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Hightower making progress towards return

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Hightower making progress towards return

Although the Redskins lost reserve nose tackle Chris Neild for the season Tuesday, a number of key players, including running back Tim Hightower, are inching toward a return to the field.Heres the latest on the injury situation:--Wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan were both carted from the field after suffering from the heat during Tuesdays practice. Coach Mike Shanahan said they were administered fluids via IV and are expected to be fine.--Hightower is making progress in his return from ACL surgery and could begin taking reps with the team on Friday, Shanahan said.You see his quickness has improved from three weeks ago, Shanahan added. Now, we have to put him in team situations and see how he reacts.--Left tackle Trent Williams (bone bruise) made it through about half of practice before his left foot became too sore. He watched the remainder of the team drills from the sideline.Williams said hes still aiming to play Saturday in Chicago.--Right guard Chris Chester (sprained left ankle) thought he would be ready to practice fully today but was withheld from team drills as a precaution.Chester said he did not suffer a setback.--Shanahan also said left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee) should able to practice in a week or so. Lichtensteiger tweaked the surgically repaired joint on the second day of training camp and opted to have it scoped.

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Redskins Week 7 Inactives: Bashaud Breeland is good to go vs. the Eagles

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Redskins Week 7 Inactives: Bashaud Breeland is good to go vs. the Eagles

There are no big surprises on the Redskins’ inactive list Monday before the Eagles matchup:

  • CB Josh Norman
  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL Ty Nsekhe
  • DL A.J. Francis
  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle
  • OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons
  • S Deshazor Everett

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the 49ers, is active. With Norman out, that is very good news for the Redskins’ chances.

Norman was declared out on the final injury report. He reportedly wanted to play with a broken rib that he sustained on October 3 against the Chiefs. But the medical staff would not clear him to play and Norman will miss his second consecutive game. Quinton Dunbar will start in his place.

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Reserve offensive linemen Catalina (concussion) and Nsekhe (core muscle) also were declared out on Saturday.

Starting RB Rob Kelley returns after missing the 49ers game with an ankle injury.

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 23, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 31

Final report on injures of note:
Out
: CB Josh Norman (rib),
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee)CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
See the full injury report and analysis here

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The first time these teams met, both scored defensive touchdowns. Ryan Kerrigan got the first Redskins points on the board with a pick six of Carson Wentz in the second quarter. With a minute and a half left, Fletcher Cox wrapped up the game for his team with a 20-yard return of a very controversial fumble. The difference tonight could well be a defensive or special teams score.

—In that game, the Redskins never let the Eagles get any sort of running game going. The Eagles rushed for 54 yards, the second-lowest total for a Washington opponent this year. And they had 24 attempts (2.4 yards per) so it wasn’t as though they didn’t try. The Redskins could use another strong effort against the run this time as well.

—I examined third downs in the first look at this game a few days ago. Since then, this was bought to my attention.

Third downs could be a fatal flaw for the Redskins. The Eagles’ ability to convert third and long situations was a key to them being able to survive without much of a running game in the opener. The Redskins need to hold the Eagles to 40 percent or less on all third downs and to 25 percent or less on third and long. And they will have to do it without Josh Norman, their best defensive back.

—In the first meeting, the matchup of the Redskins’ offensive line and the Eagles’ defensive front went decidedly in Philly’s direction. Washington rushed for just 64 yards and Kirk Cousins was sacked four times. There were plenty of concerns about the line, especially RT Morgan Moses, who gave up two sacks, and RG Brandon Scherff, who gave up four total pressures. Those two and the unit as a whole have been better since that game. The Redskins’ front will need to win that battle this time around.

Prediction: A Week 7 game is not really a must-win when you have a winning record. There is a lot of season left to be played. But if the Redskins are going to take the next step and stay in the thick of things for the ideal playoff seeding, they need to take this one. This year in the NFL, just when everyone thinks they have things figured out something happens to flip the script. Everyone now figures that the Eagles are the best team in the NFC and perhaps the best in the NFL. They are ripe for an upset.

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Season prediction record: 2-3

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

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