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The 53: Who will back up at inside LB?


The 53: Who will back up at inside LB?

The news that inside linebacker Jonathan Goff has been waivedinjured after tearing the same ACL that he tore a year ago means that the depth chart at that position needs to be reexamined.Here is how I had the depth chart at inside linebacker shaking out before training camp started.Starters: London Fletcher, Perry Riley
Reserves: Lorenzo Alexander, Keenan Robinson, Jonathan Goff
Out: Donnell HoltIt seems unlikely that Holt will be able to take the opening created by Goffs departure. The rookie free agent out of Cal will get a look but he will be doing well if he makes the practice squad.Goffs role was likely to be similar to the one that Keyaron Fox filled last year. Fox was a veteran who played 51 snaps on defense and a lot of special teams.If things go according to plan, Fletcher and Riley are likely to play nearly every snap. Fletcher missed just 26 snaps all season while Riley was out for 23 defensive plays in his eight starts.But if things dont go according to plan, Goff, who started 20 games at middle linebacker for the Giants in 2009-2010, would have been a solid backup. Instead they are left with Alexander, who is moving over from outside linebacker, and the rookie Robinson.Could they go outside to get experienced help? According to Adam Caplan the top available free agent at inside linebacker is ex-Colt Gary Brackett. The 32-year-old missed all but one game last year with a torn rotator cuff and at 5-11, 235 he might be a bit too small for the inside linebacker spot. But hes an inch taller and only about 10 pounds lighter than Fletcher so maybe could fill the bill there.Ex-Viking and Maryland Terp E. J. Henderson, who is 31 and has started 107 NFL games including 32 the past two seasons, is also on the market. He is generally considered to be a liability in coverage so he is limited to being a two-down run stuffer. That doesnt quite fit the Redskins vision of a three-down inside linebacker but there arent many of those walking the street this time of year. His asking price was high earlier in the offseason but there are reports that it has come down.Other options include Reggie Torbor (age 31, 28 NFL starts) and former Charger Stephen Cooper (33, 63 starts).Another option is for the Redskins to alter their plan for Robinson. He probably was going to have what amounted to a redshirt year in 2012, playing sparingly on defense while he learned and prepared to be Fletchers eventual successor. They may not have that luxury now and Robinson could get forced into taking meaningful spas before hes fully ready to do so playing the most complex position on the defense.Despite Alexander's relative inexperience on the inside, he could step up and play a bigger role than may have been planned as well.If they do that, they could use Goffs roster spot for an extra safety or perhaps to keep another running back.

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Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

FEDEX FIELD -- Losing ground in the battle for the second-string running back spot with fellow rookie Robert Kelley, 7th-round draft pick Keith Marshall exited the Redskins preseason game Friday against the Bills with what the team is calling a left elbow injury.

The team said he will undergo x-rays on the elbow. He returned to the field later in the first quarter with his elbow wrapped.

Marshall went to the ground awkwardly on a run play, and he looked to be in a lot of pain. Trainers came out quickly to tend to the runner, and he was escorted to the bench with his left arm held gingerly.


In the first two preseason games, Marshall played 29 snaps. Against the Falcons in the first preseason game, he had five carries for -1 rushing yards. In the second preseason tilt against the Jets, Marshall had 10 carries for 26 yards.

Kelley ran the ball well early for the Redskins, already distancing himself in the race to backup injured starter Matt Jones.

UPDATE 26 AUGUST 2016, 8:19 P.M.

Marshall is out with an elbow sprain.

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Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan out after early injury vs. Bills

Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan out after early injury vs. Bills

FEDEX FIELD - Ryan Kerrigan played just one series for the Redskins defense against the Bills before leaving the game with an apparent groin injury, Redskins PR announced.

Throughout training camp, Kerrigan looked to be in great shape, a sharp contrast from the 2015 offseason when he was working back from knee surgery and held out of preseason action. The outside linebacker further suffered last season when he broke a bone in his hand.

It's hard to tell if the Kerrigan injury is serious, or simply a precaution to pull the edge rusher since the game is only a preseason affair. In his very limited action, Kerrigan had a good rush on Bills QB Tyrod Taylor, narrowly missing a sack. 

Last season Kerrigan logged 9.5 sacks in 16 games, and in a five-season career with Washington the former Purdue star has totaled 47.5 sacks. Kerrigan made the Pro Bowl in 2012.


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Several key Bills are sitting out Friday's game vs. Redskins

Several key Bills are sitting out Friday's game vs. Redskins

The Redskins are using tonight’s game against the Bills to get their front-line players tuned up for their September 12 season opener against the Steelers. Bills head coach Rex Ryan apparently think many of their starters are ready to go.

The following Bills will not play tonight:

-QB Cardale Jones

-WR Kolby Listenbee

-S Corey Graham

-CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

-S Aaron Williams

-CB Stephon Gilmore

-RB LeSean McCoy

-CB Ronald Darby

-RB Mike Gillislee

-LB Preston Brown

-LB Jerry Hughes

-LT Cordy Glenn

-TE Charles Clay

-WR Marquise Goodwin

-OLB Shaq Lawson

-DT Kyle Williams

-DT Marcell Dareus

According to the depth chart given to the media, Gilmore, Aaron Williams, Brown, Hughes, and Kyle Williams are starters on defense. McCoy is their top running back and Glenn is the starting left tackle.

The Redskins are expected to play their starters through the first half. Jay Gruden said earlier this week that RB Chris Thompson, WR Jamison Crowder, and DE Chris Baker are unlikely to play. Starting RB Matt Jones also is out with an AC joint sprain he suffered a week ago against the Jets.