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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

Here is what you need to know going into Wednesday, Day 6 of practice at Redskins Park:Good news, bad news on Brown?My friend and colleague Chick Hernandez is reporting the following on Jammal Brown via Twitter: So it appears that a preliminary look found that the original injury, the one Brown suffered while running sprints last week, is not very bad. But there is something in the other hip that needs a look.We will get more information and further clarification on the story later his morning.Redskins not the only team with injuriesEvery year around this time the Redskins deal with training camp injuries and every year about this time I get people asking if the Redskins are extraordinarily unlucky or if they have an incompetent training staff.And, every year around this time I tell them that most NFL teams suffer from injuries this time of year. Here is a quick look through the last 48 hours of camp injuries reported in our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk:Vikings TE John Carlson suffered a sprained MCL.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews injured in a car accident.
Colts OL, LB suffer torn ACLs.
Jaguars G William Rackley is on crutches with a sprained ankle.
Lions RB Javid Best is still suffering from a concussion that ended his 2011 season early.
Pro Bowl Eagles DE Jason Babin will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained calf.
Cardinals starting QB Kevin Kolb has a thigh bruise.
Giants CB Terrel Thomas has re-injured the same knee that cost him all of last season.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta broke his hand in practice.
Eagles WR Ron Johnson suffered a gruesome leg injury.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is still limited by last years torn ACL.
The Jets were suffering so many muscle pulls that Rex Ryan pushed back practice time to allow for more stretching.
Packers WR Greg Jennings is out of practice with an elbow injury.
Chiefs S Kyle McCarthy was carted off the field with a knee injury.
Broncos S Quinton Carter is out of practice with a hamstring injury.Again, those are just the more significant injuries reported in PFT since Monday morning. Its hard to look at that list and say that the Redskins are significantly worse off than the rest of the NFL.Tackle supply is getting thin out thereSome eyes were rolled when the Redskins signed tackle Jordan Black, who did not play in the NFL last year. But here is how bad the offensive tackle supply is in the NFL. The Chiefs just signed Ray Willis, who last played in the NFL in 2009. Yes, when he last played, Jim Zorn roamed the Redskins sidelines.In case you missed itYesterday, I looked at the backup plan at inside linebacker after Jonathan Goffs season-ending knee injury. Also, we had a couple of items on new offensive tackle Jordan Black, one on his impact on the depth chart and another on his weight problem (he needs to gain, not lose). The practice report has entries on Brian Orakpo, Brandon Banks, and Chris Cooley, among many others.On tap todayIt should be quite comfortable at Redskins training camp today with a high of only 83 this afternoon. There is about at 30 percent chance of thunderstorms like the ones that sent fans home early yesterday. But, then again, theres a 70 percent chance that it wont rain.

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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