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News & Notes: With Heyer Out, Jansen Starts Again


Jon Jansen started at right tackle for the third consecutive game on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

He took the place of Stephon Heyer, who was sidelined due to a shoulder injury.

Heyer was limited in practice last week. He had entered the game listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury.

Whether it's Jansen or Heyer in the starting lineup, the Redskins' offensive line has been solid this season.

On the Redskins' second possession on Sunday against the Rams, Clinton Portis followed strong blocking by Jansen and ran for two touchdowns.

The last two weeks, the Redskins' ground game has been particularly effective, recording 161 rushing yards against Dallas and 203 rushing yards vs. Philadelphia.

They followed it up with 181 rushing yards against the St. Louis Rams. Portis logged 129 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Despite his background in the pass-oriented West Coast offense, Jim Zorn has made a point to stick with the ground game this season, even with the game on the line.

Confidence has been the key, Zorn said. He pointed to a run play that he ran in last Sunday's 23-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

"We ran a sweep in a one-back formation, and the Eagles just stuffed us," Zorn said. "I said, 'Well, they couldn't possibly think we would do that again.' But we put in a different formation with the exact same concept of the play and we got 11 yards.

"That gives confidence to the offensive linemen. I didn't give up on them. We went right back to it. They got after it and stayed with the blocks and turned it into a solid gain."

Zorn also gave credit to Casey Rabach, who is at the center of the offensive line.

"It really starts with Casey," Zorn said. "He has to get us going in the right direction, he has to have that no-nonsense attitude, and he has to communicate well on the sidelines. He is really the catalyst there."


The last two games, Chris Samuels faced two tough challenges lining up against Dallas's DeMarcus Ware and Philadelphia's Trent Cole.

On Sunday, Samuels matched up against the Rams' rookie defensive end Chris Long in Sunday's game.

Long, the son of Hall of Famer and FOX broadcaster Howie Long, was the Rams' top draft pick last April. He played his college ball at Virginia.

Prior to the game, Samuels said he was impressed with Long's quickness.

"He is doing an outstanding job," Samuels said. "He has a motor and he is going to play hard every snap."

Samuels suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the game, but he was able to return.

Samuels injured his knee during a play in the second quarter. He got up gingerly and continued to play through the rest of the offensive series.

He was re-evaluated when he got to the sidelines and taken into the locker room.

Samuels was replaced by 11-year veteran Jason Fabini.

Samuels returned to the field and played the entire second half.


Even though Jason Taylor played against the Rams, Demetric Evans mad his third consecutive start at defensive end.

Taylor returned from a calf injury that sidelined him for two games. He was expected to get limited reps on Sunday as he eased back into playing shape.

The Redskins' complete list of inactives was as follows: wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, safety Justin Hamilton, safety Reed Doughty, offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Chad Rinehart and defensive ends Erasmus James and Rob Jackson.

Doughty was inactive due to a back injury that forced him to miss practice last week.

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