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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

January 9-- Brunell Injury was serious

QB Mark Brunell underwent successful surgery to repair a labrum injury in his throwing shoulder, an injury that occurred during the second Dallas meeting of the 2006 season.. he will need 4-5 months of recovery time meaning the Skins will have another decision to make in regard to his future, can he return healthy enough to warrant keeping him as the number 2 QB?
Brunell has a rising cap number with a base salary over 5 million for 2007.. Obviously he was either going to be forced to restructure, or more likely, accept a pay cut to return to the team, but now Washington has an interesting decision to make, do you attempt to bring him back due to this injury combined with his age.. The Skins already have Todd Collins under contract and could make him the number 2 and add a less proven 3rd quarterback via the draft or free agency. The Skins have yet to come forward and discuss the future of any of their impending salary cap decisions..
The Brunell injury also opens the door for questioning whether the team should have made the move to Jason Campbell earlier in the season, a plan Joe Gibbs had adamantly avoided from training camp on.
Brunell's value on the market is obviously diminihsed being that any new team he would go to if released would have to be without him through the off-season workout program. My guess here is Brunell will ultimately be released.

Other injury news: LB Marcus Washington says the knee injury that forced him out of the final two regular season games is improving and that he should be full strength there in a couple of weeks.. It was a PCL injury that required rest, no surgery.. He did have a procedure done on his elbow and soon will have an arthroscopic procedure done to repair a hip injury that was suffered during the pregame stretch in week 3 against Houston.. Washington admits he needed the assistance of drugs to play for the following weeks until the bye when he started to feel healthy again..
S Vernon Fox had a pectoral muscle repaired, he is a free agent..
DE Phillip Daniels had both his ankles cleaned out and will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist, he is another candidate for restructure or release this off-season..
DE Renaldo Wynn needs work on his elbow, he broke the arm late last season..
T Chris Samuels will wait until after the pro bowl to have surgery on his right knee..
LB Rocky McIntosh also had surgery on his knee, the same knee he injured his senior year of college and missed some of his rookie off-season with..

All is quiet otherwise at the Park, there has been no discussion yet of potential cap configuration and decisions on the future of Adam Archuletta..


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