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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

Here is what you need to know going into Wednesday, Day 6 of practice at Redskins Park:Good news, bad news on Brown?My friend and colleague Chick Hernandez is reporting the following on Jammal Brown via Twitter: So it appears that a preliminary look found that the original injury, the one Brown suffered while running sprints last week, is not very bad. But there is something in the other hip that needs a look.We will get more information and further clarification on the story later his morning.Redskins not the only team with injuriesEvery year around this time the Redskins deal with training camp injuries and every year about this time I get people asking if the Redskins are extraordinarily unlucky or if they have an incompetent training staff.And, every year around this time I tell them that most NFL teams suffer from injuries this time of year. Here is a quick look through the last 48 hours of camp injuries reported in our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk:Vikings TE John Carlson suffered a sprained MCL.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews injured in a car accident.
Colts OL, LB suffer torn ACLs.
Jaguars G William Rackley is on crutches with a sprained ankle.
Lions RB Javid Best is still suffering from a concussion that ended his 2011 season early.
Pro Bowl Eagles DE Jason Babin will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained calf.
Cardinals starting QB Kevin Kolb has a thigh bruise.
Giants CB Terrel Thomas has re-injured the same knee that cost him all of last season.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta broke his hand in practice.
Eagles WR Ron Johnson suffered a gruesome leg injury.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is still limited by last years torn ACL.
The Jets were suffering so many muscle pulls that Rex Ryan pushed back practice time to allow for more stretching.
Packers WR Greg Jennings is out of practice with an elbow injury.
Chiefs S Kyle McCarthy was carted off the field with a knee injury.
Broncos S Quinton Carter is out of practice with a hamstring injury.Again, those are just the more significant injuries reported in PFT since Monday morning. Its hard to look at that list and say that the Redskins are significantly worse off than the rest of the NFL.Tackle supply is getting thin out thereSome eyes were rolled when the Redskins signed tackle Jordan Black, who did not play in the NFL last year. But here is how bad the offensive tackle supply is in the NFL. The Chiefs just signed Ray Willis, who last played in the NFL in 2009. Yes, when he last played, Jim Zorn roamed the Redskins sidelines.In case you missed itYesterday, I looked at the backup plan at inside linebacker after Jonathan Goffs season-ending knee injury. Also, we had a couple of items on new offensive tackle Jordan Black, one on his impact on the depth chart and another on his weight problem (he needs to gain, not lose). The practice report has entries on Brian Orakpo, Brandon Banks, and Chris Cooley, among many others.On tap todayIt should be quite comfortable at Redskins training camp today with a high of only 83 this afternoon. There is about at 30 percent chance of thunderstorms like the ones that sent fans home early yesterday. But, then again, theres a 70 percent chance that it wont rain.

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Gruden presser wrapup: Even he's not sure what a catch is

Gruden presser wrapup: Even he's not sure what a catch is

ASHBURN, VA—Here is a look at what Jay Gruden covered in his Monday news conference after the Redskins’ win over the Giants.

—We hit on some of the major injury news but there is the complete list: “DeAngelo [Hall], torn ACL, has surgery – he’ll be out for the season. [Bashaud] Breeland, he got an MRI, he has strained tendons in his ankle – he’ll be week to week. Shawn Lauvao has a moderate ankle sprain, we’re going to evaluate him on a week-to-week basis. [Kory] Lichtensteiger has a moderate calf strain, again, week-to-week. [Josh] Doctson went out to pregame warmup and could not push off the way he wanted to, his Achilles was too sore, so we’ve just got to continue to treat him and figure out the roots of the problem and try to get it fixed. DeSean Jackson aggravated his knee and ankle, came back and finished the game. And [Dashaun] Phillips has a hamstring strain. That is it.”

—Gruden said that the loss of a veteran leader like Hall was a big one. “It’s a lot. He’s a captain, you know? He’s coming along, playing a lot better and better at safety, so it’s pretty significant.”

—He tried to sell the 0-3 Browns as a big threat but he wasn’t very convincing. “It’s a tough opponent, very good coaching staff, and got a lot of work to do.”

—Kirk Cousins was pretty good according to the coach but they need to get touchdowns in the red zone. “We tried a quarterback draw one time and we missed the hole a little bit. Had a couple throws that were covered, just couldn’t get it done. Can’t put a finger on one person in that area. It’s not all on Kirk,”

—Going into it, Gruden was about as confident as a coach could be on the fake punt play in the third quarter. “We did it in practice and Tress Way has a great arm – very accurate. Coaching staff on the special teams side of it saw that it was a possibility. We practiced it. He caught it every time but the first day in the walkthrough.”

—A majority of those in the press box plus the TV broadcast crew all thought that David Bruton had made a spectacular interception when he ripped the ball away from Odell Beckham in the end zone. So did Gruden. “I’ve heard that everybody says it was an interception except for the replay guy. I don’t know what the rule is. We just have got to live by it. I thought his elbow was down, I thought his butt was down, I thought he had control of the ball.” Gruden admitted that, like most of us, he doesn’t know what a catch is.

—The Redskins aren’t thinking about cranking out another winning streak like the one late last year that got them into the playoffs. “Yeah, I think the only thing you can do is… the ultimate clich√© is take it one game at a time. That’s the only thing can do. You can’t look ahead.”

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Why all options are on the table for Redskins' offensive line

Why all options are on the table for Redskins' offensive line

Facing multiple injuries, all options on table for Redskins O-line, including Trent Williams at guard.

For the second year in a row Redskins left guard Shawn Lauvao got injured playing against the New York Giants in Week 3. Lauvao's injury, combined with an injury to center Kory Lichtensteiger, left the Washington offensive line in disrepair. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that both offensive linemen are now on a week to week basis, and it sounds quite possible neither player will go next week against Cleveland. The coach called both injuries "moderate" - ankle sprain for Lauvao and calf strain for Lichtensteiger. 

The injuries mean the 'Skins are likely to bring in new linemen, particularly at center. 

"We're going to have to," Gruden said when asked about new help for the line. 

Once Lauvao and Lichtensteiger were injured in the Giants game, Gruden was forced to try an interesting combination. Veteran left tackle Trent Williams slid down to guard and Ty Nsekhe took over for Williams at tackle.

Importantly for the 'Skins, the results weren't bad.  

"He's so good at tackle but he actually played pretty darn good at guard," Gruden said of Williams. 

"He's a great athlete, probably be a good center too," the coach joked. 

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But Williams playing more guard should not be laughed at. The Redskins showed some of their best run game of the season late in the win against New York with Williams lined up next to Nsekhe.

Further, the coaching staff has repeatedly talked about how much they like Nsekhe as a tackle but that there was no spot for him with Williams and Morgan Moses healthy. As unusual as it sounds, with Williams at guard allows Nsekhe to get on the field at tackle. 

The Redskins do have another option in house: Arie Kouandjio. In his second year out of Alabama, Kouandjio has the size needed to play guard, but he is yet to be active on gameday this season and has been considered more of a development project than a player that is ready to roll. 

If Kouandjio is ready, he can play left guard and Williams stays in his normal spot at left tackle, protecting Kirk Cousins' blind side. 

"We'll just have to evaluate that situation and see how it goes, see how Arie does at left guard," Gruden said. "Ty is an excellent player, there's no question about it, but to move your Pro Bowl left tackle out of the mix to guard is something that's a little unique and hard to do."

Scot McCloughan made some strong moves last season bringing in players as injuries impacted the Redskins. Looks like the GM will again have that opportunity, this time on the offensive line.