C.J. Brown is out for the season with a torn ACL, according to school officials. We will have more information as soon as it is made available.
Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.
Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.
Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.
In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.
Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.
One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.
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BALTIMORE – As expected, both cornerback Jimmy Smith (back) and wide receiver Kamar Aiken (thigh) were active for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. It would be Smith’s first action since missing the previous two games, but Smith practiced all week and was expected to play. Aiken had been listed as questionable but would also be in the lineup.
For the Dolphins, wide receiver DeVante Parker (back) was also active after testing his back during warmups. Even if Parker is not 100 percent, having Parker and No. 1 wide receiver Jarvis Landry on the field should give the Dolphins’ offense more versatility.
Inactive for the Ravens were cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, running backs Buck Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, linebacker Kamalei Correa, guard Alex Lewis, and tight end Crockett Gillmore.
Without Allen (non-injury issue) and Taliaferro (thigh), Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon would handle the ball-carrying duties for the Ravens. Dixon had a season-high 13 carries against the Bengals in Week 12.
Inactive for the Dolphins were cornerbacks Jordan Lucas and Xavien Howard; center Mike Pouncey, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, offensive tackle Bryce Harris, tight end Thomas Duarte, and wide receiver Rashawn Scott.