Jammal Brown Back in Business for Redskins
"We've got good guys," Foerster said. "We've got hard workers. We've improved ourselves greatly from a talent standpoint. Now it's just a matter of those guys working together and creating that bond that an offensive line needs to be successful. There's just a little bit of a learning curve early with Jammal until he (understands the offense). But by the time we start the season, he should be fine."
The 6-foot-6, 313-pound Brown missed all of 2009. He tore the labrum in his left hip in Week 4 of 2008 but played the rest of the season and made the Pro Bowl at left tackle. Two weeks into camp last summer, he took a step and "everything just went numb." He had sports hernia surgery and then on Sept. 11, the labrum was repaired. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve. So when he missed last week's practice and the preseason opener with soreness in the hip, there was some concern at Redskins Park, but not on the part of the 29-year-old Brown.
"The doctor said I definitely would have some soreness when I came back and started doing football stuff so I would have to rest it every now and then," said Brown, who claimed he was healthy enough in January to have rejoined the Saints for the playoffs if he hadn't been on IR. "I went through the first six days and then it (became swollen). The scar tissue's still breaking up there. They wanted to hold me out and make sure that everything's all right. I'm a little better than I thought I would be at this point, but I'm not myself yet."
Brown is back working with the first team this week and should start Saturday against Baltimore. If he can stay healthy and play the way he did for the Saints, the Redskins will have taken a major step in reviving an offense that was so dreadful during the past 24 games, 18 of which were defeats.
"Jammal's a very, very tough player," Foerster said. "He plays with a great deal of intensity. He adds a physical nature and presence. He likes to get after people and play hard. He's very excited to be here. He's got a team that wanted him. He's got a home. We have a spot for him to come in and help turn this team around."