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Former MVP to Skins?

Oct 13, 2008, 7:51 PM EDT

Both ESPN and the NFL Network are reporting that running back Shaun Alexander, who was the NFL MVP in 2005 while playing for the Seattle Seahawks, is coming to Redskins Park for a visit.

According to Adam Schefter of the NFLN, his signing with the Redskins is inevitable if he passes a physical.

Of course, Jim Zorn is very familiar with Alexander having been the quarterbacks coach at Seattle through virtually the entire back’s career (Alexander came out of Alabama in 2000 while Zorn arrived in Seattle in 2001).

Apparently the Redskins are concerned about the knee injury to Ladell Betts. The backup to Clinton Portis suffered a knee sprain during the Redskins’ 19-17 loss to the Rams. Although the condition is not considered serious it will put him out of at least the next game and possibly the one after that.

  1. Anonymous - Oct 14, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    I like this move. No matter that the Betts injury is considered minor. He will be out at least a couple of weeks. I used to admire the way that Alexander ploughed through defenses in his hey day. I wonder if he could be successful in a limited back up roll in the same way that Betts has been. If he is healthy, I don’t see why he couldn’t be a viable 2nd back paired up with Portis. The real question is how to put him on the roster. I see Malcolm Kelly going on IR to make room. I wonder if someone else won’t go on IR (Reed Doughty?) to make room for another WR to be signed. I keep hoping to see Devin Thomas get some playing time and making some kind of impact. I see Desean Jackson at the Eagles tearing up the league and wonder why Thomas can’t at least have some kind of roll in the offense.

    I’ll be curious to see how the Alexander audition comes out and if he can step in and help the team in any way.

  2. allen - Oct 14, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    I thought one of the deepest positions we have is at RB. I could see this move it Betts was out for the season, but not for just one or two weeks.

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