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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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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 

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Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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