get good leverage at times, and he doesn’t have the longest arms, so it’s easier for defenders to get inside on him than some tackles. But coaches see him as a reliable, hard-working player. They are aware of his limitations, and because of that, they do as much as they can to give him some help, whether it be giving him some help from a tight end, or doing some chipping on that right side with running backs and fullbacks. But they value his knowledge of the system, work ethic and character. Pashos has been a solid tackle during his career, but he missed all of last season with foot surgery, and is learning the system still. He currently is the second-team right tackle. Trueblood is another really tall guy (6-9, 320), but he doesn’t have the greatest footwork, and appears to struggle with balance while trying to stay in front of speed rushers. He currently is the third-string right tackle. Hurt might be better than him. We’ll see how things shake out in a couple weeks when he returns. The thing that helps Hurt, in terms of making the roster, is his ability to play guard as well.

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Robert Griffin III meets with reporters after the early practice.

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