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Chris Cooley Is Full Go, Plus Links

Posted by Matt Terl on October 22, 2010 – 3:51 pm

The news from today’s practice was all generally good.

Chris Cooley was “full go,” according to head coach Mike Shanahan, and will likely play. This squares with what Cooley himself said yesterday.

LaRon Landry‘s injury, which stealthily popped up on the injury report yesterday, is “nothing that would keep him out of the game.”

In fact, everyone is (apparently) mostly healthy; Mike Sellers was the only one who Shanahan mentioned as specifically being sore and limited. Asked after practice how he was feeling, Sellers said (and I quote), “Sore. Limited.” But he said that he’ll be fine for the game, “Most definitely, guaranteed.” So that all sounds pretty good.

Some other links as we head into the weekend…. Read more »

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Phillip Daniels Is Ready For Some High School Football

Posted by Matt Terl on October 22, 2010 – 2:02 pm

Phillip Daniels was packing up his stuff briskly after practice today, but he didn’t seem to be rushing — or, at least, not as much as I’d have thought, given that he’s trying to make it to a 7:30 kickoff at Vernon Hills High School near Chicago. “My plane leaves at 3:05,” Daniels told me. “They’re an hour behind us, so I don’t have to rush too much.”

But it’s worth rushing a little. Daniels is heading to Illinois a day early to take the opportunity to see his son DaVaris — an all-around offensive weapon for Vernon Hills — play football. On Senior Night, no less. Over at the Examiner, John Keim has already written the definitive version of the story. Read more »

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Hail! Addresses The OTHER Questionable Set Of Hands On The Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on October 22, 2010 – 11:36 am

I’ve devoted a lot of words on the blog this week to Carlos Rogers‘ legendarily questionable hands. As a result, I’ve missed out on the other, similar — albeit happier! — story: Andre Carter‘s successful recovery of a Peyton Manning fumble on Sunday.

Carter has had trouble with this kind of thing in the past, enough so that former head coach Jim Zorn one described an Andre Carter fumble recovery thusly: “I was thinking about his hands, and all the goop and stuff that was on his hands, dirt, and then all the tape. There was no way. They were like salad tongs, you know what I mean?”

Homer McFanboy did an excellent job collecting similar follow-up quotes from Carter’s teammates; as with Rogers’ struggles, they reacted largely by teasing.

“I had the perfect view,” said defensive lineman Phillip Daniels. “I was on the sidelines and saw [Orakpo] fly around and strip the ball. I saw the ball laying there, with nobody around. No nothing. And then, I saw Dre come and I said, ‘This is an easy touchdown.’ And then I watched Dre pass the ball. I was like, ‘What the hell did he just do?’ We were just looking at each other on the sidelines, shaking our heads.”

So Carter’s successful recovery this week should’ve been more celebrated, and I failed to deliver that celebration. Fortunately for all of us, Ben Ceccarelli — the writer/artist behind the Hail! comic strip — has admirably covered for me with today’s comic.

As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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