It seems like a lot of fans are going about predicting their 53-man rosters because Im getting a lot of questions (most of them on Twitter @Rich_Tandler) about the job security of Rex Grossman. I have him listed as one of my 37 locks to make the roster.Many out there view Grossman as expendable. They say that Mike Shanahan usually goes with two quarterbacks and that since Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins are the future at the position, why not go with a the future is now policy?That way the team could keep an extra running back like Alfred Morris or a fourth tight end like Logan Paulsen or one other player at another position.It all sounds good except that it probably isnt going to happen. Yes, Shanahan has historically gone with two QBs on his roster but not two rookie QBs. And even though RG3 may be the Next Big Thing in the NFL and Cousins might have exceptional football smarts it is hard to see Shanahan putting all of his eggs in a rookie quarterback basket.All that said, there are three preseason games and about a half a dozen practices to go before final cuts. If Grossman has more games where he goes 2-10 like he did against Buffalo and Cousins builds on what he has done, the two rookie QB scenario is not completely out of the question.Still unlikely, but not impossible.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 5, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 6; Panthers @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 19
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (possible concussion/stinger)
Postgame injury report
Redskins vs. Cardinals by the numbers
—Kirk Cousins passed for 271 yards. While compiling those yards he moved up six spots in the team’s record book for single season passing yardage. He passed four different quarterbacks in the process and passed Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann twice.
—Cousins also moved past Jason Campbell for sixth on the team’s career passing yards list.
—DeSean Jackson caught a 59-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was his 35th career reception of 50 yards or longer. Since he entered the league in 2008 no NFL player has more.
—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Carson Palmer in the second quarter, giving him 10 for the season. He now has his second career season with double-digit sacks; he had 13.5 in 2014.
—Trent Murphy recorded a third-quarter sack of Palmer; he now has eight sacks this season. He had a total of six in his first two NFL seasons.
—Dustin Hopkins kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the second-longest of his career. He hit a 54-yarder in Atlanta last season.
Tandler on Twitter
The #Redskins defense really had to stop just one guy. David Johnson had 175 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Didn't get it done.— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) December 5, 2016
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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.