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If Su'a Cravens reports to the Redskins he could be activated immediately

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If Su'a Cravens reports to the Redskins he could be activated immediately

LOS ANGELES—If Su’a Cravens does return to the Redskins on Tuesday he could play as soon as next Sunday against the Raiders.

When Cravens needed time off to decide if he wanted to retire or continue playing the team put him on the exempt/left team list. A player on that list does not count against the 53-man roster limit. Cravens went on the list on Sept. 3 and the team is now in the middle of a four-week window during which they can activate him or put him on the reserve/left team list, which would keep him out for the year.

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But he does not have to remain on the exempt list for four weeks. Per the NFL, “The team can lift the exemption at any time to activate the player.” So Cravens could be activated at any time.

It is unclear if the team would be required to remove him from the exempt list if he reports to the team facility. They might want to wait a week or a maximum of two to make sure that he is in good health and that his conditioning is good enough to play. But they may not have that option.

If they can’t keep him on the exempt list they would have to release another player to stay at the 53-player limit.

Cravens was slated to be the starting strong safety before the sudden retirement talk. Deshazor Everett started in his place last week and he struggled at times against the Eagles. It seems unlikely that Cravens would immediately be inserted into the starting lineup even if he does come off the exempt list. A return in Week 4 in Kansas City would be more likely and they could wait until after the bye week following that game against the Chiefs.

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According to the NFL Media report that Cravens will return to the team there still appear to be some moving parts with Ian Rapoport writing, “Simply reporting may not be the end of the story.” When he left his teammates were publically supportive but some anonymously said that they might have a problem with trusting Cravens again.

The Redskins play the Rams today and coach Jay Gruden will not be available for comment until after the game is over.

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

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Kirk Cousins is real nice - and 3 other things we learned from the 49ers game

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Kirk Cousins is real nice - and 3 other things we learned from the 49ers game

Kirk Cousins got mic'd up during the Redskins win over the 49ers last Sunday, and well, it confirmed a few things Washington fans already knew about their quarterback. 

For starters, Cousins is a nice guy. A real nice guy.

On one play, Cousins completes a pass downfield while facing a bit of pressure. As soon as he throws the ball, he starts shouting to his offensive line, "Good pocket! Great pocket!"

He keeps going, "Hey that was you guys. I took forever, I took forever. Hey nice job."

NFL quarterbacks like to thank their offensive lines, but not always immediately, even while the play is going on. Kirk is a nice guy.

Some other things learned from the mic'd up session:

  • Josh Doctson has a nickname. It's "Papa Doc." No idea if that's an 8 Mile reference. 
  • Trent Williams believes Kirk Cousins' shoulder is worth $200 million. And he might be right. 
  • Kirk Cousins wants to stay aggresive. He laid it out to QB coach Kevin O'Connell. Cousins explained during the Redskins early lead:

"Sometimes I get in a weird place, you get a lead like this. Where you start playing conservative, not to lose. It’s smart to do that but it also kinda hinders your ability to just go play."

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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.