REDSKINS NOTEBOOK

Bidwell doesn't speculate on the severity of his latest hip injury


(John Mcdonnell)
By Jason Reidand Barry Svrluga
Monday, September 27, 2010

ST. LOUIS - The Redskins won't know the extent of punter Josh Bidwell's injury until Monday morning, but the early signs don't appear to be good.

Bidwell felt pain in his right hip during pregame warmups on Sunday - the same hip that kept him out for the entire 2009 season. Bidwell did not want to speculate on the severity of the injury Sunday evening.

"I'll know a lot more" Monday, he said. "I just hate to speculate on anything good or bad."

Bidwell suffered a torn labrum in August 2009 and had arthroscopic surgery that put him on the injured reserve list. He was released by Tampa Bay in March and signed by the Redskins as a free agent less than three weeks later.

Following Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Rams, Bidwell said he felt a "twinge" on his final punt earlier that afternoon. He had to be helped off the field, though he still appeared in the game, holding on field goals and extra points for Graham Gano.

"It's always the last punt," Bidwell said. "I went through a great warmup and then just kind of felt something. You want to be very, very careful with something like that."

Gano handled punting duties in Bidwell's place. The second-year kicker, who punted in college, had a 35.3-yard average on four punts. He placed one inside the 20-yard line and had one blocked.

Hunter Smith, the Redskins punter in 2009, is scheduled to visit Redskins Park for a tryout on Tuesday, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

Moore misses big tackles

Kareem Moore, who won Washington's starting free safety job with a solid training camp, made his regular-season debut in Sunday's 30-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams - and was disappointed in the results.

Moore, who missed the season's first two games with a knee sprain suffered in a preseason game against Baltimore, started on Sunday, replacing Reed Doughty. He made a nice interception in the first quarter, a play that prevented Washington - already down 14-0 - from falling in a deeper hole. He was also credited with six tackles, five of them unassisted.

"I felt good physically getting back out there," Moore said. "I got to shake some of the rust off."

The rust Moore spoke of was two missed tackles - one on Steven Jackson's 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that went for St. Louis's first score, the other on Kenneth Darby's 12-yard scoring run in the third quarter that gave the Rams the lead for good.

"I missed those two big tackles, man," Moore said quietly. "I can't miss tackles. If I miss tackles, it's a touchdown."

Redskins line pre-shuffled

For the first time this season, the Redskins didn't shuffle their offensive line in the middle of the game. That's because they did all of their shuffling before the game.

Kory Lichtensteiger had his first career start against the Rams, replacing veteran left guard Derrick Dockery, who had started 111 straight games. Lichtensteiger played the entire game. Dockery's only snaps appeared to be on special teams.

Stephon Heyer had his first start of the year, replacing injured rookie Trent Williams at left tackle. And Jammal Brown, a two-time Pro Bowler at left tackle, continued at right tackle.

Rams' Jackson injured

Running back Steven Jackson, likely St. Louis's best player, opened the scoring with a 42-yard run in the first quarter. But Jackson was injured in the second quarter when he was tackled by a host of Redskins, and he limped to the sideline, not to return.

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