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Need to Know: Redskins Park news and notes--Gruden tight lipped on injuries


Need to Know: Redskins Park news and notes--Gruden tight lipped on injuries

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 1, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.

Redskins Park news and notes

The Redskins had a rare Tuesday practice yesterday due to the Thursday game last week and the upcoming Monday night game. Here is some of what Jay Gruden had to say.

—The team doesn’t have to give an injury report until Thursday and Gruden was pretty tight lipped. “They’re still in the rehab position that they are in, and all of our injuries right now, you know… today was like a bonus day,” he said. “Tomorrow they’re off, and when they come back [Thursday] we’ll have a better idea. Today’s like a bonus day, but they’re still in the same position they were, a day-to-day type deal.” The question was about Jordan Reed and Kedric Golston, but he gave similar answers to all that he was asked about.

—Despite the loss to the Giants, Gruden thinks the team has what it takes to improve. “Obviously, we’re not excited to be 1-3, but that’s where we are,” he said. “But moving forward with the type of players we have, the coaches we have, I think we can get this thing turned around. That’s the ultimate goal.”

—The Redskins got caught in what seems to be a familiar patter on Thursday night football this year. One team gets things going in the right direction, the other one loses its edge and it’s over not too long before the game starts. “I think going into the game, I don’t think we used the short week or the injuries as an excuse,” said Gruden. “I think the thing that hurt us was, like I said, the snowball effect. Once something bad happened, then another thing bad happened, then another one and then another one, and nobody was able to dig us out and turn the tide.  They just kept pouring it on, and we were unable to recover.”

—Niles Paul took a heck of a hit to the head against the Giants but he was acting normally in the locker room on Tuesday. That doesn’t mean that he pass the concussion protocol but it is a good sign. “He’s feeling better,” said Gruden. “He’s got to go through the concussion protocol, and they’re going to take the necessary steps with the doctors and the rehab and all that stuff. But, he’s making very good progress.”

—Fans who are driven crazy by corners playing off man coverage should be happier if Gruden follows through on what he said regarding his new starting cornerbacks. “I think moving forward with the type of corners that we have – we have big, physical, long corners in [Bashaud] Breeland and [David] Amerson – their strength would be to get their hands on people and they have got to do a better job with that and not giving tight ends out there out in space or receivers out in space free releases and easy access,” he said. “If they are going to be up there, let’s get them up there and press because they are both very physical and both very good at doing that.”

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Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Cardinals 11; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 26

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

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