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Need to Know: Answering fan questions—Crowder, resting Reed, and respect

Need to Know: Answering fan questions—Crowder, resting Reed, and respect

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 29, three days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden press conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 2:45  

Days until:

—49ers @ Redskins (10/15) 16
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 24
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 30

Answering your Redskins questions

I got this question from a number of you. I chose Andrew’s because he is one of my early-morning Twitter pals and a top-notch meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Richmond. I think that they are improved from last year with the additions on defense. They could improve more if Kirk Cousins can get things going with Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. But they are not going to hold an offense like the Raiders have to 128 yards with Cousins completing 80 percent of his passes for over 350 yards every week. So what it looks like now is that the Redskins have jumped up a notch or two, from the middle of the pack into a spot somewhere in the top dozen or so. If that’s your definition of “good” it seems that they are there.

You apparently didn’t listen to me and JP on our #RedskinsTalk podcast this week. With a player like Reed, you don’t “rest” him when he can play. You only get 16 games and teams don’t generally let a player who is healthy enough to participate sit, especially one who has the impact of Reed. I thought Spaight played well.

I’m not sure what Brown has done to deserve “more of a go”. He has played well in the preseason the last couple of years but almost always late in the game when the last string was in the game. In both of his regular season looks, against the Bears last year and Sunday against the Raiders, he was in against tired defenses who were on the wrong end of a blowout. Don’t get me wrong, I like Brown but I have to say I just don’t get all of the calls for him to start or get more carries. The Redskins are in the top six in the NFL in rushing attempts, yards, and average per carry. It’s not like the Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson aren’t getting the job done.

Gruden said on Sunday that they have no plans to make a change. Crowder went for two years without losing a fumble on punt returns and the coaches see no reason to pull the plug on him now. A third muff in the next few weeks might change their minds but for now, Crowder is the returner.

One thing—consistency. So far this year they have played, in order, a poor game, a solid game, and a great game. They need to make the bad games the exception and play solid games week in and week out with the occasional great effort thrown in there. If the Redskins want that respect they can’t lose a division game at home unless they go on the road and win the return match. And it will take some time. People still remember what happened at the end of last year so perceptions are not going to turn around very quickly.

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Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

By Ryan Wormeli

The Redskins eked out a close win at home on Sunday, coming away with a 26-24 final over the 49ers. One of the keys to the team's success on offense was their effective screen game. 

Doc Walker says running back Chris Thompson is the best in the NFL at catching screens and turning them into big plays. Still, he knows it takes more than just one great player to find success in the screen game.

On Redskins Gameplan, he turned to the film to break down three big plays from Sunday's victory, highlighting the offensive line in giving Thompson the room he needed to make something happen.

Play 1: Recievers getting in on the "Block Party"

Nearly half of the Redskins on the field for this play found themselves with someone to block. Walker points out how active the big guys are, shouting out Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao in particular. The receivers get some shine too, with Doc even pointing out, "You know you gotta give 11 some credit on that."


Play 2: Trent Williams just keeps looking for guys to block

With the Redskins deep in their own territory, they once again call for a screen pass, and you know Doc gets really excited to see the big fellas move.

"Now watch the big uglies, downfield. Agile! Hostile! Getting after it! Staying on their feet, no belly floppers," exclaimed Walker. "That's the key to it."

Play 3: Brandon Scherff redeems himself later in the drive

Brandon Scherff started off this important drive with a holding penalty, costing his team valuable yards. He then saw the screen pass as an opportunity to make it up to his teammates, and he takes full advantage.

Doc has just one thing to say for players staring down an angry Brandon Scherff.

"You, my friend, are in trouble."


The Redskins probably hoped their game against the winless 49ers would be a bit more comfortable than a 26-24 victory. Still, when they found themselves in a dogfight, they were able to rely on their quality screen game to get them big yardage when needed, and it helped them come out with a big Week 6 win.

For more segments like this, tune in to Redskins Gameplan at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

Whether you're a medical expert or not, odds are that when you saw the words "Lisfranc injury" next to the words "Jonathan Allen," you had an inkling that wasn't a good thing. Unfortunately, that inkling was right.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Allen, who was originally expected to miss about a month, will actually be sidelined for the rest of the season because of the Lisfranc issue that popped up in Washington's game vs. San Francisco. So, what's the deal with this injury?

Here's some information on the ailment that ended the first-round pick's first year with the Redskins.


What part of the foot is affected by a Lisfranc injury? says that a Lisfranc injury occurs when bones "in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn." They're common with football players because often times they happen when one player steps on the foot of another, or when a player's cleat doesn't release normally from the field.

What's the recovery from a Lisfranc injury like?

Players affected by a Lisfranc injury can opt to take the surgery route or recover without surgery. According to Ian Rapoport, though, Allen has chosen to undergo surgery.

After the operation, Allen will probably stay off the foot for at least a month and a half or two months. He'll then be allowed to slowly bear weight on it, and eventually, the screws should be removed.

Reputable NFL doctor Robert Anderson said in a 2013 interview that the overall process usually takes five or six months. However, as is the case for most surgeries, recovery time does vary.


What other NFL players have had a Lisfranc injury in the past?

As mentioned earlier, this isn't an uncommon injury in the NFL. Here's a sample of guys who've had it in the recent past:

  • Matt Schaub
  • Le'Veon Bell
  • Jake Locker
  • Morgan Moses (his rookie year was also ended by one)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Santonio Holmes
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Dwight Freeney

Some guys, like Bell and Freeney, emerged from the injury and continued to improve. But others, like Locker and Holmes, had major difficulty coming back from it.

Can a Lisfranc injury linger?

It sure can, and that's obviously something the Redskins are really, really hoping won't happen with Allen. A study published by the University of Pennsylvania reported that more than 90 percent of players who suffered a Lisfranc injury resumed playing within 15 months (Allen should apparently come back much sooner) and saw no noticeable decrease in performance.

With that being said, arthritis can flare up in the foot. In addition, players can still feel pain long after surgery and long after their return to action. So this is clearly a tricky thing and something that may affect the talented defensive lineman for a long time to come.