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Redskins could have 20 of 22 starters on the field vs. Packers

Redskins could have 20 of 22 starters on the field vs. Packers

The Redskins are getting some of their banged-up players back to health and they will be approaching full strength as they take on the Packers Saturday night in preseason game No. 2.

Jay Gruden said that five players will be out against Green Bay—S Su’a Cravens (knee), OLB Junior Galette (hamstring), WR Maurice Harris (knee), and WR Levern Jacobs (lower leg).

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In addition, TE Jordan Reed (toe) and S DeAngelo Hall (knee) remain on the PUP list and will not play.

This means that several players who did not play against the Ravens last week have a chance to see the field. The most likely to play against the Packers are WR Jamison Crowder, CB Fabian Moreau, S Montae Nicholson, and ILB Martrell Spaight.

In addition, Gruden said that WR Josh Doctson (hamstring), OLB Preston Smith (ankle) and OLB Ryan Anderson, who played against the Ravens but suffered a stinger in the game, will have their statuses determined before the game.

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If Doctson and Smith play, the Redskins will have 20 of their 22 anticipated 2017 starters on the field. Only Reed and Cravens will be missing. Reed said that he anticipates being able to start practice next week and after getting his knee scoped for some meniscus repair, Cravens should be back to play against the Eagles in the regular season opener on September 10.

The starters still must manage to stay healthy for two more preseason games (they won’t play in the fourth on in Tampa) and that’s not a given. And they already have lost OLB Trent Murphy, a key reserve who is out for the season. But for right now it appears that the Redskins are rounding into good health.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The injury bug, Fuller impresses

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The injury bug, Fuller impresses

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 18, 15 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 229 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 23 days.

Today’s schedule: Practice 11 a.m.; Player availability after practice, approx. 12 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 1
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 30
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 37

The Redskins week that was

A look back at some of the past week’s most popular posts and most important topics from CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com.

Kendall Fuller impresses, Kirk Cousins frustrates—There’s no other way of putting it—Fuller struggled as a rookie last year. The third-round pick was mostly healthy last year but he lacked confidence in his repaired knee. He has been looking much better in camp this year; look for him to get plenty of snaps as the nickel corner.

5 observations from Redskins' empty loss to Ravens—I like doing these “gut reaction” posts right after coming back to the press box from the locker room. I haven’t re-watched the game but I’ve gathered a little more information from Jay Gruden and the players. Often these first reactions are the best, most accurate comments I make.

Redskins Su'a Cravens reportedly to miss 2-3 weeks—This report came before the surgery to repair some meniscus damage. The timetable didn’t get altered very much; the three-week mark would have been after the last preseason game anyway. Now he is supposed to be ready for Week 1. That’s likely but, as with all injuries, we don’t know until he actually gets on the field.

Report: Murphy suffers season-ending injury—While the impact of this injury is being minimized by some, Murphy was very good last year. He had nine sacks and forced three fumbles. The injury makes the Redskins more dependent on Junior Galette, who has not played since 2014. Yes, OLB was an area of depth but it’s tough when you start to burn through that depth in the first quarter of the first preseason game.

Redskins to keep Murphy on 90-man preseason roster—Instead of putting Murphy through waivers before putting him on injured reserve, the Redskins put him straight to IR. Read the post to see why this was a somewhat curious transaction but the explanation makes it clear that the Redskins are making moves with 2018 in mind.

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Redskins' TE Reed looks to return to practice next week.

Redskins' TE Reed looks to return to practice next week.

The Redskins may be getting one of their most valuable players back on the field next week.

Jordan Reed, who has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a toe injury since the start of training camp, said that his toe feels better.

“It’s healing up, I should be out there in a couple of days,” said Reed after he watched the team practice on Thursday. “I ran routes last week and I felt pretty good . . . I expect to be out there next week.”

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Last week Reed got a new orthotic device, which he wears whenever he’s wearing shoes. It has been of great help.

“It’s been working good,” he said. “It’s helped my toe out a lot. When it tried them out it felt pretty good.”

Watching practice from the sideline has frustrated Reed but he realizes it’s for the best.

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“It’s been tough,” he said. “Any time you miss time it’s rough but I try to stay positive and understand that it’s for the better for the whole season.”

The Redskins play the Packers in their second preseason game on Saturday and they will resume practice on Monday or Tuesday. That could have Reed set up to play in their third preseason game against the Bengals a week from Sunday but given how cautious they have been with this injury so far it would be surprising if they put him in that game. So it looks like the first time we will see Reed on the field is Week 1 of the regular season against the Eagles.

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