Out At Redskins Park: 'You Can Ring My Bell' Takes On A Different Meaning

Redskins Coach Shaken and Stirred

That great old 1970s song 'You Can Ring My Bell'  by Anita Ward took on a slightly different meaning yesterday at Redskins Park for head coach Mike Shanahan, who had his bell rung after being hit by two of his players during the team's first OTA of the off-season.

Mike Shanahan shaken up a bit after being hit by two Redskin players. 
Photo/CD Brown.
Newly signed Pierre Garcon and cornerback Brandyn Thompson ran into Shanahan, at full force, after a deep pass was thrown from the team's powerhouse quarterback, Robert Griffin, III.

Shanahan never saw it coming.

We don't know if he saw stars, but he was laid on the canvas for all of 2-3 minutes before regaining his wits about him.  Fortunately, no cart was needed to wheel the 59 year old coach off the field, and  no concussion-like symptoms have yet emerged, or have been reported.

On the collision, Griffin explained that it was "scary seeing two guys run smack dab into your coach."

"We’re glad he got up, glad he was fine. We hope he’s fine tomorrow because usually hits like that don’t kick in until the next day.”

Shanahan reportedly was so shaken up that he "was not in condition" to speak to reporters afterwards, as had been scheduled.

Said Garcon after the melee, "It was a scary moment, you just never know.”

OTAs were canceled today.   Yesterday's session was played inside the team's newly built indoor practice facility due to inclement weather.

In Other Redskin News

Arbitrations over the team being fined upwards of $36M for not heeding the NFL's unofficial rule of overloading contracts in uncapped seasons have resulted in the dismissal of the team's appeal.

The case was dismissed, proving owners can be fined for misconduct, just like players.  Read the arbitration order here.

Earlier this year, the NFL released a statement saying,
"The Management Council Executive Committee determined that the contract practices of a small number of clubs during the 2010 league year created an unacceptable risk to future competitive balance, particularly in light of the relatively modest salary cap growth projected for the new agreement's early years".
No comment from the Redskins organization on the appeal dismissal had been released at time of article publishing.

**Update, 2:45 pm** Joint Statement issued from Redskins and Cowboys

“We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season.”


Light on your feet?   Redskins Summer Youth Dance and Cheer Camps Tryouts

Registration is now open for cheerleaders and dancers at all levels, ages 7-17, for three July Youth Summer Dance and Cheer Camps.

Taught by the nationally recognized WRC, camp participants will learn dance routines, improve their ballet techniques, refine their jazz skills and enhance their gymnastics stunts. They will also be taught team stunts and hip-hop routines. Awards will be given to participants for great performances, showmanship and technique.

Go to www.redskins.com/cheerleaders for more.