First some injury house-cleaning, but before we start, please note that the PUP list is not a big deal at this time of the season. Players can come off the PUP list at any time. News for all 4 teams:
- Jammal Brown is on the PUP list after aggravating his hip. All offseason, when projecting the Skins’ depth chart, I had placed a question mark next to Brown’s name because I couldn’t imagine how they could go into the season with the idea that he would be their starter after two really bad, injury plagued years in DC. RT Eric Winston became available briefly during free agency when the Texans surprisingly cut him, and he would have been a perfect fit for the Redskins’ zone blocking scheme, but the Chiefs were able to get a very reasonable 4 year deal done with Winston for $22 million. Tyler Polumbus will fill in for Brown until he’s ready to go. The Skins also placed Tanard Jackson on the PUP list, but it is expected that he should be back on the field soon.
- Brent Celek went off after only 4 or 5 plays yesterday, and did not return. It was revealed that he had a mild knee sprain. He told reporters after practice, “I’ll be fine. I promise.”
- Four Giants will start on the PUP list: Hakeem Nicks (foot), Chris Canty (knee), Travis Beckum (knee), and Clint Sintim (knee). No surprises there.
- Mike Jenkins basically has a rotator cuff injury that would keep an MLB pitcher on the shelf for a year. Since Jenkins’ responsibilities differ from those of a MLB pitcher, he’ll play this season, but he still has “a ways to go before he will be cleared to play.”
And now some other notes:
- If you like my bullet-point style notes from Eagles camp, you’ll like Rich Tandler’s coverage of Redskins camp. Some good nuggets here.
- A Redskins fan snapped a picture of the Skins toying with the “Pistol” formation. Hogs Haven breaks down that look.
- Martellus Bennett is getting himself some pub again for saying he wants to kick the Cowboys’ asses. I don’t care about any of that. Here’s the part of his quotes I do find noteworthy:
“Who’s better to learn behind than Witten?” Bennett told reporters. “He is one of the best to ever do it. I learned a lot from him. Every once in a while, plants can’t really grow when they are out-shaded by the tall tree. So I get a little sunlight for myself now.”
Martellus Bennett never “grew” because he never pushed Witten, and as I’ve noted over and over here, it’s not as if Bennett didn’t get every opportunity to show something in Dallas. He did. And now he’s on his second team making excuses for his lack of production. Classic Martellus.