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Full Redskins injury report: No players ruled out, four are questionable

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Full Redskins injury report: No players ruled out, four are questionable

Injury report for Redskins vs. Saints

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Questionable (50% chance player will play)

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—Hall was limited in practice all week and he may be getting close but at cornerback, with the need to backpedal and cut, close with his sprained toe may not be good enough. But he seems to be determined to play, so we will see.

LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder/rib/abdomen)—If this was the NHL his injury would be described as “upper body” and in this case the meaning would be literal. In the last two weeks he has been out of practice or limited with injuries to his abdomen, ribs, shoulder, and neck. If he can’t go on Sunday, Will Compton will start in his place.

WR Andre Roberts (ankle)—Roberts has been limited in practice all week. He could be inactive on Sunday due to either the ankle or a coach’s decision. It is possible they keep Rashad Ross active as the fifth wide receiver and to return kickoffs and have Roberts inactive.

NT Terrance Knighton (migraine)—He has been free of symptoms of cluster headaches all week and has practiced fully every day. Barring a setback he should be good to go.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

CB Chris Culliver (knee)—Culliver was on a snap count against the Patriots. He started and played 51 snaps against the Patriots. His inflamed knee came out of it OK and he should be a full go.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—He was healthy enough to get on the field for 50 snaps against the Patriots but perhaps not healthy enough to produce at the level expected of him. He couldn’t outrun cornerbacks and that’s trouble for him. Jay Gruden indicated that he is getting his speed back. We will find out on Sunday.

CB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring)—Like Culliver, his snaps were limited against the Patriots. Breeland returned from a pulled hamstring he suffered late in the Redskins’ last game before the bye. He may not have been able to go if they had played after that Bucs game but he and Culliver essentially split one cornerback’s snaps. The second-year player was on the field for 32 of the 79 defensive plays. Breeland should be close to a full go against the Saints.

LB Ryan Kerrigan (hand)—Kerrigan played 73 snaps against the Patriots with his broken right hand in a light cast with padding. He muddled through, playing a little below his standards. With perhaps a smaller cast and a week under his belt to adjust, he should be closer to his normal self.

RB Chris Thompson (back)—The third-down back sustained a back contusion when he jumped up trying to reel in an errant pass against the Jets and laded flat on his back on the MetLife Stadium field turf. He couldn’t go against the Bucs but he got some extra back padding and played on a limited basis against the Patriots.

DE Jason Hatcher (Knee)—I detailed his program in a separate article last week. It seems certain he will play but his snaps could be limited.

Also probable are S Dashon Goldson (hamstring) and C Josh LeRibeus (shoulder).

Injured reserve

C Kory Lichtensteiger (Neck): He got through the Falcons game with what Gruden described as a “disc area” injury but he was worse for wear after doing so. After missing three straight games and with his timetable for return up in the air, the team decided to put him on injured reserve and sign veteran center Brian de la Puente.

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' necessary win over the Giants

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' necessary win over the Giants

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ ugly 20-10 win vs. the Giants.

A Win is a Win:
If you are worried about style points you are doing it wrong. This was a banged up team on a short week playing for its life. Perhaps a better start would have made for a more comfortable win but they got done what they needed to do.

Jamison Crowder is on a Roll
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He gained a career-high 141 yards on seven receptions. The yardage broke his career high of 123 that he set in Week 8. The third-year receiver got off to very slow start, not posting over 52 yards in any game.

But he has broken out of his slump in a big way and Kirk Cousins is very glad to see it.

Perine is Ready:
The rookie was elevated into the starting role after Rob Kelley went onto injured reserve two weeks ago. His importance elevated when Chris Thompson went out for the year with a broken leg.

Fortunately for the Redskins, his play has elevated since becoming the starter. He rushed for 117 yards against the Saints on Sunday. Thursday, four days later, he couldn’t get anything going in the first half, gaining only three yards on seven carries. But he got rolling in the second half and finished with 100 yards on 24 carries.

The Redskins may well have lost this game if Perine, the only back who was on the roster as of three weeks ago, had not gotten himself on track.

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Defense Got Help: 
Eli Manning passed for 113 yards. Only six times in his career, which spans 211 games, has he thrown for fewer yards. There are three entities mainly responsible for Eli’s woes. The Redskins defense did a good job of putting pressure on him and for the most part the back seven played well in coverage. But Eli himself contributed to his own production problems.

On many occasions he had time to throw and a receiver open but he either sailed the ball well over the receiver’s head or threw it in the ground. Finally, when Manning did have time and delivered the ball on the money, his receivers frequently were unable to find the handle; there were several costly drops.

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There is Hope:
It’s too early in the weekend to go into much detail about the Redskins chances of making the playoffs but the losses earlier in the day by the Lions and Cowboys certainly helped.

It’s still a tough path to navigate.

But they did what they needed to do today in winning one of six games that looked winnable earlier this week. All they can do is try to get a winning streak together and they did all they could do in that regard on Thanksgiving.

Now it’s on to Dallas to see if they can take the next step.

MORE: THIS ONE THROW SHOWS HOW COUSINS IS EVOLVING

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Want to see how Kirk Cousins is evolving as a quarterback? Then watch this throw

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Want to see how Kirk Cousins is evolving as a quarterback? Then watch this throw

LANDOVER — At times during the Redskins' 20-10 Thanksgiving night victory over the Giants, Kirk Cousins and Washington's offense performed at a level somewhere between sloppy nausea-inducing.

There was that awful sequence where the offense botched a fourth-and-1 more than they normally do.

There was also No. 8's slightly off-target throw to a running back he barely knows that ended up as six points for New York. And there were plenty less notable, but still gross, plays before and after those.

But Cousins' first touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder was far from gross. It was beautiful. It was creative.

And it showed how the 29-year-old is still developing as a quarterback:

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"The touchdown he had to Crowder was one of his best touchdown passes that I've seen since I've been here," Jay Gruden said about it afterward.

He's right.

By now, you know the boxes that Cousins checks off as a passer. He has the requisite arm strength. He's usually able to move an offense, even one like the Redskins' 2017 version that includes a ton of spare parts, up and down the field. He has the work ethic and leadership skills. 

But a common knock against him is that he can't extend a play and find a receiver when things aren't there during his initial dropback. And that weakness becomes a glaring one in the red zone.

Yet on Thanksgiving night, there Cousins was, avoiding an edge rusher, stepping up, rolling right and then nailing Crowder right on the numbers for a crucial TD. Like his head coach, Cousins was proud of how that score unfolded.

"I felt some pressure so I just tried to escape up and to the right and kept my eyes down field," he said. "I think just the longer I play, I'll get a better feel for how to move and escape."

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Cousins' final stats don't stack up to some of his past performances, such as his Week 11 effort in New Orleans where he shined or his pretty perfect evening vs. the Raiders in Week 3. Regardless, this one was encouraging in its own way, because it provided another grlimpse at how the signal caller is becoming more comfortable when things around him become uncomfortable.

Like most of his fellow starters in the league, Cousins has flaws. But the more he plays, the more those flaws diminish. Gruden sees it, he sees it, and you should see it, too.