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Redskins-Eagles full injury report: Five Redskins questionable

Redskins-Eagles full injury report: Five Redskins questionable

Injury report for Redskins vs. Eagles


Injured reserve

WR Andre Roberts (knee)—Jay Gruden hinted that this might happen prior to the Bills game when he said that he was going to consult with various people in his circle to see if he should have season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The move happened on Monday.


ILB Perry Riley (foot)—His broken foot continues to mend and he got some agility and conditioning work off to the side during practice this week. But he did not participate and he will miss his third game after what was described as a three- to five-week injury. Mason Foster will continue to start in his pla ce.

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

S Dashon Goldson (rib/knee/shoulder)—His latest injury is a broken rib he suffered against the Bills. “I think it would be a pretty significant injury for Goldson not to go,” said Gruden when asked about the defensive captain. This one doesn’t appear to be significant enough.

OT Morgan Moses (ankle)—Moses missed nearly all of the second half against the Bills with an ankle sprain and he seems to be very much a question mark. “He’s going to need the next couple of days, he really is,” Gruden said after Thursday’s practice. It sounds like he will be active on Saturday but it may be for emergency purposes only. Ty Nsekhe will start at right tackle if Moses can’t play.

WR Ryan Grant (abdomen)—Grant suffered a strained abdominal muscle against the Bills and he was limited in practice all week. If he can’t go, the Redskins will run with four active receivers.

RB Matt Jones (hip)—He got injured late in the Bills game and was limited in practice all week. If he can’t go Alfred Morris will be the main back and Pierre Thomas will get some action.

C Josh LeRibeus (ankle)—He missed the last series against the Bills after sustaining the injury. If he can’t go, Brian De La Puente will make his first Redskins start.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

WR DeSean Jackson (knee)—He aggravated a patella contusion, an injury you and I call a bruised kneecap, against the Bills. Although he didn’t practice Wednesday and has been limited since it would be the upset of the century if he didn’t play on Saturday against his former team.

RB Chris Thompson (shoulder)—Thompson has been recovering from a slight labrum tear. He was full-go in practice this week so he should be able to play. If he can’t, Matt Jones will handle the third down duties with perhaps an appearance here and there by Pierre Thomas.

DE Jason Hatcher (shoulder/ankle)—The veteran has been dealing with a stinger he sustained against the Cowboys and they have been trying to take it easy on his surgically-repair knee all year long.

S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)—He suffered the injury on the Jackson punt return play against Dallas. Johnson should be ready to return after being out the last two games.

S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)—He suffered the injury on the Jackson punt return play against Dallas. Johnson should be ready to return after being out the last two games.

Also listed as probable are LB Ryan Kerrigan (toe), LB Will Compton (neck), DE Kedric Golston (calf), DE Frank Kearse (finger), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder), and TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)


Two starters are likely out for the Eagles. Nose tackle Bennie Logan, who suffered a calf injury against the Cardinals, and CB Byron Maxwell, who injured his shoulder in that game, did not practice all week. They are are both listed as questionable for this game.

Maxwell’s injury means that the Eagles will play rookie Eric Rowe at one corner and either former Redskin E. J. Biggers or rookie Jaylen Watkins at the other.

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Defensive starters

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Defensive starters

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 22, 35 days before the NFL draft.  

Redskins starters quick hitters—defense

The last couple of days here I looked at how the depth charts are shaping up with a little bit of commentary (offense, defense). Today and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the starters with some quick hitters about each one. Yesterday it was the offense, now the defense is up.  

DE Jonathan Allen—He was close to being ready to practice during the last couple of weeks of the season so his Lisfranc rehab is going well. Anticipation will be high when he takes the field in Week 1.

DE Stacy McGee—From looking at my social media timelines I can conclude that many Redskins fans hear “free agent D-lineman” and automatically say “bust”. That’s not the case with McGee. Last year he was the Redskins’ most consistent defensive lineman.

NT Ziggy Hood—I’ve said this before and it still holds true—Hood should not be a starting nose tackle. He would be very good as a rotational defensive lineman.

