A few quick nuggets to get your Tuesday morning started:--There are eight players eligible for the supplemental draft and one of them, Josh Gordon, was a wide receiver at Baylor with Robert Griffin III. But I wouldnt look for the Redskins to take him. Besides receiver being a very crowded spot already, Gordon was suspended after a drug arrest at Baylor. The Redskins have their fill of that issue and it is doubtful they will add another. Well take a closer look at the others when the draft gets closer.--I was a lot more wishy-washy than I usually am when predicting who will make the team on the offensive line. The last two spots are going to be tough to pick and it may come down to a matter if deciding on potential vs. experience. Things may get more clear when they put the pads on in training camp.--I had a reader ask me about the possibility of signing Nick Collins, the ex-Packers safety who had spinal fusion surgery last fall. Hes a quality player and only 28 but the neck surgery is the obvious issue. They say he has been cleared to play but the Redskins, and many other teams, arent inclined to take the risk. I understand that Collins surgery was done to different vertebrae than was Peyton Mannings and that Collins was in a risker area.--Fred Davis has signed his franchise player tender and the deadline for him to sign a long-term deal is July 16. It is, however, extremely unlikely that Davis will be getting a new, multi-year contract. He is going to have to demonstrate that he can stay out of trouble before the Redskins are going to write him a big signing bonus check.Days until: Rookies report 13; training camp 23; preseason opener @ Bills 37; final cuts 60; Redskins @ Saints 68; home opener vs. Bengals 82
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00
—Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out: G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
Wednesday injury report
QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.
OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot.
WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.
OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.
ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.
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In case you missed it
- Trent Williams going to guard? 'I don't really know how to address that'
- Rookie hazing: DeSean Jackson turns Kendall Fuller around
- Jordan Reed back at practice with Redskins
- Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked and what didn't in Arizona
- Long injury list hampers Redskins practice
- Williams back but suspension circumstances remain a mystery
- Williams, Lichtensteiger return for Redskins
- Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival
- Redskins' playoff chances trending in the wrong direction
- Lichtensteiger getting set to make return from IR
- Redskins looking for fifth in a row over Eagles
As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”
He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.
Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).
Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.
“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”
“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”
Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).
READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED
Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.