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Need to Know: Trent Williams says 'I feel fine', expects to play

Need to Know: Trent Williams says 'I feel fine', expects to play

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 5, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Five notes from around Redskins Park:

1. Maurice Hurt moved from the PUP list to injured reserve with, according to Mike Shanahan, no specific injury. “I don’t think he really has one [injury] in particular but you’ve got activate somebody or deactivate somebody and we decided to go in that direction.” He had arthroscopic surgery on his knee during OTAs, started camp on the PUP list, and has been there ever since. Hurt, who started eight games at left guard as a rookie in 2011, has a year left on his contract and he presumably will be back to compete for a job in 2014.

2. For much of the season, the Redskins’ injury report was not much to look at. Many weeks there were perhaps a few players who were limited in practice but the list has rarely been long and the injures haven’t been very serious. The Wednesday list was eight names long with four starters—OT Trent Williams (foot), S Brandon Meriweather (chest), S Reed Doughty (concussion/shoulder), and TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—being held out.

3. Williams was reportedly in a walking boot yesterday but it was gone today. “I feel fine,” he said. “I had a bone bruise.” When asked if he would be able to play he said, “I think so.” Williams has not missed a start in the last two seasons.

4. Robert Griffin III said that he hopes to be able to work on some aspects of his game during the last four contests this season. But the goal remains the same as it has all year. “We still approach it the way we normally do – try to win the game,” said Griffin. “As a player, coaches can only coach so much. You have to be able to look at yourself and be hard on yourself, too. Those are the things that I’m probably not going to share but those are the things that I try to focus on myself to just get better each week.”

5. I asked Shanahan if there has been any common thread running through the pass protection issues the team has had lately. Griffin has been sacked 19 times in the last four games. His answer was expectedly vague. “You know if it’s the offensive line, you know if it’s the quarterback, you know if it’s the running back, that’s what you do,” he said. “So in an area if you do have five sacks or you do have four sacks you’re saying, ‘Hey, where did those sacks occur? Do we have to get rid of the ball quicker? Is the offensive lineman? Is it the left tackle, the guard, the center, did they miss an assignment?’”

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Stat of the day

—If Alfred Morris rushes for four yards on Sunday, he will become the sixth Redskin to gain 1,000 yards or more for two consecutive seasons (John Riggins and Clinton Portis each accomplished the feat twice). He will be the first Redskin to do it in his first two years in the league.  

Timeline

—Redskins Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk was born on this date in 1957

—Days until: Chiefs @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Falcons 10; Cowboys @ Redskins 17

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

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Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move

First look at Redskins vs. Eagles

The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 4923 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times. 

The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Matthew had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.

Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.

Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.

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When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

The Redskins best pass cacther did not play in a loss to the Cardinals, and it appears there is still no clear timeline for Jordan Reed's return to the field. 

"Jordan will be day-to-day," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "You know, we just have to wait and see."

Gruden issued the same statement on Reed last week, and the tight end proceeded to miss all Redskins practices for the week and was announced out for the Arizona game on Friday. Reed's injury came on Thanksgiving in Dallas when he separated his shoulder diving in the end zone for a Kirk Cousins' pass during the first half.

Incredibly, Reed returned in the second half and caught two touchdowns while playing in immense pain. Gruden and Cousins used words like 'stunned' and 'surprised' talking about Reed's return in the Dallas game, but looking forward to Philadelphia, it's hard to know what to expect from the tight end's shoulder.

"Everybody is different with these types of injuries and hopefully he is a fast healer but we’ll take him day-to-day, get him his treatment and go from there," the coach said. "I can’t predict it."

For the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games. Reed missed two games earlier this year after sustaining a concussion against the Ravens.

Without Reed in the lineup against the Cardinals, the Redskins offense dipped in production. Cousins threw for less than 300 yards for the first time in three games, though backup tight end Vernon Davis had five catches for 47 yards. 

If Reed practices Wednesday, even in a limited role, would be a good sign for the 'Skins tight end. 

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