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Clinton Portis Placed On Injured Reserve

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2009 – 3:03 pm

And that’s the last in-game image we’ll have of Clinton Portis from the 2009 football season, lying motionless on the Georgia Dome turf with a concussion. The team announced today that Portis was being placed on Injured Reserve, which — as you’ll no doubt remember from the recurring Colt Brennan conversations — means that his season is over.

Portis was scheduled to see concussion specialists in Pittsburgh today to determine if he could come back to the field, but executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said in a statement that this move should not be interpreted as a negative sign for Portis’ future.

“We felt at this juncture in the season, it was best to place Clinton on Injured Reserve,” Cerrato said. “After consulting with our medical staff and other specialists, Clinton’s prognosis is good and we expect him to make a full recovery and return to the Redskins.”

The Injured Reserve list has now swelled to ten. It features three 2008 Pro Bowlers (Portis, Chris Cooley, Chris Samuels), three guys named Chris, six guys with first names beginning with a C, three offensive linemen, two running backs (plus a fullback), two rookies, two guys with a decade or more of NFL experience, and players selected in rounds 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, undrafted, and supplementally drafted.

No matter how you break that list down, it’s long and depressing.

UPDATE: Portis talked about this on ESPN980 this afternoon, and that too was fairly downbeat. Read more »

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Kicker Graham Gano Signed To Replace Suisham

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2009 – 12:36 pm

What you’re looking at up there is the end of the Inaugural Championship Game for the United Football League, with the Las Vegas Locomotives triumphing over the Florida Something-Or-Others on a 33-yard field goal in overtime. That field goal was kicked by one Graham Gano, a Florida State product who is now — oh, by the way — the new placekicker for your Washington Redskins. (For the record, I’m pretty sure that’s not the official TV presentation of the UFL Championship game.)

Gano was with the Baltimore Ravens in preseason, although he lost the job to Steven Hauschka, who eventually lost the job himself. Against the Redskins in the preseason opener, Gano was 1/2 on field goals, but in his championship stint with the Locomotives, he was 13/16 on field goals with a long of 53 yards and 20/20 for extra points. (I’m pretty sure they use a regulation ball in the UFL, but don’t know for certain.)

Shaun Suisham will be released to make room for Gano, and he departs the Redskins kicking 18-of-21 field goals; all three misses turned out to be crucial to the outcome of their games, though, and that’s probably what spelled the end for Suisham. He leaves as the team’s leading kicker by percentage at more than 80%, beating out Chip Lohmiller. (Minimum 100 attempts.) Read more »

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Tuesday, December 8: Vote For A Redskins Director Of Fandemonium

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2009 – 10:33 am

We’re a little behind on this one, but hopefully it’s not too late: monster.com is having a contest to select something called the NFL Director Of Fandemonium. Thirty-two finalists have been selected, one from each team, and the contest has now moved to a fan vote to narrow the field from thirty-two to eight.

According to the contest website, the Director of Fandemonium’s has actual job responsibilities — it’s someone who’s going to, among other things:

Announce a pick at the 2010 NFL Draft
Wrangle talent at the 2010 NFL Kickoff
Introduce players at a 2010 NFL International Series game
Be a broadcast liaison at a 2010 NFL Thanksgiving game
Monitor player uniforms on-field at a 2011 Wild Card Game
Select a play at the 2011 Pro Bowl
Meet with top NFL executives

And I think we can all agree that we want that hypothetical 2010 NFL Kickoff talent wrangler to be a Redskins fan.

The Redskins finalist is one Spencer Rhoda, who was actually job-hunting on Monster when he came across the contest. “I applied,” he said, “and a couple of weeks or a month later they called me. My application was my resume — all the usual things you would need to apply for a job on Monster.”
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