Here is a look at whose stock is rising and which players have falling stock after the Redskins 24-17 loss to the Falcons.UPAlfred Morrisgained 115 yards on 18 carries, making textbook cuts through the hole time after time. Morris joined Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (Rams, 1983) as the only rookies to gain 75 yards or more in each of his teams first five games of the season.DOWN Before the game it was announced that Josh Morgan would start inLeonard Hankersonsplace. Hankerson played just nine snaps with one reception for three yards and one rushing attempt for two yards.UPRyan KerriganHis pick of a Matt Ryan screen pass would have been the headline had Griffin not been injured. The play put both Kerrigans smarts and athletic ability on display. The return touchdown was the Redskins third of the year, the most they have had in a season since 1999.DOWN It is apparent from what Josh Wilson said thatReed Doughtyshould have been providing helpon Julio Jones fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave the Falcons their first lead of the game.UP Sure the Falcons blew the coverage onSantana Moss77-yard touchdown reception but he still had to catch the pass and finish the play. That was his first catch of the day. He caught another one for three yards later in the game, giving him 500 for his Redskins career. Moss joins Charley Taylor, Art Monk, and Gary Clark as the only four Redskins in the 500 club.DOWNPierre Garonwas either showing rust from missing almost all of three games with a foot injury or he just had a bad day. The big-money free agent receiver was targeted seven times but he caught just three for 24 yards. He was saved from an embarrassing fumble by a close replay review but he still should have caught the ball, one of a couple of drops on the day.UPLondon Fletcherwas in on 20 tackles and played a solid overall game.DOWNBilly Cundiffmissing a 31-yard field goal was bad enough. Butthen saying it didnt really matter?
Even when things are going well in Dallas it seems like controversy is never too far away. The latest stems from wide receiver Dez Bryant injuring his right knee during last Sunday's victory over the Bears.
News of the severity of the injury did not emerge until Wednesday, when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed Bryant suffered a hairline fracture where his tibia bone hits the knee.
Why the wait? Reports from Dallas show that Bryant missed his scheduled MRI on Tuesday and the tests could not be held until Wednesday. Bryant also missed team meetings on Tuesday.
Due to missing the meetings and MRI Tuesday, Bryant has been fined an undisclosed amount, per the reports.
The injury comes at a tough time for the Cowboys as the offense has moved the ball well with rookie QB Dak Prescott.
Dallas has won two games in a row after a narrow loss to the Giants to open the year. In three games, Bryant has 150 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Against Washington in Week 2, Bryant went for more than 100 yards receiving. Late in that game, the Redskins began to shadow Bryant with Josh Norman.
After making a late call to put Josh Doctson on the inactive list last week against the Giants, the Redskins are preparing to play without the rookie receiver on Sunday unless his Achilles injury dramatically improves. The team is practicing with Rashad Ross as the fifth wideout for Cleveland, a source told CSN.
"It was actually last minute. It was 11:30 a.m.," Gruden said of taking Doctson off the active list in New York and replacing him with Ross.
"He just didn’t feel comfortable, couldn’t push off the way he wanted to so we had to make that last minute switch."
Gruden explained the team has lingering concerns about Doctson's availability as he continues to battle an Achilles injury. The rookie did not practice Wednesday, and the coach said he will not practice again Thursday, though he added the injury could stretch much longer.
"It could be a possibility or a time that we put him down for a couple more weeks or a couple more days like we’re taking him off today, probably set him down tomorrow, see if that helps him a little bit," Gruden said. "This is new to everybody I think and the key is to get him healthy like you say. We are not trying to rush him."
Doctson has been active for two of the Redskins three games, and has two catches for 66 yards. He did show some of his ability on a long completion from Kirk Cousins against Dallas, though largely, Doctson and the Redskins have been frustrated by the injury.
"I am concerned. We’ve had all of the tests and there is really nothing there that we should be concerned about from a long-term problem, it’s just he is dealing with some pain," Gruden said. "We don’t know why it is but we have to try and figure out what it is and get it fixed."
For Washington, Ross likely will return kicks against Cleveland if Doctson is down. Active for the first time in New York, Ross had not practiced in that role throughout the week, and Chris Thompson and Will Blackmon shared the kick returning duties. With the Redskins preparing to play Ross, it means he can get the work returning kicks this week in advance of the Browns game. It also helps alleviate some of the workload from Blackmon, who will now be starting at free safety after DeAngelo Hall tore his ACL in New York.