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Right tackles generally aren't valued as highly as left tackles, largely because right tackles don't protect a right-handed quarterback's blind side. That creates an interesting dichotomy when it comes to drafting them.
While coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins' coaching staff squirm over the status of quarterback Robert Griffin III's right knee, they turn their attention this week to improving the quality of a roster that entered the offseason with the unfamiliar title of NFC East champions.
When Trent Williams ran into Kory Lichtensteiger on the third play of the Washington Redskins' Thanksgiving Day victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the pain was overwhelming. The left tackle suffered deep left thigh bruise but refused to come out of the game.
Left tackle Trent Williams significantly bruised his left thigh when left guard Kory Lichtensteiger inadvertently kneed him while pass blocking on the third play of the Redskins' win over Dallas on Thanksgiving. He wasn't wearing thigh pads on the play.
DeAngelo Hall was fined $30,000 for "flagrantly violating league rules prohibiting abusive conduct toward game officials" against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 28, the NFL said in a statement Thursday.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon practiced Monday afternoon for the first time in a month. It's the first indication in weeks that he might play again this year instead of opting for season-ending surgery to repair his sprained right foot.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced Thursday for the second straight day, the latest step in his recovery from a concussion suffered Sunday in the Washington Redskins' loss to Atlanta.
Every September, after the Turk has made his final rounds, Mike Shanahan stands before the media jackals and insists his latest Washington Redskins team is the deepest he's ever had here.
Graham Gano put it together in his head as he saw veteran Neil Rackers leaving the Washington Redskins' practice facility Monday morning. The two kickers spent the preseason competing for one job, and the sight of Rackers with the contents of his locker represented the end of the battle.
Robert Griffin III: three sacks, no touchdowns.
The left tackle that practiced with the Washington Redskins' first-string offense on Saturday afternoon was planning for his retirement two weeks ago. The left guard was a rookie. So was the right guard. And he practiced next to a right tackle who played with the second string all offseason.
There's a strong chance quarterback Robert Griffin III will make his Washington Redskins preseason debut Thursday night without half of the first-stringers on offense.
Now that right tackle Jammal Brown's availability for the 2012 season is in doubt, the bill on the five-year, $27.5 million contract the Redskins gave him in July 2011 seems close to coming due.
Things got pretty rough for the Washington Redskins' offensive line last season. If one more guy had gotten hurt or suspended, the team might have held a seance and tried to contact the spirit of Turk Edwards.
Right tackle Jammal Brown will not have surgery on either of his hips, but he is out indefinitely as he tries to overcome the pain that has sidelined him for the first six practices of training camp, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.
"I will let some time go by first," he said. "It's hard to say right now, but obviously it's not a good sign when he is working pretty hard and all of a sudden it acts up. So we will give it some time sand probably won't let you know for a while."