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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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Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

It's never easy to say goodbye to a well-liked coworker, especially when that employee has been fired. In the NFL, that's no different. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden opened up about the departure of former GM Scot McCloughan while speaking with reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix.

"I was disappointed. I liked Scot. I liked working with Scot. He’s a good person, and a great talent evaluator," Gruden said.

The highly publicized demise of McCloughan as Redskins general manager made plenty of headlines, but as far the organization goes, Gruden believes the team is still in good shape.

"Any time you lose somebody that you become close with, whether it’s a coach or a GM or a player it's disappointing but at the end of the day in pro football, anybody that’s been around it long enough understands, change is going to happen and you have to react and adjust to it and move forward with a positive outlook," Gruden said.

Part of that positive outlook stems from moves the team has made this offseason.

Offensively the franchise brought in a big new weapon in receiver Terrelle Pryor. Paired with 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson, assuming he's healthy, the Redskins could have two dynamic pass catchers to offset the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. On the defensive line, Gruden thinks new players Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee can emerge as solid players with high upside. Further, Gruden made clear he thinks new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will make the players on the 'Skins roster into better defensive linemen.

For many fans it's hard to remain optimistic after the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster, but on the field, there's little reason to expect the 'Skins to slide.

In 2016, the team finished one game out of a playoff berth, losing a disappointing final game to the Giants to seal that fate. In 2017, Gruden expects to be right back in the playoff hunt.

"I think everybody in this organization has a positive outlook," Gruden said. "We are going to miss Scot, obviously, but we’re also positive that we can get things we need to get done to be successful."

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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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