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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 Playbook: Niles Paul forcing a fourth tight end roster spot?

Redskins Playbook: Niles Paul forcing a fourth tight end roster spot?

Redskins coaches appreciate Niles Paul. Not just for the immense physical skills, a 6-foot-1, 225 lb. college receiver turned NFL tight end and fullback. He works hard every day at practice, and demands the same from his teammates. 

Last season, Paul landed on the injured reserve after an injury in London during a Week 8 tie against the Bengals. Because of that, some speculation emerged that Paul could be the odd man out in the Redskins tight end group, behind Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and fighting with 2017 draft pick Jeremy Sprinkle, not to mention veteran Derek Carrier. 

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After two preseason games, it's clear Paul is ready to fight for that spot. Against Green Bay on Saturday night, Paul logged a touchdown catch and a fumble recovery on special teams, showing the versatility that makes him so valuable to Washington. 

For Paul, he's just happy to be back on the field. 

"I got my season cut in half last year. I just want to be back on the field by any means necessary. I've just been missing it. I've been missing football in my life," Paul said after the game (full video above).

Paul's acrobatic TD grab showed that he still has the explosiveness to help the offense, but his special teams play is what will keep him on the roster. It also helps that head coach Jay Gruden complimented Paul for an outstanding camp and work ethic. 

"His speed looks where it was before the injuries. I mean, I think he's had an outstanding training camp so far. He's done so many different things. And that's one of the toughest positions," Gruden said of Paul. 

The Redskins offense hasn't hit full cylinder yet, but Paul thinks the return of Jordan Reed will help. 

"We're missing a major piece and that's Jordan Reed," he said. "We got some fine tuning to do."

Considering Reed's injury history, and backup tight end Vernon Davis starting the season at 33, a healthy Paul is a luxury for the Redskins. He stands to make nearly $2.5 million this season, but he also brings versatility. Paul is happy to play fullback, a role that seems to be growing, as well as all over the field on special teams. 

Washington will absolutely keep Reed and Davis. With his play this preseason, Paul seems a sure thing too. And if the squad wants to keep their draft pick in Sprinkle, who has tremendous size and has shown promise, four tight ends on the 53-man roster looks like the future. 

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With Spencer Long on the shelf, could Redskins make a run at Nick Mangold?

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With Spencer Long on the shelf, could Redskins make a run at Nick Mangold?

News broke late Monday night that Redskins' center Spencer Long underwent a minor knee scope and is expected to miss two weeks. That timetable spells good news for Washington, as that would bring Long back to the team before the first regular season game against the Eagles on September 10th. 

In the meantime, expect rookie Chase Roullier to take over at center for the Redskins. A 6th round draft pick, Bruce Allen and the Washington brass moved up to select Roullier, and the young player out of Wyoming had a strong training camp. 

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"He’s done a great job, he really has. For a rookie to come in here and handle all the things he has to handle, it’s been very impressive," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Roullier in early August. 

Still, Jay Gruden has been very clear about the need for a backup center on the roster. Last season the team brought in veteran John Sullivan during the year to provide depth at the position after Kory Lichtensteiger went down with injury.  Sullivan ended up starting one game for Washington, and is now playing with the Rams. 

With Long on the mend, the only other center on the Redskins roster is Roullier. Ronald Patrick is listed with the more generic OL designation though he has played center too.

It seems likely the team will move quickly to add another center, and one name that will get suggested is Nick Mangold. An 11-year veteran that played his entire career with the Jets, Mangold has more experience than Long, Roullier and Patrick combined.

He's also played the position at a very high level. Twice named to the NFL's All Pro team, Mangold has made seven Pro Bowls, most recently in 2015.

It's not entirely clear why Mangold isn't on an NFL roster already. He worked out for the Ravens this offseason, though some reports suggested Mangold wanted more guaranteed money than was discussed. 

A quick look at his Twitter feed does not suggest a guy missing the NFL life. A big soccer fan, Mangold seems very dialed in to London's Tottenham Hotspur and the New York City Football Club. (Check his Twitter out here)

If the team truly believes Long should not miss any regular season action, Mangold is probably not a fit. At 33-years-old with an impressive resume, Mangold likely doesn't want to come back just to be a backup, and Gruden has repeatedly talked about Long's ability and potential in the middle of the line. Should Long suffer a setback, the equation could change. 

Other names are likely to pop up for tryouts, as the 'Skins must consider more interior line depth. Making a run at Mangold might be something fans want to do, though it might not make sense at this point.

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