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In his "what the Redskins have to be Thankful for" piece in today's Times, Jody Foldesy manages to spin the spate of injuries the team has suffered into a positive thing:
4. Law of averages
There's no way Washington expected this many major injuries. Heck, Napoleon probably didn't figure on this many boo-boos as he marched into Russia.
Among the Redskins lost for extended periods were their leader on the offensive line, top pass-rusher, kicker, right defensive end, strong safety and projected middle linebacker. Now the right guard is on the shelf and a rookie tackle will face Pittsburgh's top-ranked defense.
Assuming the breaks balance out in 2005, the Redskins are in line for a much-deserved stretch of good health. At least they hope.
An interesting take, although one that is logically flawed. Luck is what it is and just because we're now sitting at the end of a spate of bad luck doesn't necessarily mean that a good one is about to follow. Even if you've rolled snake eyes three times in a row, the odds of you doing it a four time are still 1 in 36.
Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.
Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.
It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.
The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.
Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.
Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.
Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:
Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.
Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?
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