Injuries are often cited by both coaches and fans as a reason for the Redskins 5-11 record in 2011. According to statistics compiled by the folks at Football Outsiders, that excuse holds water to an extent but there are some major leaks in it.FO calculates a metric called adjusted games lost (AGL), which weighs injuries to key starters more heavily than it does games missed by reserves. The game missed by the backup guard does not count the same as the loss of the starting quarterback.The Redskins adjusted games lost was 67.5. That was 20th in the NFL, meaning that 19 teams had better injury luck than they did and 12 had worse luck. So, the Redskins were more banged up than the average team.However, looking further down the list we see that the Giants AGL was 78.3 and the won the division and the Super Bowl. The Patriots made it to the title game despite losing 97.5 games, third-worst in the league.This does some damage to the old adage that the teams that has the fewest injuries has a better chance of winning it all. It appears that the teams who can best handle the inevitable injuries from a 16-game season also have a good shot at the title.The Ravens were the NFLs healthiest team with just 18.8 AGL and the Eagles were right behind them at 21.9. The Rams were the second-most injured team since FO started calculating the metric in 2002 with 110.0 AGL.The Eagles finished 8-8 despite ranking second in AGL with 21.9. Dallas also went 8-8 as they were slightly more healthy than the Redskins with 62.5 AGL.
TAMPA — The Redskins did not bring the entire team to Tampa for their preseason game tonight.
A total of 26 players, most of the team’s starters and top reserves, stayed back in Washington.
They were not going to play in the game, which was rescheduled from tomorrow to tonight.
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Here are the players who did not make the trip:
- 8 QB Kirk Cousins
- 11 WR DeSean Jackson
- 20 CB Greg Toler
- 23 S DeAngelo Hall
- 24 CB Josh Norman
- 25 RB Chris Thompson
- 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
- 30 S David Bruton Jr.
- 31 RB Matt Jones
- 51 LB Will Compton
- 54 LB Mason Foster
- 61 G Spencer Long
- 64 NT Kedric Golston
- 71 T Trent Williams
- 73 DE Ziggy Hood
- 75 G Brandon Scherff
- 76 T Morgan Moses
- 77 G Shawn Lauvao
- 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
- 80 WR Jamison Crowder
- 85 TE Vernon Davis
- 86 TE Jordan Reed
- 88 WR Pierre Garçon
- 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
- 92 DE Chris Baker
- 94 LB Preston Smith
None of the names on the list is particularly surprising with the possible exception of Hood.
He has likely earned a roster spot but his inclusion in the group getting the night off was not expected. We will keep an eye on his situation as we move towards Week 1.
The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off Week 4 of the NFL preseason with a rainsoaked matchup on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
The game was moved up a day early because of incliment weather and early updates indicate the game is still on, for now.
CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries.
5:30 p.m. — The official kickoff time is set for 8:00 p.m. The radar in Tampa Bay doesn't look to good just two hours out.
Alright be safe my CSN CREW and all involved tonight. pic.twitter.com/dwXVcIafoI— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) August 31, 2016
5:40 p.m. — Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld is getting the start for the Redskins tonight. Having played his college career in Big Ten country, 'a little rain' isn't a concern.
6:10 p.m. — Oh the joys of television ... and cannons. CSNMA Insider JP Finlay still has some things to get used to.
6:20 p.m. — The game is still on as planned, although the torrential downpour in Tampa could potentially force game officials to end the game at the half.
6:40 p.m. — The final preseason game is, for many teams, the final audition for fringe players. As such, 26 Redskins players did not make the trip to Tampa. Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon are just few of the stars who will be watching the Buccaneers' game on TV.
7:20 p.m. — Weather update: THERE IS A LOT OF RAIN.
TAMPA - It's no secret that bad weather is hitting Tampa this week. In fact, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game from Thursday night to Wednesday night in an effort to get in front of the pending tropical weather. While the schedule change may help the teams avoid the nastiest parts of the storm, plenty of bad weather has already moved into Tampa.
From CSN photographer Mitch Tischler live at Raymond James Stadium:
A different view - looking over Tampa Bay:
As of 1 p.m., there are no plans in place to cancel the game, and some of the football operations people involved believe that the game will be fine as the bands of rain space out. Lightning and flooding could lead to a cancellation, however, either before the game or once the action stars.