By Michael Huberman
We already know what Vegas thinks about the Redskins next season, setting the over-under for wins at 6.5. Dan Graziano of ESPN.com had some more fun with predictions, putting out a dreamnightmare scenario for the Redskins in 2012.
Any predictions made now should come with the disclaimer that its May, and there are any number of things that can happen between now and September 9 in New Orleans. According to Graziano the best the Redskins can hope for is a 9-7 season. Offensively, Robert Griffin III would have to exceed expectations, and more importantly hold on to the football. But its not all about RG3, and he rightly points out that the teams stable of skill players have to step up, saying, they'll need health from Tim Hightower and continued development from promising fellow running backs Roy Helu and Evan Royster. They'll need Pierre Garcon to play like the potential No. 1 wideout his free-agent price tag says they believe he can be.
While the Redskins were middle of the road defensively last year, the unit made serious strides, and theyd need to build on that to succeed in 2012. Since this is the dream were talking about, all the teams most important pieces on both sides of the ball would have to stay healthy.
The nightmare scenario will be painful for Redskins fans to read. While going 5-11 in RG3s rookie year wouldnt be all too shocking, the long-term impact could be problematic. As it is, the Redskins play in one of, if not the toughest divisions in the NFL. The Giants are the Super Bowl champions, the Eagles are looking to build off the end of their 2011 to finally reach the Dream Team hype, and the Cowboys dont need any motivation when going up against the Redskins.
If the team struggles for a third straight year under Mike Shanahan then it may be time to start wondering where he stands going forward. Currently stuck in cap limbo and without 1st round picks in 2013 and 2014, the team may struggle to address lingering deficiencies in the future.
Hopefully for the Redskins, the 2012 season plays out a lot closer to Grazianos dream.
The Redskins announced the moves of two veterans to injured reserve and the signing of a veteran center. They also promoted a player from the practice squad.
They sent safety DeAngelo Hall and center Kory Lichtensteiger to injured reserve. Hall suffered a torn ACL on Sunday against the Giants and Lichtensteiger sustained a calf strain.
To take those spots on the roster, the Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan and offensive lineman Vinston Painter was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Sullivan, was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014. The 31-year-old missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
The Redskins claimed Painter off of waivers in August but released him when they cut down to 53 players. He was then signed to the practice squad.
Hall and Lichtensteiger are no strangers to injured reserve. It’s the second straight season Lichtensteiger has been on injured reserve. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned. Hall tore his Achilles in 2014 and spent the last 11 games on injured reserve.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, either player would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. With the ACL injury that will not happen for Hall but if Lichtensteiger could return if the calf heals. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
The Redskins may have a roster hole to fill at center and according to a report they are set to sign a veteran to do the job.
The Redskins are going to sign John Sullivan, who was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The 31-year-old Sullivan missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
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Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on injured reserve due to a calf injury he sustained against the Giants on Sunday. Jay Gruden described Lichtensteiger’s situation as “week to week” during his press conference on Monday.
The Redskins will have to make a roster move when the do sign Sullivan, whether it’s Lichtensteiger to IR or something else.
If Lichtensteiger does go on injured reserve it will be the second consecutive year on the shelf for him. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, Lichtensteiger would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.