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Redskins Week 11 injury report: Still not playing with a full deck

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Redskins Week 11 injury report: Still not playing with a full deck

The Redskins had some injured players return to game action last Sunday but they still are having a difficult time scrounging up enough players to conduct a normal practice.

Out of practice with injuries were OT Trent Williams (knee) and TE Jordan Reed (hamstring). Both were on the field working with trainers off to the side.

WR Jamison Crowder also missed practice for a non-injury related reason. Jay Gruden said that he is expected to be back tomorrow.

Williams did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday last week but he did practice on Friday and he played for the first time in three weeks. Gruden said his status is "a week-to-week thing". He could be a game-time decision on Sunday.

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Reed has been out the last two games with the hamstring strain. He was questionable for the Vikings game but he was inactive. Often that is an indication that a player is very close to being ready to return but we will have to see how the week plays out before we know about Reed’s status.

Limited were (deep breath) LB Zach Brown (Achilles), OT T.J. Clemmings (ankle), WR Ryan Grant (concussion), DE Matt Ioannidis (hand), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (knee) (another deep breath), WR Brian Quick (concussion), S DeAngelo Hall (knee), G Shawn Lauvao (stinger), TE Niles Paul (concussion) and, finally, G Brandon Scherff (knee).

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Brown’s Achilles injury is something new and his progress will be monitored through the week.

Gruden said that Ioannidis "has got a chance" to play on Sunday after missing the last two games with a broken bone , saying that he "looked good" during his participation in practice. He practiced with large cast on his hand. If he does play, he likely will be outfitted with a smaller cast that allows him to use his fingers.

As for all of the limited players, practicing on Wednesday is a good sign but there will be questions about most of them up until the game status injury report comes out on Friday and some undoubtedly will be game-time decisions.

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.

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

Of course this was going to happen. 

The moment it became known that Robert Griffin III was going to be on ESPN's shows for a few appearances this week, you knew he was going to be asked about Kirk Cousins at some point.

And, surely enough, come Wednesday afternoon, the stars aligned and the question was asked on NFL Live: Where, in Griffin's opinion, was the best place for Cousins to land this offseason?

"I think it depends on what he's trying to do," Griffin began.

"If he's trying to make the most money, he goes to Cleveland," he said. "If he's trying to be in the best situation, he goes to one of these teams that have a great defense that isn't gonna put it all on his shoulders."

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Don't worry, he doesn't stop there. In fact, he saved the good stuff for the latter half of his answer.

"He's had it all on his shoulders in Washington, and we've seen the result," Cousins' draft classmate continued. "But if he's got a great defense like, say, Denver, say, Jacksonville, it makes it easier for him as a quarterback. Whereas in Cleveland, he's gonna have to go in and he's gonna have to do more of the workload."

So, the Browns, Broncos and Jaguars are among the teams Griffin considers options for Cousins. But, uh, what about the one he's on right now?

"I don't think it's Washington, just because of, you've seen what's been going on," he said. "Do they want him there? Does he want to be there?"

This isn't to say that the former rookie of the year doesn't bring up valid points; Cousins has had to play with below-average defenses for much of his career in D.C. and the franchise hasn't exactly shown a ton of admiration for him.

But nevertheless, it was interesting to see Griffin declare wish such confidence that his old backup needs to bolt from the Redskins and head elsewhere.

And thus concludes another chapter of the Griffin-Cousins-Redskins saga. You can leave your comments about how you don't care about it below, even though you made the choice to click on the story in the first place.

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Even without great production, Junior Galette may be a hot commodity this offseason

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Even without great production, Junior Galette may be a hot commodity this offseason

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in the 2017 NFL season. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents, those who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than anyone he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

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But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

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And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely?” Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks, his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency as much as teams need a pass rush. Also don't be surprised if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

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.