Monday, November 23, 2009
Report: Betts out for the season
By Dan Graziano
Redskins running back Ladell Betts will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. An MRI exam revealed that Betts tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial cruciate ligament.
The Redskins also lost starting right guard Chad Rinehart to a broken right leg in Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Veteran running back Rock Cartwright will replace Betts in the starting lineup and he'll be backed up by Quinton Ganther. The Redskins will likely sign another running back this week in order to create a little depth.
Clinton Portis is still recovering from a concussion and he won't play Sunday in Philadelphia. Cartwright doesn't bring as much power as Betts, but he's a better option in the passing game -- as evidenced by his 73 yards receiving in Sunday's loss.
Quarterback Jason Campbell is used to losing weapons, so this latest setback won't faze him. As crazy as this sounds, I think he may have played his best game of the season Sunday in a 7-6 loss to the Cowboys.
He did a really nice job of managing the game and he beat the blitz with quick and decisive throws. I don't think he got much help from Sherm Lewis and Jim Zorn once the Skins moved inside Cowboys territory. And Shaun Suisham picked a bad time to miss two field goals. He connected on his first 13 attempts of the season, but the miss from 39 yards at the end of the first half was a killer.