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Cousins could face Cowboys without Williams protecting blind side


Cousins could face Cowboys without Williams protecting blind side

Trent Williams could be sidelined Sunday, but that might not have any bearing on the Redskins’ decision to play—or sit—Kirk Cousins, Coach Jay Gruden said.

Williams was downgraded to ‘did not practice’ on Friday after being a limited participant on Thursday due to knee and foot soreness. The four-time Pro Bowler’s status might not be determined until game day.

“We'll have to wait and see how he does in pre-game warmup if we dress him, but there's a chance he won't dress,” Gruden said. “We just wanted to keep him off [from practice] today. We were on the [artificial] turf. We didn't want to get some unnecessary pounding on it [his knee].”

If Williams doesn’t play, the job of protecting Cousins’ blindside will go to backup Ty Nsekhe.

Nsekhe, who is the biggest player on the Redskins’ roster at 6 foot 8, 325-pounds, has played 131 snaps this season (at left and right tackle) and has earned a positive grade from According to PFF, he’s allowed one sack and three pressures.  

Gruden said he’s confident that Nsekhe—if he’s called upon—can get the job done against Greg Hardy and the Cowboys’ 24th ranked pass rush (30 sacks). 

“I think [Ty] Nsekhe has played well in his subs in the time he’s had to play,” Gruden said. “He's a big man and he's going to have to come in there and compete if Trent can't play. You know, injuries do happen. Like I said yesterday, guys have stepped up. Worst-case scenarios have happened and we've overcome a lot of them. Nsekhe's got to get himself ready and he's done that. He's practiced well throughout the season. He's spelled Morgan Moses a few times and done well.”

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.