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Will Montgomery receives accolades

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Will Montgomery receives accolades

Will Montgomery is one of the more unassuming players on the Redskins’ roster. Most days, in fact, he’s perfectly content to quietly slip in and out of the locker room as the cameras crowd around Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.

On Monday, though, Montgomery received some unexpected praise for his standout play when he was mentioned in Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column in Sports Illustrated. King named Montgomery, the Redskins' 29-year-old center, as the ‘Dr. Z Unsung Man in the Trenches of the Week.’

Indeed, Montgomery had a good week in the midst of a stellar season. According to ProFootballFocus.com, the former Centreville High and Virginia Tech standout is the second ranked center in the league behind John Sullivan of the Vikings. The website says Montgomery has allowed only one sack, one quarterback hit and three hurries.

Montgomery has also played every snap. 

“The center, thankfully, doesn’t have many one-on-one blocks,” Montgomery said when asked about the ranking. “And because we’re running the ball so much, we’re just pounding that rock and running play action passes. Those stats are great, I guess.”

What matters more to Montgomery, he said, is where the Redskins rank in rushing yards. Through 10 games, they’re second in the NFL – only five yards behind San Francisco’s total of 1,797.

“As O-linemen, the only stat we want to know about is how many yards rushing we had,” Montgomery said. “No. 46 helps with that. No. 10 helps with that. When we run the ball well, it sets up everything else we want to do during the game.”

Asked about his individual stats, he again credited Griffin and Morris with helping to make him look good.

Which, of course, was typical, humble Will Montgomery.

“Those guys get a lot of yards,” he said with a smile and a shrug. “You have to give them their props.”

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Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.

Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.

Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.

In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.

[MORE: JOSH NORMAN ON HIS CRUCIAL FOURTH-QUARTER PENALTY]

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Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins had a couple of chances to stop what would eventually turn into the Cardinals’ game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter. The first one came when they went for it on fourth and one at their own 34. It was a gutsy call by Arizona coach Bruce Arians and David Johnson make him look smart by popping off a 14-yard run.

The Cards earned that one. But it looked as though they got something of a gift a few plays later when Josh Norman was flagged holding receiver Larry Fitzgerald. It was a borderline call, granting Arizona a gift third and five conversion. Two plays later Carson Palmer went in for the kill, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson.

On the field, Norman seemed to be none too pleased with the penalty flag. He said after the game that he thinks that Fitzgerald may have stolen a flag.

“He [Fitzgerald] was within five yards. Larry is a wily vet,” said Norman. “I'd been doing it all game, kind of . . . He breaks out and I go for the ball and the flag got thrown. We'd like to see that not happen in that situation because there was some good position, some good leverage. And a flag came out.

“It is what it is. You can't blame a call on that, blame a call on this. It's whatever, man.”

Norman is right. The Redskins blew plenty of chances to take control of the game and the blame can be spread around on both sides of the ball. But the flag will loom large as the Redskins try to shake off this loss and get ready for the Eagles next week.

[MORE: ANGRY JAY GRUDEN SAYS REDSKINS 'NOT EVEN CLOSE' TO THINKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS]