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Jammal Brown, Citing Team Directive, Declines Comment On Hips

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Jammal Brown, who has not attended any of the Washington Redskins’ practices since aggravating his lingering hip issues the day before training camp started, said Thursday afternoon the team does not want him to speak about his health.


Brown was approached in the Redskins’ locker room shortly after practice concluded and shuffled through his belongings while talking to a team official. He was then asked to comment on his situation and twice said “I can’t talk” before leaving the locker room.

When asked if he would like to talk about his health, regardless of whether or not he was allowed to, he replied, “It don’t matter if I can’t chat.”

The 6-foot-6, 317-pound Brown has had issues with his hips for several years and even had surgery in 2009. He was traded from New Orleans to the Redskins in 2010 and started 14 games, then started 12 games last season as issues returned.

The Redskins signed Brown to a five-year, $27.5 million contract last July, expecting him to return to the form that made him a two-time Pro Bowl selection at left tackle while with the Saints.

Head coach Mike Shanahan asked Brown to remain in Northern Virginia during the offseason to try to address the issue, and Brown attempted to do so by doing yoga to work on his flexibility and by correcting the way he walked.

He participated in the Redskins’ organized workouts from mid-April through mid-June, but then experienced inflammation in his hips on July 25, preventing him from practicing with the team. An MRI taken by Brown’s personal doctor nearly a week later showed no need for surgery, and he has been on anti-inflammatories since to try to limit his discomfort.

On Monday, Shanahan said he doesn’t know if Brown will be able to play for the Redskins at all this season. He has been replaced on the top offensive line by Tyler Polumbus.

“You’ve got to be pretty lucky to know if a guy’s going to come back when he’s quite sore or has had hip surgery and he’s been through the things he’s been through,” Shanahan said. “But we’re going to be patient and see how quickly he can get well, and if he can, we’re going to give him a shot. Hopefully he can [play this year], but I really don’t know.”