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RT's 5: Is Haslett looking over his shoulder?

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RT's 5: Is Haslett looking over his shoulder?

Refreshed and recharged from a week on North Carolinas Outer Banks, here are my three things possibly related to the Redskins and other matters.5. I was asked on Twitter yesterday for my pick for a surprise player to make the 53-man roster. My response was running back Alfred Morris. Although its usually not a huge surprise when a sixth-round draft pick makes the squad its far from a given, especially since the Redskins have three backs who are at least semi established in Roy Helu, Tim Hightower, and Evan Royster. With Mike Sellers gone, Darryl Young is the only fullback on the roster. The last two years the fullback has played only about a third of the snaps, making it hard to justify keeping a second fullback on the roster. If Morris can play fullback and contribute on special teams he will have a good shot at making the 53.4. Ill have an article later this morning on rumors that the Redskins are interested in trading for Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib, who faces trail on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon later this month. A debate on the wisdom of trading for players who have been in trouble with the law popped up on Twitter on Sunday morning. Some pointed out that not all players are honor roll boy scouts and that the Redskins locker room is strong enough to handle a talented but troubled player like Talib. My opinion is that if only two or three percent of NFL players get into trouble so why not limit your pool of players to the 97 to 97 percent who are solid citizens. In addition, some of your home-grown players are going to find trouble as Fred Davis and Trent Williams did last year. Why import trouble when the chances are its going to find you anyway?3. I wonder if Jim Haslett will spend some time this year looking over his shoulder at Raheem Morris. Although Morris may not be cut out to be a head coach, at least not at his age (hes two years younger than London Fletcher), he is a strong defensive coordinator candidate. According to reports, the Vikings offered him their defensive coordinator position a day after he took the defensive backs position job with the Redskins. If the Redskins defense again fails to generate turnovers and is generally mediocre in 2012 it would not be a shock to see Haslett get the axe and see Morris get the job.2. Good stuff on Jarvis Jenkins by my man Ben Standig over the weekend. The Redskins didnt have a second-round pick in this years draft but Jenkins could fill the void. All indications are that he is all the way back from the torn ACL that forced him to spend his rookie season on injured reserve.1. You will note on the Days until countdown below that we have ticked under 100 days until the Redskins opener at New Orleans. Thats not right around the corner or anything but the NFL debut of Robert Griffin III is creeping closer and closer. After next weeks minicamp things will go into deep freeze until training camp starts on about July 26 (that date is unofficial, the full camp schedule should be released sometime in the next few weeks). However, that doesnt mean that the Redskins coverage here will go into hibernation. My new colleague Tarik El-Bashir will be on board by the end of this month and we will fill up this space with previews and analysis every day. Check out this site multiple times every day to stay informed.Days until: Minicamp 8; training camp 52; preseason opener @ Bills 66; Redskins @ Saints 97; home opener vs. Bengals 111Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.

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Redskins injury report: Three return but still plenty of question marks

Redskins injury report: Three return but still plenty of question marks

The Redskins’ injury report is looking a little better today, three days away from their game against the Eagles. 

DE Chris Baker (ankle), CB Will Blackmon (concussion), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), C Spencer Long (concussion) didn't practice today. That is a substantial reduction of the number of players who were out of practice on Wednesday.

Going from out yesterday to limited participants today were S Donte Whitner (illness), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), and DE Anthony Lanier (leg).

Also limited were TE Derek Carrier (knee), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and OLB Preston Smith (groin).

A player moving from out of practice to limited is no guarantee that he will be able to participate come Sunday but it’s a step in the right direction.

On area of concern is the offensive line. Three players who started against the Cardinals have not practiced this week. One was Nsekhe and he already was headed to the bench after the return of Trent Williams from suspension.

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According to Jay Gruden, the line will have enough bodies even if Long, Nsekhe, and Lauvao are out. Second year guard Arie Kouandjio would start at guard and John Sullivan, who finished up after Long left the game on Sunday, would be the starting center. They could activate Kory Lichtensteiger from injured reserve to back up guard and center and Vinston Painter would be the backup tackle.

It appears that Reed is making progress from the AC joint separation he suffered in his left shoulder on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.

“He looked good out there today,” said Gruden. “He’s still a little sore. Right now I have absolutely no idea (if he will play).”

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Jay Gruden won't commit but Jordan Reed 'confident' he will play vs Eagles

Jay Gruden won't commit but Jordan Reed 'confident' he will play vs Eagles

After missing the Redskins 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a left shoulder injury, tight end Jordan Reed sounds like he will return this Sunday in Philadelphia. 

"I feel confident," Reed said of playing against the Eagles. 

The injury came in the first half against the Cowboys on Thanskgiving Day. Reed went up high to try and grab a Kirk Cousins' pass in the end zone. The ball fell incomplete, and Reed landed hard on his shoulder. The diagnosis was bad: an AC joint sprain. Even with that, Reed returned in the second half against the Cowboys and caught two touchdowns.

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Last week, Reed did not practice once and the team ruled their star tight end out for the Cardinals game on Friday. This week, facing a division foe in the Eagles, Reed said he's feeling much better and the range of motion in the shoulder has improved significantly.

"Today I just felt a lot better. It's painful but something I can deal with," Reed said. "I'm pretty good with range of motion, I almost got all my range of motion back."

While Reed is still fighting through a lot of pain, he practiced on Thursday in a limited role. Going through practice while the media was present, Reed looked athletic and fluid going through drills, but also seemed to show discomfort in between reps. 

"He looked good today, but we'll see," Washington coach Jay Gruden said of his tight end. 

The coach did not express the same confidence that Reed would play Sunday as the 'Skins look to halt a two-game skid. 

"I have absolutely no idea," Gruden said. "But it is good to see him out here running and catching the ball."

Faith plays an important role for Reed, just as it did coming back from a concussion earlier this year. Reed proved his willingness to play through pain when he returned for the second half in Dallas.

"It's definitely some worries," Reed said about pushing through the pain. "I just leave it in God's hands and I just go out there and do my job."

He's made clear that the shoulder is still hurting him, but that he is willing to fight through that to be on the field with his teammates.

"We can't predict that or guess how he actually feels come game time," Gruden said of Reed. "Ultimately, it will be his call."

On the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns. 

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