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Montgomery out 10 days with broken hand

Montgomery out 10 days with broken hand

Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery of the Washington Redskins broke a bone in his right hand during Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. He is going to undergo surgery to shore up the bone and he will be sidelined for about 10 days.

As injuries requiring surgery go, this one seems to be pretty minor. DT's hands become banged up early in camp and they don't get better until sometime in March or April. A broken bone is more serious than a bruise or a cut, of course, but it's only a matter of degree.

Montgomery was something of an underachiever in college at Minnesota, not coming close to unlocking the potential that was within his 6-6, 315-lb. frame. He still played well enough to be drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round and to make the team.

Still, he was perceived as lazy until a light went on in between his rookie and second seasons. Montgomery worked on his conditioning and honed his technique and earned a starting job last year. It would behoove both the player and the Redskins if Montgomery were to continue along the same improvement path.

It's likely that Kedric Golston will fill in with the first team while Montgomery is out. In 2006 Golston got several starts as a rookie, but Montgomery beat him out of the first-string job in camp last year.

In the NFL, one man's pain is usually another man's gain. Montgomery's absence will give guys like Matthias Askew and Ryan Boschetti a few more reps to make their cases for either making the team or at least being at the top of the call list should an injury occur.

That's a spot that Boschetti has occupied on a few occasions. He has bounced off and on the roster since coming to the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2004.

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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 

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Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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