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Redskins ink Reinhardt, release three

Redskins ink Reinhardt, release three

The Washington Redskins have signed their starting left guard for 2009 and beyond.

Chad Reinhardt, the team's third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa, signed a four-year contract on Thursday. He got minimum salaries for the four years, as is typical for a third-round pick, plus a signing bonus of slightly over $600,000. There are escalator clauses based on playing time that could add an extra $700,000 in the final year of the deal.

This is succession planning at its finest. Reinhardt should slide right into the second string slot at left guard. Starter Pete Kendall turned 35 two days ago and he is entering the second year of a two-year extension he signed with the Redskins when they traded for him last year. Assuming that Reinhardt responds to Joe Bugel's coaching, he should occupy the starting job on opening day, 2009.

Reinhardt was drafted with the supplemental pick the Redskins received in compensation (primarily) for the loss of left guard Derrick Dockery to free agency prior to the 2007 season.

While adding Reinhardt, the Redskins cut three other players. They only had to cut one to create a spot on the 80-man roster for Reinhardt, so come other moves could be imminent.

Released were defensive end Tommy Davis, center Kyle DeVan and quarterback Sam Hollenbach.

The release of DeVan is somewhat interesting since, although he wasn't expected to make the team, he was the only center on the roster behind Casey Rabach. Since Rabach isn't going to make every snap with every unit during training camp, it seems likely that the Redskins have another option at that position in mind.

Davis spent some time on the practice squad last year but the Redskins are high on prospects Alex Buzbee and Chris Wilson at defensive end so he faced very long odds. There still are eight defensive ends on the roster and it's likely that only five will end up on the final roster.

The waiving of Hollenbach, who spent some time on the active roster last year after Jason Campbell got injured, means that Jim Zorn chose Derek Devine as the fourth QB. While that's not a great spot in which to be, should Colt Brennan have difficulty recovering from his hip injury or if it's demonstrated that his dazzling numbers at Hawaii were just a product of the offensive system and weak competition, Devine could land himself a roster spot. Devine spent last year's training camp with Zorn in Seattle after being signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall.

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Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move

First look at Redskins vs. Eagles

The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 4923 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times. 

The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Matthew had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.

Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.

Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.

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When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

The Redskins best pass cacther did not play in a loss to the Cardinals, and it appears there is still no clear timeline for Jordan Reed's return to the field. 

"Jordan will be day-to-day," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "You know, we just have to wait and see."

Gruden issued the same statement on Reed last week, and the tight end proceeded to miss all Redskins practices for the week and was announced out for the Arizona game on Friday. Reed's injury came on Thanksgiving in Dallas when he separated his shoulder diving in the end zone for a Kirk Cousins' pass during the first half.

Incredibly, Reed returned in the second half and caught two touchdowns while playing in immense pain. Gruden and Cousins used words like 'stunned' and 'surprised' talking about Reed's return in the Dallas game, but looking forward to Philadelphia, it's hard to know what to expect from the tight end's shoulder.

"Everybody is different with these types of injuries and hopefully he is a fast healer but we’ll take him day-to-day, get him his treatment and go from there," the coach said. "I can’t predict it."

For the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games. Reed missed two games earlier this year after sustaining a concussion against the Ravens.

Without Reed in the lineup against the Cardinals, the Redskins offense dipped in production. Cousins threw for less than 300 yards for the first time in three games, though backup tight end Vernon Davis had five catches for 47 yards. 

If Reed practices Wednesday, even in a limited role, would be a good sign for the 'Skins tight end. 

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