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Game Blog vs. Eagles First Quarter

Game Blog vs. Eagles First Quarter

You can reach Rich Tandler by email at WarpathInsiders@comcast.net
It just comes down to taking care of business now. The Giants did last night, the Steelers, Panthers, and Bucs did today. If the Redskins belong in the playoffs, they’ll win today.

Whenever I see a potential interception go through a defensive back’s hands, as it did with Shawn Springs right before Akers’ field goal, I remember the old adage that if a DB has good hands, he probably would be a wide receiver.

All of a sudden after that fumbled punt the Redskins are getting a lot more physical. First Portis fights through the line and pops for a first down and then he moves the pile for three.

When will the opposition start covering Mike Sellers in the Red Zone? Not that we particularly want them to or anything, but it really is amazing how open he is on such a consistent basis. He’s not a secret any more.

The Eagles are doing well passing on first down, and they’re running pretty well right up the middle. They can’t execute on third down, though, and that’s helping the Redskins through a rather rocky defensive start.

That’s twice on this drive on third down that McMahon has been able to step up in the pocket and throw for a first down. That set up the touchdown pass to Brown on first down.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

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

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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