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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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Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

RELATED: #RedskinsTalk podcast: Is Kirk too nice?

Will Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Finlay: The better question might be what constitutes the next step for Cousins? And going one step further, will it be with the Redskins? Answering the second part first, Cousins will be the 'Skins quarterback in 2017. Taking the next step is trickier, since the passer has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in the last two seasons.

For me, Cousins can still get much better, particularly in the red zone. If the Redskins scored at the same pace they pile up yards, this team would have won 11 games in 2016. 

In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it. 

Tandler: I don’t look at the next step for Cousins being about numbers. Sure, maybe he can throw for 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns on year. But being a top quarterback is more than that.

I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.

To be sure, he has led the team to some comeback wins and he has played very well in some key games, like the division-clinching win in Philadelphia in 2015. But a top-flight quarterback can’t essentially negate one of those with a play like the season-ending pick against the Giants. Sure, any quarterback is going to have an off day. But you have to have more pluses than minuses on the ledger.

Cousins has been a starter for just two years so maybe he can develop into a top-shelf quarterback. Putting up good stats is part of the picture but he won’t be there until he elevates and motivates those around him. Maybe he can take that next step but until he does there is no way of knowing if he will. 

More offseason questions: 

What are reasonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

— Can Cravens handle the transition to safety? 

— Will the Redskins re-sign Pierre Garçon? 

— Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back in 2017?

— Defense in the first round?

— Will they make a change at left guard?

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Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans. 

Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.

His rookie year, however, was a different matter.

The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.

A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.

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