Redskins Notes: Sept 7, '09

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John Keim updates Redskins fans on Marcus Mason, Colt Brennan, the decisions on the roster as well as Malcolm Kelly and how last year is different than this year.

…The Redskins really like Marcus Mason and it helped that this summer he knew the offense. There's some in the organization who think he could be pretty decent and would start for other teams. Whether or not he surpasses Ladell Betts on the depth chart remains to be seen. Mason will have to prove himself worthy on special teams to be active. Washington will not keep four running backs active on Sundays.

…There seemed to be a split in the organization on Chase Daniel as to even keeping him on the practice squad. But there's a definite unanimity that he landed in a terrific place in New Orleans. Daniel will play in a system that already features a short quarterback and also uses more shotgun formation. Daniel should eventually feel more at home.

Rock Cartwright was not happy to be the No. 4 back, knowing his days of running the ball from scrimmage likely are over. Cartwright has always wanted more chances, but he's only had 12 carries in the past three years combined.

…Colt Brennan will undergo hip surgery soon, though he's still waiting to hear when. Doctors told him the hip issues are genetic. Brennan said after his first hip surgery (on the right side) that he felt much stronger afterward. He also said that injury was more severe.

And, yes, the hamstring was bothering him for most of camp. Because of that, Brennan feared it wa s related to his hip (that's how it unfolded the first time). And his agent said he foresaw a scenario in which he would be placed on IR.

The recovery time is three to four months.

It robs Brennan of a year of development as he can't practice.

"Honestly, it can open the door for me to grow and develop more in certain areas," he said, "especially when you look at the playbook. I have a great opportunity to take advantage of things as far as learning the playbook and setting that bar for next eyar. I can easily turn this into a positive."

Byron Westbrook said the coaches told him he could develop into a core special teamer. He took that to mean he would be active. If that's the case, that's an indictment on Kevin Barnes in a way. There's no way the Redskins would keep six corners active. Barnes struggled for much of training camp. Westbrook is more highly thought of at this point.

…Everyone practiced Monday.

Malcolm Kelly keeps saying how miserable he was last season. However, if that was indeed the case he did not make it all that visible. He's a genuinely easy guy to talk to. But he was noticeably more upbeat Monday, coming off a good preseason. There's still no word on who the No. 2 receiver will be. In some ways it doesn't matter because the starter could depend in part on the plays coach Jim Zorn wants to call. Both likely will play a decent amount.

John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at

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