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Full Redskins injury report: Riley out, six are questionable

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Full Redskins injury report: Riley out, six are questionable

Injury report for Redskins vs. Cowboys

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Waived/injured

S Trenton Robinson (hamstring)He was able to get out on the practice field earlier this week but he tweaked the hamstring again and the team decided to put him on the shelf. He could revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Out

ILB Perry Riley (foot)—For the second straight Thursday the Redskins suffered a devastating practice injury. A week after losing Chris Culliver for the season they lost Riley for at least a few weeks and perhaps the remainder of the regular season. He suffered a stress fracture in his right foot. After surgery to insert a pin he will be out for three to six weeks. Mason Foster is likely to start in his place, given the shaky injury status of Keenan Robinson (see below).

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

TE Derek Carrier (ankle/Achilles)—He went out early in the Giants game with what Gruden described as both a high ankle sprain and an Achilles injury. It won’t be surprising if he misses another week or two. Je’Ron Hamm will be active in his place. It’s possible that Tom Compton and Ty Nsekhe will get some snaps at tight end.

LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder)—Robinson has missed the last three games with a variety of upper body injuries. His possible absence and the loss of Riley could force the Redskins to sign an inside linebacker. Mason Foster could start in Robinson’s place even if he is active.

CB Deshazor Everett (hamstring)—He was out of the Giants game and he watched Quinton Dunbar have quite a game playing snaps that could have been his. If he is ready to go after being limited in practice all week he could be active in place of either Dunbar if he can’t play or Deshaun Phillips.

CB Quinton Dunbar (finger)—He suffered a nasty finger dislocation in the third quarter against the Giants. Gruden said that he expects him to play, saying “it’s a finger”. Assuming the trainers are confident in their ability to protect the finger he should be good to go.

WR Andre Roberts (knee)—He played against the Giants but he showed up on the injury report with an inflamed knee. Rashad Ross could be active in his place.

RB Chris Thompson—Thompson suffered a sprained AC joint during the Giants game and was limited in practice.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

S Dahson Goldson (wrist/hamstring/knee)—Goldson has been limited in practice all week to give him a break from what appear to be some nagging, mounting injuries.

Also listed as probable are S Dashon Goldson, DE Jason Hatcher (knee), DE Chris Baker (illness), C Josh LeRibeus (elbow/shoulder), CB Will Blackmon (shoulder hip), DB DeAngelo Hall (toe), NT Terrance Knighton (cluster headaches).

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Comparing Redskins training camp with the New England Patriots

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Comparing Redskins training camp with the New England Patriots

After a poor first preseason showing and some questions about the physicality of Redskins training camp, JP Finlay talks with Patriots Insider Phil Perry from CSN New England to discuss the differences between Washington's camp and how they run things in New England.

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

Few Redskins players draw more heated fan reaction than Ryan Grant. In three seasons with Washington, Grant has never missed a game, but he also hasn't produced much. His career stats: 39 catches for 412 yards and two touchdowns. 

Regardless, Jay Gruden and the Redskins coaching staff appreciates Grant in a way few fans understand. Grant is able to back up both the slot and outside receivers, and knows the roles of all the players.

"He’s really strong, he’s in great shape, and he’s Mr. Consistent," Gruden said of Grant. "Everything we ask him to do he does, and he does it right."

When Jamison Crowder missed time in Richmond with a hamstring strain, Grant stepped into Crowder's slot role. When Josh Doctson hurt his hamstring and missed time, Grant stepped into his role on the outside of the offense.

Throughout camp, Grant has displayed good hands and an adept knowledge of the offense. 

"No matter where he lines up, no matter what we ask him to do, he can come in the core and block the safety, whatever we want him to do, he can run whatever route from whatever positon and he runs at the right depth, perfect angles coming out of them," Gruden said. "He’s just ‘Steady Eddie,’ and that’s why I like him. I like consistent, smart players and that’s what Ryan is."

Against the Ravens in the Redskins first preseason game, Grant hung on to a tough catch over the middle to give the team one of very few offensive sparks. The problem for fans as it relates to Grant has not been preseason play. It's been inconsistent play in regular season games. 

Gruden believes that could change this year.

"I think people may be surprised with how many balls Ryan Grant might catch. Either way, could happen, I don’t know. I can’t foresee the future there, but I would be just fine with Ryan Grant being the target of a lot of balls."

To state the obvious: Grant is definitely making the roster. Behind Terrelle Pyror, Crowder and Doctson, Grant is the Redskins fourth wideout and one of the few players on the roster that is interchangeable among the Washington receiver positions. 

Grant's career best season came in 2015 when he caught 23 balls for 268 yards and two TDs. Based on his preseason, it seems Grant could surpass those totals in 2017. Much of his early season work has been a result of injuries to Doctson and Crowder, but make no mistake, Grant has been impressive in practice. 

Will it translate to the real games? The opprotunity seems only likely to arise if the Redskins deal with injuries at the receiver spot. 

Last year, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards, but DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon accounted for more than 2,000 of those yards. Doctson, Crowder and certainly Pryor are likely to be the major recepients of Cousins' aerial prowess. Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson accounted for another 1,618 yards last year.

Keep in mind, this is the last year of Grant's rookie contract. If there was ever a time to show in games what coaches have long seen and loved in practice, this would be the year. It seems only an injury would give him a major opportunity. If the situation came to pass, Gruden would have faith in Grant. 

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