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Veteran Jansen asked to assume backup role as Heyer gets starting nod

Updated: August 31, 2008, 5:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- There was a truly unusual sight Sunday at the first Washington Redskins practice in preparation for Thursday's season opener against the New York Giants.

Jon Jansen lined up at left guard. As a backup.

That's right. The player nicknamed Rock, the team's longest continuous serving veteran who has unquestionably owned the right tackle spot when healthy since 1999, was adjusting to an unexpected demotion. Days before his first regular-season game as a head coach, Jim Zorn ...

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