Zorn: Search for lineman starts on the roster [updated]

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Redskins coach Jim Zorn said he expects Washington to find its replacement for injured right guard Randy Thomas on the roster, but he refused to commit to a player at his Monday afternoon press conference.

Thomas will miss the rest of the season, being placed on the injured reserve this week. His triceps were torn, a complete tear off the bone, and he’ll have surgery on Wednesday or Thursday.

Zorn said he would consider Will Montgomery, the former Virginia Tech center who filled in for Thomas on Sunday, as well as other players on the roster.

“We have several guys to choose from,” Zorn said. “We can’t go outside the organization and have someone ready to go against Detroit.”

On the team’s official depth chart, Chad Rinehart is listed as the backup to Thomas at right guard. But the second-year lineman, a third-round pick in 2008, has yet to suit up for a game with the Redskins, getting placed on the inactive list each week.

Montgomery plays both center and guard, which explains why the third year veteran got the call on Sunday. The team also has Edwin Williams, the former Maryland center who lined up at both guard and center for the Redskins during training camp and the preseason.

Whoever wins the job, Zorn insisted it won’t affect the way he calls plays.

“We slot the guy in there and run our stuff,” Zorn said. “Will he be the type of player Randy can be? We’ll see. That person’s going to want to step in and not look back, take charge and have confidence in the situation.”

Other topics the Redskins coach touched on:

- Struggles in the red zone come down to detail work. “That’s what it’s gonna take to improve,” said Zorn, who promised some intense film study this week.

- He praised the kicking of Shaun Suisham, who went 3-for-3 and provided all of the team’s scoring in the win.

- Zorn welcomed Danny Smith’s intrusion late in the game, when Smith stopped Zorn from calling a timeout. Zorn said he couldn’t see the clock, but Smith could — and reacted.

- John Taylor

 

UPDATE: 2:03 p.m.

Pete Kendall, who spent two seasons with the Redskins and was not re-signed in the offseason, sent a text message to The Washington Times which said: “No contact from Skins. I’d have interest.

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