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Redskins Browns 2nd quarter

Redskins Browns 2nd quarter

8:46—This game is flying by in terms of game time vs. real time but in terms of entertainment value, well, not so much. Neither team has been able to put together much of a sustained drive and it's mostly poor offense—penalties, dropped passes, etc.—as opposed to solid defense of any sort. I'm not sure what Jim Zorn's game plan is all about when it means that when you have a drive humming along you throw in an end around to Fred Davis. I guess you want to keep them honest on those runs to the left, but how about giving it to someone with some actual speed.

6:16—Just like last week when the safety #21 of the Rams was shading to Moss' side of the field, #21 of the Browns, Brodney Pool, is doing the same thing.

5:31—It's OK that Portis is getting a rest, but why are you running Rock Cartwright wide on third and three? Maybe Zorn is setting some things up for the second half, but that was a good drive and since it seems that those are going to be few and far between today, I don't understand the extremely conservative call.

4:20—Illegal contact keeps a Cleveland drive alive. Again, neither team is actually earning much offensively. We're almost to halftime and neither team has a serious scoring threat.

3:32—Stallworth had a couple of steps on Smoot and Anderson flat overthrew him. Pressure may have had a little to do with it, but I chalk it up more as another blown chance by the offense.

2:30—There was a flutter of excitement on the 11th punt of the game as Moss lined up deep. He got the Redskins what I think is their best field position of the day with a return to the 33.

2:00—I don't like that at all. Taking the snap with 2:30 left, Portis picks up seven yards and the Redskins let the clock run down to the 2:00 warning. That's another 2-3 plays they are leaving on the table.

0:35—And it continues after Portis breaks off a long run and then they go to Moss on the slip screen. That's three plays in 2:00 of clock time. They finally use a timeout.

0:04—It looked like the worst thing that could happen did as Campbell lost six yards as he stumbled away from center with the Redskins having no timeouts. Before the clock could run down, though, the Browns were called for holding down Campbell, so the clock stopped on the penalty. Suisham will get a shot at a field goal. He missed it as it hit the upright. Horrible clock management.

Halftime
Redskins 0, Browns 0

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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. 

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

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

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

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

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.