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Receiver Maurice Harris eager to do whatever he can in home stretch

Receiver Maurice Harris eager to do whatever he can in home stretch

Redskins rookie wide receiver Maurice Harris turned 24 on Friday, but Kirk Cousins waited until Sunday to give him his birthday present.

When Harris, who went undrafted out of California, hauled in a first half pass from Cousins, it marked his first career NFL catch. He later added two more, including a nice 15-yarder on third down which required a tip-toeing act on the sideline, and finished the day with 28 yards.

It was an encouraging performance for a guy who was just added to the active roster on Oct. 21, and who was playing in just his third professional game.

"I was a little nervous," Harris said after Washington's 26-20 win. "I'm a little nervous before every game, but once you get a couple plays in and kind of get the flow going, it just kind of rolls from there."


When asked if the transition from being a member of the practice squad to being a member of the active roster has been challenging for him, the 6-foot-3 wideout answered nonchalantly. 

"Not really," he said. "Kirk's a great quarterback. I just feel [I need to] go in there, do my job, and just be on the right details and everything, and all the little things. I think everything else will kind of just take care of itself."

Harris, who is a cousin of Chargers star Keenan Allen, will compete for snaps with Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross moving forward, as long as DeSean Jackson is sidelined with a shoulder injury. His height is something those other two don't have, however, and neither Grant or Ross registered a catch against Minnesota.

While that competition likely drives him beneath the surface, he made it seem like it wasn't on his mind in the locker room. With seven weeks left in the season, No. 13 said he's focused solely on making the Burgundy and Gold better, no matter how much time he sees on the field.

"Whatever they ask, I'm gonna do it to the best of my abilities," Harris said. "Whatever I can do to help."

Aside from maybe holding onto his receiver gloves, Harris didn't plan on celebrating his memorable day any further. Being a college free agent, he certainly understands the importance of not getting complacent. And the upcoming matchup with the Packers will provide him another opportunity to impress his quarterback and coaches.

Look for him to again try and stand out for reasons other than his extra height.


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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.


It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.


Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.


In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.