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Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

A few Christmas morning nuggets here before finishing the wrapping of the presents under the tree (hey, who says you can't wait until the last minute?)

  • I didn't see something about Sundays game that Mort reported last night on ESPN's pregame repeated anywhere in the print editions this morning. If you recall, Brad Childress was complaining that the Vikings should have been allowed an opportunity to get substitutes on and off the field on the Gibbs 12-man challenge play. Mortensen said that the league had reviewed the tapes and had found that the Redskins did not substitute any players between the completion to Santana Moss (and, yes, he did drag his left foot inbounds to make that a legal catch) and the penalty for too many men on the field was the right call. Update: In Childress' press conference yesterday he also stated that the Redskins did not substitute between those plays.
  • Wade Phillips is talking bravely about the integrity of the game and wanting to win this game against the Redskins badly. He's not saying, though, that he'll play Sunday's game just as though their playoff survival was on the line. When asked about whether or not specific players would go he was vague, as he should be. No healthy player—or as healthy as any player can be at this point during the season—should know that he will sit out the upcoming game. The mental preparation won't be there and if the backup gets hurt and the starter has to go in, there is the danger of both injury and lapses.

    I think that he plays it like the second or third preseason game, with anyone who is banged up at all sitting out and the rest of the starters playing a half. The bottom line is that despite a 13-2 record, Phillips' job is not 100% secure. If Tony Romo gets hurt in the third quarter and the Cowboys experience another one and done, Wade's long-term future in Dallas would not be very secure.

  • Joe Gibbs was equally evasive yesterday when asked if Jason Campbell would return as the starting quarterback when his knee was healed should the Redskins make the playoffs. His answer was of the "we'll cross that bridge when he come to it" variety. This also is the proper approach. You don't want Collins to have to focus on keeping his job and you don't want to make a promise to Campbell that you can't keep.
  • By the way, where are Gibbs Must Go and the rest of the lynch mob? Have the last three weeks changed your perspective on the job that he's done? Is it a good idea to offer him an extension? I've been critical of Gibbs and I've stated that I didn't think that he could take this team to the next level. I could be proven wrong.

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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 roster move 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.

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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.