The Redskins received positive news about the knee injury left guard Trent Williams suffered in Sundays loss to the Bengals.The update on ailing wide receiver Pierre Garon, however, was not as encouraging.
The MRI on Williams right knee came back negative, Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Monday afternoon. Asked if the injury is a bone bruise, Shanahan said, Yes.
Still a little bit sore right now, the coach added. So it will be a day-by-day evaluation.
Williams was injured as he threw a block on Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson in the first quarter of the Redskins' 38-31 defeat. Williams knee appeared to buckle as he was driven into the ground by Johnson.
It could be argued that Williams is the second most important player on the Redskins offense, which leads the league in scoring with 99 points after three games, because he guards quarterback Robert Griffin III's blindside.
If Williams does not suit up Sunday in Tampa, backup Jordan Black is expected to replace him in the lineup.
Williams did not speak to reporters, but was spotted wearing a brace on his right knee and walking with a pronounced limp.
As for Garon, Shanahan said he does not know if the wide receiver will practice Wednesday. Garon has missed the past two games with an injury between the big toe and ball of his foot that he suffered in New Orleans.
I really dont know, Shanahan said. Hes getting treatment everyday and Im hoping he gets on the practice field on Wednesday and hes feeling a lot better and will be ready to play. But I cant tell you at this point.
A veteran and a leader for the Redskins defense, it appears DeAngelo Hall's season is now finished just three games into 2016.
Hall injured his knee in the first half of Sunday's game against the Giants. The play looked bad in real time and Hall looked to be in much pain leaving the field.
Somewhat encouragingly, Hall was spotted on the sidelines after the play he was injured on, though Redskins PR announced the safety would not return to the game.
In the moments following Washington's dramatic win, Hall told the media he believed his ACL was torn, certainly putting a damper on the jubilant scene.
Beyond Hall, the Redskins are waiting for further diagnosis on starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland as well as offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger.
Assuming Hall misses significant time, the Redskins will be forced to juggle their secondary, especially if Breeland also misses time. When Hall went out in New York, veteran Will Blackmon picked up much of the slack and played well.
Going forward, defensive coordinator Joe Barry can also look to players like Duke Ihenacho or Deshazor Everett for help. Ihenacho is an experienced NFL safety while Everett showed in the preseason he's not just a special teams player but can play safety at the pro level.
Beyond Ihenacho and Everett, the Redskins may also consider some playing time for rookie Su'a Cravens in the secondary. Drafted as a hybrid linebacker/safety, Cravens made a big-time impact in the win over the Giants and has proven he needs to be on the field a lot for Barry's defense.
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Su'a Cravens had a monster game for the Redskins on Sunday, including an interception to seal the first victory of the season.
After the game, the rookie sent the perfect tweet.
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Cravens' tweet is an homage to The Chappelle Show, arguably one of television's funniest ever sketch comedy shows that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s.
The "Game...Blouses" is a hilarious h/t to a skit where Dave Chapelle played the late Prince, who schooled Charlie Murphy in basketball. Check it out below, but be warned the sketch includes explicit language and general lewdness. If easily offended, don't watch.
For the game, Cravens had three tackles and two passes defensed to go with his pick of Eli Manning on the Giants last drive. Cravens almost had a first-half interception as well, but he and safety David Bruton both went for the pass and neither came down with it. In just the third game of his NFL career, Cravens is proving well worth his second-round draft position, and off the field, proving he has star power too.
No word on if post-game pancakes were served at Giants Stadium.