By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
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.
Kai Forbath had nerves, "just a little more than normal." A few teammates did, too. The game and the Washington Redskins' playoff hopes were on the line as the rookie kicker — who was perfect in his NFL career — stepped onto the field in overtime.
Although Pierre Garcon will try to test his sprained right foot after the bye week, the injured Washington Redskins wide receiver voiced little optimism Tuesday about the problem getting better anytime soon.
When Fred Davis took off his gloves on the sideline Sunday, Chris Cooley had a bad feeling that the Washington Redskins' starting tight end was done for the season.
Pierre Garcon gave it a go Sunday trying to play his third straight game despite a lingering right foot injury. But the Washington Redskins receiver didn't even attend practice Thursday and won't be on the field Friday.
The Washington Redskins will try out kickers Tuesday in the wake of Billy Cundiff's recent inaccurate field-goal attempts, coach Mike Shanahan said.
Nick Sundberg knew his left arm was broken, but it was up to Washington Redskins long snapper whether he'd stay in Sunday's game. He watched center Will Montgomery practicing long snaps on the sideline with holder Sav Rocca and his mind was made up.
The Washington Redskins signed long snapper Justin Snow to replace Nick Sundberg, who was put on injured reserve with a broken left arm. Snow was signed Tuesday after a workout at Redskins Park. He spent the past 12 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
Long snapper Nick Sundberg entered the locker room Monday at Redskins Park with a cast that extended past his elbow, the result of suffering a broken left arm in the second quarter of the Redskins' 40-32 victory at New Orleans on Sunday.
The Washington Redskins would have been more than content to sit on their 13-point lead going into halftime Sunday. Robert Griffin III had the Superdome quiet and the New Orleans Saints wondering what they could do to change the game.
The Washington Redskins practice rushed field goals every week, and on a normal occasion they have no problem setting up and snapping the ball with room to spare.
Graham Gano hopped around the turf at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon as if he was celebrating a Super Bowl victory.
The flood started with Erik Cook's wrinkled shirt.
Washington missed two short field goals, fumbled away a kickoff and flubbed an extra point that would have tied the game with 9 seconds to play. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay's Connor Barth made all three of his field goals, and Josh Freeman led a fourth-quarter comeback for the fifth time this season in Sunday's 17-16 victory.
The unfamiliar face at Washington Redskins training camp Sunday was James Dearth, a veteran long snapper happy to put on a uniform again after an offseason looking for work. He was signed after the young snapper already in camp started missing the target in practice.
"Muscle memory is a crazy thing. As specialist, it's one thing that we rely on more than anything. We go out there and turn our brain off, don't think about anything and just do what your body knows how to do," Sundberg said. "He trusts himself, and I think that's one of his biggest upsides."
"It just says a lot about his preparation and his mentality as a kicker just to not let things that he can't control get to him," long snapper Nick Sundberg said.