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Redskins Browns 4th quarter

Redskins Browns 4th quarter

14:55—Another promising drive ends on some odd play calling as Alexander gets a carry up the middle on second and 10. There still is no rhythm to the play calling and so the Browns still are very much in the game. A nice Plackemeier punt, though, has the Browns pinned near the five. A three and out could mean a drive that's too short to screw up.

14:30—After an Edwards drop and a Lewis run, it's third and about six. A stop to keep the Browns in the hole would be huge. They need a timeout to think about it as the play clock was about to hit zero.

13:49—They get the stop and Cleveland will be punting from the end zone. After Randle El calls a fair catch, the Redskins have the ball just inside Brown territory. Not quite what I had in mind as a drive too short to screw up, but close. The Redskins can wrap this up with a touchdown.

12:50—All of the runs wide have made an absolute non-factor out of Shaun Rogers. He's standing with hands on hips after every play now, just a useless tub of goo.

Moss is a waterbug on grass. Another 360 leaves another defender grasping for air and this time he gets into the end zone.

Moss 18 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 14, Browns 3

Three plays, 49 yards. Just what the doctor ordered for this offense. Now Suisham has to keep his kickoff in bounds.

12:19—Actually, it would have been better if he had bone out as the kickoff was returned to the 44. There was a nice hit at the 20 but the returner stayed on his feet and almost broke it all the way.

10:00—Braylon Edwards is extremely hard to take down if he catches the ball with a full head of steam. He's dropped a few with some room to run, but he caught that one for a Cleveland first down near the 30.

7:30—The screen against the blitz worked perfectly and the Browns are knocking on the door at the one.

6:30—London Fletcher makes two nice stops to make it third and goal at the three. If nothing else, this is forcing the Browns to burn more time to score.

5:53—Fourth and goal, Browns going for it. Pass broken up, the Redskins hold. Demetric Evans bats it down.

5:36—Portis coughs up the ball, and Cleveland recovers, but Zorn will challenge whether or not the Brows got the ball back inbounds.

5:36—It looks like a recovery and that's what the review says. Tough break after a 24-yard run had nearly wrapped it up for the Redskins. It's up to the defense to do it again. Nothing is coming easy this year, nothing.

It took them a long time, thanks to the defense, but the Browns get it in on fourth and one. The Browns will go for two.

Cribbs 1 pass from Anderson (Edwards pass from Anderson)
Redskins 14, Browns 11

The Redskins will need to kill the clock, perhaps after an onside kick. I'm not sure if I kick away or go onside. The Redskins are thinking onside with the hands team on the field.

2:37—It goes deep to Moss, who gets a nice return out to the 37. One first down will do it.

2:26—It's third and about six. I think that Zorn will play it safe, but you never know with him.

2:00—He does play it safe, handing off to Portis for two yards. All the Browns need is a field goal to send this one into OT. They'll have to do it with no timeouts and I recall hearing that Dawson missed his only attempt of over 40 yards this year.

1:28—At the rate the Browns are going, they might get a winning TD rather than a tying field goal. The Skins might need a pick.

0:32—Dawson will try one from 54 yards to tie it.

And he was wide right. The Redskins survive.

Final Score
Redskins 14, Browns 11

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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.