The bye week helped the Redskins clear their minds. It also helped a couple of banged up starters – quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver Santana Moss, in particular – get healthy, too.
Griffin practiced on Monday feeling much better after taking a hard shot in the second quarter of last week’s loss to the Panthers from blitzing safety Haruki Nakamura. Griffin had a pain killing injection at halftime, according to Coach Mike Shanahan, and X-rays afterward revealed no breaks.
“He’s feeling pretty good,” Shanahan said after the practice, the team’s first on-field activity in a week. “I asked him the same question today and he said he’s feeling pretty good.”
Wide receiver Santana Moss, meantime, also participated, telling reporters afterward that he’s “cool.” Moss suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Carolina game and did not receive clearance to return.
“This is you all’s first time talking to me,” Moss said, referring of the week between player interview sessions. “But I walked out of here, the day of the game, just like this. So I’m cool.”
With Washington's loss to Arizona on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys have become the first team in the NFL to officially clinch a playoff spot.
That loss came after Dallas defeated Minnesota earlier in the week.
Dallas is 11-1. The Giants lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday to fall to 8-4. The Redskins are 6-5-1. The Eagles are 5-7.
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Redskins center Spencer Long left the Redskins game with a concussion and will not return for action against the Cardinals.
Long injured himself in the second quarter and was helped off the field by medical staff. Initially, his injury was called a shoulder issue and he was questionnable to return.
The initial report also said Long did not sustain a concussion.Then, the news came that Long was re-evaluated and determined to have suffered a concussion.
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With Long out, the Redskins turned to John Sullivan at center. Both while Long was playing and with Sullivan at center, the 'Skins O-line has struggled against Arizona, dealing with penalties and consistent pressure on QB Kirk Cousins.
In his third year out of Nebraska, Long was drafted to be a guard but converted to center once Kory Lichtensteiger got hurt earlier this season. Long's play has been steady and at times quite strong, a positive development for the franchise.