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Royster changes number, hopes to start Sunday

Royster changes number, hopes to start Sunday

Evan Royster missed the Redskins third exhibition game because of swelling in his right knee. A week later, he was pulled in the first half of the teams preseason finale after experiencing numbness in his arms.

On Monday, however, Royster participated fully in practice and said he hopes to be tapped by Coach Mike Shanahan as the starting tailback for the regular season opener in New Orleans five days from now.

Royster is listed ahead of Roy Helu Jr. and Alfred Morris on the teams unofficial depth chart.

Everything is good, Royster said of the ailments. They dont even make me go in the training room anymore. Everything is cleared up.

Royster described the neck injury as scary but ultimately minor in nature.

It was a little weird, he said. I was pass-blocking and somebody jumped and landed on top of my head. I felt numbness and tingling go down both my arms. The Redskins training staff told me, Youre done. Dont even risk it.

Nothing ever came of it, he added. Im fine.

Now, he just hopes his number his new one, that is gets called when the starters are announced Sunday at the Superdome. Royster ditched No. 35 for No. 22, the jersey number he wore at Penn State. (No. 22 was vacated by cornerback Kevin Barnes when he was traded to Detroit last week.)

I just didnt like 35, the 24-year-old Fairfax native explained. I told them if a number in the 20s opens up, pencil me in. It just so happens this is the number I wore in college.

Royster said Shanahan hasnt told the running backs which of them will get the nod against the Saints.

Sunday, Royter chuckled when asked when he expects to find out. I have no idea. Its hard to tell. Im just practicing like Im going to start.

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Redskins inactives vs. Lions: Despite shoulder injury, DeSean Jackson will play

Redskins inactives vs. Lions: Despite shoulder injury, DeSean Jackson will play

DETROIT—Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson, who was listed as questionable for today’s game with a shoulder injury, will be active against the Lions.

As expected, Jordan Reed, who is recovering from a concussion, is inactive for the second straight game. The star tight end remains in the NFL concussion protocol.

However, rookie linebacker Su’a Cravens is active after missing two straight games with a concussion. Cravens was able to practice in full on Thursday and Friday and he was not listed on the injury report for the game.


In addition to Reed, the Redskins’ inactives are:

  • QB Nate Sudfeld
  • OL Vinston Painter
  • WR Rashad Ross
  • DL Anthony Lanier
  • CB Dashaun Phillips
  • S Josh Evans


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Redskins vs. Lions Live Updates: Scores, stats, analysis, highlights

Redskins vs. Lions Live Updates: Scores, stats, analysis, highlights

The Redskins are in Detroit in hopes of extending their win streak to five games as they take on the Lions in Week 7.

The Redskins (4-2) bounced back from an 0-2 start to win four consecutive games, and face a Lions (3-3) team that has won two straight, behind strong performances from quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receivers Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.

The Week 7 game between the Lions and Redfskins kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

Before the game begins, tune into "Redskins Kickoff" at noon, only on CSN. (Channel Finder)

CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live updates of the game, with stats, highlights and analysis.

As always, this page will serve as your gamethread. Wanna comment on the game? Mad at the game plan/ Leave a comment below and itneract.

Week 7 Redskins vs. Lions Live Updates:


1:56 p.m. - Brandon Scherff has left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. According to our JP Finlay, he's questionable to return. 

1:42 p.m. - Lions strike first on a 43-yard field goal to make it 3-0 early in the second quarter. 

1:40 p.m. - A tough stat for Jones. 


1:35 p.m. - So far there's been a missed field goal by the Lions, followed by a fumble recovered for a touchback by Matt Jones. Will the Redskins change running backs? 

1:25 p.m. - Well, this game is off to an interesting start. Matt Stafford found Golden Tate on a third and long, but did so in, uh, unique fashion. 


12:39 p.m. — Michigan State fans apparently wanted to get a glimpse of their favorite son. The school ran a promotion for students, faculty and alumni to get discounted tickets to see Kirk Cousins's homecoming. 

12:27 p.m. - In his first NFL start in his home state of Michigan, Kirk Cousins was sure to see more than a few familiar faces. And sure enough, it seems the entire Cousins clan has come out in full force to support the Redskins' quarterback. 

12:21 p.m. - Well, well, a familiar face in the DMV is in the house at Ford Field.  Former Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, now apart of the Lions coaching staff, looked on during pregame warmup before his team faced the Redskins. Edsall's official title with Detroit is "Director of Football Research-Special Projects."

12:10 p.m. - "Gotta support the team."

11:55 a.m - Do you know who is starting at RB for the Lions? I ask because even I'm not sure.

/looks on Google/

Dwayne Washington. Never heard of him. 

11:45 a.m. - What you need to know: The Lions and Redskins both love to chuck the pigskin. But the game could be decided by the run game. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are out for the Lions. Matt Jones and Robert Kelley are healthy and need to make a difference when calle dupon for the Redskins. The two teams may not run it a lot, but when they do, the backs need to capitalize

11:35 a.m. - The Redskins inactive list is in: Jordan Reed is OUT, but DeSean Jackson and Su'a Cravens are ACTIVE. That is good news.

11: 25 a.m. - It's a homecoming of sorts for Kirk Cousins. The Michigan native is back in town, and a host of Cousins' family is at Fordf Field to watch him play.

That photo was taken by CSNMA videographer Mitch Tischler. You can follow Mitch on Twitter if you want. Entirely up to you. 

11:15 a.m. - Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live coverage of the Week 7 tilt between the Redskins and Lions. You can follow me on Twitter, @TroyMachir.  Be sure to follow Redskins Insiders JP FInlay and Rich Tandler, who are in Detroit, Mich. for the game. Be sure to follow our CSN Redskins account for vines, .GIFs and in-game analysis.