In general, there are four possible outcomes to Sundays game in regards to the teams success against the Saints and how well Robert Griffin III plays. Lets examine them in ascending order of how desirable they might be to Redskins fans.RG3 plays poorly and the Redskins lose:Here, were looking at Griffin going 12 for 25 for 125 yards and two interceptions and the defense not being able to slow down Drew Brees and company enough for the Redskins to stay competitive. For RG3 to look bad against a Saints defense that is only so-so might indicate that he will not progress as quickly as many have hoped. And Mike Shanahans first opening-day loss on top of that would not give fans much positive to focus on.RG3 plays well and the Redskins lose:Lets say that Griffin goes 22 of 30 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and the Redskins put up 28 points, the most since last years season opener. But the defense cant do anything against the potent Saints offense and New Orleans scores 38. Although you never want to start a season 0-1 there certainly would be some encouragement for the rest of the season if Griffin put up some good numbers and looks to be in control of things.RG3 plays poorly and the Redskins win:It would take a bizarre set of circumstances for this to happen, with Brees throwing three picks in his own territory and Alfred Morris coming out of the gate with a monster performance. If those and a few more things go the Redskins way they could pull off a win even of Griffin goes 15 for 33 for 175 yards. Wait, is this scenario out of order? Would most Redskins fans rather see Griffin put up some gaudy numbers, thinking that that would bode better for the future than a win that could have a decidedly fluky feel to it?RG3 plays well and the Redskins win:Not much explanation needed here. If this happens, Redskins fans would be dancing in the streets and looking to make reservations for New Orleans for the Super Bowl in February.
While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, has been cleared to return to practice, but he still has some hurdles to clear before being declared ready for game action.
During his Monday news conference Gruden said that Reed, who has missed the last two games with a concussion diagnosed two days after the team’s game against the Ravens on October 9, would practice with the team when preparations resumed on Monday.
However, that doesn’t mean that he will play on Sunday, when the Redskins face the Bengals in London. Reed still has to clear the concussion protocol and his participation in a game is subject to the approval of an independent neurologist.
Reed did participate in practice on a limited basis last Wednesday. But he was held out Thursday and Friday and was declared out for the game on the injury report.
So while the news that he will practice is encouraging as far as his chances of playing against Cincinnati it very much remains to be seen if it will happen.