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Torain could face old team

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Torain could face old team

The Redskins may or may not see a familiar face when they take on the Giants on Monday night.

The Giants were short at running back with Andre Brown out with a broken leg and so they signed Ryan Torain to a contract.

Torain was the Redskins’ leading rusher in 2010 with 742 yards on 164 carries. He was just 24 and, more importantly, he had only 15 NFL carries’ worth of wear and tear on his body when he came to the Redskins as a free agent. It looked like the Redskins were set at the position for the next few years.

But apparently Mike Shanahan didn’t think so. He drafted two running backs, Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster, in the 2011 draft and traded for Cardinals running back Tim Hightower just as training camp started.

Torain didn’t help himself by suffering a broken hand in non-contact work early in camp. That sidelined him for most of August and bolstered his reputation for being injury prone. By the time he was well enough to play, Hightower was established as the starter.

Torain got his first carries of the season in the Redskins’ fourth game of the season and he made the most of it as he picked up 135 yards on 19 carries. But even after Hightower was lost for the season with a knee injury, rookies Helu and Royster got most of the carries. Torain didn’t gain more than 22 yards rushing in a game the rest of the year and he was released just before the end of the season.

Torain’s phone didn’t ring as teams went through OTA’s, minicamps, and training camp. He finally landed with a team this week when the Giants tried him out and then signed him after Brown’s injury.

“I was kind of really surprised that he was on the street as long as he was,” said Mike Shanahan. “I think the one thing he’s going to look for, is a guy that can make people miss, a guy that can carry the football and he’s a great kid.”

Torain was confident that he would eventually get another chance. “[I] just had to be patient with it at home and stay focused,” he said.

He spent two seasons with Mike and Kyle Shanahan in Washington and spent his rookie year with Mike in Denver after he was a fifth-round pick of the Broncos in 2008 so he normally might be expected to provide some inside information on the Redskins’ offense to his new team.

However, the Redskins’ offense in 2012 has been so radically revamped to take advantage of the unique skills of Robert Griffin III that it bears only some resemblance to the scheme in which Torain worked.

“No,” said Torain when asked about the possibility of him giving tips on the Washington offense. “We all watch film. We all see what they can do.”

There is a distinct possibility that Torain will be watching the game from the sidelines. Brown played special teams for the Giants while Torain does not. Kregg Lumpkin, the other running back the Giants signed in the wake of Brown’s injury, does play teams. So, if they only keep three running backs active, the third back behind Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson is likely to be Lumpkin.

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Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move

First look at Redskins vs. Eagles

The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 493 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times. 

The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Mathews had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.

Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.

Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.

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When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

The Redskins best pass cacther did not play in a loss to the Cardinals, and it appears there is still no clear timeline for Jordan Reed's return to the field. 

"Jordan will be day-to-day," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "You know, we just have to wait and see."

Gruden issued the same statement on Reed last week, and the tight end proceeded to miss all Redskins practices for the week and was announced out for the Arizona game on Friday. Reed's injury came on Thanksgiving in Dallas when he separated his shoulder diving in the end zone for a Kirk Cousins' pass during the first half.

Incredibly, Reed returned in the second half and caught two touchdowns while playing in immense pain. Gruden and Cousins used words like 'stunned' and 'surprised' talking about Reed's return in the Dallas game, but looking forward to Philadelphia, it's hard to know what to expect from the tight end's shoulder.

"Everybody is different with these types of injuries and hopefully he is a fast healer but we’ll take him day-to-day, get him his treatment and go from there," the coach said. "I can’t predict it."

For the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games. Reed missed two games earlier this year after sustaining a concussion against the Ravens.

Without Reed in the lineup against the Cardinals, the Redskins offense dipped in production. Cousins threw for less than 300 yards for the first time in three games, though backup tight end Vernon Davis had five catches for 47 yards. 

If Reed practices Wednesday, even in a limited role, would be a good sign for the 'Skins tight end. 

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