Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 10, four days before the Redskins take on the 4-1 Vikings at FedEx Field.RG3 is day to dayAs we reported last night, Robert Griffin III will be on the practice field today as the Redskins begin their preparations to play the Vikings on Sunday. That does not mean that it is certain that Griffin will be behind center for that game.After practice today, Griffin will have to be examined to see if any concussion-related issues surfaced during the physical exertion. If he is determined to be OK, he will be able to practice on Thursday and he will be examined again after that. If he gets through that, he can go on Friday. Another exam will be needed after that the clear him to play on Sunday.So, while Griffin passing the initial hurdle is a good sign but it is only a first step. It is not unheard of for a player to feel fine shortly after being concussed, get through the next few days with no problems and then suddenly symptoms appear later in the week. Vikings a surprising 4-1I dont think anyone thought that the Vikings would come into this game with only one loss; they are the NFLs surprise team in 2012.They are not doing it with smoke and mirrors. Christian Ponder is completing 69 percent of his passes and has six touchdown passes and two interceptions. Adrian Peterson is defying the conventional wisdom by playing at a high level just nine months after suffering a devastating knee injury at FedEx Field. On defense, they stop the run and get after the quarterback.Their record is not built on the back of NFL weaklings. They handed the 49ers their only loss and went on the road to beat the Lions. If the Redskins are going to stop their eight-game home losing streak they will have to play flawless football.Todays schedule11:15Open locker room1:00Practice (closed to the media after first 30 minutes)After practice (approx. 3:00) Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan news conferencesIn case you missed itTarik grades the Redskins vs. the Falcons:Offense,defense,special teamsDays until:Vikings @ Redskins 4; RG3s first division game @ Giants 22; Redskins @ Steelers 18; Thanksgiving Redskins @ Cowboys 43
NEW ORLEANS—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 18, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Today’s schedule: AM walkthrough and then travel to New Orleans. No media availability.
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 6
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 13
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/19) 23
Quick Redskins news hits
C Spencer Long tried to play last week and he couldn’t make it more than a dozen snaps before sitting down for the rest of the day. He is out against the Seahawks tomorrow.
With Brian Quick and Ryan Grant questionable with concussions and Terrelle Pryor out with an ankle injury, the Redskins are down to three healthy wide receivers. While Quick and Grant might play, the depth chart could have Doctson, Crowder, and Harris on it.
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2 reasons Redskins didn't trade Terrelle Pryor—If you want to know why the deal with the Browns didn’t happen, follow the money. Between his signing bonus and the half of the year’s salary, the Redskins have already paid $4.5 million. Although he hasn’t been nearly as productive as they hoped he would be, there was no point in letting him go to save $1.5 million unless they got a second-day draft pick, or maybe a fourth, in return. See that Jay Gruden said that he didn’t hear of the proposed trade, talks must not have become too serious.
Remember Junior Galette? The Redskins don't seem to—As with Pryor, everyone is waiting for Galette to break out. But unlike Pryor, he’s not an expensive unproductive player. He’s making the veteran minimum. Against the Vikings, he played just 19 snaps. Perhaps a return to New Orleans for a game against his old team will spark a sack or two.
Recent comments from Cousins may hint at future in D.C.—Cousins has been big on making statements about the long-term future with the Redskins (read the post for specifics). That doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that he stays in town. But it should give some pause to those who believe that it is a lock that he will be in another uniform when 2018 or, at the latest, 2019 rolls around. He has never been inclined to go to the highest bidder and if the Redskins make a competitive offer that delivers what he wants he could well stick around.
How the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points against the Redskins—The 21-0 run in about seven minutes of game time that the Vikings used to make a competitive game at FedEx Field a rout was a combination of good offense by the Vikings and bad defense and offense by the Redskins. They couldn’t cover Adam Thielen on either drive. Cousins threw an interception off of his back foot and that set up the middle of the three touchdowns. If the Redskins end the season a game out of a playoff spot that seven-minute stretch will be one of the big reasons why they failed to make it.
Player one-liners, defense— Usually, the offensive edition of the player one-liners tends to be the most popular but this week it was the defense that drew the most interest. The defensive player I’m going to keep an eye on the most in the last seven games is rookie safety Montae Nicholson. He has the speed and hard hitting ability that the secondary needs. When asked what will happen when Nicholson is healthy, Jay Gruden said without hesitation that he is the starter. Nicholson’s health will be important for the defense down the stretch. DeAngelo Hall is better suited to a part-time role at this stage of his career.
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In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.
In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.
Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.
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Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.
In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.
Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.
Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.
Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.
Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.
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Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.