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Redskins Week 8 injury report: Gruden isn't sure how much time Spencer Long will miss

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Redskins Week 8 injury report: Gruden isn't sure how much time Spencer Long will miss

With their critical division game against the Cowboys just over 72 hours away, the Redskins held practice Thursday with four of their five offensive line starters sidelined.

Spencer Long (knees), Brandon Scherff (knee), Trent Williams (knee), and Morgan Moses (ankles) were all spectators as the line went through preparations. Only left guard Shawn Lauvao participated.

Of the four who were out, Jay Gruden indicated that Long, who has tendonitis in both knees, is the least likely to play on Sunday. “They’re all a concern but I’d say Long is probably the biggest concern,” he said. “I don’t know how long [he] will be out."

If Long can't go, rookie Chase Roullier will get his first NFL start.

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Williams has played in each of the last two games after not practicing at all the week before. Moses has played through ankle injuries in the past but this time both of his ankles are sprained. It would not be surprising if both of them played, with that being sid.

That leaves Scherff as the question mark. Earlier this week Gruden said that Scherff was better off than they thought he might be after the initial diagnosis but his status remains up in the air.

There was some good news on the injury front. Cornerback Josh Norman, who has missed the last two games with a broken rib, practiced on a limited basis and Gruden hopes that he can get cleared to play against the Cowboys tomorrow. Gruden said that OLB Preston Smith (groin) is “feeling a lot better than we expected but we’ll see.” Smith could be active for the game and play a limited number of snaps.

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Also out of practice was OT Ty Nsekhe, who is still recovering from a core muscle injury he suffered in Week 3. Limited were Norman, Smith, G Tyler Catalina (concussion), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Stefan McClure (hamstring/knee), and CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring).

LB Zach Brown was listed as out on yesterday’s hypothetical practice report (the team held a walkthrough) with a back injury but he was a full go today.

The injury report with the game status for the injured players will be issued on Friday.

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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New and improved fantasy football Week 12 rankings

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New and improved fantasy football Week 12 rankings

The bye weeks are over, finally. Good thing because the injuries keep piling up around the league and certainly in Ashburn. 

Not that you need a reminder, but Thanksgiving means three games on Thursday. Oh, and spending time with your family, obviously. It's probably not a good idea ranking your relatives in any first-to-worst order, but I will provide you my first look at the Week 12 fantasy football rankings.

Quarterbacks

1.  Tom Brady, NE
 
2.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
3.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
4.  Alex Smith, KC
 
5.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
6.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
7.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
9.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
10.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
11.  Drew Brees, NO
 
12.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
13.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
14.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
15.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
16.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
17.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
18.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
19.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB
 
20.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
21.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
22.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
23.  Paxton Lynch, DEN
 
24.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
25.  Matt Moore, MIA
 
26.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
27.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
28.  Blaine Gabbert, ARI
 
29.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
30.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
31.  Brett Hundley, GB
 
32.  Tom Savage, HOU

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
3.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
4.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
5.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
6.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
7.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
8.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
9.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
10.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
11.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
12.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
13.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
14.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
15.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
16.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
17.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
18.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
19.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
 
20.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
21.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
22.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
23.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
24.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
25.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
26.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
27.  Doug Martin, TB
 
28.  Frank Gore, IND
 
29.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
30.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
31.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
32.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
33.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
34.  Damien Williams, MIA
 
35.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
36.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
37.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
38.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
39.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
40.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
41.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
42.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
43.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
 
44.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
45.  James White, NE
 
46.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
 
47.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
48.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
49.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
50.  Byron Marshall, WAS
 
51.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
52.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
53.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
54.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
55.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
56.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
57.  Alfred Blue, HOU
 
58.  Matt Breida, SF
 
59.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
60.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
 
61.  Charcandrick West, KC
 
62.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
63.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
64.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
65.  Shane Vereen, NYG

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
5.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
6.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
7.  Mike Evans, TB
 
8.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
9.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
10.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
11.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
12.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
13.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
14.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
15.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
16.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
17.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
18.  Golden Tate, DET
 
19.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
20.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
21.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
22.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
23.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
24.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
25.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
26.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
27.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
28.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
29.  Davante Adams, GB
 
30.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
31.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
32.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
33.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
34.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
35.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
36.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
37.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
38.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
39.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
40.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
41.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
42.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
43.  Corey Coleman, CLE
 
44.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
45.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
46.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
47.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
48.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
49.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
50.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
51.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
52.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
53.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
 
54.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
55.  Ryan Grant, WAS
 
56.  Tavarres King, NYG
 
57.  Bruce Ellington, HOU
 
58.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
59.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
60.  Mike Williams, LAC
 
61.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
62.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
63.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
64.  Aldrick Robinson, SF
 
65.  Deonte Thompson, BUF
 
66.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
67.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
68.  Russell Shepard, CAR
 
69.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
70.  Eric Decker, TEN

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
4.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
7.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
8.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
9.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
10.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
11.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
12.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
13.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
14.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
17.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
18.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
21.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
22.  Marcedes Lewis, JAC
 
23.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
24.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
25.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU

Defenses

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
3.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
4.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
5.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
6.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
7.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
8.  New England Patriots, NE
 
9.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
10.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
 
11.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
12.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
16.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
17.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
18.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
19.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
20.  New York Jets, NYJ

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
4.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
5.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
6.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
7.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
8.  Matt Prater, DET
 
9.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
10.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
11.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
12.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
13.  Nick Rose, WAS
 
14.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
15.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
16.  Mike Nugent, DAL
 
17.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
18.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
19.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
20.  Brandon McManus, DEN

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Redskins put four on injured reserve; which ones will return in 2018?

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Redskins put four on injured reserve; which ones will return in 2018?

The Redskins placed four players who were Week 1 starters on offense on injured reserve Tuesday.

Not only is the 2017 season over for RB Chris Thompson, WR Terrelle Pryor, C Spencer Long, and G Shawn Lauvao, three of them may never play for the Redskins again.

Here is a look at the situation of each player, presented in order of the likelihood that he will be back with the Redskins in 2018.

—There is not any doubt that Thompson will be back. His two-year, $7 million extension kicks in next year. He turned 27 last month and assuming there are no issues in rehabbing his broken fibula, he will be back in his familiar role as the third-down back and the player Jay Gruden turns to when the team needs an offensive spark.

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—The other three players are all in the last year of their contracts. Of those, Long is the most likely to be back. They like his ability to play multiple positions. A third-round pick in 2014, he has started 13 games at left guard and 18 at center. There was talk earlier this year that the team might make a push to extend his contract. But now, they could be ready to move to Chase Roullier at center. The Redskins will see how Long’s health is as the free agency period approaches and decide what to do from there.

Lauvao is on the last season of a four-year free agent contract. This will be the second season in that deal significantly shortened by injury. He missed 13 games with a broken ankle in 2015. He just turned 30 and the Redskins might want to go with someone younger and cheaper at left guard. But Jay Gruden likes veterans and perhaps if Lauvao is willing to return on a relatively cheap deal, he could return for some depth.

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—There is very little chance that Pryor will be around in 2018. Both sides tried to make something happen but it just didn’t work. He was smart about the situation and always handled himself with class through the frustration. A team somewhere will give him a shot next year, but it likely won’t be the Redskins and it definitely won’t be the kind of long-term, big-money deal he was hoping to get when this season started.

These are not the only free-agency decisions involving injured players that the Redskins will have to make in 2018. Other pending free agents on injured reserve are NT Phil Taylor, LB Mason Foster, K Dustin Hopkins, LB Will Compton, and LB Trent Murphy.

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.