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10 Redskins starters are questionable or worse for this Sunday's Seahawks game

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10 Redskins starters are questionable or worse for this Sunday's Seahawks game

Jay Gruden's last injury update on Friday before this weekend's Redskins-Seahawks game was another lengthy one. Here's the scoop on each player Gruden mentioned.

Ruled out

Matt Ioannidis - The second-year lineman who has really come on in the middle of the team's defensive line will miss Washington's Week 9 game because his fractured hand isn't ready after the surgery he had following Week 8.

Shawn Lauvao - Last week, Lauvao was the only 'Skins offensive lineman who was definitely playing all week vs. the Cowboys. This week, however, No. 77 will not take the field, as the stinger he suffered hasn't healed up to Gruden or the training staff's satisfaction.

Niles Paul - The concussion that's ailing Paul will cause him to miss at least the Seahawks matchup. He's now missed action in his last three seasons.   

Jordan Reed - The big one out of this group. In the preseason, it was Reed's hip and foot that bothered him. Now, it's his hamstring. That's two out of Kirk Cousins' four tight ends who'll be watching from the sidelines at CenturyLink.  

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Doubtful

Spencer Long - Long's absence means that Chase Rouiller will be the one snapping it to Cousins vs. the Seahawks. 

Ty Nsekhe - When it first happened, it seemed like Nsekhe's core injury wasn't that big of a deal. But as the rest of the O-line deals with various ailments, not having the talented backup has really become a problem.

Trent Williams - After sitting out against Dallas, it looks like the Pro Bowler will do the same in Seattle. 

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Questionable

Jamison Crowder - Crowder's hamstring may prevent him from building on his best performance in 2017, where he went over 100 yards and tied a career high in catches. His loss would affect both the offense and special teams, with Gruden saying to prepare for a lot of fair catches if No. 80 needs to be replaced as the punt returner.

Brandon Scherff - With Lauvao ruled out and Williams and Long probably unable to go, too, getting Scherff back would mean that Washington would have two out of five starting linemen protecting their QB. That's not great, but it sure beats having just one.

Bashaud Breeland - Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland haven't played together in the last three contests, as Norman was out vs. San Fran and Philly while Breeland missed the Dallas tilt.

Rob Kelley - The Redskins running game has been weak as of late, and so has Kelley's ankle. He was dressed on Friday, however, which was promising.

Monate Nicholson - Nicholson's status is up in the air, and Gruden indicated Friday that activating DeAngelo Hall was a near certainty regardless of Nicholson's health.

Martrell Spaight - Spaight played a lot next to Zach Brown last Sunday. Will Compton would be forced to pick up those snaps if Spaight can't go this time around.

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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