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Fred Davis hopes to return for OTAs

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Fred Davis hopes to return for OTAs

Fred Davis says there were no complications stemming from his surgery last week and he expects to be back on the field in time for OTAs in May.

“It’s not fun [because] I hate sitting out,” Davis said Friday after visiting with teammates at Redskins Park. “This is my first injury, so I’m dealing with.”

Davis had his left Achilles’ tendon repaired Oct. 23 in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Robert Anderson, the same foot and ankle specialist who operated on Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs. The Ravens’ linebacker had a similar procedure in May and returned to the lineup earlier this month – just five months after the surgery. 

“You have to look at the positive side of it: It’s an Achilles, not a knee or anything serious that takes a long to get back from,” said Davis, walking with the assistance of crutches and wearing a cast of his lower left leg. “I definitely have seen Suggs out there making plays. I went to the same doctor and we had the about the same tear.”

Davis said he’s looking forward to resuming physical activity six weeks from now. 

“Sometimes it gets stronger, [Dr. Anderson] said,” Davis added. “It’s one of those 100-percent type injuries. They just put it back together. I should be good.”

Davis was en route to having his best all around season when he injured himself while running a routine pass route in the first quarter against the Giants. When he went down, the 26-year-old had 24 receptions for 325 yards and had made significant strides in pass and run blocking.

The Redskins used their franchise tag on the tight end last season. Now, Davis could hit unrestricted free agency as he attempts to bounce back from a significant injury.

“We’ll see,” Davis said, asked if the injury might have cost him financially. “I just try to put as much good stuff on film as I can. If a team looks at that and sees my [progress] from last year. …Even in 2009, I was productive. If a team looks at that and sees that I’ve grown as a blocker. We’ll just roll the dice and see what happens.” 

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Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.

Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.

Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.

In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.

[MORE: JOSH NORMAN ON HIS CRUCIAL FOURTH-QUARTER PENALTY]

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Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins had a couple of chances to stop what would eventually turn into the Cardinals’ game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter. The first one came when they went for it on fourth and one at their own 34. It was a gutsy call by Arizona coach Bruce Arians and David Johnson make him look smart by popping off a 14-yard run.

The Cards earned that one. But it looked as though they got something of a gift a few plays later when Josh Norman was flagged holding receiver Larry Fitzgerald. It was a borderline call, granting Arizona a gift third and five conversion. Two plays later Carson Palmer went in for the kill, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson.

On the field, Norman seemed to be none too pleased with the penalty flag. He said after the game that he thinks that Fitzgerald may have stolen a flag.

“He [Fitzgerald] was within five yards. Larry is a wily vet,” said Norman. “I'd been doing it all game, kind of . . . He breaks out and I go for the ball and the flag got thrown. We'd like to see that not happen in that situation because there was some good position, some good leverage. And a flag came out.

“It is what it is. You can't blame a call on that, blame a call on this. It's whatever, man.”

Norman is right. The Redskins blew plenty of chances to take control of the game and the blame can be spread around on both sides of the ball. But the flag will loom large as the Redskins try to shake off this loss and get ready for the Eagles next week.

[MORE: ANGRY JAY GRUDEN SAYS REDSKINS 'NOT EVEN CLOSE' TO THINKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS]