One day into training camp, the Redskins are already dealing with a potentially significant injury on their offensive line.Starting tackle Jammal Brown has been placed on the physically unable to perform list after aggravating the hip injury thats hampered him for the better part of a year, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.Brown was injured during conditioning sprints on Wednesday at Redskins Park. He did not participate in the morning walk through on Thursday or the afternoon practice. Tyler Polumbus, meantime, took Browns spot on the right side of the offensive line.Well give the doctors a chance to evaluate him and well get a better feel in the next few days where hes at, Shanahan said. He was running Wednesday and running well. On the sixth or seventh gasser it felt a little bit tight and it was a little bit sore this morning.Brown is eligible to come off the PUP list as soon as he passes his physical exam.The Redskins had been hoping Brown would enter camp healthy after an offseason in which he turned to Yoga to improve the flexibility and strength in his problematic hip. But it did not sound promising when Shanahan said Brown suffered a setback and theres no timetable for his return. Brown is expected to undergo an MRI tomorrow, Shanahan added.If Brown is unable to suit up, Shanahan said Polumbus, Maurice Hurt and Willie Smith will compete for the right to replace Brown, who missed all of the 2009 season with a hernia and played in only 13 games last season.You knew it was sore, you knew it could happen at any time, something like this. You just hope its a little flare up and nothing major, Shanahan said.There was also an injury on defense that bears watching. Safety Tanard Jackson, signed in the offseason to compete with Madieu Williams, DeJon Gomes, Reed Doughty for the starting free safety job, participated in the morning walk through but did not suit up for practice.Jackson has also been placed on the PUP list with a strained calf that he suffered during OTAs.Youre always disappointed, but the good thing is hopefully hell be ready Saturday or Monday, Shanahan said of Jackson.
Of course, Kirk Cousins is disappointed the Redskins didn’t make the playoffs, but among the various things he’s done in the offseason, one of them is a little curious.
Sunday, Cousins wasn’t just watching the Falcons dominate the Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship Game. He sent out a picture on Instagram from the stands of the Georgia Dome.
“Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!” Cousins wrote.
But — especially with rumors that Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be offered the head coaching position with the 49ers — is there more to this post than the Redskins’ quarterback simply watching the game?
Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator from 2010-2013 and was reportedly “integral” in the team selecting Cousins in the 2012 NFL Draft.
So if Shanahan makes the move out to San Francisco and if the Redskins don’t put a franchise tag on Cousins, could the pair be reunited?
It’s possible, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who said, “don’t be surprised if the 49ers make a run at Kirk Cousins if the Redskins do not make him their exclusive franchise player.”
There’s a lot of if’s involved for that to happen, but it’s possible. It’s also possible Cousins was just enjoying the NFC Championship Game and decided to Instagram about it.
MORE REDSKINS: Why Matt Cavanaugh makes sense for Washington
Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:
- If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
- Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
- Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden.
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