NFL Rumors: Winston Justice

Raiders' options at LT after Veldheer injury 

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The Oakland Raiders suffered a major loss to its offensive line when the team announced Jared Veldheer will require surgery on a torn triceps. The Raiders don't have may options to replace the talented blindside protector.
Based on what was on display in 2012, the Washington Redskins weren't entirely pleased with the play of Tyler Polumbus at RT, and added two other veterans -- Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos -- to compete with him for the job. But might they add another option if things don't go well in the early portion of the preseason?

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For some people, the Detroit Lions' plans to insert Riley Reiff as their starting left tackle this season is somewhat disconcerting -- bearing in mind that there was talk this offseason that Reiff's best position was right guard. But part of the reason why he's there is that he represents the best option on the roster at the position. So what happens if he succumbs to a serious injury?

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Dominant offensive line play hasn't exactly been a hallmark of the Pittsburgh Steelers' performance over the past several years, and QB Ben Roethlisberger is celebrated as much for his ability to create plays when he's hassled in the pocket as he is for plays when everything runs smoothly. As the 2013 season looms, the Steelers are poised to push forward with two young players at the bookend spots on the O-line in Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert. But what happens if one of them is injured or proves inept?

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There have been conflicting messages put out there regarding the Washington Redskins' strategy with QB Robert Griffin III in his second year leading the team -- some indications are that he'll be running the ball a lot less, some indications are that things will be similar to 2012. Either way, he'll need strong offensive line play to keep him upright, healthy and productive. And there's one issue that remains to be resolved before the regular season begins.

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For the most part, NFL teams are done making major renovations to their roster this offseason; barring something unforeseen on the health front, the rosters that are going through minicamps will generate the 53-man groups that will enter play this September. But some tweaks will be made here and there for the next several weeks, and for the Jacksonville Jaguars, there are three specific areas where an addition could be made from the FAs remaining on the market.

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Detroit's RT battle 

May, 14, 2013
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After failing to get one of the Top 3 OTs in this year's draft class, the Detroit Lions elected to move 2012 first-rounder Riley Reiff over to LT to take over Jeff Backus' old spot. So that's one problem solved (hopefully). The other problem is at RT, the spot formerly occupied by Gosder Cherilus, who signed with Indianapolis this offseason. As the offseason program gets rolling, the Lions will host a competition to see who wins the job.

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As it stands today, the San Diego Chargers would enter the 2013 NFL season with King Dunlap serving as their starting left tackle. Though they've upgraded at other spots along the line this offseason, this would seem to be not the best case scenario. But, it appears that they are going to at least do some investigating of other options.

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Stretching back to the start of the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, there has been a lot of discussion as to what exactly the team plans to do with Doug Free. At one point, the Cowboys felt strongly enough about the Northern Illinois product to sign him to a four-year, $32 million deal. In the time since, he's been shifted from LT to RT, and from starting RT to part of a platoon at the position with Jermey Parnell. While there has been talk that he'd simply be released if he didn't agree to a pay cut, the Cowboys have been losing replacement options left and right over the past few weeks, the latest of which was Tyson Clabo, who agreed to a deal with Miami on Sunday. So who's left?

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Miami's Plan B at LT 

May, 2, 2013
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UPDATE: With McKinnie signing with Baltimore, things appear to have changed a little bit for the Dolphins.

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Who's interested in Justice? 

April, 29, 2013
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Free agent offensive tackle Winston Justice, that is. The former second-round pick (No. 39 overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles spent his first six seasons there before landing in Indianapolis for 2012. Now, he remains on the market looking for a team for 2013, and at this point, most clubs have secured their starting OTs for the fall.

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Indy's O-line rebuild 

January, 24, 2013
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The Indianapolis Colts are more fortunate than some other teams in that they don't have a lot of starters set to hit free agency this offseason; of the ones that are, it's unclear whether they're interested in paying the market price to retain them. But that doesn't mean that they've assembled a perfect team that needs no improvement. A microcosm of this reality can be seen on the offensive line.

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