Robert Griffin III cracked a smile and then expressed surprise Wednesday afternoon when asked about Griffining, the latest gesture to sweep the NFL.Who would have thought getting knocked on your butt and throwing a touchdown would start a phenomenon like that? he said during his weekly news conference. Griffining and RGIII and whatever they want to call it, Im not opposed to it. Its pretty funny to me.Since Sunday, fans have been imitating Griffins spontaneous celebration to his first career touchdown. The Redskins rookie quarterback struck the pose seated on the turf, arms raised and fingers pointing toward the Superdome ceiling as Pierre Garon raced into the end zone in the first quarter.Last season, Tim Tebow and Tebowing took the sporting world by storm. It remains to be seen if Griffining will have the same staying power, but a search on Tweetreach.com of the hashtag Griffining at lunchtime said the term reached 137,000 accounts.I havent seen anyone do it, Griffin said. But some of my teammates have made fun of me for it. Like I started it on purpose.
C Kory Lichtensteiger (back)—Prior to the Giants game he was questionable with back spasms and he suffered a strained calf during the game. Perhaps it was a combination of both that make him end up on injured reserve. Spencer Long will take his starting spot, at least for the time being. It’s possible that the team will move newly-signed John Sullivan into the middle of the line after he learns the offense. Lichtensteiger could return after eight weeks.
S DeAngelo Hall (knee)—Hall’s season is over after he tore his ACL while making a tackle in the third quarter. Will Blackmon steps in to the starting free safety spot
CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—Although his ankle injury was not as serious as first feared it still will keep him out of the lineup on Sunday. We will have see just what happens at cornerback in the absence of both Breeland and nickel corner Dashaun Phillips. Gruden did not put a more specific timetable on how long either Breeland or G Shawn Lauvao might be out.
G Shawn Lauvao (ankle)—For the second straight year a lower leg injury suffered at MetLife Stadium against the Giants will put Lauvao on the shelf. Last year he was gone for the season; as noted above, it’s unclear how long he will be out this season. It appears that Arie Kouandjio
CB Dashaun Phillips (hamstring)—He suffered the injury against the Giants and he did not practice this week. Kendall Fuller will take is spot and many thing that Phillips will have a hard time reclaiming his job when he is healthy.
WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—The rookie was a last-minute scratch against the Giants as his Achilles flared up as he was warming up. There is more talk of shutting him down for a few weeks than there is of increasing his role in the offense.
DE Kendall Reyes (groin)—He was out for the last two games with the injury and he was limited in practice this week.
OLB Trent Murphy (elbow/shoulder)—The team’s sack leader has been limited in practice but it seems likely he will be ready go tol
Not listed on injury report
Trent Williams (knee)—He was limited in practice but he should be a full go on Sunday.
WR DeSean Jackson (knee/ankle)—Jackson was out of practice on Wednesday and limited the rest of the week. He assured reporters that he will play but there has to be some concern that the injury will affect his speed.
T Ty Nsekhe (foot)—The backup swing tackle suffered the injury during practice last week and he was full in practice all week.
WR Corey Coleman (hand)—The team’s top draft pick will be out for at least another week or two after suffering a broken hand.
QB Josh McCown (collarbone)—The veteran took over after Robert Griffin III went on injured reserve but he suffered a broken collarbone and will be out for a few more weeks
DE Carl Nassib (hand)—He has surgery for a broken hand after Week 2 and will miss a few more games.
C Cameron Ervin (chest, lung)—Their starting center left during their Week 2 game with a pulmonary contusion and will be out a few more games.
LB Nate Orchard (ankle)
TE Seth DeVale (knee)
CB Tramon Williams (shoulder)—He suffered an AC joint sprain against the Dolphins last week and did not practice this week.
CB Joe Haden (groin)—Perhaps their top defender, Haden missed last Sunday’s game with a pulled groin; he was limited in practice this week.
DB Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring)—Their starting strong safety likely will be a game time decision.
Last practice before the Browns come to town, and while the Redskins are still locking down their O-line plans, another subplot has emerged on defense. Jay Gruden's crew will most likely hit the bubble for practice at noon, and here's what we're watching:
- No fluke - In Last Sunday's win over the Giants, it became obvious that the Redskins were rotating outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. That idea would have seemed crazy during the summer, but with Murphy's improved play, it's working. "I think the nice thing is we got three guys that are playing well. So, if we can get a nice rotation and keep them and set a plan, 60 or 70 plays, if we can all keep them around 40 plays, it’s going to benefit them obviously during the game, but also as we get going all through the season," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said of the three-man OLB group.
- More help at safety? - With D-Hall done for the year with a torn ACL the easy move for Washington is Will Blackmon starting in Hall's spot. That's obvious: Blackmon has played well in his time with the 'Skins and knows the defense well. Down the road, however, it will be interesting to see what happens with rookie Su'a Cravens. He's a player that could move alongside Blackmon and potentially replace or supplement David Bruton at the strong safety spot. Here's Barry on that possibility, "I think that is potentially something that could happen down the road with the more comfortable he gets but we got quite a bit on his plate right now and he’s handling it well."
- Crowder's emergence - Through three games this season it isn't DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon that leads the Redskins recievers in catches, it's slot man Jamison Crowder. He also leads all Redskins pass catchers in touchdowns with two. Last week in New York, Crowder had an impressive TD taken the distance off a wideout screen, not to mention a remarkable punt return that flipped field position. Gruden on Crowder, "He’s all about business. He’s got great football intelligence, great instincts for the position. He can play inside/outside. Shown he’s a great returner. Just tough as nails. You know, he’s got every quality you want as far as checking the box, as far as intangibles. He’s got them all."
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