OLB Preston Smith—Sure, he’s inconsistent. But he’s on often enough to be a very valuable player. He lacks eye-popping sack totals but since he came into the league in 2015, only Smith has at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and four forced fumbles.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He will turn 30 during training camp but he shows no signs of slowing down.

ILB Zach Brown—The Redskins needed to bring him back and they got it done. He does struggle in coverage at times, but the defense is much better with him than without him.

ILB Mason Foster—He and Allen saw their seasons end due to injuries at about the same time and the defense wasn’t the same after that. Foster brings experience and toughness to the defense that is hard to replace.

CB Quinton Dunbar—It’s possible that Fabian Moreau will beat him out for the starting job before the season starts. But Dunbar has come a long way since the former wide receiver volunteered to help out at cornerback when a rash of injuries hit during his rookie season. I wouldn’t bet against him.

CB Josh Norman—He certainly didn’t play poorly last year but the goose egg in the interceptions column is a black mark. The thing is, with quarterbacks like to test Dunbar and Moreau playing on the other side, he might not get many opportunities to pick off passes this year, either.

S D.J. Swearinger—After signing as a free agent, he put himself on the line, saying he was the leader of a defense before he had even played a snap with the group he wanted to lead. He walked the walk, filling both the leadership vacuum and the lack of quality safety play.

S Montae Nicholson—Jay Gruden said that Nicholson was the defensive version of Jordan Reed, a player who changes what the unit can do when he is on the field. High praise, but also a lot of pressure to stay on the field.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 26
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 128
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 172

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Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?


Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?

The Redskins sure hosted a lot of free agent defensive line visits in the second week of free agency, but so far, no signed contracts. 

Johnathan Hankins came to Ashburn. Sylvester Williams came to Ashburn. Pernell McPhee came to Ashburn. All three left without a done deal, and now for Redskins fans, the question becomes not about when a deal will get done, but if any deals will happen.

Actually, one deal did happen. According to a report, Williams has signed with the Lions. 

Since visiting the Redskins on Monday, Hankins also took a trip to see the Lions. McPhee, who was offered a contract by the Redskins, has since taken a trip to visit the Falcons. 


Keep in mind too, Washington expressed interest in nose tackle Bennie Logan last offseason, and the 6-foot-2, 309 lb., former Chief is again on the market. A visit from Logan would surprise nobody, though it hasn't been reported yet. 

Mother Nature might also be an impediment for the Redskins. A March snowstorm shut the D.C. region down on Wednesday, which could have limited potential free agent visits.

What's clear is between Hankins, McPhee and Williams this week, in addition to Muhammad Wilkerson and Benson Mayowa last week, the Redskins are obviously looking to upgrade their defensive line. Combine that with a contract restructure for incumbent Terrell McClain, and Washington has the flexibility to improve on last season's NFL-worst run defense. 

That doesn't mean, however, the Redskins will absolutely sign one of the above mentioned players. And it doesn't mean outside linebacker Junior Gallete won't return to the Redskins either. 

Many fans wonder if a McPhee signing means the Redskins would move on from Galette. It might, but that's no sure thing. 

Washington went into the 2017 season with five outside linebackers: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Galette, Ryan Anderson and Chris Carter. Right now, the 'Skins only have Kerrigan, Smith and Anderson under contract. The team needs to add at least one OLB, but likely two.

McPhee also carries about 20 extra pounds on his frame than Galette, giving the former Bear and Raven more flexibility to play against the run. Galette is a speed, leverage and moves player, focused on getting to the quarterback. He's capable against the run, but in the same way a sports car shouldn't carry a snow plow, Galette should be used to pressure QBs. 

Point being: McPhee and Galette could both make sense for the Redskins, if the team can work out the cash. 

Money usually matters the most in free agency, and it's clear the Redskins haven't made the type of offers that any of these players felt compelled to immediately sign. Deals could still happen though. Hankins didn't sign last offseason until April and Galette seems to thank Redskins fans via social media with relative frequency. 

Washington also had some success with the patient approach to free agency. The team was able to keep Zach Brown, though it took some nervous days of allowing the tackling machine linebacker to test the free agent market. With that win in hand, don't expect the Redskins brass to change their philosophy. 

Until further notice, it's hurry up and wait season in Ashburn.

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