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Zach Brown will continue to play through injuries despite contract status

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Zach Brown will continue to play through injuries despite contract status

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown has been playing with an Achilles injury for several weeks. He dealt with an ankle injury last month and, to complete a trifecta of pain, a hamstring injury has popped up beside his name on the team’s latest injury report.

Brown sat out practice on Wednesday. However, he has no intention of missing this Sunday’s game against the Chargers or, for that matter, any of the three games that follow.

“Everybody’s got injuries, you just have to pick up and keep playing,” said Brown on Wednesday.

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So far, Brown has kept playing. He has missed a number of practices and he was listed as questionable on the final injury reports prior to each of the last four games. But he has been in on 778 of the 790 defensive snaps played so far.

As to the possibility of sustaining a more severe injury by playing through an injury, Brown says he isn’t going to worry about what he can’t control.

“You can not play, that’s always a possibility,” said Brown. “But, you know, guys, we always want to compete so, you know, we always want to be out there no matter what. And what’s the difference between play now and you rest and it happens in game one next year?”

The sore Achilles has been the most worrisome injury. Brown said that he gets daily treatment that includes therapy with a laser and with acupuncture.

There is a very recent case of a painful Achilles turning into a much more serious injury.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman dealt with Achilles pain all season. Finally, during Seattle’s Week 10 game against the Cardinals, the tendon ruptured and Sherman is done for the season and facing a long rehab process before he can get back on the field in 2018.

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“It’s always a concern but if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” said Brown when asked about the possibility of the same thing happening to him. “There’s nothing you can really do about it. You can be walking up the stairs and it can happen. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, there’s nothing I can really do about it. All I can do is keep doing treatment on it and getting the work done.”

One big difference between Sherman and Brown is financial security.

Sherman signed a four year, $56 million contract in 2014. Even if the Seahawks decide to cut ties with him after this season he still would have pocketed $45 million in salary and bonuses.

Brown, on the other hand, is working on a one-year, $2.55 million deal. He hopes to cash in as a free agent in 2018. It would be very difficult to do that if he was rehabbing a torn Achilles. Does he factor this into his thinking at all?

“No, I don’t,” he said. “The last two years I was on the free agent market, it’s the way I play. If that was the case I would have just shut it down already.”

Instead of taking the rest of the year off, he will do what he’s been doing.

“I’ll just continue to get treatment on it, then when Sunday comes, we’ll have to see what happens on Sunday,” he said.

“I like to play the game with passion and I hate to lose. I try my best to help people do better, just trying to help some of the young guys. At the end of the day, you rest when the season’s over.”

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Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

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Sony Michel

Running back
Georgia

Sony Michel is a solid north-south runner who also can bounce outside and pick up yardage. He shared playing time with Nick Chubb last year and still ran for 1,277 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns against SEC competition. Michel also showed his bona fides in the passing game, catching 64 career passes and showing that he can handle pass protection. 

Height: 5-11
Weight: 220
40-yard dash:4.54

Projected draft round:2

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins have made no secret of their desire to draft an upgrade at running back. They would prefer one who can catch passes out of the backfield and gain yardage between the tackles. Sony Michel can do both as well as pop for yardage on the outside. There is a good chance that he will be on the board when the Redskins draft in the second round. Since they don’t have a third-round pick, this may be the last chance to get an upgrade in this draft. 

Film review: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Alabama

—The first thing to say here is that the Bulldogs had a quality run-blocking offensive line. Michel frequently had big holes to run through. For his part, Michel maximized his gains when he had a big opening, hitting it quickly and working north-south. 

—He also can pick up yards through just a small crease, again by hitting it with urgency and gaining momentum to drive for the final few yards. 

—Michel didn’t do a whole lot of pass protection in the plays I watched, but he was solid when he did. On one play against Notre Dame, he put a blitzing defensive back on the ground. Against Alabama, he got in the way of likely first-round pick Da’Ron Payne long enough to allow the quarterback to get off a deep pass. To be sure, he didn’t blow Payne away but his block was effective.

—Besides the O-line, Michel also got quality blocking from his receivers. Again, he took advantage, reading the blocks and maximizing the gain. 

—He also can get it done without much help. On third and 20 against the vaunted Alabama defense, he headed up the middle and quickly went outside when he saw no running room. He headed to the sideline with four Alabama defenders and no blockers in sight. Michel found another gear and accelerated down the sideline to convert the third and long.  

—He later converted a third and 10 on a draw play, quickly getting up to speed and zipping through traffic to move the sticks. 

Potential issues: Although he has decent speed, he’s not the home run threat you might want in a back taken in the second round. And Michel isn’t really a power back either, although he can fight for extra yards. 

Despite his limitations, there is chatter that Michel might be drafted early in the second round or perhaps even late in the first. It’s hard to separate the smoke and speculation from reality as we sit a week before the draft starts. But he’s a talented back and if Derrius Guice goes off the board earlier than most expect, a run on runners could include Michel. 

Bottom line: Saquon Barkley is the obvious top running back and he surely will be gone when the Redskins pick in the first round. After that, the Redskins have plenty of options. They like Guice but 13 may be too high for him and he is likely to be gone when their pick in the second is on the clock. Michel is one of a few possibilities there, a group that also would include Michel’s former teammate Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones of USC and others. Without a peek at the draft board in Ashburn, we will just have to wait and see. 

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

Since the 2017 regular ended we’ve known who the Redskins will play this coming season and we have known where the games will be played. Tonight we find out the when. 

The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. The NFL will fill in the blanks beside all of the prime time games, the Thanksgiving Day games and the Sunday doubleheader and night games. 

Last year, the Redskins were coming off of an 8-7-1 season where they just missed making a second straight playoff appearance. Kirk Cousins was becoming one of the more recognizable names in the NFL and the schedule makers thought they would be enough of a draw to warrant five prime time slots. They were scheduled for a Sunday night, two Monday nights, and two Thursday nights, including a first-ever home game on Thanksgiving. 

The Redskins may not be as attractive a prime time candidate this year. They went 7-9 and Cousins is gone, although replacement Alex Smith is fairly well-known. It’s nearly a given that two NFC East games will be on prime time. That has been the case every year but one since 2012. We will see what will happen beyond that. 

The prime-time games that the Redskins do have will start a bit earlier than they have in the past. The league announced yesterday that Monday night games will move up from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET and Thursdays will move from an 8:25 p.m. start to 8:20 p.m. Sunday night games move up from 8:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

There has been speculation that the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, perhaps at Dallas or against another opponent in the night game. That would make three years in a row on Thanksgiving for them. That is not without precedent although it would be unusual. Besides the Lions and Cowboys, who host Thanksgiving games annually, only two teams played in three straight Thanksgiving games. The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between they played at Dallas on Thanksgiving. 

The availability of FedEx Field should not cause any schedule alterations. There are some events scheduled for the venue but concerts by Taylor Swift and Beyonce & Jay-Z, an international soccer game, and the Maryland-Texas college game are all going to be done before the start of the NFL season. 

Here are the Redskins regular season opponents. 

Road

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Cardinals
  • Saints
  • Jaguars
  • Titans
  • Bucs

Home

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Packers
  • Panthers
  • Colts
  • Falcons
  • Texans

The preseason opponents were announced earlier this month.

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