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Redskins get good news on David Amerson's injury


Redskins get good news on David Amerson's injury

The Redskins finally got some good news regarding their corps of cornerbacks.

David Amerson, who left Monday’s practice with a left shoulder injury, is only expected to miss a few days of practice, The Washington Post reported. The third-year corner has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint.

It’s welcome news for the Redskins, who had already lost two cornerbacks in the opening days of training camp.

On Friday, Bashaud Breeland sustained an MCL sprain in his right knee just hours after it was announced that he’d be suspended for Week 1 of the season. Breeland is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which would likely put him back on the field around the time his suspension ends.

On Saturday, rookie Tevin Mitchel was lost for the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. A source told on Monday that Mitchel will remain in Richmond in the coming days so he can attend meetings and observe practice, then will have surgery next week.

Amerson was hurt as he covered DeSean Jackson on a deep route in team drills Monday. Amerson landed on the shoulder hard and eventually headed inside with a ice pack wrapped tightly around his shoulder.

The Redskins are off on Tuesday and return to the Bon Secours facility on Wednesday, at which point Coach Jay Gruden is expected to discuss Amerson’s injury in more detail.

With Breeland and Mitchel out and Amerson sidelined for at least a few days, that leaves the Redskins with Chris Culliver, DeAngelo Hall, Justin Rogers, Trey Wolfe, Tajh Hasson  and Deshazor Everett as the only healthy corners on the roster. And for the latter four, the next few days should provide more of an opportunity to showcase their ability.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' defensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' defensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 20, 37 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—defense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the defensive side of the ball stands now. The offense was covered yesterday.

Defensive line: Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

I wrote this on Monday afternoon wondering if I would have to edit it to add Jonathan Hankins but that has not happened yet. I have to think that they will use a top draft pick on a D-lineman if they don’t land one in free agency. That could create some competition between Hood and McClain for the last roster spot.

Linebackers: OLBs Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan; ILBs Mason Foster, Zach Brown
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Zach Vigil, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Martrell Spaight

Again, I thought I might have to edit this because of the return of Junior Galette or the addition of Pernell McPhee but as it is, the Redskins are looking for an additional reserve edge rusher to go with Anderson. There might only be room for two backup inside linebackers between Vigil, Harvey-Clemons, and Spaight.

Defensive backs: CBs Quinton Dunbar, Josh Norman; FS Montae Nicholson, SS D.J. Swearinger
Backups: Orlando Scandrick, Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey, Deshazor Everett

I debated including Su’a Cravens here because he is on the roster, but I think that the odds that he will be on the 53-man roster in September are slim. If he doesn’t return they will need some help at safety. You can count on Scandrick playing in the slot. They seem to like both Dunbar and Moreau better on the outside and Scandrick can give Holsey a chance to develop inside.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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.