Guard Snee practices, but questionable for Giants

Guard Snee practices, but questionable for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) One of the constants on the New York Giants offensive line over the last seven-plus seasons may be missing when they face the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Chris Snee practiced for the first time this week on Friday and his status for Sunday's game has been listed as questionable because of a sprained ankle.

The son-in-law of coach Tom Coughlin, Snee has missed starting only one game at right guard since 2005. That was last year when he was sidelined by a concussion.

``I'd love to be out there, but that's a decision we haven't made yet,'' Snee said after practicing on a limited basis on Friday. ``You can talk to the head guy.''

Coughlin said much will depend on how Snee feels on Sunday. He would not say who would replace Snee if he cannot to play, but the Giants (6-3) are flexible. The most likely scenario would have David Diehl move from right tackle to guard and replace him with Sean Locklear, who started the first eight games at either left or right tackle with injuries to Will Beatty and Diehl.

Snee rolled an ankle in the first quarter vs. Pittsburgh, but never left the loss. He said his ankle has improved since being hurt and said he will give an honest assessment of his condition on Sunday. Guard Kevin Boothe, for one, expects Snee to play.

``He probably needed a couple of days of rest,'' Boothe quipped, ``because he is getting up there in years and age.''

Center David Baas was joking with a member of the medical staff about Snee being a pain in the neck for the trainers, something Snee would not dispute.

``I just don't like to be in there, so maybe that's the reason why he says that,'' Snee said. ``I don't like to be out. I don't like to miss practice. I don't like to be in there. I don't like to miss things with my teammates, so that's probably why I'm not the happiest camper in there, which is a good thing.''

Under offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, the Giants have made all their linemen learn more than one position on the line.

Baas can play guard and center. The same for Boothe. Beatty and Locklear can play either tackle spot. Diehl is the most versatile. In his 10 seasons, he has started at both guard and tackle positions for entire seasons. Last year, when Beatty was hurt, he moved from left guard to left tackle.

``I don't think it's rare,'' Baas said. ``It's happening more and more now and it really helps with depth. That's good for our team that we have that.''

Baas added that knowing two positions helps the line to work together.

``I played many years at guard (in San Francisco) and thought the center had it easy,'' Baas said. ``When I started playing center it was a little eye-opening. It's good you get the different perspectives and the more positions you know, it just makes it that much better.''

Having started 110 of the last 111 games and being a member of two Super Bowl-champion teams, Snee can afford to miss a practice. And his teammates, when they get serious, realize his true value.

``You don't worry about him,'' Boothe said. ``I don't think anybody on the team is worried about him. He is as tough as they come.''

And as experienced.

``Missing a couple of reps is not the worst thing in my opinion,'' Snee said. ``I have been in this offense for nine years. I have a firm handle on it.''

And if he can't go?

``We roll however we have to roll,'' Baas said. ``I know he wants to be out there.''

The Giants received some good news on the injury front when middle linebacker Chase Blackburn practiced without restrictions Friday and was listed as probable. The Ohio native missed last week with a hamstring injury.

``It's going to be nice to go back to the great state and enjoy it a little bit and have the family there,'' Blackburn said. ``Hopefully, it will be a win that I can celebrate.''

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NOTES: The Giants listed safety Kenny Phillips (knee), linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) and cornerback Michael Coe (hamstring) as out for the game. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and linebacker Keith Rivers (calf) were also questionable. Defensive tackle Chris Canty (groin), receiver Hakeem Nicks, tight end Bear Pascoe (ankle), running back Andre Brown (shoulder) and Baas (ankle-elbow) were listed as probable. ... The Giants are 1-1 vs. the AFC North.

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True or False: Rob Kelley will be Redskins leading rusher

True or False: Rob Kelley will be Redskins leading rusher

Robert Kelley emerged as the Redskins top running back in 2016, an incredible story of an undrafted guy working his way to the top. Of course, Matt Jones' problems with fumbling helped push Kelley to the top. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden speaks highly of Kelley, particularly his fluidity and vision, but the team drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round this year to provide additional competition in the backfield.

Here's the crucial statement: Rob Kelley will lead the Redskins in rushing yards in 2017.

Finlay: True.

Kelley averaged 4.2 yards-per-carry last season and the Redskins ground game is very much centered on a "4 or more" philosophy. Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan joined the #RedskinsTalk podcast and explained that the team wants a runner it can count on for positive yards more than creating big plays. The Redskins offense, as designed by Gruden, sets up for big plays in the pass game, and the run should allow for proper use of play action. 

In just nine starts last year, Kelley gained more than 700 yards. Project that out over 16 games, and he would be over 1,000 yards rushing. Perine has much to learn about the NFL, and understanding pass protections will take time for the rookie out of Oklahoma. Chris Thompson will be a key part of the offense, but much of his yardage will come via the pass game. 

Kelley will lead this team in rush yards. He's looked great in OTAs and minicamp while the coaching staff believes Kelley is in much better shape this year than he was as a rookie. Write it down in pen. 

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For Redskins, will shorter term with full guarantees get a Cousins deal done?

For Redskins, will shorter term with full guarantees get a Cousins deal done?

The prevailing notion around the Redskins negotiations with Kirk Cousins on a long-term deal seem to center around a five-year contract, especially after the Raiders reached a five-year extension with Derek Carr, their young star quarterback. 

Much group think points to a similar deal between Cousins and the Redskins. If you're Cousins, however, why sign?

The Redskins passer has all the leverage in the situation. He's got $20 million in the bank from the 2016 season, and he's due $24 million this season on the franchise tag. All guaranteed. 

RELATED: What is the risk for Kirk Cousins in terms of a deal?

Washington team president Bruce Allen has repeatedly talked about team options for 2018. Those options would be a $28 million transition tag or another franchise tag at $34 million. Expensive options. Cousins has repeatedly talked about market value, and how he has little choice in what happens. 

One area Cousins has control: signing a multi-year contract. 

The longer this thing drags out, it seems more and more likely Cousins will play on the tag in 2017. While it might seem crazy, the Redskins have strongly suggested another tag is in play for 2018. 

That means Cousins would be in D.C. at least two more seasons. As Grant Paulsen reported, last offseason the Cousins camp was looking for a three-year deal with all guaranteed money, based on the 2016 franchise tag salary of about $20 million.

Could a similar, albeit more costly, deal get done now based on the 2017 franchise tag? Three years, $24 million per, all guaranteed?

Cousins knows, and has said, that the team can keep him at least two more seasons. The Redskins also know, should they use the transition tag to save some money, Cousins can walk with hardly any compensation next offseason. Is the organization brave enough to try a non-exclusive franchise tag in 2018? Cousins would likely be quick to sign a one-year deal at $34 million, and teams could wait for him to hit free agency in 2019.

The Redskins are low on options. Maybe less years makes more sense for Cousins, and maybe, just maybe, that can get a deal done. 

Washington might want a long-term deal, but after messing up this contract situation for two years, maybe now they should take what they can get. 

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