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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Rams

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Rams

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 40, the day the Washington Redskins host the St. Louis Rams.

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Rams

—Although Jordan Reed is listed as questionable, technically meaning that there is a 50-50 chance that he will play, I would say there is an 80 percent chance that he will suit up. Not only does his team need him given how thin the tight end situation is and that they already are missing one passing threat in DeSean Jackson, but he needs to play for the sake of his own reputation. If he is going to shake his well-deserved reputation for being, well, let's say it, soft, he needs to get out there. Reed may be hampered somewhat but he should be out there.

—The Rams’ defensive front is getting a lot of attention for the six sacks they got against the Seahawks. But Seattle did run against them some, picking up 125 yards on 32 carries. The Redskins probably need more rushing yards than that to have a chance and they will only accomplish that if they stick with the run.

—One reason the Rams got six sacks was that Russell Wilson dropped back to pass 47 times in a game that his team trailed by more than one score for just less than seven minutes. If Kirk Cousins drops back anywhere near 50 times the Redskins likely are doomed. He should keep it closer to the 32 he had against the Dolphins. If that happens it could be another game down to the wire.

—I think that the Redskins defender who has the best chance of getting multiple sacks is Jason Hatcher. He had a good game last week with a sack, four tackles, and a pass defensed. The veteran will line up against Rodger Saffold, one of the more experienced members on a young line. The best way to pressure Nick Foles is up the middle and Hatcher should have some success.

—Neither Joe Barry nor Jay Gruden was forthcoming with information on how the cornerbacks will line up with Bashaud Breeland back and Chris Culliver taking his place on the suspended list for a week. Justin Rogers, who was the nickel corner last week, also is out with a foot injury. I think we’ll see DeAngelo Hall and Breeland starting. In nickel situations it should be Breeland moving into the slot and David Amerson covering outside. The just-acquired Will Blackmon will come in in dime situations.

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Today’s schedule: Rams @ Redskins, 1 p.m., FedEx Field, FOX

Days until: Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 4; Eagles @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Falcons 21

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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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