Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 9, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers in a wild card playoff game.
The week that was at Redskins Park
Redskins facing a numbers game at running back—Earlier this week it looked like the Redskins might have four healthy tailbacks with only three spots on the 46-man game day roster for them. But this took care of it self during the week. It appears that Matt Jones’ hip pointer will keep him sidelined for a third straight game. The Redskins will ride with Alfred Morris, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Thompson to try to get together some sort of a rushing attack. They need at least a moderately effective running game to slow down the Packers’ pass rush.
Good news on Phillips after scary collision vs. Cowboys—First-year cornerback Dashaun Phillips was getting some playing time at nickel corner against the Cowboys until a head-on collision with Darren McFadden in the second quarter had him on his way to a local hospital. But the hospital trip was just precautionary and he has practiced in full all week. If Quinton Dunbar, who is questionable with a quad injury, Phillips could see a few snaps on Sunday. If Dunbar is out his role could increase substantially.
Lichtensteiger activated, Jarrett to IR—The Redskins made it official, bringing Kory Lichtensteiger off of injured reserve and inserting him back into the starting center job. He last played in Week 5 against the Falcons and they put him on injured reserve/designated to return on November 10, after Week 9. The ripple effects here were that Josh LeRibeus, who had been starting at center, went to the bench and Brian de la Puente was waived. The biggest improvement here will be accurate shotgun snaps, which LeRibeus was not delivering. DB Kyshoen Jarrett went to injured reserve with possible nerve damage in his right arm, also sustained in a collision with McFadden.
Redskins sign veteran cornerback Cary Williams—With Jarrett out, the Redskins needed a defensive back who could jump in and pick up the defense right away. Williams, a veteran of eight NFL seasons with four different teams, filled the bill.
Jay Gruden on Jordan Reed: He's a different animal—It’s apparent that if the Redskins are going to win it’s going to be Reed getting a lot of it done. Gruden basically said that the Packers won’t be able to stop him. "They haven’t seen a tight end like Jordan," Gruden said. "He’s different, he’s a different animal." I don’t know who will cover him; a 10-catch day is a possibility.
Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of the Month—In the last five games of the season, Cousins completed 111 of 151 passes (73.5 percent) for 1,378 yards (9.1 yards per attempt) with 13 touchdowns and one interception. The Redskins won the last four of those to take the NFC East. Cousins became the first Redskins player to win offensive player of the month honors since Clinton Portis in October of 2008.
Sam Shields likely to be out for Sunday's game—The big news out of the Packers camp this week is injuries. Two key players are iffy for Sunday. Top cornerback Sam Shields is doubtful with a concussion. He missed the last three games of the regular season and he still is in the NFL’s concussion protocol as of Friday afternoon. They would have a tough time covering DeSean Jackson with Shields in the lineup; without him it could be a big day for Jackson. Left tackle David Bakhtiari has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is questionable. The Packers have allowed 14 sacks without him.
—Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability
—Days until: Redskins vs. Packers in wild card playoff game 1; NFL divisional playoffs start 7; Super Bowl 50 29
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