Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen, who has lost his starting job to second-year player Stephon Heyer, reacted to the news after practice today.
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be out there,” he said. “I still believe myself to be the right tackle here and it’s not going to be that way on Thursday and that’s what I have to deal with.”
Jansen said his ankle — injured in the Carolina preseason game — is healthy. He worked at left guard in practice. Coach Jim Zorn said after practice the move isn’t just a one-week thing. Jansen missed the final 15 games last year because of a broken ankle and the Redskins coaches weren’t happy with his pass blocking this preseason.
Said Jansen: “There were some reasons thrown around, nothing I felt was reason enough but they’re the coaches and I’m the player. I’ll go out there and do what I’m supposed to do.”
Read more on the Jansen demotion in tomorrow’s paper.