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Redskins' Cofield says turnaround is within reach

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Redskins' Cofield says turnaround is within reach

A day after being named a team captain for the first time in his NFL career, Barry Cofield expressed confidence in the struggling Redskins as they prepare for the stretch run.

“We have to look at it like it’s a different season,” Cofield said, referring to last week's bye. “If we win out and fulfill all of our goals, no one will remember the beginning of the season.”

While “winning out,” as Cofield put it, might seem unlikely, the veteran nose tackle said that's got to be the Redskins’ mindset entering the season's final seven games.

The Redskins enter Sunday’s meeting with the Eagles in last place in the NFC East with a record of 3-6 overall and 0-1 in the division. The first-place Giants, however, are within striking distance at 6-3 and 2-2.

Cofield pointed to last year’s Super Bowl participants -- and their lackluster defenses -- as one reason his teammates should remain optimistic.

“The Giants and the Patriots were both low-ranked defenses that got hot at the right time and played well enough to make that run,” Cofield said, referring to the 2011 New York and New England units that ranked 27th and 31st, respectively. The Redskins currently rank 27th.

“We really feel like if we can put it together, with the way our offense is playing, we can win out,” Cofield added. “We really feel that we can and anything short of that will be disappointing.”

Cofield's confident comments came a day after he was elected a captain by his teammtes. The seven-year professional, who last served as a captain during his senior season at Northwestern, described his leadership style as lead-by-example.

“It means a lot, especially in the face of adversity,” he said. “We haven’t been our best on defense, but for people to see through that, see guys that are playing well and carrying themselves the right way, carrying themselves like leaders/captains, it’s a great feeling.”

“That ‘C’ on your jersey,” he continued, “That’s always something I’ve been envious of.”

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Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday

Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday

Redskins

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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