Williams replaces Rinehart on Redskins line

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Mike Williams, who hasn’t played a snap since 2005 and has always played tackle, will start for the Redskins today at right guard, replacing Chad Rinehart.

Apparently, Williams took all the first-team reps during practice this week. The media isn’t allowed to watch any team drills after training camp ends which is how those of us, who aren’t paid by the team , missed this scoop.

Rinehart, a third-round pick in 2008, had never played before the Detroit game on Sept. 27 but seemed to play decently in his two starts in place of Randy Thomas, who’s out for the year with a torn triceps.

Williams, 29, weighed 415 pounds when the Redskins signed him on a flyer on April 24 with the intention of him pushing Stephon Heyer at the right tackle, held by Jon Jansen for most of the previous decade.

Chosen fourth in the 2002 draft by Buffalo, Williams lost about 80 pounds, but he was unable to stay on the field during training camp because of nagging injuries. He hasn’t played a regular season game since Nov. 27, 2005.

The move continued a wild week in which:

The Pro Bowl backfield tandem of Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers got in a fight on Monday that required teammates to separate them.

Management foisted former Green Bay/Minnesota/Detroit offensive coordinator on coach Jim Zorn as a consultant

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache declared he’s no longer speaking to the media but didn’t explain why.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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