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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Doctson, Galette injuries, roster cuts

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Doctson, Galette injuries, roster cuts

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 12, 21 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 223 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 29 days.

Today’s schedule: Practice 1:30 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 7
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 36
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 43

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and relevant topics on CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com this week.

Stock up-stock down after 8 days of Redskins camp—As camp goes on, the market tends to stabilize some. Of the six players listed as up or down in this post that went up six days ago, I would change the status of only one. That would be Nate Sudfeld, who had a few good days last week only to stumble and again look like Sudfeld has looked most of his time here, hesitant and inaccurate.

Doctson leaves practice early with hamstring injury—The injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as initially feared, although we really don’t know how serious it was until he gets back on the field. Doctson was overheard asking for his chiropractor to see him. That may be an odd request but he believes his health problems last year stemmed from his body being misaligned. It certainly can’t hurt.

5 observations from Redskins' empty loss to Ravens—I didn’t just make them ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, and ugly but I could have. Still, there is no point in overreacting to the game, either.

Redskins will have to wait longer to see Galette—The absence of Junior Galette from the lineup against the Ravens ended up being no big deal, considering how little the Redskins’ front-line players were on the field. I suspect that if this had been a regular-season game Galette would have taken extraordinary measures to try to take the field and may have played through pain. But for the preseason opener, the prescription is rest.  

Redskins will face tough decisions on roster cuts—Roster decisions have ripple effects. The Redskins may well want to keep four tight ends. But that roster spot will have to come from somewhere else in the zero-sum game that is NFL roster management. Go one short of the norm at running back? Risk going thin on the O-line? Or maybe go unbalanced and take a spot away from the defense? It all must be sorted out by three weeks from today.

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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.

 

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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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.