Nene and Kevin Seraphin kicked off their respective Olympic tournaments with a win and a loss respectively. I have yet to go back and watch more than highlights from Brazil's win over Australia, but outside of seeing how Nene fits in with his team's interior bigs, all we want is him to emerge from London healthy. Oh, win a medal, sure.As for Seraphin, after providingsignificant contribution during France's run-up to the Olympics, perhaps fears over his early foul trouble contributed to him only playing eight minutes. I also think facing a U.S. team, that fequently went "small" with LeBron James at center or at least not always using a traditional big man was a poor matchup for the 6-foot-10 wide body. Former George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu knocked down 12 of 16 free throws and tallied 22 points in Great Britain's 95-75 loss to Russia. He also made 5 of 9 field goal attempts. Might have taken more if Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng didn't chuck up 27 shots (Deng scored 26 points, but missed 19 of those attempts).Tony Skinn started and scored seven points in Nigeria's 60-56 win over Tunisia. The former George Mason guard dished out a team-high three assists, offsetting an 0 of 3 effort from beyond the arc. Ex-Terp Ekene Ibekwe did not play for Nigeria.Sarunas Jasikevicius, considered by some oneof the top FIBA players over the last decade, had six points and four assists, but Lithuania was routed in the second half by Argentina. Linas Kleiza, who played two seasons locally at Montrose Christian, finished with team-highs 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Injuries are pummeling the Redskins offensive line as both starting center Kory Lichtensteiger and left guard Shawn Lauvao are out for Washington. Redskins PR announced Lichtensteiger injured his calf and Lauvao injured his ankle.
The injuries forced some bizarre substitutions for the 'Skins. Spencer Long came in to play center, and without another backup giard on the active roster, veteran Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams moved to left guard. Ty Nsekhe then took Williams' spot at left tackle.
Watching Williams at left guard is going to be odd for Redskins fans accustomed to 71 on the outside. For Kirk Cousins, working with Spencer Long is also a unique challenge.
Should the Redskins sustain another offensive line injury, there are no more offensive line substitutes available. A tight end would likely have to come in and play tackle, or something more bizarre and unusual.
Moments before the two minute warning in the first half of the Redskins game against the Giants safety DeAngelo Hall was helped off the field. It appeared Hall could put no weight on his right leg and was seen grasping his knee.
Redskins PR announced that Hall sprained his right knee and will not return to the game.
In nine years with the Redskins, Hall has started 94 games though this year he was converting to free safety after playing cornerback his whole career. A veteran leader for Washington, any absence for Hall will be a blow to the team both on the field and in the locker room.
With Hall out, the Redskins will need more from Will Blackmon and possibly Duke Ihenacho at safety. Deshazor Everett also could get snaps alongside David Bruton.
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