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Full Redskins injury report: Two DB's out, Jones, Riley doubtful

Full Redskins injury report: Two DB's out, Jones, Riley doubtful


CB Quinton Dunbar (quad)—The nickel corner missed practice this week with the quad injury. He could end up inactive to get a week to heal. It is likely that Deshazor Everett will play nickel corner if Dunbar is out.

S Dashon Goldson (rib/knee/shoulder)—He played 81 snaps against the Eagles with a broken rib. Goldson has played through a variety of injuries most of the season. It’s likely that the will get this week to heal before the Redskins go into the playoffs. Kyshoen Jarrett will play in his place if he is out.

Doubtful (25% chance player will play)

ILB Perry Riley (foot)—His broken foot continues to mend and he got some agility and conditioning work off to the side during practice this week. He participated in practice on a limited basis some this week but he could be another week away from returning. Mason Foster will continue to start in his place.

RB Matt Jones (hip)—He got injured late in the Bills game he was out against the Eagles. Jones suffered a setback in practice this week. If he is out, Pierre Thomas will be active.

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

CB DeAngelo Hall (calf)—After suffering a calf strain late in the Eagles game Hall was concerned that it might be a long-term issue. But it turned out to be relatively minor. He might be a game time decision if this game counted for anything; as it is, he will probably sit out.

DE Jason Hatcher (shoulder/ankle)—The veteran has been dealing with a stinger he sustained against the Cowboys and they have been trying to take it easy on his surgically-repair knee all year long. If at all possible, the Redskins would like to keep him inactive this game and start Ricky Jean Francois at right defensive end.

OT Trent Williams (knee/foot)—This is not a particular injury, just Williams showing some wear and tear of the season. Jay Gruden said yesterday that it was possible that Williams will be active and dress for the game but only play if there is an emergency.

RB Pierre Thomas (knee)—Gruden said that Thomas tweaked his knee in practice on Wednesday. If he can go he could get a fairly heavy workload.

WR DeSean Jackson (knee)—He aggravated a patella contusion, an injury you and I call a bruised kneecap, against the Bills. Jackson has been limited in practice and his play on Sunday is likely to be limited.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

OT Morgan Moses (ankle)—Moses missed nearly the entire second half against the Bills with an ankle sprain and he was very much a question mark going into the Eagles game. But he played every snap and practiced all week so it appears that he is good to go against the Cowboys.

Also listed as probable are WR Ryan Grant (abdomen), CB Will Blackmon (shin/hip), LB Will Compton (shin), WR Ryan Grant (abdomen), C Josh LeRibeus (ankle), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder) and RB Chris Thompson (shoulder)

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on and

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.


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