No rest or the weary as the Washington Redskins returned to practice less than 48 hours after Monday's 38-16 season opener loss to Pittsburgh. Now, it's Dallas week with the Cowboys visiting Sunday.
* The Redskins officially announced the signing of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins Wednesday. Breaking Burgundy first reported the 35-year-old's return after Washington released him during final cuts earlier in the month. Jenkins gives the Redskins seven defensive lineman in the matchup against arguably the NFL's best offensive line.
“Well, he adds another defensive lineman to our room," coach Jay Gruden said. "And the reason we had to make the move beforehand was we were questioning Spencer Long’s availability Week 1, so we kept an extra offensive lineman. But, he did some good things when he was here. We thought he did good enough when he was here for a couple of days and the Tampa game to warrant another look. We’ll get him to practice here today and tomorrow and see where he stands as far as knowing the defense and what kind of shape he’s in again and make a decision. The defensive linemen we have here are here and just another good player to add to the mix.”
* Gruden on the difficulty of not retaining former starting running back Alfred Morris, who returns Sunday with Dallas.
“That’s difficult, two-fold because he is a good player and was very productive for us. A sturdy player, and very consistent, and also because he’s one of the best people I’ve ever met. So, it was a difficult decision, but decisions like that happen all the time and you have to make them as a coach and as a GM. That’s the way we decided to go and we have to live with it. But we have nothing but respect and good things to say about Alfred.”
* Speaking of Morris, he spoke with local reporters Wednesday about what free agency was like and landing in Dallas.
“By the end of the year, I figured that my time (in Washington) was gone and unfortunately my plan was to stay with the same team my whole career. I mean, get different pieces in there and you’re not the coaches’ guy, you’re not the GM’s guy, they draft a young guy. It’s a business, so I expected that. ... Honestly, I didn’t know where I would end up at and just kind of tested it. The free agency process was very insulting to just say the least. I didn’t like it one bit. I don’t want to do it again. It was a crazy experience and just due to last season and everybody saying my production went down, you know a lot of people threw shots at me and tried to say, ‘Hey, he just wasn’t good.’ So, yeah, I ended up… Dallas actually came on late and I talked to a lot of other teams early on ... I did a visit and it just seemed like a good fit so I said, ‘Why not?’ They worked out the contract stuff and it was just an opportunity to continue to do what I love. So, yeah, it was a rival team but I didn’t even think about that; I was a kid trying to keep his dream alive and it just happened to fall to the rival team.”
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