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Need to Know: Kyle says he had 'zero involvement' in Redskins QB decision

Need to Know: Kyle says he had 'zero involvement' in Redskins QB decision

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 13, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Atlanta Falcons.

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Five notes and quotes from yesterday at Redskins Park:

1. Jordan Reed missed practice again with a concussion. He has already missed three games. It would be a shame for him to miss out on the live game snaps for what would be the last six games of the season but perhaps it’s time to put him on injured reserve. It’s 2013 and we now know that a persistent concussion like this certainly is something that you don’t want to mess with.

2. Mike Shanahan was asked if what happens at Redskins Park was impacted by what he sees on TV every night. “I don’t get a chance to watch TV during the season,” he said. That may be true, but don’t think for a second that he isn’t told virtually everything relevant that is said about the team in the media. He gets a report on it every morning from the PR staff. He may not have to wade through the commercials or click on the websites but he knows what the media buzz is.

3. Kyle Shanahan was asked if he had any input into the quarterback change. “I got zero involvement on that,” he said. “I actually game planned for both all Tuesday. It’s a little frustrating game planning for both, but I was told the final decision on Wednesday morning and been rolling with it.” I find it hard to believe that the father did not ask the son his opinion on a decision that would have such an impact on the son. Maybe Kyle didn’t have veto power over the decisions, but “zero involvement” is hard to swallow.

4. Here is another line I just don’t buy from Kyle. “Everybody’s responsible when a guy gets hit,” he said when asked if Robert Griffin III was largely responsible for him getting hit so much. “You can’t, I say this every week, but you can’t ever put a sack on just one guy. It’s not all on Robert. It’s not all on the O-line. It’s on everybody.” But putting a sack on one guy is exactly what coaches do when they grade film. If Polumbus misses a block and his man sacks the QB, it’s on Polumbus. If Griffin stands there in the pocket for 4.5 seconds, it’s on Griffin. If you don’t want to point the finger at one guy in public, fine. Just don’t think that your audience is naïve.

5. Jim Haslett doesn’t think any of his players have checked out but he said that he’s looking for signs and he’ll take action if he sees it. “Guys not hustling to the ball, guys not flying around, not doing what you’re supposed to do. I’ll promise you that, John, if that happens they’re not going to be playing the next week.”

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Stat of the day

—Jordan Reed is second on the team to Pierre Garçon in receptions with 46. If he is shut down for the rest of the season due to his concussion he will have missed the last six games but he likely will still finish the year as the team’s second-leading receiver. Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson are tied for third with 30 each. Hankerson is on injured reserve and Moss is unlikely to catch 16 more passes this year (he is averaging 2.3 per game).


—Days until: Redskins @ Falcons 2; Cowboys @ Redskins 9; Start of NFL free agency 88

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

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Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday

Final injury report: Three Redskins out for Sunday



C Spencer Long (concussion)—He missed the second half of the Cardinals game and has been in the concussion protocol this week. John Sullivan will start in his place.

S Will Blackmon (concussion)—Blackmon also has been in the concussion protocol and has not practiced all week. Donte Whitner and Duke Ihenacho will handle the safety position.

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


G Shawn Lauvao (groin)—It was a surprise to see him watching practice on Wednesday as no injury had been reported for him. But he came in for treatment and did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. If he can’t go, Arie Kouandjio will start at left guard.

OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Fortunately Trent Williams is back from his suspension; Nsekhe was the starter while he was out. If Nsekhe is out, Vinston Painter will be the swing backup tackle.

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—After missing last week’s game with a third-degree separation of the AC join in his left shoulder, Reed was able to practice on a limited basis this week. If range of motion is still an issue he could sit or play very limited snaps. If it’s a matter of pain tolerance he will be a full go.  

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

DE Chris Baker (ankle)—Baker missed some practice this week but he should be able to go against the Eagles although his level of effectiveness will bear watching.

Also questionable for the Redskins: DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), TE Derek Carrier (knee)



WR Jordan Matthews (ankle) and RB Ryan Matthews (knee) were full in practice all week and it seems likely that the Eagles’ leading receiver and rusher, respectively, will play on Sunday. Up in the air is the status of WR Dorial Green-Beckham (oblique), who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) will miss his third straight game. He had a rough start in his NFL debut against the Redskins in Week 6 but he remained the starter until getting injured in Week 11. Since then the Eagles have moved LG Alan Barbre to right tackle with Stefen Wisniewski going in at left guard.

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