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The numbers say that the 2016 Redskins were among the teams hit hardest by injuries

The numbers say that the 2016 Redskins were among the teams hit hardest by injuries

Redskins fans who thought that the 2016 team had an excessive amount of bad fortune on the injury front now have some hard numbers to back up their point of view.

The numbers crunchers at Football Outsiders have a metric called Adjusted Games Lost (AGL). It includes players who missed games due to injuries and weighing the raw number based on whether the player was a starter or a reserve. They also factor in the diminished capacity of a player who is on the injury report but plays anyway.

Per this measurement, the Redskins AGL in 2016 was 101.5. Only four other teams lost more games than Washington. That makes two years in a row where the Redskins were in the bottom five in terms of AGL. In 2015 their AGL was 119.1, 31st in the league.

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As one might guess, the offense was much healthier than the defense. The offense had 27.6 AGL, 10th in the league. The defensive AGL was 68.9. Only the Bears had worse injury luck on that side of the ball.

Kedric Golston, the starter at nose tackle, missed the last 14 games after suffering a torn hamstring. An ACL had DeAngelo Hall on injured reserve for the final 13 games. And whether you count Junior Galette as a starter or as a reserve, he went down as missing 16 games after tearing his Achilles just prior to the start of training camp.

I’ve always thought that the connection between how many injuries a team suffers and the program conducted by that team’s strength and conditioning coach is tenuous at best. There was no way, for example, that a strength coach could have prevented Hall from tearing his ACL in MetLife Stadium. An injury like that is just bad luck.

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But apparently the team thought something was wrong with the way that Mike Clark was doing things. On the same day that they decided to let Joe Barry go, they showed Clark the door as well.

They promoted Chad Englehart as the strength and conditioning coach. That may seem to be an odd move if they were unhappy with Clark since he was Clark’s assistant. But Englehart has been on the staff for seven years and perhaps the belief is that he has seen enough of both the right way and the wrong way of doing things to come up with an effective program.

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Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.

TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.

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Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.

There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.