Redskins Notebook

Offensive Line Adds Veteran DeMulling

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 21, 2007

The Washington Redskins added a new face to their makeshift offensive line yesterday, bringing in veteran guard Rick DeMulling to bolster the injury-weakened unit.

DeMulling, who signed a one-year contract Wednesday, joined a group that has lost starting right tackle Jon Jansen for the season and starting right guard Randy Thomas for at least 10 to 12 weeks. After his first practice, DeMulling said he hoped to catch on quickly.

"To lose the whole right side, wow, it's kind of incredible," DeMulling said. "I mean, you just don't hear that happening, especially this early in a season. My job is to get as good as I can, learn the playbook, get into shape and see what I can do. I just need to add as much depth as possible."

DeMulling, 30, is in his seventh season. A seventh-round draft pick from Idaho in 2001, DeMulling started 41 games in three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before leaving as a free agent to sign with the Detroit Lions.

After two seasons in Detroit, he returned to the Colts this offseason but was cut midway through training camp. To make room for DeMulling on the 53-man roster, the Redskins released wide receiver Shaun Bodiford.

"I had a couple of workouts with other teams but they didn't offer," DeMulling said. "My agent told me a lot about this team. I just like the way the system is run and the whole show."

The Redskins brought in DeMulling and veteran guard Keydrick Vincent on Wednesday for tryouts and physicals. Although some teams had Vincent rated as the best available player at the position, DeMulling was better suited for Washington's zone-blocking schemes, Redskins sources said.

Thomas excelled on pulling plays, and DeMulling (6 feet 4, 310 pounds) could eventually play a similar role because of his athleticism.

Guard Jason Fabini, a converted tackle, will start in place of Thomas on Sunday against the New York Giants at FedEx Field, Coach Joe Gibbs said. With a bye week coming after the game, DeMulling said he would use the break to study the offense.

"The terminology is probably the hardest part," he said. "Everybody else already knows everything . . . it's kind of second nature to them as far as the system. I have to get into sync with everybody."

Daniels Feeling Better

Defensive end Phillip Daniels (foot) participated in full drills for the second consecutive day. "I went out there and did some things, and I feel good, but it's still going to be a game time thing," said Daniels, who was inactive for the victory over Philadelphia. "It'll be later in the week before I know. I'm probably about 85 percent, maybe 90 percent, so it's better than where it was. I was about 30 percent." . . .

After returning to practice Wednesday, cornerback Fred Smoot (hamstring) participated in limited drills yesterday. "I'm playing," said Smoot, who also sat out against the Eagles. "I'm fine." . . . Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (ankle) missed the first two days of practice. In New York's first two games, Burress had 10 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns.

Staff writer Jason La Canfora contributed to this report.

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