Before you get overly concerned here, lets make it clear that we are not going to discuss every power ranking that comes out and how fair and reasonable (or unfair and unreasonable) the ranking might be. We could hire someone to do that fulltime from now through the end of the season and even then it would be hard to keep up.But we are going to talk about Pro Football Talk ranking the Redskins 24th in their power poll in part because they are our corporate cousins but also because their reasoning is pretty, well, reasonable.They talk about the strength at linebacker and at tight end and their challenges with the offensive line and at safety. I have to question the designation of the defensive line as an area of weakness, although they do note that Jarvis Jenkins could help considerably and that Barry Cofield might improve after learning nose tackle on the fly in 2011.On the bottom line, they say this:Defining success for the Redskins this season isnt easy. They could be better across the board this season and still wind up with a similar record than they had last year because they play in a deep NFC East.Ive been thinking that 8-8 will be a good record for them and PFT agrees. Obviously that would put them closer to the middle of the pack than to 24th but its hard to argue that the team that owned a 5-11 mark last year and has a rookie quarterback and some other question marks should be ranked much higher at the start of the season.What are your thoughts? Based on what we know right now, should the Redskins be ranked higher? Lower? About right?
While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, has been cleared to return to practice, but he still has some hurdles to clear before being declared ready for game action.
During his Monday news conference Gruden said that Reed, who has missed the last two games with a concussion diagnosed two days after the team’s game against the Ravens on October 9, would practice with the team when preparations resumed on Monday.
However, that doesn’t mean that he will play on Sunday, when the Redskins face the Bengals in London. Reed still has to clear the concussion protocol and his participation in a game is subject to the approval of an independent neurologist.
Reed did participate in practice on a limited basis last Wednesday. But he was held out Thursday and Friday and was declared out for the game on the injury report.
So while the news that he will practice is encouraging as far as his chances of playing against Cincinnati it very much remains to be seen if it will happen.