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Shanahan familiar with Eagles' Foles


Shanahan familiar with Eagles' Foles

Although it appears the Eagles won't have concussed quarterback Michael Vick on Sunday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said his team will prepare for both Vick and rookie backup Nick Foles.

“Obviously you have to get ready for both,” Shanahan said after Monday’s practice at Redskins Park. “We’re not sure what the situation is. We’ll kind of wait and see there. With the concussion that he had, I don’t think you’re really sure.”

A few hours after Shanahan addressed the local media in Ashburn, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a source informed him Foles will indeed be under center at FedEx Field. The Philadelphia Inquirer, meantime, reported that Andy Reid emphasized the severity of Vick’s concussion but had yet to rule the veteran out.

“Whoever you think the starter may be, you’ll have a game plan [for him]," Shanahan added. “For a guy like Mike, you got to have a second game plan."

With Vick ailing, Foles is expected to get the first-team snaps in practice Wednesday.

Vick was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys in the second quarter after absorbing a pair of crushing blows. He was replaced by Foles, who was 22 of 32 for 219 yards plus a touchdown and an interception in the Eagles’ 38-23 loss. The defeat was Philadelphia’s fifth in a row, the longest drought in Reid’s 14-season tenure.

Fans have clamored for Foles to replace Vick in recent weeks as the 32-year-old veteran stumbled. Vick has 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season and, in the Eagles’ first six games, lost five fumbles.

As the Redskins install their game plan, they certainly are more familiar with Vick. But Shanahan has some first-person familiarity with Foles, too, having coached the 23-year-old at the Senior Bowl in January.

“He’s big, very strong, got great arm strength,” Shanahan said of Foles, a 6 foot 6, 243-pound out of Arizona. “Looks like he reads defenses very easily and can make all the throws.” 

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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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