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Deal or no deal?

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Deal or no deal?

Update 1:00 p.m.--Per an article on NFL.com, the league is considering pushing back the trade deadline due to Hurricane Sandy.

Update 2:30 p.m.--NFL has announced that the tarde deadline has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m.

Hurricane Sandy or no, the NFL’s trade deadline will hit on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Will the Redskins make a deal?

Many Redskins fans are hoping fervently that the team will make a trade to bolster the ineffective secondary or even at wide receiver since it doesn’t look like they are going to get much out of Pierre Garçon, who was brought in to be the team’s top receiver. Will they pull off a deal?

While I’ve learned never to say never, it doesn’t look likely for a few reasons.

For one thing, there aren’t many players in the areas the Redskins need who are being offered, especially at defensive back. There just aren’t many teams out there that have a good enough supply of quality defensive backs to be able to deal any of them away for a draft pick next April.

Now, if a team is out of the playoff picture at this point it might be willing to part with a decent player for a draft pick. But 27 of the 32 NFL teams have at least three wins and everyone has eight or nine to play.

And even if there is a team that is willing to part with a player who could help the Redskins there is a final, fatal obstacle. The Redskins would have great difficulty fitting even a medium sized salary under the cap.

The team has somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million of cap space left. A solid veteran defensive back with an annual salary of $2 million would eat up all of that and leave them with no money for injury replacements for the last half of the year. There might be someone out there with a lower salary who could help but again you’re looking at supply and demand issues. The market would be strong for a solid, low-salary defensive back and the asking price might be too high for the Redskins, who don’t have a first-round pick.

Even if the Redskins could pry a defensive back or wide receiver away from another team and fit him under the cap there would be the matter of integrating him into the system. This is the major reason why in-season trades are rare in the NFL. It takes time to learn an offensive or defensive system and even more time to mesh with your new teammates. By the time a player is up to speed, the season is often over.

Again, it would be a mistake to completely rule out a move being made. The Redskins could make a strong big for a player, renegotiate an existing deal or two to create some cap room, and work him into the lineup as best they can.

It’s possible but very unlikely.    

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If hairline fracture not enough, Cowboys Dez Bryant reportedly fined

If hairline fracture not enough, Cowboys Dez Bryant reportedly fined

Even when things are going well in Dallas it seems like controversy is never too far away. The latest stems from wide receiver Dez Bryant injuring his right knee during last Sunday's victory over the Bears. 

News of the severity of the injury did not emerge until Wednesday, when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed Bryant suffered a hairline fracture where his tibia bone hits the knee. 

Why the wait? Reports from Dallas show that Bryant missed his scheduled MRI on Tuesday and the tests could not be held until Wednesday. Bryant also missed team meetings on Tuesday. 

MORE REDSKINS: PREPARING WITHOUT DOCTSON

Due to missing the meetings and MRI Tuesday, Bryant has been fined an undisclosed amount, per the reports

The injury comes at a tough time for the Cowboys as the offense has moved the ball well with rookie QB Dak Prescott. 

Dallas has won two games in a row after a narrow loss to the Giants to open the year. In three games, Bryant has 150 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

Against Washington in Week 2, Bryant went for more than 100 yards receiving. Late in that game, the Redskins began to shadow Bryant with Josh Norman. 

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Redskins preparing for Browns - without Josh Doctson

Redskins preparing for Browns - without Josh Doctson

After making a late call to put Josh Doctson on the inactive list last week against the Giants, the Redskins are preparing to play without the rookie receiver on Sunday unless his Achilles injury dramatically improves. The team is practicing with Rashad Ross as the fifth wideout for Cleveland, a source told CSN.

"It was actually last minute. It was 11:30 a.m.," Gruden said of taking Doctson off the active list in New York and replacing him with Ross.

"He just didn’t feel comfortable, couldn’t push off the way he wanted to so we had to make that last minute switch."

Gruden explained the team has lingering concerns about Doctson's availability as he continues to battle an Achilles injury. The rookie did not practice Wednesday, and the coach said he will not practice again Thursday, though he added the injury could stretch much longer. 

"It could be a possibility or a time that we put him down for a couple more weeks or a couple more days like we’re taking him off today, probably set him down tomorrow, see if that helps him a little bit," Gruden said. "This is new to everybody I think and the key is to get him healthy like you say. We are not trying to rush him."

Doctson has been active for two of the Redskins three games, and has two catches for 66 yards. He did show some of his ability on a long completion from Kirk Cousins against Dallas, though largely, Doctson and the Redskins have been frustrated by the injury.

"I am concerned. We’ve had all of the tests and there is really nothing there that we should be concerned about from a long-term problem, it’s just he is dealing with some pain," Gruden said. "We don’t know why it is but we have to try and figure out what it is and get it fixed."

For Washington, Ross likely will return kicks against Cleveland if Doctson is down. Active for the first time in New York, Ross had not practiced in that role throughout the week, and Chris Thompson and Will Blackmon shared the kick returning duties. With the Redskins preparing to play Ross, it means he can get the work returning kicks this week in advance of the Browns game. It also helps alleviate some of the workload from Blackmon, who will now be starting at free safety after DeAngelo Hall tore his ACL in New York.

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