- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New York coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t happy the Washington Redskins claimed former Giants quarterback Andre Woodson off waivers and signed him to their practice squad less than a week before the teams meet in Sunday’s season opener.

“That’s pretty obvious why he is there,” Coughlin told reporters Monday when asked whether Woodson could reveal some of the Giants’ plans to the Redskins. “A guy doesn’t get in the door two seconds, he is in the classroom and being drilled.”

Redskins coach Jim Zorn acknowledged Coughlin’s concerns but said Washington had considered the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Woodson in the 2008 draft because of his size, mobility, strong arm and presence before opting to pick Colt Brennan.

“That’s something that I would be frustrated with, too, so I do understand that it makes it look like we’re jumping on that,” Zorn said. “[Andre] might be able to help us a little bit. He knows their stuff. He certainly knows their snap count, but we’re not going to put him under the microscope. We hope we’re on the right track with what we’re already doing.”

Coughlin said the Giants will have to change some of their audibles because of Woodson, but starter Eli Manning isn’t worried.



“They don’t know what plays we are calling,” Manning said. “Obviously he doesn’t know the game plan for this week. So I’m not real worried about it.”

The season-ending hip injury that Brennan suffered this preseason opened up a spot for Woodson, whom the Redskins preferred over rookie free agent Chase Daniel to be the organization’s third quarterback.

“Hopefully this surgery will just be a repair and a speedier recovery because it isn’t as bad as the last one,” said Brennan, who had his right hip operated on in April 2008 and will have a procedure on the left one performed soon.

Third time’s the charm

DeMatha High School graduate Byron Westbrook, a rookie free agent in 2007, made the roster after two years on the practice squad.

“I was more relaxed, more composed this time, and I think that helped,” the cornerback said. “I didn’t worry about things I can’t control. I think I was consistent the whole preseason on special teams and defense. I just got to continue to work, continue to achieve more goals.”

Like facing his older brother, Brian, Philadelphia’s star running back.

“We were together on Saturday, and we talked about it,” Westbrook said. “If I have an opportunity to go out there and tackle him, I definitely will.”

New baby, new job

Robert Henson trailed fellow draft pick Cody Glenn most of the summer in their battle for a backup linebacker spot. But the sixth-rounder from TCU had eight tackles and recovered a fumble in the Sept. 3 preseason finale at Jacksonville, while Glenn had just one stop.

That didn’t mean Henson, whose first child was born Aug. 15, got a good night’s sleep Friday, knowing cuts were coming the next day.

“I played my heart out the last game,” Henson said. “I just tried to get in on as many tackles as I could. … I was very nervous [about the cuts]. About 5:30, I had to know, so I called [pro personnel director Morocco Brown], and he told me, ‘You made it by the skin of your teeth. Now get in there and do some work.’ ”

Extra points

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (stomach), cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf), linebacker London Fletcher (foot) and safety Kareem Moore (hamstring) all returned to practice Monday and should be ready to play Sunday. Running back Clinton Portis (ribs) and guard Randy Thomas (calf), who practiced last week but didn’t play in the Sept. 3 preseason finale at Jacksonville, also were on the field Monday and will start. …

The Redskins filled out their practice squad by signing receiver Onrea Jones and linebacker Darrel Young. …

The team introduced its captains Monday: Jason Campbell and Chris Samuels (offense), Mike Sellers and Rock Cartwright (special teams) and Cornelius Griffin and Fletcher (defense).

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