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Jammal Brown practices for first time

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Jammal Brown practices for first time

A week after being cleared by team doctors to resume practice, offensive lineman Jammal Brown joined his teammates on the field at Redskins Park for the first time this season.

Brown’s participation level was between limited and full Monday afternoon, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.

“It’s a good sign,” Shanahan said. “But you really don’t know until you start doing football related drills. Going out there and working out is one thing but [having] 300-plus pounders going against each other, he hasn’t been doing any of that.”

Brown is recovering from surgery on a balky hip that’s plagued him for more than a year and has kept him on the sidelines since a conditioning drill on the eve of training camp. Tyler Polumbus has replaced Brown at right tackle through the season’s first nine games.

“Excited to be back practicing,” Brown said. “It was starting to feel lonely. Being back on the field with teammates, it feels good.”

Brown added: “I kind of surprised myself. I felt pretty good, honestly. I feel a lot looser. I can bend a lot more. I’m eager to see after a week or so how I feel. It was a great day for me.”

Brown even took on extra work.

“I told [reserve tackle] Jordan Black, ‘Hey, I’ll take the rest of these [reps]’,” Brown cracked.

Although there’s no timetable for Brown’s return, the team must make a decision on the 31-year-old two weeks from Tuesday, Shanahan confirmed. They must activate Brown or put him on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Brown made it clear that the latter option is not something he’s considering.

“Hopefully as soon as possible,” Brown said, asked when he will play in a game again. “We have to do it the right way [because] I can’t go through this again. The Redskins are trying to be cautious. But I hope they aren’t too cautious. The season is ending.”

Brown said the biggest hurdle he must clear is strengthening the joint.

“He’s been working out extremely hard and he looked good today,” Shanahan said. “Looks like his flexibility is much improved. He looks like he’s pain free. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks he’ll be ready to go.”

 

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Scot McCloughan's future

  • The demise of McCloughan's tenure as Redskins GM was beyond sloppy. It played out publicly and poorly, and there is blame to be spread all around in how things unfolded. On the football side of things, Allen's revelation that McCloughan was free to go work anywhere else in the NFL struck a chord. Most NFL front offices are hunkered down in draft preparations, but in about six weeks that will be done. When, or if, McCloughan lands with another NFL team will be a telling moment.
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Defensive improvement?

  • The Redskins lost their best defensive lineman in free agency when Chris Baker signed with Tampa. Then the team cut Ricky Jean-François, arguably their second best D-lineman. To offset those losses, Washington signed Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee. Neither player has a particularly impressive resume, and it's hard to distinctly state that the 'Skins defensive front has improved by the change in personnel. Allen explained that McGee and McClain were specifically targeted to play for new D-line coach Jim Tomsula. Considering that, perhaps the moves make more sense. 
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