A few quick hits to get your Wednesday morning going:--The Drew Brees contract situation is somewhat confusing. One local writer said that it would be a huge upset if the Saints and their franchise quarterback did not have a long-term deal done by Mondays deadline. But now we get Chris Mortensen reporting that Brees is threating to stay away from training camp if a deal doesnt get done. That doesnt make it sound like negotiations are going smoothly. Obviously, this situation bears watching as it could affect the Saints readiness to take on the Redskins in the season opener on Sept. 9.--Its hard to overstate how big a year this is for Fred Davis. At age 26 he has a window of about two years to take that step from being a nice player into being a very good one. If he takes a step towards that this year the Redskins will give him a long-term contract and not worry about the position for the next four or five years. If hes just OK in 2012 the Redskins could begin looking for a replacement.--Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur is another person under pressure in Ashburn. Along with Kyle Shanahan he is responsible for the development of the franchise, Robert Griffin III. If RG3 comes out and lights things up this year LaFleur could be in demand and up for a promotion, either in Washington or elsewhere. Should the teams most valuable asset struggle, LaFleur could be looking for a job next year.--The 53 continues today with the defensive backs. I might be one short at one of the spots but well see how things turn out. Check back later today and let me know what you think.Days until: Rookies report 5; training camp 15; preseason opener @ Bills 29; final cuts 52; Redskins @ Saints 60; home opener vs. Bengals 74
Yes, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor accounted for 200 total yards last week in a loss to the Dolphins. While the yardage total is impressive, and Pryor has shown breakout potential this young season, the Redskins defensive focus needs to be on another Cleveland player: Isaiah Crowell.
"That's a power running game. They do a lot of good things in the running game," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "The No. 1 guy is Crowell. He's an excellent back."
Through three games, Crowell has 45 carries for 274 yards, good for an average of more than 6 yards-per-carry and second in the NFL in rush yards. He's shown both power and speed, including an 85-yard touchdown run against the Ravens in Week 2.
What makes Crowell especially difficult to stop is that the Browns offense is so varied. With a guy like Pryor, Cleveland will run the Wildcat and the read option in addition to their normal pro set.
"You start worrying about all the stuff going on with the formations and then all of a sudden they bang you with Crowell right up the middle with a power play," Gruden said. "It's hard to stop."
In three games, the Redskins have given up nearly 370 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Washington is allowing 123 yards-per-game on the ground, good for 24th in the league.
With DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland out for Sunday's game, the Redskins will face the Browns with a revamped secondary. That won't matter much, however, if the defense can't slow down The Crow.
C Kory Lichtensteiger (back)—Prior to the Giants game he was questionable with back spasms and he suffered a strained calf during the game. Perhaps it was a combination of both that make him end up on injured reserve. Spencer Long will take his starting spot, at least for the time being. It’s possible that the team will move newly-signed John Sullivan into the middle of the line after he learns the offense. Lichtensteiger could return after eight weeks.
S DeAngelo Hall (knee)—Hall’s season is over after he tore his ACL while making a tackle in the third quarter. Will Blackmon steps in to the starting free safety spot
CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—Although his ankle injury was not as serious as first feared it still will keep him out of the lineup on Sunday. We will have see just what happens at cornerback in the absence of both Breeland and nickel corner Dashaun Phillips. Gruden did not put a more specific timetable on how long either Breeland or G Shawn Lauvao might be out.
G Shawn Lauvao (ankle)—For the second straight year a lower leg injury suffered at MetLife Stadium against the Giants will put Lauvao on the shelf. Last year he was gone for the season; as noted above, it’s unclear how long he will be out this season. It appears that Arie Kouandjio
CB Dashaun Phillips (hamstring)—He suffered the injury against the Giants and he did not practice this week. Kendall Fuller will take is spot and many thing that Phillips will have a hard time reclaiming his job when he is healthy.
WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—The rookie was a last-minute scratch against the Giants as his Achilles flared up as he was warming up. There is more talk of shutting him down for a few weeks than there is of increasing his role in the offense.
DE Kendall Reyes (groin)—He was out for the last two games with the injury and he was limited in practice this week.
OLB Trent Murphy (elbow/shoulder)—The team’s sack leader has been limited in practice but it seems likely he will be ready go tol
Not listed on injury report
Trent Williams (knee)—He was limited in practice but he should be a full go on Sunday.
WR DeSean Jackson (knee/ankle)—Jackson was out of practice on Wednesday and limited the rest of the week. He assured reporters that he will play but there has to be some concern that the injury will affect his speed.
T Ty Nsekhe (foot)—The backup swing tackle suffered the injury during practice last week and he was full in practice all week.
WR Corey Coleman (hand)—The team’s top draft pick will be out for at least another week or two after suffering a broken hand.
QB Josh McCown (collarbone)—The veteran took over after Robert Griffin III went on injured reserve but he suffered a broken collarbone and will be out for a few more weeks
DE Carl Nassib (hand)—He has surgery for a broken hand after Week 2 and will miss a few more games.
C Cameron Ervin (chest, lung)—Their starting center left during their Week 2 game with a pulmonary contusion and will be out a few more games.
LB Nate Orchard (ankle)
TE Seth DeVale (knee)
CB Tramon Williams (shoulder)—He suffered an AC joint sprain against the Dolphins last week and did not practice this week.
CB Joe Haden (groin)—Perhaps their top defender, Haden missed last Sunday’s game with a pulled groin; he was limited in practice this week.
DB Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring)—Their starting strong safety likely will be a game time decision.