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Full Redskins injury report: No players ruled out, four are questionable

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Full Redskins injury report: No players ruled out, four are questionable

Injury report for Redskins vs. Saints

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Questionable (50% chance player will play)

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—Hall was limited in practice all week and he may be getting close but at cornerback, with the need to backpedal and cut, close with his sprained toe may not be good enough. But he seems to be determined to play, so we will see.

LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder/rib/abdomen)—If this was the NHL his injury would be described as “upper body” and in this case the meaning would be literal. In the last two weeks he has been out of practice or limited with injuries to his abdomen, ribs, shoulder, and neck. If he can’t go on Sunday, Will Compton will start in his place.

WR Andre Roberts (ankle)—Roberts has been limited in practice all week. He could be inactive on Sunday due to either the ankle or a coach’s decision. It is possible they keep Rashad Ross active as the fifth wide receiver and to return kickoffs and have Roberts inactive.

NT Terrance Knighton (migraine)—He has been free of symptoms of cluster headaches all week and has practiced fully every day. Barring a setback he should be good to go.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

CB Chris Culliver (knee)—Culliver was on a snap count against the Patriots. He started and played 51 snaps against the Patriots. His inflamed knee came out of it OK and he should be a full go.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—He was healthy enough to get on the field for 50 snaps against the Patriots but perhaps not healthy enough to produce at the level expected of him. He couldn’t outrun cornerbacks and that’s trouble for him. Jay Gruden indicated that he is getting his speed back. We will find out on Sunday.

CB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring)—Like Culliver, his snaps were limited against the Patriots. Breeland returned from a pulled hamstring he suffered late in the Redskins’ last game before the bye. He may not have been able to go if they had played after that Bucs game but he and Culliver essentially split one cornerback’s snaps. The second-year player was on the field for 32 of the 79 defensive plays. Breeland should be close to a full go against the Saints.

LB Ryan Kerrigan (hand)—Kerrigan played 73 snaps against the Patriots with his broken right hand in a light cast with padding. He muddled through, playing a little below his standards. With perhaps a smaller cast and a week under his belt to adjust, he should be closer to his normal self.

RB Chris Thompson (back)—The third-down back sustained a back contusion when he jumped up trying to reel in an errant pass against the Jets and laded flat on his back on the MetLife Stadium field turf. He couldn’t go against the Bucs but he got some extra back padding and played on a limited basis against the Patriots.

DE Jason Hatcher (Knee)—I detailed his program in a separate article last week. It seems certain he will play but his snaps could be limited.

Also probable are S Dashon Goldson (hamstring) and C Josh LeRibeus (shoulder).

Injured reserve

C Kory Lichtensteiger (Neck): He got through the Falcons game with what Gruden described as a “disc area” injury but he was worse for wear after doing so. After missing three straight games and with his timetable for return up in the air, the team decided to put him on injured reserve and sign veteran center Brian de la Puente.

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Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

RELATED: #RedskinsTalk podcast: Is Kirk too nice?

Will Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Finlay: The better question might be what constitutes the next step for Cousins? And going one step further, will it be with the Redskins? Answering the second part first, Cousins will be the 'Skins quarterback in 2017. Taking the next step is trickier, since the passer has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in the last two seasons.

For me, Cousins can still get much better, particularly in the red zone. If the Redskins scored at the same pace they pile up yards, this team would have won 11 games in 2016. 

In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it. 

Tandler: I don’t look at the next step for Cousins being about numbers. Sure, maybe he can throw for 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns on year. But being a top quarterback is more than that.

I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.

To be sure, he has led the team to some comeback wins and he has played very well in some key games, like the division-clinching win in Philadelphia in 2015. But a top-flight quarterback can’t essentially negate one of those with a play like the season-ending pick against the Giants. Sure, any quarterback is going to have an off day. But you have to have more pluses than minuses on the ledger.

Cousins has been a starter for just two years so maybe he can develop into a top-shelf quarterback. Putting up good stats is part of the picture but he won’t be there until he elevates and motivates those around him. Maybe he can take that next step but until he does there is no way of knowing if he will. 

More offseason questions: 

What are reasonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

— Can Cravens handle the transition to safety? 

— Will the Redskins re-sign Pierre Garçon? 

— Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back in 2017?

— Defense in the first round?

— Will they make a change at left guard?

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Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans. 

Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.

His rookie year, however, was a different matter.

The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.

A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.

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