Washington Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Washington Redskins.

The Washington Redskins' investment has been validated.
   Wide receiver Laveranues Coles has done nothing but dominate since receiving a seven-year, $35 million contract from the Redskins.
   Personnel people around the league questioned Washington's $13 million signing bonus, but Coles recorded career-highs of 11 catches and 180 yards at Atlanta Sunday to make him the NFL leader in receiving yards (286) and a frontrunner for the Pro Bowl.
   "Certainly he's a big-play guy, a guy we feel is going to get open and catch the ball," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's got excellent hands; the ball just sort of hits and sticks. But he's a reliable receiver, there's no question."
   Coles' signature play remains the deep cross, where he and second-year quarterback Patrick Ramsey have developed surprisingly good chemistry in such a short period of time. He also is very dangerous on quick slants, boasting a high yards-after-catch potential.
   Perhaps most importantly, Coles has been a dedicated worker on the practice field and in the classroom, setting an example for an otherwise young receiving corps with his professionalism.
   --QB Patrick Ramsey expects to play Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sprained left (non-throwing) shoulder. Coach Steve Spurrier said it's likely Ramsey, who was injured at the end of the second quarter last weekend but kept playing, will practice Wednesday.
   --WR Laveranues Coles has a strained neck after taking a pair of hits to the head at Atlanta. He is expected to play against the Giants. Club officials emphasized that he did not incur any sort of concussion.
   --NT Jermaine Haley (fractured thumb) expects to practice Wednesday and play Sunday after being made a surprise inactive at Atlanta. Coaches at the last minute felt confident enough in other players to rest him.
   --WR Taylor Jacobs underwent more tests to determine whether he is recovered from a bruised pancreas. He does not need surgery, doctors apparently determined, but he must be re-evaluated before his status for this week is determined. That might not happen until Friday.
   --TE Zeron Flemister (strained Achilles) is improving and hopes to play against the Giants.
   --LB Kevin Mitchell (sprained ankle) should be able to play against the Giants.
   --CB Rashad Bauman (strained hamstring) should be able to play against the Giants.
   --RB Trung Canidate (sprained ankle) should be able to play against the Giants.
   --FB Bryan Johnson (sprained thumb) should be able to play against the Giants.
   --DT Martin Chase will continue to push for playing time at starting nose tackle after a solid performance at Atlanta. Starter Jermaine Haley (thumb) may or may not return this week.
   --The Redskins remain upbeat about undrafted rookie CB Ade Jimoh, who surrendered a 42-yard touchdown in the closing minutes at Atlanta. Jimoh, who beat out veteran Alex Molden to be the No. 4 corner, was in the game because Rashad Bauman strained a hamstring.
   --DE Bruce Smith has reinforced his starting position over Regan Upshaw on the right side. Smith had two key pressures in a huge second-quarter defensive stand last weekend. For the season, he has a half-sack to pull within 2 1/2 of Reggie White's all-time record.
   --DE Regan Upshaw is falling behind DE Bruce Smith on the right side. Upshaw looks confused at times.
   --WR Rod Gardner quietly had one of the best games of his career at Atlanta. He posted a career-high nine catches with 118 yards and one touchdown. Most of the offensive attention, however, went to QB Patrick Ramsey (356 yards) and WR Laveranues Coles (11 catches, 180 yards).

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