Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mike Shanahan's Pass: Another Redskin Goes on IR

(Is there a doctor in the house?)

I have to think at this point that no matter how poorly the Redskins play for the remainder of the season, Mike Shanahan will be back as the Redskins head coach.

The reason: injuries.

The Redskins have announced that they have placed another player on IR.
Today's walking wounded: Phillip Buchanon.

Buchanon suffered a shoulder injury towards the end of the pre-season, but with a looming 4 game suspension nobody was that concerned. I treated it like it was a shortened version of the PUP list. However, once  the suspension ended, it was clear that Buchanon wasn't 100%. He only played in one game this season but his experience in the league and his ability to be a pretty good nickle corner will be a true loss to a team that again is trying to piecemeal together a 53 man roster with duct tape and whatever else they can find.

Buchanon joins a growing list of IRed players including Chris Cooley, Tim Hightower and Kory Lichtenstiger. Former starting FS Kareem Moore is still on the PUP list and must join the IR or be activated by Novemember 16th. This doesn't even include current players on the active roster who are injured and might not be available for Sunday which includes: Santana Moss, Trent Williams, Oshiomogho Atogwe and Fred Davis.

Hurt to get 1st career start?
The Redskins have done some line shuffling this week. What we don't know is who is going to play where and who will be available. What we do know is that the Redskins want Will Montgomery back at C. Montgomery struggled at LG and his replacement, C Erik Cook, hasn't shown much in two starts. Most likely, the Skins will give rookie G Maurice Hurt the start, moving Montgomery back to center. Trent Williams is a game time decision (high ankle sprain) but may return to the starting lineup after two weeks.

The silver lining to all of this? Rookies like Hurt and CB Brandyn Thompson gets some playing time and some experience. Let's face it, the Skins did well to get to 3-1 early in the season but they were going to have a very hard time making playoffs with some of the positions. With the injuries, you hope that the rookies get a chance to develop and become solid depth or possible starters in future seasons. Worst case is that you find out they can't cut it and have another area to target in the 2012 draft or free agency.

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