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Source: Jammal Brown To Be Placed On Injured Reserve, Ending His Season
ASHBURN – Jammal Brown will be placed on injured reserve Tuesday because the discomfort in his ailing left hip has not improved, according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s plans.
That source did not want to be identified because Brown, who has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since training camp began after he tore a ligament in his left hip while running on July 25, had not officially been told of the plan by team personnel.
Head coach Mike Shanahan did not want to address Brown’s situation on Monday, saying only that he would meet with Brown on Tuesday to discuss the matter before making a public announcement. Brown did not comment Monday night.
The team must activate Brown, put him on injured reserve or release him by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Brown, 31, underwent surgery in late August to correct the tear, which was magnified because the torn ligament became entangled in the skeletal structure of the hip itself. He faced a six- to eight-week recovery after the surgery, and while he practiced on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, he has not been able to do so over the past two weeks because of inflammation.
Brown has had a prolonged battle with soreness in his hips, dating back to a torn labrum in his left hip when he was with New Orleans in 2009. The Saints traded him to Washington before the 2010 season, though Brown continued to miss practice and games on occasion as the hips flared up.
Upon consultation with Shanahan, Brown remained in Northern Virginia during last offseason to try to remedy the situation, which he thought had been cured by taking yoga classes and working on his flexibility. He also believed that the continued soreness in the hips was due to a degenerative condition in his legs that caused his feet to naturally point outward as he walks.
Problems returned the day before training camp began when Brown was running, and as he lunged forward, the ligament tore. He originally hoped to avoid having surgery until after the season because he hoped the pain would subside through rest, though he increasingly found the issue to painful to walk or even sit upright before he opted for the surgery the weekend before rosters were finalized.
“We’ve got to do it the right way, because I ain’t trying to go through this again,” Brown said Nov. 12, after his first practice. “I’m trying to be healthy, so hopefully, [I can return] as soon as possible. The Redskins are trying to be cautious, but I don’t want them to be too cautious because the season’s ending, so I’m trying to get out there.”
Brown signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract in July 2011 with $8.25 million guaranteed. He is making a $3.25 million base salary and, according to published reports, counts for $4.6 million against the salary cap this season.
Tyler Polumbus has assumed Brown’s role as the Redskins’ starting right tackle over the first 11 games of the season.