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Redskins Week 10 injury report: Slowly getting better

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Redskins Week 10 injury report: Slowly getting better

The Redskins had 50 of the 53 players on the active roster dressed for practice, a sign that perhaps the wave of injuries that has swamped the team in recent weeks has reached its peak and is started to recede.

“I don’t want to jinx myself but yes, it feels that way,” said Jay Gruden when asked if he thought that the injury outlook was starting to improve.

“Just seeing guys with their helmets—at least they’re wearing helmets at practice today, which is good. Slowly but surely, certain guys are getting back into the flow.

“Now it’s just a matter of getting them back up to speed and making sure we got them mentally right as well as physically, but it is looking a little better.”

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That doesn’t mean that there was plenty for Gruden to report on the injury front when he addressed the media after practice on Wednesday.

Not participating were OT Trent Williams (knee), DL Arthur Jones (shoulder), and DL Matt Ioannidis (hand).

Limited were OT Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), C Spencer Long (knees), WR Brian Quick (concussion), TE Niles Paul (concussion), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), TE Vernon Davis (hands), G Shawn Lauvao (stringer), OT Morgan Moses (ankles), Montae Nicholson (shoulder), Jordan Reed (hamstring), and Brandon Scherff (knee).

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Of the players who were limited, Nsekhe, Long, Paul, Crowder, Lauvao, Nicholson, Reed, and Scherff were unable to play in the Redskins’ win in Seattle on Sunday.

It is not yet known how many of these players will be able to play on Sunday but it certainly is an improvement over the last couple of weeks when multiple players were either not on the practice field or watching in warmup attire.

Keep in mind that the “limited” designation covers a wide range of participation, from taking a few reps in individual drills to taking all but a few of the snaps in the team portion of the drills. The picture will clarify over the next couple of days and we will have a better idea of who will be playing on Sunday when the final injury report comes out on Friday.

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.

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Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.

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Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.