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Kicking drags down special teams grade

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Kicking drags down special teams grade

By Tarik El-Bashir
CSNwashington.comSpecial teamsGrade vs. Buccaneers: CComment: Its not really fair to punish an entire unit because of one players struggles. But its also impossible to give the special teams any grade better than adequate after Sundays near miss in Tampa.As it turned out, of coruse, Billy Cundiff was the hero after connecting from 41 yards out with seven seconds remaining, lifting the Redskins to a 24-22 victory. But the veteran also came oh-so close to being the goat after missing attempts from 41, 57 and 31 yards out.Cundiff accepted the blame for the first three misses, calling the chip shot he yanked wide in the fourth quarter a mental error. But he also mentioned that the Redskins field goal unit has yet to completely gel when it comes to timing, which is concerning given that Sundays game was the third since long snapper Justin Snow replaced the injured Nick Sundberg.Theres a big timing aspect, Cundiff said after the game. Justin is snapping the ball and Sav Rocca is holding the ball well. Its up to me to get into rhythm with those two guys. Those guys have been around a long time, and they are doing their job great. Its matter of me getting on their page and thats a tough thing to do.He added: There are a lot of things involved in there. Were still trying to gel and mesh.Overall, Cundiff ranks 30thin field goal accuracy, making 6 of his 10 attempts, which includes misses from 62 and 57 yards out.Coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday that Cundiff the team wont hold any kicking tryouts this week. But you cant imagine hell stand pat again if Cundiff struggles against the Falcons on Sunday.

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Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday

Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday

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Out

C Spencer Long (concussion)—He missed the second half of the Cardinals game and has been in the concussion protocol this week. John Sullivan will start in his place.

S Will Blackmon (concussion)—Blackmon also has been in the concussion protocol and has not practiced all week. Donte Whitner and Duke Ihenacho will handle the safety position.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the Arizona game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

G Shawn Lauvao (groin)—It was a surprise to see him watching practice on Wednesday as no injury had been reported for him. But he came in for treatment and did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. If he can’t go, Arie Kouandjio will start at left guard.

OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Fortunately Trent Williams is back from his suspension; Nsekhe was the starter while he was out. If Nsekhe is out, Vinston Painter will be the swing backup tackle.

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—After missing last week’s game with a third-degree separation of the AC join in his left shoulder, Reed was able to practice on a limited basis this week. If range of motion is still an issue he could sit or play very limited snaps. If it’s a matter of pain tolerance he will be a full go.  

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Eagles.

DE Chris Baker (ankle)—Baker missed some practice this week but he should be able to go against the Eagles although his level of effectiveness will bear watching.

Also questionable for the Redskins: DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Derek Carrier (knee)

Eagles

Questionable

WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) and RB Ryan Matthews (knee) were full in practice all week and it seems likely that the Eagles’ leading receiver and rusher, respectively, will play on Sunday. Up in the air is the status of WR Dorial Green-Beckham (oblique), who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) will miss his third straight game. He had a rough start in his NFL debut against the Redskins in Week 6 but he remained the starter until getting injured in Week 11. Since then the Eagles have moved LG Alan Barbre to right tackle with Stefen Wisniewski going in at left guard.

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