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Betts out for a month?

Oct 14, 2008, 1:08 PM EST

Ladell Betts may miss more time that we originally thought.

According to Jason LaCanfora, Betts came very close to suffering a season-ending knee injury last Sunday and that he may not be back until after the bye week.

If that’s the case, it makes sense of the Redskins’ decision to bring in Shaun Alexander for a talk and a physical. Even if Jim Zorn is good with Rock Cartwright getting half a dozen or so carries a game—and I don’t think that he is—you don’t want to go with just two healthy running backs on the roster.

LaCanfora also says that it’s not a lock that the additional back is Alexander. Some in the organization are making a case that Marcus Mason should be signed off of the Ravens’ practice squad.

However, he was released despite leading the league in rushing in the preseason because he was having trouble picking up the details of the offense. As he has spend the last six weeks learning the Baltimore scheme, one would have to be skeptical of his ability to pick up the Washington offense in time to make a contribution.

  1. Joe in Raleigh - Oct 14, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Marcus Mason makes more sense to me. He’s got some rushing skills and could develop into a nice back. Plus, when Betts returns, we could potentially stash Mason on the Practice Squad.

    I like Alexander, but he strikes me as a guy with diminished running skills. I want the backup RB to be like a backup point guard — generate instant offense for short periods of time. I could be wrong, but I’m not sure that’s who Shaun Alexander is at this point in his career.

    Sure, Shaun may be a better blocker than Mason. But if you want a blocker in the backfield, just put Sellers or Cooley back there. Selecting a RB because he blocks the best is like selecting a LG because he’s got good hands. (Then again, maybe that’s not the best example.)

  2. Rich Tandler - Oct 15, 2008 at 6:21 AM

    Alexander has been soft ever signing that big-bucks deal with the Seahawks. He distinctly ran with an “I’ve got mine, why bust my ass” style.

    He knows of that reputation, I’m sure. He might want to prove the critics wrong and go back to playing more like he did in his MVP year (also a contract year). Or he might look at his bank account and go back to leaning into the line.

  3. Joe in Raleigh - Oct 15, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Let’s hope he shows up ready to turn some heads now that he’s officially sporting the burgandy and gold.

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