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Need to Know: Redskins playing without a full deck

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Need to Know: Redskins playing without a full deck

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 1, seven days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans.

Redskins short handed but have enough to get by

According to the NFL, the Redskins have 90 players on their roster. But truth be told they are working with fewer than that.

The dropped from officially having 90 to having 89 yesterday when the put running back Tristan Davis on the Exempt/Left Squad list. Davis went to the coaches yesterday and informed them that his heart was no longer in the game of football and that he was leaving camp. The roster designation removes him and his salary from the books but the Redskins do maintain his rights should he have a change of heart and want to return to the game.

They got back up to an official 90-man roster with the signing of Nick Barnett on Wednesday. But they are still operating under the limit.

Counting towards the 90-player limit but not participating in camp are Adam Carriker and Maurice Hurt. Both of them are on the PUP list. Either player could come off of it at any time but Carriker appears to be a long way from being cleared to participate. He just had a third surgery in an attempt to fix the quad muscle he injured in a game last September. Carriker may be back this season but not at any point during training camp.

Hurt had a procedure done on his knee during OTAs and is still recovering from that. Mike Shanahan said on Wednesday that there was no timetable for Hurt’s return, that it could be a few days or a few weeks.

“Anytime you have surgery, you don’t want to push that knee too hard until he’s ready to play. But we’ve got a lot of players, we have some depth,” he said. “We watched him play over the last couple of years so we know what he can do. So I want to make sure that he’s healthy before we put him in any game-type situation.”

Keenan Robinson is probably headed for injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder. But he is currently on the roster pending an evaluation of the injury by Dr. James Andrews. That will take place when he performs the surgery next week.

So subtracting the “long term” injured players brings the Redskins down to 86 players. Take away DeAngelo Hall, who is not practicing after spraining his ankle in practice on Monday, and Donte Stallworth, who has been out with a hamstring strain all week, and you’re down to 84 players available to practice.

Even though they are a little short, things are working out fine for the Redskins because the players who are out play different positions. Davis’ departure still left the Redskins with six running backs and two fullbacks. There are still 11 wide receivers who can line up while Stallworth gets better. Hall’s absence actually may help at cornerback as it will give top draft pick David Amerson some work with the first team.

They have numbers at inside linebacker as the signing of Barnett means that they have six players to back up London Fletcher and Perry Riley.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

10:00—Walkthrough practice, players available to media coming off the field

After walkthrough (approx. 11:30)—News conference with player TBA

3:20—Full practice, players available to media coming off the field

5:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

Note: There is some inclement weather forecast for Thursday. In general, rain will not cancel a practice session but the presence of lightning will. Check here or on Redskins.com for the latest updates.

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Days until: Redskins @ Titans preseason opener 7; Preseason Monday night vs. Steelers 18; Redskins @ Packers 45

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus.