…Injuries have become an issue for the Redskins: defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin could very well be sidelined for Sunday's game at Detroit, along side corner Shawn Springs.
Others, like end Jason Taylor, could use the break as well. He admitted
today that he's only "60 percent" back from his calf injury. He still
has bleeding in his calf, though the stitches were finally removed this
week. But Taylor said what others are seeing: he lacks a burst to the
inside. He's not making plays that he used to make.
"I'm eagerly anticipating the day where I feel like myself again and
can go out and put on a show," Taylor said.
The Redskins are waiting as well. They like that he's continued to
practice despite the injury. They like that he's played physical. And
they saw some progress Sunday, though he had no tackles. But the
concern is what happens to his body as the season progresses.
The same is true of Griffin, who has a bad shoulder. Coach Jim Zorn
wants to rest him so barring a big improvement, he won't play Sunday
vs. Detroit. Griffin has wear and tear on his shoulder and that could
be something to watch down the line.
Finally, rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly could be placed on injured
reserve soon. He underwent an MRI today and had his knee drained for a
third time this week. Zorn said a decision will be made in about a week
regarding his status.
…Clinton Portis agreed with Jason Campbell that Mike Sellers has a big
noggin. Portis said he has a spaceship on his shoulders. Yes, a big
…The quarterbacks continue to work on in-the-pocket drills. Today, they
spent a couple minutes working on avoiding a rusher to their right by
rotating their shoulders to the left and stepping up into the pocket.
…Ryan Plackemeier was inconsistent with his punts, though he was pretty
solid on kicks inside the 20. His ball rotates end over end on his
finesse kicks because he holds the ball straight up and down.
…It did not appear as if Jason Campbell had any problems with his groin
in practice today. He threw the ball pretty well.
…It's amazing to see Jim Zorn's press conferences on Wednesdays. He
really has the media in the palm of his hand. After he's done no less
than six reporters cling to his side as he heads to the building,
listening to one tale or another. Last week it was about coyote
skinning. Today it was about the time he played with the Seattle
orchestra. That was an old one; that is, if you read any of the
profiles written about him this summer. Apparently, one reporter did
Zorn, though, is an interesting guy and is considered a gold mine among
reporters. There's always something more to him that hasn't been
written about. With Joe Gibbs, everything had been said – for years.
…I learned one of Anthony Montgomery's weaknesses today: M&M cookies.
Says he can't stay away from them. He also admits he goes on junk food
…I wonder how much Joe Bugel has left in him. Before his daughter died,
he was the same old Buges. But he's been understandably solemn since
her death. He's talked a couple times, but not in a big group and he's
declined more requests than he's granted (reporters left him alone for
a week or two). Just something to file away in the back of your mind
for later in the season.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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