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MRI on Trent Williams' knee is negative

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MRI on Trent Williams' knee is negative

The Redskins received positive news about the knee injury left guard Trent Williams suffered in Sundays loss to the Bengals.The update on ailing wide receiver Pierre Garon, however, was not as encouraging.

The MRI on Williams right knee came back negative, Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Monday afternoon. Asked if the injury is a bone bruise, Shanahan said, Yes.

Still a little bit sore right now, the coach added. So it will be a day-by-day evaluation.

Williams was injured as he threw a block on Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson in the first quarter of the Redskins' 38-31 defeat. Williams knee appeared to buckle as he was driven into the ground by Johnson.

It could be argued that Williams is the second most important player on the Redskins offense, which leads the league in scoring with 99 points after three games, because he guards quarterback Robert Griffin III's blindside.

If Williams does not suit up Sunday in Tampa, backup Jordan Black is expected to replace him in the lineup.

Williams did not speak to reporters, but was spotted wearing a brace on his right knee and walking with a pronounced limp.

As for Garon, Shanahan said he does not know if the wide receiver will practice Wednesday. Garon has missed the past two games with an injury between the big toe and ball of his foot that he suffered in New Orleans.

I really dont know, Shanahan said. Hes getting treatment everyday and Im hoping he gets on the practice field on Wednesday and hes feeling a lot better and will be ready to play. But I cant tell you at this point.

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.

1) His next NFL kick will be his first one

Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.

The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.

For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.

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2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways

While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.

Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.

3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job

With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.

It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.

Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.

The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.

In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it. 

Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.

As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.