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Why the Jonathan Allen injury will be tough to swallow for the Redskins

Why the Jonathan Allen injury will be tough to swallow for the Redskins

The Redskins received bad news Monday when tests revealed that rookie dynamo Jonathan Allen will miss at least the next three weeks with a Lisfranc Injury.

Losing Allen will be a serious blow for the Redskins. There's just no way to sugarcoat that. For fans looking for a silver lining, be happy the injury isn't more severe, and hope that Allen can be back inside of a month. 

Allen, spotted leaving FedEx Field in a walking boot on Sunday night after the Redskins 26-24 win over the 49ers, has been a tremendous boost for the Redskins defensive line.

He's started all five games for Washington this season, logged one sack and 10 tackles. 

Even more than his stats, however, Allen has provided a tremendous interior push for the 'Skins defensive line.


Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have already combined for eight sacks this year; much of that is thanks to Allen cratering the pocket and forcing quarterbacks to the edge. 

Per Pro Football Focus, Allen ranks as the third-best overall player on the Redskins defense. His partner in crime on the line, Matt Ioannidis, is having a truly incredible second season, and likely owes some of the growth from the 2016 season to playing next to the rookie from Alabama. 

With Allen on the shelf, the Redskins will be forced to rely more on a combination of Stacy McGee, Terrell McClain and Ziggy Hood, and it would seem that Anthony Lanier will see his first action of the season, too. 

The current three to four week timeframe for the Lisfranc injury would mean Allen misses the Eagles game next Monday night as well as the Cowboys game at the end of the month. In three weeks, the Redskins face the Seahawks in Seattle, and Washington is a month out from facing Minnesota at home. 


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Week 6 NFC East Update: Giants break through, Eagles fly and trouble looms in Dallas


Week 6 NFC East Update: Giants break through, Eagles fly and trouble looms in Dallas

The Redskins got an important, if ugly, win on Sunday, but the other NFC East teams in play got victories too. Even the Giants. 

The biggest story in the division, however, didn't play out on the football field. A Texas judge reinstated the suspension of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, which could have a big impact in Dallas. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1, 2-0) - The impressive start continues for the Eagles. Philly went to Carolina last Thursday and beat the Panthers 28-23 behind three touchdowns from QB Carson Wentz. Offensively, the Eagles rank in the top-10 in nearly every main offensive category, including third in the league with 383 yards-per-game. Up next: vs Redskins on Monday Night Football.
  2. Washington Redskins (3-2, 0-1) - The Redskins had to beat the 49ers, and while it was hardly easy, Jay Gruden's team got the victory. One odd statistic: The Redskins have only scored 13 TDs this season. That's just one more touchdown on the year than the Giants, and fewer than both the Eagles and Cowboys. Up next: @ Philly on Monday Night Football
  3. Dallas Cowboys ( 2-3, 1-0) - The Cowboys didn't even play this week, but they took a big loss in the court room. A Texas judge reinstated the six-game NFL suspension for star RB Ezekiel Elliott. Now, this suspension has taken a number of legal twists and turns, and more could come, but it continues to be a distraction for Jerry Jones' squad. Up next: @ San Francisco
  4. New York Giants (1-5, 0-2) - The Giants finally broke through with a win — and in an unlikely game at Denver. The Big Blue defense showed up like it was 2016, and the offense stuck with the run game throughout the Mile High contest.


RELATED: 5 takeaways from Redskins' win over 49ers


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Pierre Garçon got the first laugh against his old team, but the Redskins got the last one

Pierre Garçon got the first laugh against his old team, but the Redskins got the last one

FEDEX FIELD — Pierre Garçon plays angry. Everybody knows that.

Redskins fans know that from his five seasons in Washington. Sometimes, however, that passion and anger go too far, and it happened in the first half of Sunday's wild contest between the 49ers and the Redskins.

Garçon made a nice catch inside the 10-yard line and headed up field, lowering his head to take on Redskins rookie safety Montae Nicholson. The two men collided, hard, and Nicholson's body had a scary reaction. He froze up, with players immediately signaling for trainers to come out. Eventually, perhaps miraculously, Nicholson walked off the field, under his own power, with a smile on his face.

For a few minutes, however, it looked bad. Nicholson's helmet came off during the collision and a hush fell over the 75,000 plus fans at FedEx Field.


The moments following the collision were tense, and as Nicholson stayed down on the field, Garçon's emotions showed their ugly side. The tackle left Garçon short of the goal line, and would have forced the Niners to kick a field goal, yet Garçon popped up and enjoyed his big hit, even appearing to shout to Nicholson on the ground.

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger took exception, rightfully, and stood up to Garçon's antics. Swearinger got into Garçon's face, and after a the wideout headbutted the safety, Swearinger shoved Garçon in the face.

"One of my guys went down and Pierre was celebrating," Swearinger said after the game (full video above). "When a guy’s hurt, you shouldn’t celebrate. I was standing up for my guy."

Swearinger's shove drew a personal foul penalty, and proved costly. With new life near the goal line, San Francisco scored a touchdown just before halftime.

"He sort of head butted me a little bit but I got to keep my cool and be a better captain and force them to kick that [field goal]," Swearinger said.

RELATED: 5 takeaways from Redskins win over 49ers

At halftime, it seemed like Garçon did what he's done many times. Get inside the head of an opponent, perhaps by crossing the line of good sportsmanship while the referrees weren't looking, and help his team along the way.

A funny thing happened later.

Garçon got flagged on a questionable offensive pass interference during the 49ers final drive of the game. The 10-yard penalty pushed San Francisco out of reasonable field goal range, and Garçon was livid at the call.

On the actual play, Garçon did make contact with the Redskins' Zach Brown. This time, the linebacker made the smart play, staying in Garçon's way as he ran his route, and forcing the refs to make a questionable call.

In fact, it seemed just like something Garçon would do.

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