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Need to Know: Redskins playing without a full deck

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Need to Know: Redskins playing without a full deck

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 1, seven days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans.

Redskins short handed but have enough to get by

According to the NFL, the Redskins have 90 players on their roster. But truth be told they are working with fewer than that.

The dropped from officially having 90 to having 89 yesterday when the put running back Tristan Davis on the Exempt/Left Squad list. Davis went to the coaches yesterday and informed them that his heart was no longer in the game of football and that he was leaving camp. The roster designation removes him and his salary from the books but the Redskins do maintain his rights should he have a change of heart and want to return to the game.

They got back up to an official 90-man roster with the signing of Nick Barnett on Wednesday. But they are still operating under the limit.

Counting towards the 90-player limit but not participating in camp are Adam Carriker and Maurice Hurt. Both of them are on the PUP list. Either player could come off of it at any time but Carriker appears to be a long way from being cleared to participate. He just had a third surgery in an attempt to fix the quad muscle he injured in a game last September. Carriker may be back this season but not at any point during training camp.

Hurt had a procedure done on his knee during OTAs and is still recovering from that. Mike Shanahan said on Wednesday that there was no timetable for Hurt’s return, that it could be a few days or a few weeks.

“Anytime you have surgery, you don’t want to push that knee too hard until he’s ready to play. But we’ve got a lot of players, we have some depth,” he said. “We watched him play over the last couple of years so we know what he can do. So I want to make sure that he’s healthy before we put him in any game-type situation.”

Keenan Robinson is probably headed for injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder. But he is currently on the roster pending an evaluation of the injury by Dr. James Andrews. That will take place when he performs the surgery next week.

So subtracting the “long term” injured players brings the Redskins down to 86 players. Take away DeAngelo Hall, who is not practicing after spraining his ankle in practice on Monday, and Donte Stallworth, who has been out with a hamstring strain all week, and you’re down to 84 players available to practice.

Even though they are a little short, things are working out fine for the Redskins because the players who are out play different positions. Davis’ departure still left the Redskins with six running backs and two fullbacks. There are still 11 wide receivers who can line up while Stallworth gets better. Hall’s absence actually may help at cornerback as it will give top draft pick David Amerson some work with the first team.

They have numbers at inside linebacker as the signing of Barnett means that they have six players to back up London Fletcher and Perry Riley.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

10:00—Walkthrough practice, players available to media coming off the field

After walkthrough (approx. 11:30)—News conference with player TBA

3:20—Full practice, players available to media coming off the field

5:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

Note: There is some inclement weather forecast for Thursday. In general, rain will not cancel a practice session but the presence of lightning will. Check here or on Redskins.com for the latest updates.

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Days until: Redskins @ Titans preseason opener 7; Preseason Monday night vs. Steelers 18; Redskins @ Packers 45

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

The Redskins are pondering the three options they have to start up the process that will either lead to Cousins playing in Washington in 2018 or saying goodbye to their starter for the last three years. These options carry pros and cons that Schaffer, Allen, and Dan Snyder will weigh over the next 46 days until March 6, the deadline for teams to designate transition and franchise tags.

Here are the three most likely options for the Redskins and the pros and cons of each approach:

No tag, let him hit free agency—This would allow Cousins to become a free agent at 4 p.m. on March 14, when the new league years starts. The Redskins could make him an offer and they could ask the Cousins camp to give them an opportunity to match any offer they might be considering. But Cousins would be under no obligation to do so.
Pros: It would end the uncertainty once and for all. When the process is over, Cousins will either be a Redskin in the long term or be playing for another team. This also is the only way the Redskins can qualify for a compensatory draft pick if Cousins does sign elsewhere.
Cons: The most likely outcome is that the Redskins would be starting over at quarterback in 2018, something they are not ready to do. A large segment of the fan base would be angry if the Redskins just let Cousins walk out the door.

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Transition tag: This tag carries a salary of $28.8 million and it allows Cousins to talk to other teams. If he gets an offer sheet from one of them, the Redskins would have five days to match it. If they don’t match, Cousins goes to the other team for no compensation. Another possible outcome could be Cousins signing the tag and staying in Washington for the fully guaranteed $28.8 million salary.
Pros: There also would be a good chance of ending the uncertainty, with Cousins either ending up gone at the end of the process or under a long-term contract in Washington. It also would give Cousins what he wants, the ability to test the open market, while giving the Redskins a shot at keeping him at the same time.
Cons: A team with adequate cap space could front load an offer and make it very difficult for the Redskins to match. There would be no compensation if Cousins left because the Redskins declined to match an offer sheet. And there is the possibility that the QB uncertainty could linger for another year if Cousins signs the tag.

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Franchise tag: This tag carries a salary of about $34.5 million. Cousins could not negotiate with other teams as there is no non-exclusive option on a third career franchise tag. At his radio event the week after the season ended, Cousins said that he would just sign the tag and play for the Redskins. They could trade Cousins after he signs the tag, although the salary would make that difficult to do.
Pros: It would virtually assure that the Redskins would have Cousins for 2018. They would have until July 15 to try to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Cons: You can’t make the case that Cousins, or any player not named Brady or Rodgers, could justify a $34.5 million salary for one year. And since a fourth franchise tag is not permitted, it would almost certainly set up a scenario where Cousins plays one more year and then he is done in DC. That’s not how to get the certainty at the position that Jay Gruden desires.

There is a fourth option, which would be to sign Cousins before the deadline. But earlier this month Cousins said that he would not be interested in doing that; his preference is to wait until March. Perhaps things can change but Cousins was quite definitive in what he said.

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