Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 27, nine days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Five thoughts on the road ahead for the Redskins
—I have a post coming later today about what Jay Gruden faces in trying to turn around the losing culture that pervades the Redskins. This is a whole lot more than adjusting play calling to get Alfred Morris more carries or changing personnel on the offensive line. It’s about making losing unacceptable and a reason to work harder and not a reason to pat yourself on the back if you did some good things and came close.
—The team appears to have dodged the proverbial bullet with Trent Williams’ knee injury. It looked like he was going to miss maybe four weeks with some sort of patellar injury. But it wasn’t nearly as serious as they thought it was on Thursday night and there is a good chance he will play against Seattle. Kirk Cousins could struggle against the Seahawks with a reliable left tackle in the game. He would struggle even more with Tom Compton protecting his blind side.
—The Redskins might have to make a roster move at safety. Safety Trenton Robinson is almost certainly down for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain and that leaves them with just three healthy safeties on the roster. One of those, Akeem Davis, is very raw. There is a possibility that Phillip Thomas will get the call from the practice squad next week.
—There also could be a move made at tight end. Niles Paul must go through the concussion protocol after taking a scary hit over the middle against the Giants. Jordan Reed is still recovering from a hamstring strain. Both of those injuries are day-to-day type issues where it’s hard to put a timetable on just when the player will be ready to go. With Logan Paulsen the only healthy tight end on the roster the team might need to bring Ted Bolser up from the practice squad.
—A lot of fans and media types are in grave danger of hurting themselves while jumping off of the Kirk Cousins bandwagon. It was a very crowded place to be after the Jaguars and Eagles games. It’s now nearly empty. But just like it was way too early to proclaim Cousins the new savior prior to Thursday night, it’s too early to say that he is hopeless flawed after his five-turnover performance on the Giants. We should have a better idea of what the Redskins have in Cousins in about five or six weeks when Robert Griffin III is ready to return.
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—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Cardinals 15; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 30
In case you missed it
- Update on Trent Williams' knee
- Jay Gruden hopes to get Jordan Reed back next week
- Baker, Peters fined for fight in Philly
- Jay Gruden says Keenan Robinson is 'okay'
- A look at the Redskins' 'abysmal' defense
- Penalty-prone Redskins beating themselves
- Were the Redskins too satisfied after the Philly loss?
- Redskins vs. Giants by the numbers