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Rookies Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey will be tested in Josh Norman's absence

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Rookies Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey will be tested in Josh Norman's absence

The Redskins will be without Josh Norman for four weeks with injuries to his ribs and a lung, according to both a cryptic tweet from the player and some detail added by NFL Media.

Before assessing the impact of the loss of one of the team’s best players, let’s take a look at the timetable for his absence. He suffered the injury Monday night in Kansas City. The Redskins are on a bye this week before playing the 49ers and then the Eagles. The game in Philadelphia will be three weeks to the day after he suffered the injury.

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So, he will miss those two games. The question is, will he be back for the next game on Sunday, October 29 against the Cowboys? That would be one day less than four weeks after he sustained the broken rib. If the four-week absence means four weeks after the injury, Norman cold return to play Dallas. However, if they are talking about four weeks from today then the earliest return date would be November 5 at Seattle.

That will be clarified over the next couple of weeks. What we know now is that the pressure is going to crank up on one third-year player and two rookies.

The third-year player is Quinton Dunbar. He stepped into the Chiefs game after Norman went out and did a good job. Now, he will be the starter for as long as Norman is out.

Stepping up a notch each on the depth chart will be third-round pick Fabian Moreau and seventh-round selection Josh Holsey. Moreau has been active every game but he played sparingly on defense until Norman departed the Chiefs game. He is viewed as a potential future starter but he will be tested if he has to play a major role.

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Holsey played well enough in training camp and in the preseason to earn a roster spot but he has been inactive for all four games. He is best suited to playing in the slot.

Bashaud Breeland will continue to start at one outside corner and Kendall Fuller will handle the slot duties.

Norman has started all 20 games since he signed with the team in 2016. The Redskins’ improving defense will be severely tested.

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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