Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 10, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, open locker room after practice, approx. 1:30 p.m.
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 9
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 13
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 20
Key injury updates
Out of practice: DE Ioannidis (hand), OT Williams (knee), LB Brown (ankle)
Limited: WR Crowder (hamstring), TE Reed (hamstring), G Scherff (knee), C Long (knees), T Nsekhe (core muscle)
Not much change from Wednesday here except for the somewhat alarming development of Zach Brown coming up with an ankle injury. It seems likely that he will play but watch for today’s final injury report, which I’ll put out on Twitter moments after Jay Gruden gives it to us at about 1:30.
Five Redskins under pressure vs Vikings
QB Kirk Cousins—On Sunday, he got what many have been looking for, a near-miracle late drive to win a game. Now, everyone wants him to do it again. And he may need to if the offensive line is only partially back to full strength.
OT T.J. Clemmings—It’s possible that Ty Nsekhe will be able to go at left tackle but the chances are slim. Trent Williams is an even longer shot. Whoever plays left tackle will have to deal with Everson Griffen, who has 10 sacks, at least one in each game. Griffen has not practiced this week due to a foot injury but he is expected to play. Clemmings likely faced Griffen in practice when they both were with the Vikings and maybe he has a trick or two that will slow him down.
TE Vernon Davis—For stretches of time, Davis has been the main producer in the passing game. The Vikings have a tough pair of corners in Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes so Cousins might need to look for Davis early and often. Davis had contusions on both hands after the Seattle game but he was a full go in practice on Thursday.
OLB Preston Smith—The third-year player had at least half a sack in each of the first five games but he has been shut out in that department the last three, although he has been getting some hits and pressures. A groin injury has slowed him but he is no longer appearing on the injury report and he should be full strength. Getting pressure on Vikings QB Case Keenum is the best way to keep him from getting the ball to targets like Stephon Diggs and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
CB Kendall Fuller—Adam Thielen is the Vikings’ best receiver but Diggs is their most explosive. He won’t line up in the slot consistently but he will on occasion and when he does it will be up to Fuller to keep him under wraps. A takeaway by Fuller would be great; he leads the team with three interceptions (nobody else has more than one).
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