The Redskins injury report hasn’t had much good news this year and Friday was no exception. The headlines are that Trent Williams is headed to injured reserve, one of their best defensive players will miss his second straight game, and the Redskins have more problems at running back.
The move of Williams to IR has long been a matter of when, not if. He suffered a knee injury that will require surgery in Week 4 and he has been playing through it most weeks. The Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs in Week 14 and Williams did not play last week against the Cardinals. He said earlier this week that he could play of there was a “dire emergency.” Apparently, no such emergency materialized and he will be shut down effective immediately.
Coach Jay Gruden said that Williams will undergo his surgery soon but he didn’t have a date yet.
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On the running back front, the Redskins lost another one on Thursday when LaShun Daniels suffered a broken hand while fielding a kickoff in practice. He is out at least for Sunday and probably for the season.
Earlier in the same practice, starter Samaje Perine pulled a groin muscle. He is listed as questionable for Sunday against the Broncos.
That left Karpi Bibbs, who has been on the roster for about a month, as the only healthy running back. The Redskins will promote Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad, taking the roster spot cleared with the move of Williams to injured reserve.
On the defensive side, Zach Brown is out with injuries to his hamstring, toe, and Achilles. Gruden said that the Achilles seemed to be the injury that was bothering him the most. Also out is linebacker Ryan Anderson.
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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 20, six days before the 2018 NFL draft.
Five pivotal games on the Redskins’ schedule
All NFL games are important but some seem to be a little more important than others. At first glance at the Redskins’ schedule, these seem to be the five most pivotal games.
Week 1 @Cardinals—Wait, Week 1 is pivotal? It is if you’re Jay Gruden and you are 0-4 in season openers. Starting off in an 0-1 hole again after losing a winnable game would not get things off to a positive start.
Week 7 Cowboys—The only Redskins-Cowboys game that Kirk Cousins started in the last three years that Washington won was the 2015 season finale in Dallas, a game that was meaningless to both teams. Alex Smith needs to take advantage of his shot at the Cowboys. Beating Dallas is important for being competitive in the division and for job security in general. This is their shot at them at home.
Week 9 Falcons—Atlanta has been among the league’s big boys the last couple of years. The Redskins get them at home, on grass, when the weather could be turning a little bit chilly. It’s a good opportunity to upset a dome team. The game also ends the first part of the season and the Redskins face a second half of the schedule that has just three home games.
Week 14 Giants—This is one of the aforementioned scarce home games in the latter part of the season. It’s preceded by road games in Dallas (9-7 last year) and Philadelphia (Super Bowl champs) and followed by roadies in Jacksonville (lost AFC title game) and Tennessee (won a playoff game). Nobody is quite sure to what extent the Giants will rebound from their dismal 2017 season but this game has the feel of a possible oasis surrounded by hostile deserts.
Week 16 @Titans—If the Redskins are in playoff contention, this game will determine a lot even though its non-conference. As noted, the Titans are looking to improve on their playoff season last year and they will not be a pushover by any stretch. But if the Redskins want to be able to say that they are a better team than they have been the last couple of years, this is the kind of game they should win.
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In case you missed it
The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and you will not have to wait long for pundits and fans alike to begin predicting team’s season-long win-loss record.
It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing. Myself included.
But don’t read much -- if anything -- into the schedule right now.
Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season.
Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week.
Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak.
Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.
But remember, once the games start, anything can happen.
(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)
— Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins