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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—defense

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—defense

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 8, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Bye week  

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 15
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 21
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 28

Player one-liners—defense and specialists

DL Jonathan Allen—The first-round pick has been everything they hoped he would be at this point and he’s only going to get better.

DL Terrell McClain—The veteran has been about what they thought he’d be when they signed him, a solid member of the D-line rotation. 

DL Ziggy Hood—Again this year, Hood is taking on the role of an undersized nose tackle and he’s doing as well as you might expect.

DL Matt Ioannidis—Nobody was quite sure what to expect out of him this year but for sure nobody thought he would be on pace for eight sacks and over 50 QB pressures.

DL Anthony Lanier—The second-year player has not yet been active and with the line playing well it remains to be seen when he will get his chance.

DL Stacy McGee— He has struggled against the run but he is providing some pass pressure, registering a sack against the Raiders.

OLB Preston Smith—He has four sacks on four games and if the can add some forced fumbles to his stat line he could be on his way to Pro Bowl consideration.

OLB Ryan Anderson—The second-round pick is still figuring it out while playing about a dozen snaps per game.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—The iron man (100 straight starts) is putting up another Pro Bowl season with 2.5 sacks and a pick six.

OLB Junior Galette—You can’t take two years off and get up to 100 percent of your former self in four games.

OLB Chris Carter—Depth at OLB has limited him to a special teams role.

ILB Zach Brown—The free-agent acquisition provides the speed and playmaking ability that the defense has lacked for years.

ILB Mason Foster—His game-saving interception against the Rams after he had popped his separated shoulder back into the socket will be an iconic moment of the season if the Redskins go on to have some success.

ILB Will Compton—Brown’s acquisition moved him from starter and captain to seldom-used (7 snaps on defense) reserve.

ILB Martrell Spaight—He has been playing when Foster has been unable to go with the shoulder injury, still learning but getting there.

ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons—The seventh-round pick is taking a redshirt season; the one game he was active he did not play.

CB Josh Norman—While he is out as his broken rib heals, the team will miss his leadership and ability to punch out the ball as much as his pass coverage.

CB Bashaud Breeland—He still struggles with consistency but he has proven to be a solid No. 2 cornerback.

CB Kendall Fuller—Jay Gruden insists that Fuller was healthy last year as he struggled at slot corner but something happened between then and now to make him a major asset in the secondary.

CB Quinton Dunbar—He will get the starting nod while Norman is out and we will see if he as good for 60 snaps per game as he has been for 15 or so throughout his career.

CB Fabian Moreau—The third-round pick has been solid on special teams but Norman’s absence will test him in the secondary as his role will increase.

CB Joshua Holsey—The seventh-round pick has been inactive every game but that will change with Norman on the sideline.

S D.J. Swearinger—There was some suspicion of a player on his fourth team in five seasons but his leadership and play on the field have been major factors in the improvement of the defense.

S Montae Nicholson—The rookie came in the starting lineup in Week 2 and he immediately added an element of speed and youthful enthusiasm to the bac end.

S Deshazor Everett—He started Week 1 before giving way to Nicholson but he is still part of the rotation in the secondary.

S Stefan McClure—The surprise inclusion on the 53-man roster has been active all four games but he has played little on defense.

K Dustin Hopkins—His two misses are from 50-plus yards and he is in the top 10 in net kickoff average.

P Tress Way—He is better this year than he has been in the last two, fifth in dropping punts inside the 20.

LS Nick Sundberg—The reliable snapper has been close to 100 percent perfect.

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

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Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

The Redskins will be without one of their top defenders when they take on the Eagles on Monday night.

Jay Gruden announced that CB Josh Norman is out for the second straight game with a broken rib. Norman was able to practice on a limited basis earlier this week but he did not practice today. Gruden said that the recovery from the injury just had not progressed to the point where the doctors would clear him to play.

Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, is listed as questionable with a knee injury he sustained last week against the 49ers. “He did a good job today,” said Gruden. “He’s looking better.”


Gruden said that a final determination on Breeland’s status will be made on Sunday.

With Norman out, Quinton Dunbar, who did a good job filling in against the 49ers, will start. If both of the starters are sidelined, rookie Fabian Moreau will get the start opposite Dunbar.

Also listed as questionable are RB Rob Kelley (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), S Stefan McClure (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).


Kelley is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against the Chiefs on Oct. 2 but he has looked good while practicing on a limited basis this week. If he can’t go it seems likely that Samaje Perine will start in his place.

It should be noted that the term “questionable” on an injury report means that it is “uncertain if the player will play”. Many say that means that there is at least a 50 percent chance that the player will be active for the game. So there are a lot of scenarios that could unfold with that designation.

Reserve offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe (core muscle) and Tyler Catalina (concussion) also have been declared out for Monday night.

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Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 21, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.


Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, open locker room, after practice approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 8
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 33

Injuries of note:
Not practicing
: OT Trent Williams (knee), S D.J. Swearinger (rest)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
It was a little surprising not to see Swearinger out there but he has a lingering hamstring injury and they figured he could use day of rest more than the day of practice. Jay Gruden said that both Norman and Breeland did more on Friday than they did on Thursday.

The Redskins week that was

Here is a look at some of the top posts and hot topics from this week at and at

Bad News For Jonathan Allen—A few of the site’s stop posts this week were about Allen’s Lisfranc injury (here's one about how the Redskins will try to fill the void). We went from him being out three or four weeks to him being out for the season to injured reserve with the possibility that he can return after eight weeks. I thought all along that three or four weeks was a very aggressive timetable for return from a Lisfranc. And it would be just short of a miracle for him to return before the end of the season. I think the best that fans can hope for is for Allen to bounce back from his Lisfranc like Morgan Moses did from his. Morgan suffered his in December of 2014 and he became the starting right tackle in next year in training camp. He has played at a high level and he hasn’t missed a game since.

In a muddled NFC, why not the Redskins?  With Aaron Rodgers sidelined and everyone in the NFC looking vulnerable, the Redskins could have a chance to make a deep playoff run this year. The key word is could and they will have to do some things right, starting with beating the Eagles on Sunday. Even a loss in Philly wouldn’t be fatal for their chances. Take a look at the post and see if you agree with me.

Hopkins to IR, Redskins sign Nick Rose—Allen wasn’t the only Redskins player to go in injured reserve this week. Dustin Hopkins suffered a hip injury that is going to take six to eight weeks to rehab so he hit IR. We will see if he comes back, which he could do in Week 15 against the Cardinals. That will depend on his health and on how well replacement kicker Nick Rose is performing.

5 overlooked stories from the Redskins-49ers game—There was plenty of (justified) pre-game hand wringing over Josh Norman being inactive for the 49ers game. But it turned out that replacement Quinton Dunbar played well. The Niners tried to get to him—he was targeted 14 times—but held up well. Check out some details on Dunbar’s play and four other things that weren’t talked about enough.

Week 7 stats, trends, and storylines—The Redskins are still banged up going into this game. While they have been able avoid major injuries since the season started with the exceptions of Allen and Hopkins, they have had enough nagging type injuries to hamper the team’s effectiveness, especially on defense. Take a look at other storylines and see how the Redskins are trending in key statistical categories.

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