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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

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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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Redskins 2017 position outlook: Defensive line

Redskins 2017 position outlook: Defensive line

With the season opener fast approaching, it’s time to put the Redskins’ depth chart under the microscope. Over the coming days, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Defensive line

Starters: Jonathan Allen, Stacy McGee, Phil Taylor
Other roster locks: Terrell McClain, Ziggy Hood, Anthony Lanier
On the bubble: Matt Ioannidis, A.J. Francis, Joey Mbu

How the defensive line compares:

To the 2016 Redskins: The addition of Allen is a boost but the losses of Chris Baker (free agent) and Ricky Jean Francois (released) can’t be overlooked. Second-year players Lanier and Ioannidis should improve and Hood will be a rotational player instead of a starter, a role better suited to his ability. Andi new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will get the most out of them. The key to improvement will be McClain and McGee. If the two free agents live up to their contracts the line should be better than it was last year. If not, they will struggle again. Slightly better

To the rest of the NFL: But let’s not mistake an improved Redskins D-line for one of the better units in the league. While it’s tough to compare a 3-4 line to a 4-3 front, it still would be quite a leap for the Redskins to move from the bottom of the pack to the lower middle. Tomsula inherited a multi-year rebuild; one draft pick and a couple of free agents are not going to transform the line into a force. Bottom third

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2017 outlook

Biggest upside: Since I used his name in conjunction with that of Dave Butz above, that has to be Allen. He has both the physical ability and the mental makeup to be a very, very good one.

Most to prove: Nearly every player on the line has something to prove but only Phil Taylor has been out of football for the last two years. He has worked his way up from a brief retirement to a futures contract with the Redskins to a roster long shot to a probable starter. But he still only has 21 preseason snaps under his belt and he has a long way to go before he reestablishes himself as a legitimate NFL player.

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Rookie watch: The only rookie with a realistic shot at making the roster is Allen. His Nick Saban-Alabama background has him well prepared to handle the scrutiny that comes with being a top draft pick and the expectations that come with playing in a place like Washington.

Bottom line: The best-case scenario here is that Taylor anchors the line in the middle, Allen’s learning curve is short, Lanier contributes six sacks in a nickel role, and the rest of the players make up a good rotation. Anything more would be a big bonus. Anything less would be back to being one of the worst defenses against the run.

Quote-unquote

Jay Gruden on Phil Taylor:

Well, I’ll tell you, I was in Cincinnati for three years when he was at Cleveland and I know what a force he can be at nose. He was tough to deal with, he really was. We had him for a workout, and I didn’t even know he was on the streets. His knee looked better. He was in good shape. He had a whole offseason and did some good things. I think his body is finally back to where he feels really good. He’s moving around, he’s active, he’s strong, so I like where he is right now. He’s just got to continue to maintain it.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Long's injury gives Redskins' backup center Roullier an opportunity

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Long's injury gives Redskins' backup center Roullier an opportunity

Let’s be clear here.

The Redskins’ loss of center Spencer Long for two weeks due to a knee injury is not a good development.

Long is going into his second year as the starter and he still has a lot to learn. Although he should be back for the games that count, he could have benefitted from the 30 or so snaps he would have taken against the Bengals in the team’s third preseason game this Sunday.

Also, the Redskins’ offensive line has struggled this preseason, especially when blocking for the run.

Another half with the full starting unit playing together would have helped them work on those problems. The third preseason game is supposed to be a dress rehearsal and it’s tough to have one of those if you don’t have all your lead actors.

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However, in the NFL one’s player’s bad fortune can be an opportunity for another. Chase Roullier was a sixth-round pick of the Redskins. With Kory Lichtensteiger retired and John Sullivan departed to Rams, Roullier became the backup center by default. While many expected the Redskins to make a move for a veteran backup center, they have kept Roullier running with the second-team offense through OTAs, minicamp, training camp, and the first two preseason games.

He was a bit shaky against the Ravens in the first preseason game but he was solid against the Packers on Saturday. It should be noted that Roullier will be facing the Bengals’ defensive starters on Saturday, not backups and players whose names will soon appear on the waiver wire as he was in the first two games.

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The competition that Roullier will face, however, is one of the upsides here. If the Redskins need their backup center during the season, their opponent is not going to pull its starter and line up a reserve player against him. He will be facing starters. The Redskins organization should have a pretty good idea of what they have in Roullier after a half against the Bengals’ front-line players.

Again, it would be better if Long was there for the line to work on its game. But the Redskins will have a chance to make the best of a bad situation by finding out if they are set at backup center or if they will need to pull the trigger on finding a veteran option.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year.

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