Wade, Heyer Will Miss 2 Weeks, Testing Depth

By Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Reserve tackles Todd Wade and Stephon Heyer will each miss at least two weeks with injuries they suffered in the Washington Redskins' first preseason game Sunday, leaving the team with few veterans available at that position.

The starting offensive line is likely to play only a series or two in the preseason home opener Saturday night, leaving inexperienced tackles responsible for the health of the backup quarterbacks.

Wade has a high-ankle sprain, and "they are not an easy heal," Coach Jim Zorn said. Heyer stretched the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the game, an injury that will require rest but not surgery. Neither was on the field for yesterday's practice sessions, and they are expected to miss at least the next two preseason games.

Rookie lineman Chad Rinehart, who had been splitting time at guard and tackle, now becomes the second-team left tackle, Zorn said, while second-year tackle Tavares Washington is in line for significant playing time.

Jason Fabini, who spent much of his 11-year career at tackle before moving to guard last season, is not likely to play tackle in the preseason, Zorn said.

"I think we'd like to keep Fabini where he is and put the young tackles in there," Zorn said.

Landry 'Frustrated' by Injury

Still unable to participate in full drills because of his injured left hamstring, safety LaRon Landry said he is "just really frustrated right now."

Landry, who has been slowed since early in camp, had planned to resume taking reps with the first-team defense yesterday. But Landry was unable to move freely while working individually with trainers.

"If I want to push on it or really get after it running, I'm really not feeling it mentally," Landry said. "It's actually both. It's physical and mental.

"Physically, I'm about 80 percent. Mentally, I'm just not ready. When I feel that pain, I know I have to shut it down because I know how bad it would be if I pulled it."

Landry, who shifted from strong safety to free safety late last season, said he would need to play at least four full quarters in the preseason to feel prepared to start the Sept. 4 opener against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.

"I need at least a game under my belt to get that feel," he said. "I don't want to come in that first game and I'm still trying to get my feel for what I want to do and how I want to maneuver out there.

"You've got to go out there with a game plan about how you want to react to certain plays. That's what the preseason is for to me. You want to get a feel for everything and go out there and compete so when the season starts, you're able and you know what you want to do."

Safety Struggled to Adjust

Zorn and safeties coach Steve Jackson attributed the release of veteran safety Stuart Schweigert on Monday to his inability to adjust to Washington's system. Schweigert, a starter with Oakland, was asked to play free safety and struggled to adapt to the changes in technique.

"We give our safeties here a lot more freedom, in Oakland it's more restricted and confined," Jackson said. "Our system is, you've got the green light to go make plays. His was, 'I have to back-pedal like this, I have to move like this, I have to stay right here.' "

The Redskins re-signed Patrick Ghee to replace Schweigert; Ghee was released in June when Schweigert was signed as a free agent.

One-Liners

Rookie Durant Brooks handled all the punts Sunday night against the Colts, but incumbent Derrick Frost will take all the punts Saturday against Buffalo, Zorn said. The punters may split halves of games over the final three preseason games before one gets the job. . . .

Rookie quarterback Colt Brennan was limited in his work yesterday after suffering a bruise on his backside, but he will be back soon, Zorn said. . . .

Zorn said he could envision running back Marcus Mason (Georgetown Prep), who shone Sunday after spending 2007 on the practice squad, making the final roster. . . .

Defensive end Anthony Montgomery and linebacker Rian Wallace were back at practice after each broke a bone in his hand 10 days ago and could play Saturday, Zorn said. . . .

Defensive end Chris Wilson, wide receiver Anthony Mix and tailback Ladell Betts all returned from nagging injuries yesterday. . . .

The Redskins have two-a-days scheduled through tomorrow, and will not practice Friday ahead of Saturday's game.

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