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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Doctson, Galette injuries, roster cuts

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Doctson, Galette injuries, roster cuts

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 12, 21 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.


The Redskins last played a game 223 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 29 days.

Today’s schedule: Practice 1:30 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 7
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 36
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 43

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and relevant topics on CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com this week.

Stock up-stock down after 8 days of Redskins camp—As camp goes on, the market tends to stabilize some. Of the six players listed as up or down in this post that went up six days ago, I would change the status of only one. That would be Nate Sudfeld, who had a few good days last week only to stumble and again look like Sudfeld has looked most of his time here, hesitant and inaccurate.

Doctson leaves practice early with hamstring injury—The injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as initially feared, although we really don’t know how serious it was until he gets back on the field. Doctson was overheard asking for his chiropractor to see him. That may be an odd request but he believes his health problems last year stemmed from his body being misaligned. It certainly can’t hurt.

5 observations from Redskins' empty loss to Ravens—I didn’t just make them ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, and ugly but I could have. Still, there is no point in overreacting to the game, either.

Redskins will have to wait longer to see Galette—The absence of Junior Galette from the lineup against the Ravens ended up being no big deal, considering how little the Redskins’ front-line players were on the field. I suspect that if this had been a regular-season game Galette would have taken extraordinary measures to try to take the field and may have played through pain. But for the preseason opener, the prescription is rest.  

Redskins will face tough decisions on roster cuts—Roster decisions have ripple effects. The Redskins may well want to keep four tight ends. But that roster spot will have to come from somewhere else in the zero-sum game that is NFL roster management. Go one short of the norm at running back? Risk going thin on the O-line? Or maybe go unbalanced and take a spot away from the defense? It all must be sorted out by three weeks from today.

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.

Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections. 

With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college. 

Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game. 


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Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit


Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit

NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.

That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:


At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:

If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues. 

New York will surely update his status once they find out more.

UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.

The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief: