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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

The Eagles 4-3 defense; specifically the 'wide-9,' is designed to smother outside runs. Keeping in mind the Redskins love to run the option, seemingly playing right into the teeth of Philadelphia's defensive scheme, rookie running back Alfred Morris is treating Sunday like any other game.

"I prepare for all games the same way. I mean the game plan changes, the plays you run change but the way I prepare doesn't change. I'm always going to go out there and leave it all on the field, give it my all."

Morris admits, however, getting past the Eagles won't be easy.

"They do pose a threat with the four D linemen, a lot of penetration, a good front four...so with that mindset, I gotta go out there on the fly and adjust, adapt as I always do. You know all the defenses are pretty much different, even if it's the same scheme, you know the players in that scheme are going to be different so it's going to be a challenge and I look forward to it."

So should we expect to see the Redskins attack the middle of that wide-9?

"I guess we'll have to see...that would be awesome though."

Morris then took a page from Coach Mike Shanahan's press conference playbook in emphasizing the importance of walking away with a 'W' Sunday.

"It's a must win for us, it's a playoff game for us. We have to win it if we want to keep our hopes up for the post season, so right now our focus is the eagles."

Morris was uncharacteristically solemn Thursday, perhaps the weight of a 3-6 season was taking it's toll, but the rookie perked up a bit when discussing seeing his little brother play ball for the first time during the bye.

Instead of giving his younger brother advice, Alfred said the two actually, 'feed off one another.' With his brother in attendance, Shawn Morris put on a show Saturday in a performance that caused Al Mo to joke that he needs to "get his numbers up."

The senior running back at Birmingham Southern scored three touchdowns and rushed for 255 yards on 38 carries, leading the Panthers to a 35-21 victory over Milsaps. One of those TDs was a reception.

Shawn would earn Southern Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

Alfred admitted in a story that included multiple, 'awe mans' that it shocked him a bit when his brother gushed about his NFL accomplishments. Apparently, Shawn can only catch Redskins games on the radio and when he finally saw highlight videos fans' had posted...he was beyond 'proud' of his big bro.

No. 46 has averaged 88.1 rushing yards per game placing him 6th in the league with multiple 100 yard performances and don't forget about those five touchdowns. A solid performance versus the Eagles would be yet another proud moment in an already stellar rookie season.    

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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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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - WR Ryan Grant opens up about good and bad of NFL life

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - WR Ryan Grant opens up about good and bad of NFL life

Ryan Grant generates a ton of reaction from Redskins fans - and it's not always postive. The third-year wideout sat down with JP Finlay to talk about the ups and downs of life in the NFL. 

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