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Full Redskins injury report: Two starters are questionable

Full Redskins injury report: Two starters are questionable

Injury report for Redskins vs. Giants

(Scroll down for updates to Giants injury report)

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Injured reserve

CB Chris Culliver (knee)—He was banged up some before suffering a season-ending injury to his right knee in practice on Thursday. Culliver was still dealing with an inflamed left knee that forced him to sit out three games earlier this season and he had an MRI to check out a shoulder injury earlier this week. Both the ACL and MCL in the right knee were torn when he went up for a pass during practice. It will be a long, hard road to recovery and it will not be surprising if that rehab extends through OTAs and minicamp next year.

Out

S Trenton Robinson (hamstring)He has missed practice all week and will miss his second consecutive game with the hamstring.

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder)—Robinson has missed the last two games with a variety of upper body injuries. His absence has left the Redskins thin at inside linebacker. Will Compton will start in his place if he can’t go.

CB Deshazor Everett (hamstring)—The reserve corner’s importance grew with the season-ending injury to Chris Culliver yesterday. He did not practice on Wednesday but has been able to go on a limited basis the last two days. If he needs to be inactive, Quinton Dunbar will dress for the game.

CB Bashaud Breeland (illness)—He was listed on the injury report this week with a hamstring injury but he was a full go in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Breeland missed practice on Friday with what Gruden said was a bit of a fever. It look like he will play on Sunday; if he doesn’t it would create some problems with Culliver out.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

NT Terrance Knighton (migraine)—He has been free of symptoms of cluster headaches since missing the Patriots game but he did miss a practice last week to go visit a specialist. Barring a setback he should be good to go.

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—Hall was full in practice all week and his injured toe seems to be coming around. He has only played 23 snaps on two games since returning but with Culliver out he needs to be ready for more extended action.

RB Alfred Morris (rib)—Morris played only three snaps against the Panthers before exiting when he aggravated a rib injury he suffered against the Saints. He bounced back, however, with full participation in practice all week. He should be able to handle a full load but we thought that last week, too.

LB Ryan Kerrigan (hand)—His right hand is still healing from a broken bone he suffered during the Redskins’ Week 7 game against the Bucs. He had the bye week to heal up and has had very close to his normal work load in the last three games.

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 and full in practice all week are DE Chris Baker (ankle/rib), C Josh LeRibeus (elbow/shoulder), WR Andre Roberts (ankle), S Jeron Johnson (illness) and G Brandon Scherff (thigh).

Giants injuries

Out

OG Justin Pugh (concussion)—The Giants’ starting left guard was out of the Patriots game with a concussion and he still has not been cleared to practice. John Jerry will start in his place.

TE Larry Donnell (neck)—He has done some damage against the Redskins but he has a neck injury and has not practiced all week. Will Tye will start in his place.

LB Mark Herzlich (quad)—Herzlich plays sparingly on defense and contributes on special teams. Update Sat. 11.28 2:10 p.m.: Herzlich has been upgraded to questionable

Doubtful

C Weston Richburg (ankle)—Richburg has been dealing with an ankle injury and he was limited in practice on Wednesday and out on Thursday. If he can’t go then Dallas Reynolds will take his place as the starting center. Update Sat. 11.28 2:10 p.m.: Richburg has been downgraded to out; he and Pugh did not make the trip to Washington.

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Need to Know: Redskins looking for consistency from Preston Smith

Need to Know: Redskins looking for consistency from Preston Smith

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 9, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Practice 12:05; Jay Gruden and news conference and open locker room after practice approx. 2:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 15; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 23

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), G Shawn Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot),
Thursday injury report

Around Redskins Park

—The Redskins’ third-down defense is the worst in the NFL in a long time. They are giving up first downs on 48 percent of opponents’ third downs. Since 2002 only one team, the 2011 Chargers, has been worse over the course of a full season. The Redskins have a chance to improve in the last four games of the season. Their remaining opponents rank 15th, 22nd, 26th, and 27th in converting third downs on offense. So, while the damage is done perhaps they can avoid historically bad territory.

—Perhaps one of the reasons why the Redskins haven’t done well on third down is because Preston Smith, a player they were counting on to generate pass pressure and rack up sacks, isn't getting that done. He has 3.5 sacks on the year, two of them coming into one game. What are they looking for out of Smith? “Consistency is the truest measure of performance,” said defensive coordinator Joe Barry. “You have got to show up every single week . . . Preston is giving great effort, he’s trying. He just has got to show up in the statistic column.”

—Barry was candid in admitting that they were taken by surprise when the Cardinals snapped the ball on the fourth and one play from their own 34 in the fourth quarter. “I think everyone was a little shocked that the ball actually was snapped and they ran a play, but that’s football,” Barry said. The center’s hand is on the ball, ball is ready, the ball can be snapped, we have got to be ready to execute.” Should the season go south from here that play will be remembered as the turning point.

—Although whether or not the season goes south will largely be dependent on the play of Kirk Cousins, he doesn’t think about the pressure. “I just go about my business. I think you take it one game at a time, that’s the best way to manage it, and just enjoy the process,” he said. “We’ll see where we are in a few weeks but I can’t play the game today, I can’t play next week’s game today. All I can do today is prepare and go to practice and have a great practice, and I thought today I had a great practice and that’s a good step.”

—Jay Gruden wants to see the defense improve in two specific areas in addition to third downs. “Turnovers the last couple of weeks and red zone,” he said. “Those are three big time areas of concern . . . We’ve been lacking in all three of those categories of late.” They have had just one takeaway in their last three games and in their last five games teams have punched it into the end zone on 14 of 17 red zone opportunities (82.3%).

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Redskins injury report: Three return but still plenty of question marks

Redskins injury report: Three return but still plenty of question marks

The Redskins’ injury report is looking a little better today, three days away from their game against the Eagles. 

DE Chris Baker (ankle), CB Will Blackmon (concussion), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), C Spencer Long (concussion) didn't practice today. That is a substantial reduction of the number of players who were out of practice on Wednesday.

Going from out yesterday to limited participants today were S Donte Whitner (illness), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), and DE Anthony Lanier (leg).

Also limited were TE Derek Carrier (knee), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and OLB Preston Smith (groin).

A player moving from out of practice to limited is no guarantee that he will be able to participate come Sunday but it’s a step in the right direction.

On area of concern is the offensive line. Three players who started against the Cardinals have not practiced this week. One was Nsekhe and he already was headed to the bench after the return of Trent Williams from suspension.

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According to Jay Gruden, the line will have enough bodies even if Long, Nsekhe, and Lauvao are out. Second year guard Arie Kouandjio would start at guard and John Sullivan, who finished up after Long left the game on Sunday, would be the starting center. They could activate Kory Lichtensteiger from injured reserve to back up guard and center and Vinston Painter would be the backup tackle.

It appears that Reed is making progress from the AC joint separation he suffered in his left shoulder on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.

“He looked good out there today,” said Gruden. “He’s still a little sore. Right now I have absolutely no idea (if he will play).”