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Redskins injury report: Two out, four questionable vs. Bills

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Redskins injury report: Two out, four questionable vs. Bills

Injury report for Redskins vs. Bills

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Injured reserve

TE Derek Carrier (ankle/Achilles)—After missing the Cowboys game with an ankle injury, Carrier caught a pass early against the Bears and suffered a torn ACL and MCL as he got tackled.

Out

ILB Perry Riley (foot)—Riley is out for at least a few weeks and perhaps the remainder of the regular season. He suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during practice. After surgery to insert a pin he will be out for three to six weeks. Mason Foster has been starting in his place last week and is playing well.

+WR Andre Roberts (knee)—He was inactive against the Cowboys and Bears with what was called an inflamed knee. But this week Gruden revealed that Roberts had undergone an MRI for a possible meniscus tear, an injury that would require surgery.

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

RB Chris Thompson (shoulder)—Thompson suffered a sprained AC joint during the Giants game and although he was able to go vs. Dallas he suffered a slight tear to his shoulder labrum. He was declared out against the Bears. Matt Jones would take over his third-down duties if he can't go and Pierre Thomas would be active.

S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)—He suffered the injury on the Jackson punt return play against Dallas. Johnson was out against the Bears and has been limited in practice this week.

LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder)—Robinson was active against the Cowboys and Bears but he did not play a snap on defense; he was dressed only for emergency purposes. It appears that he has lost his starting job to Will Compton. It will be interesting to see if they work Robinson into the game in some defensive packages.

DE Jason Hatcher (shoulder/ankle)—The veteran played through a nerve injury in his shoulder last week and although he has improved it looks like it will still be an issue is he plays on Sunday.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

WR DeSean Jackson (knee)—He has a patella contusion, an injury you and I call a bruised kneecap. Although he didn’t practice Wednesday and has been limited since. Jackson said earlier this week that there is no question he will play.

Also listed as probable are S Dashon Goldson (Knee/hamstring/wrist), OT Trent Williams (foot) LB Will Compton (shoulder), CB DeAngelo Hall (toe), WR Ryan Grant (abdomen)

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 22, five days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 20
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 32
—Training camp starts (7/27) 96
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 141

The Redskins week that was

Redskins full 2017 schedule released—Even with the Caps and Wizards in full playoff mode, the DMV stops to take a look and see when the Redskins will be playing. The Thanksgiving game was surprising. It’s another working day but I worked at various places since I was 14 and last year was the first time I’ve had to work on Thanksgiving so I can’t complain too much about working two in a row. It’s a small price to pay for having the best job in the world.

Don't count out any RB for Redskins at 17—Yeah, I know that NFL teams aren’t supposed to take running backs in the first round any more. But that is one of those trends that comes and goes. In 2013 and 2014 there were no RBs taken in the first. Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott in the last couple of years began to shift the thinking. If the Redskins think that Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey can help them win games more than any other player on the board they should pull the trigger.

Rise of Patrick Mahomes could bring big payoff for Redskins—It seems likely that quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky will be taken before the Redskins pick at No. 17 goes on the clock. That means that two players in whom the Redskins might be interested will be available, pushed back by the quarter backs. Could Mahomes, out of Texas Tech, push a third player back to Washington. The buzz is that a team might grab him in the first half of the first round.

The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017—When I started pulling the numbers for this post I thought I’d find more key players with salaries of under $1 million. I only found three and one of them is the kicker. This means that they don’t have very many late-round or undrafted players who are contributing a lot of value. They need more out of players like Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis and Maurice Harris. That is how a team thrives in the salary cap era. A couple of Saturday picks could make or break this draft.

Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often—There are a lot of ways the first 16 picks of this draft can work out. It seems almost certain that everyone’s favorite first-round pick, a stud defensive lineman, won’t be a realistic option on the board. This could send things in an odd direction for the Redskins. It’s fun to do a mock and I’ll do one or two more prior to draft day but there are too many variables to think that it has a high degree of accuracy. 

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Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Coming into Friday the Redskins had two unsigned restricted free agents. Now, they have just one. 

The team announced that running back Chris Thompson has re-signed. If he signed his restricted free agent tender, he will be under contract for one year with a salary of $2.7 million. 

The announcement came just as the deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets with other teams passed. That meant that Thompson had no other practical options than to sign with the team. 

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Still unsigned is linebacker Will Compton. He got a restricted free agent tender for $1.8 million. We will see how his situation plays out. 

Last season, Thompson was the team’s third-down back and he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He posted 68 rushing attempts for 356 yards and three touchdowns and 49 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. All those stats were career highs for Thompson, a fifth-round pick of the Redskins in 2013.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.