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Redskins-Saints quick take

Redskins-Saints quick take

First, sorry about the problems with the live blog. It worked a couple of weeks ago, but today I just couldn't keep a connection alive. And during the brief periods of connection that I did have, Word was freezing up on me. I have posted my not-so live blog and hopefully you can still get something out of it.

The day wasn't a total loss. That was as entertaining a game as FedEx has seen in quite some time. That game against the Jaguars in '06 was a lot of fun, but this one was considerably more satisfying than that one. The Redskins should never have had to go to overtime to win that one.

I'm not sure why I listen to the postgame on the radio, but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. Anyway, John Riggins made a comment to the effect that he hoped that the locker room wasn't holding a celebration like they'd won the Super Bowl, considering "how down they were after the Giants game".

Let me assure Riggo and anyone else who may have been concerned that such was not the case. Jason Taylor summed it up when asked about how big the win was. "We have 14 more to go," Taylor said.

Nobody was freaking out after the Giants game and nobody was giddy over this one. It's all in the collective mind of the media.

Jim Zorn wasn't giddy, but he did want to talk about the game a lot. His postgame presser ran nearly 19 minutes. Gibbs usually wasn't good for much more than about 12 and some of Spurrier's ran in single digits.

This game does not vindicate the Redskins as a team nor does it mean that Jason Campbell is going to be a Pro Bowl quarterback, or even a good one. All it means is that the Redskins are capable of beating another team from the muddled middle of the NFL and that Campbell is capable of cranking out a big game on occasion. Consistency is the key.

I thought that Zorn's call to not only go for it on fourth and two at the two-minute warning but to call a pass would be the big onions call of the day by a head coach. But that was before Mike Shanahan went for two after the Broncos scored with 24 seconds left to pull within a point. In Week 2, I think that Shanahan clinched it for the year.

As if it wasn't already hot enough, Brian Billick was doing the color commentary for Fox, providing massive additional quantities of heated air in FedEx Field.

 

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a roster move just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.