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Chris Neild’s beard is ready for training camp

Chris Neild appeared in all 16 games as a rookie nose tackle in 2011, but his 2012 season never even started after a knee injury in training camp.

Does he have a shot in 2013? Apparently, according to The Post’s John Keim.

“The Redskins have to decide how many nose tackles they want to keep,” Keim recently wrote. “Can they afford to keep three? They like Neild – Coach Mike Shanahan referenced him several times late in the season when discussing key injured players — and they gave [Chris] Baker a one-year tender for $1.32 million. Baker is more athletic than Neild and gets upfield quicker; Neild made plays with tenacity.”

Whether or not Neild is a keeper, his beard dang sure is. I wrote about the beard back in 2011, and it seems to be even stronger now — if slightly less rambunctious — judging by this photo from his barbershop.

“He looks like a Mountaineer,” Barry Cofield said back then. “That’s why I think everyone assumes he’s from West Virginia. Come to find out that he’s from New Jersey. But he looks like a Mountain Man.”

“I was kind of messing with him the other day, telling him [Brett] Keisel already has the long beard so maybe he needs to do something different with it,” Kedric Golston said. “So I told him maybe he could just grow everything out and just let it all connect and turn into a werewolf.”

Still a fine suggestion.

Meanwhile, Neild’s competition appears to have a fondness for Gold Bond powder.

(Just one more week, people. Then you can ignore beard-and-Gold-Bond stories.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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