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Can Phil Taylor be productive for the Redskins after missing three seasons?

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Can Phil Taylor be productive for the Redskins after missing three seasons?

The Redskins are going to try to get some productivity out of nose tackle, Phil Taylor, despite the fact that he has missed the last three seasons with injuries. Here is a little bit of history on players who attempted comebacks after extended absences. 

RB Robert Edwards gained 1,115 yards rushing for the Patriots in his rookie 1998 season. He then suffered a devastating knee injury in a flag football game that was part of the Pro Bowl festivities. After missing three years he got back on the field with the Dolphins, playing 12 games and rushing for 107 yards. His comeback was one and done but he did. 

—The path of RB Ricky Williams isn't quite the same as the one Taylor is trying to take but it’s close enough. After five years in the NFL, he retired in 2004. He came back the next year, but he sat out the 2006 season due to a substance abuse suspension. Williams played just one game in 2007. In 2008 he got back to full-time duty with Miami and he played for four more years. At the age of 32 in the 2009 season, he rushed for 1,121 yards.

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—The stuff hit the fan QB Michael Vick after the 2006 season. After making three Pro Bowls in his first six years in the league, a suspension and time in jail put him out for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He signed with the Eagles in 2009 and he attempted just 13 passes. Vick returned to the Pro Bowl in 2010 at the age of 30 and played four more years after that. 

—In 2001, CB Deion Sanders decided that he would rather retire than play for old-school Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer. He was 33 at the time and he seemed to be done. However, after three years on the sidelines he got the itch again he signed to play for the Ravens. Sanders picked off five passes in two seasons before hanging it up for good after the 2005 season. 

While at first glance this partial history might bode well for Taylor’s comeback chances, it should be noted that of the four players here, only Edwards missed extended time due to an injury. And he was only 24 when he was injured so the age factor might come into play. 

You also have to look at the hundreds of players who were injured and never came back. Adam Carriker was 28 in Week 2 of the 2012 season when he suffered a quad injury similar to the one that Taylor sustained last year. Carriker was coming off of two seasons as the starter at defensive end and he had 5.5 sacks in 2011. In the ensuing years, he got a few tryouts, but he never did make it back to play in another game. 

On the plus side for Taylor, you can’t make it back if you don’t have a chance and the Redskins have given one to him. We will see if he can make the most of it. 

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John Wall, Caps cheer on Redskins

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John Wall, Caps cheer on Redskins

The Redskins had the force of D.C. sports behind them on Sunday for their second homegame of the season.

Wizards star John Wall was at the game against the Green Bay Packers, and the noted Dallas Cowboys fan was actually rocking a Redskins jersey!

But that's not the only suppor the Redskins had -- the Stanley Cup champion Capitals were there too.

Hanging with Wall in the box suite at FedEd Field were Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky,  John Carlson (and his son Lucca) and Devante Smith-Pelly.

Talk about #squadgoals. We love seeing unity across D.C. sports.

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The Redskins did exactly what DeAngelo Hall said they should on opening drive vs. Packers

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The Redskins did exactly what DeAngelo Hall said they should on opening drive vs. Packers

These days, DeAngelo Hall is an analyst on NBC Sports Washington's Redskins pre- and postgame shows. Before Sunday's Redskins-Packers matchup, though, Hall showed he wouldn't be too shabby of an offensive coordinator. 

The former corner wasn't pleased with what he saw from Washington in their Week 2 loss vs. Indy (the entire region is right there with him, of course) but was specifically upset with the offense. And on "Redskins Kickoff Live," he explained the change in approach he wanted to see in Week 3.

"Alex has to be comfortable enough with his targets and with those guys and know how they like the balls downfield," Hall said. "This Green Bay team is struggling on defense."

"Our offense can exploit those guys," he continued. "We have to take those shots downfield and give them opportunities."

Well, uh, it only took four plays for the 'Skins to be more aggressive through the air. On their opening drive, Smith found Paul Richardson deep down the seam for a 46-yard scoring strike to give the home team an early lead.

Overall, Smith looked more willing to push the ball past the sticks and beyond throughout the entire first half. It's almost as if a 14-year NFL veteran and ex-defensive back knows how to attack a secondary!

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