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Redskins' injury list a long one; who's in and who's out?

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Redskins' injury list a long one; who's in and who's out?

Injury report for Redskins vs. Jets 

Updated Sunday 10.18.15 6:30 AM

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CB Chris Culliver (knee)—He played a full game with an ailing knee against the Eagles and it seems that he paid for that by not being able to suit up the next Sunday against Atlanta. He is the Redskins’ highest-paid and best cornerback but he needs to be able to rehab his knee, which has no structural damage per Jay Gruden, to the point where he can be effective. Will Blackmon will make a second straight start in his place.

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—He did some on-field rehab last week but he was not seen on the field this week. This will be the third game missed since the grade-two sprain he suffered against the Giants. The original assessment passed along by Gruden was “three to four weeks, maybe longer. The best guess now is that he won’t be back until after the Week 8 bye. Bashaud Breeland will continue to start in his place with Kyshoen Jarrett taking Breeland’s slot corner snaps.

TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—We saw Reed on the practice field this week and although he was only an observer it was a step in the right direction. Gruden said that he was able to attend meetings, another positive sign. But it still could be some time before he is able to return to the field. In his absence, Derek Carrier, acquired in a trade on August 21, will start and Antony McCoy, signed as a free agent a week before the season started, will back him up. We could see a heavier does of fullback Darryl Young and/or tackle Tom Compton to help with blocking.

LT Trent Williams (concussion): He suffered a neck sprain during the Falcons game and he passed the concussion baseline test after the game. The neck injury appeared to be improving when he started to feel concussion symptoms and was placed in the NFL concussion protocol. It appears that Ty Nsekhe will start in his place, although there could be other options.

C Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder and broken finger): He got through the Falcons game but he was worse for wear after doing so. Like Williams, he was limited in practice on Wednesday and out on Thursday and Friday. Josh LeRibeus will start at center.

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

RB Matt Jones (toe): He injured his toe on his last carry in the fourth quarter against the Falcons. Jones was seen participating in individual drills this week with no apparent issues. But then he did not practice on Friday and Gruden said that he had not progressed as they had hoped.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—Early in the week Jackson seemed to be a sure bet to play when he looked pretty good in the early part of practice. But on Thursday he stopped practicing early when he “felt a little twinge”, according to Gruden. He likely will be a game-time decision. Update: On Saturday evening, the Redskins downgraded Jackson's status and he will not play

WR Andre Roberts (quad): Roberts was injured during practice on Wednesday; he will be a game time decision.

DE Stephen Paea (back): He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Probable (virtual certainty that player will play)

ILB Perry Riley (calf) returned against the Falcons after missing two games with a calf strain.

CB Bashaud Breeland (shoulder): he suffered a bruised rotator cuff in Atlanta and Gruden said that he was “pretty sore” on Monday. Breeland was limited in practice but as long as it’s a matter of pain management it seems likely that he will play.

Jets

Doubtful

DB Jaiquawn Jarrett (knee), WR Chris Owusu (knee), DB Markus Williams (hamstring), OL Willie Colon (knee), LB David Harris (quad), RB Bilal Powell (groin)

Colon is the Jets’ starting right and Harris is a starting inside linebacker. The rest of the players listed as doubtful are reserves.  

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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