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Need to Know: Kerrigan won't take this shot at the playoffs for granted

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Need to Know: Kerrigan won't take this shot at the playoffs for granted

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 5, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football.

Kerrigan not taking playoff possibilities for granted

In Ryan Kerrigan’s second year in the NFL, the Redskins went 10-6 and won the NFC East title. Kerrigan figured that playoff trips would be a regular event and that something bigger could be in their near future.

“After 2012 I was thinking, alright, next year we’ll be going deeper in the playoffs, probably going to the Super Bowl. I just thought it would happen because that’s how it’s going to happen,” said Kerrigan. “That’s far from the case.”

Indeed it has been. Over the next two seasons the Redskins won a total of seven games and they generally were out of playoff contention by the time Thanksgiving rolled around.

But this year is different. The Redskins are square in the middle of the postseason hunt as we head into December, tied for the division lead with an edge over the Giants. Kerrigan knows not to take it for granted.

“You definitely appreciate it a little more,” said Kerrigan. I think when you have veteran guys who have experienced both the playoffs and losing, they don’t take it for granted. You see them working harder, doing extra practice and making sure we stay in this position.”

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:55; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and player availability after practice approx. 1:30.

Days until: Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Bears 8; Bills @ Redskins 15

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.

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Jordan Reed ruled out for Redskins vs. Cardinals; Vernon Davis set for start

Jordan Reed ruled out for Redskins vs. Cardinals; Vernon Davis set for start

After separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has officially been ruled out for the Redskins game in Arizona. 

Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Reed doesn't have sufficient range of motion to play against the Cardinals but remains hopeful he'll be healthy for the following game against the Eagles. Reed estimated that range was at about 30 percent Monday.

The decision to sit Reed against the Cardinals comes with little surprise. The 'Skins star tight end did not practice all week, even after having a few extra days to rest after the game last Thursday.

Playing without Reed is obviously a blow to the Washington offense, but No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis has been a strong development for Gruden's team this year. Thursday, Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said that while losing Reed is a blow to the unit, the team can run almost all of the same plays and sets with Davis that they can with Reed. 

"Fortunately you’re in a situation where you feel really good about your tight end in Vernon Davis where he’s playing at an extremely high level in both phases in the run and in the pass game," McVay said.

As good as Davis has been, he's not the dynamic threat Reed presents. In the second half against Dallas — while playing with the injured shoulder — Reed hauled in two touchdowns and played arguably the best football of his career.

On the season Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion.

Davis has played in all 11 games this season and has 31 catches for 450 yards and two TDs. 

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