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On The Field For Practice – Good News and Bad News

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 2:16 pm

Practice today was a relatively light affair, shorts and shells in pleasant weather, and focused mainly on the red zone, which should make people happy. Jason Campbell got a lot of compliments from Jim Zorn for making good reads, which is always reassuring for me to hear on the sidelines, and the team seemed as loose and focused as they have at any point in this bizarre week.

But the real stories of practice came afterward, in the form of some good news and some bad news. Here’s a picture to help you guess the good news.

No, Colt Brennan is not going to be playing quarterback (although he is back in the facility and in generally good spirits.)

The good news is that Chad Rinehart will be starting at right guard. Zorn walked to the podium and said “The Rhino!”, thus preempting Washington Post reporter Jason Reid, who had been extremely excited to ask if it would be The Thrill (Will Montgomery) or The Rhino.

I say that Rinehart earning the starting job is good news not as a knock on The Thrill, but because — as Zorn noted — Montgomery “can play both positions. He is a guy that I’ve got to have at center and guard. That was part of the conversation as we went along.” In the unfortunate event of another injury, having Montgomery available as a the next guy up should prevent the need for some kind of double-switch.

(I also happen to think that The Rhino has looked like he might be a pretty solid guy at guard, but we’ll all get answers to that question starting on Sunday.)

And the bad news is that Zorn says that Clinton Portis — who was on the sidelines for much of practice with a hooded sweatshirt under his jersey — is “questionable” for Sunday’s game with a “couple little spurs that are irritating him” in both ankles.

Of course, Zorn also said that he expects “Clinton to be out there ripping around” on Sunday, so it’s not quite as bad as it might seem, but spurs in both ankles is not the word you want to hear about your Pro Bowl running back.

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