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Need to Know: Cofield wants to see 'turbo' Meriweather

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Need to Know: Cofield wants to see 'turbo' Meriweather

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 13, two days before the Redskins play the Packers at Lambeau Field.

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1. Yesterday I looked at how some quarterbacks who suffered late-season ACL injuries fared early in their comebacks. It is interesting to note that running back Adrian Peterson took a while to get rolling in his comeback from a Christmas Eve 2011 ACL tear. He had just one 100-yard performance in the first six games of the season. But in their seventh game go went for 153 against the Cardinals and had just one sub-100 yard game the rest of the way.

2. A lot of TV viewers saw Robert Griffin III and the Redskins struggle through their season opener against the Eagles. The telecast set a record for an first-week Monday night game on ESPN with an 11.9 rating

3. Here’s what Barry Cofield had to say about Brandon Meriweather, who should be able to play for the first time this year on Sunday.

That game he played last year, it was like he had a star in Mario Brothers. He was running through everything, he was invincible. He was in turbo speed and we were all regular people. So if he can give us half of that, that'll be great. He's going to be hungry, he's a smart guy, he's been in meetings the whole time. If he can get out there and get healthy and get his confidence back I think he'll help make us a better defense.

4. DeAngelo Hall was fined $20,000 for his horse collar tackle of DeSean Jackson on Monday. That’s a pretty good chunk of money but it pales in comparison to the $65,750 he was fined last year for a horse collar ($20,000), a late hit ($5,750), and getting in a dispute with a referee ($30,000). However, his 2013 fine is coming out of a significantly slimmer paycheck. Last year Hall’s salary was $7 million but after being released in a cap move he came back for about $2.25 million. He’ll still be able to manage to get by but I’m sure his accountant is recommending that he try to avoid getting hit for more fines as the year goes on.

5. How much did the early hole the Redskins got into against the Eagles affect their game plan? A lot, according to Kyle Shanahan:

No, we really never got to do our game plan, to tell you the truth. We had some stuff in there early, but it wasn’t just that that we didn’t get to do, we didn’t get to do about 90 percent of our game plan. It turned into a two-minute drill pretty fast. In the first half, we wanted to set some things up, which is kind of what we always do in our offense, but when you can’t get a first down, we really weren’t able to set anything up, and we didn’t want to just come out and just run it to run it.


Stat of the day
—The Packers are a homegrown operation. Of the 53 players on their roster, 50 have never played a down for another NFL team. Of those players, 33 were drafted by the Packers and they signed nine as undrafted free agents.
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Timeline

—Redskins LB Darryl Tapp was born on this day in 1984

—Days until: Redskins @ Packers 2; Lions @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Raiders 16

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan press conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:30)

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
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QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.

OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot. 

WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.

OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.

ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.

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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.