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Redskins' Jay Gruden provides post-Patriots injury update


Redskins' Jay Gruden provides post-Patriots injury update

The Redskins emerged from Sunday’s 27-10 loss to the Patriots unscathed in terms of new injuries, Coach Jay Gruden said on Monday.

Well, mostly.

The only injury of note was to defensive captain Dashon Goldson, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring strain. Gruden said the starting free safety will be reevaluated on Wednesday—the first day of on-field prep for Sunday’s showdown against Drew Brees and the Saints.

"Injuries, in game, we just had normal bumps and bruises," Gruden said. "Everybody who had one returned, other than Goldson."

The Redskins will also evaluate on Wednesday the progress made by center Kory Lichtensteiger (neck), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe) and nose tackle Terrance Knighton (migraine headaches).   

Lichtensteiger did a little more in practice on Friday and was upgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game at Foxboro though he did not play. He’s missed the past three contests.

Hall has missed the past five games with a plantar plate tear. He’s been slowly ramping up his level of activity and could return against the Saints.

Knighton, meantime, missed Sunday’s game due to severe headaches that have plagued him on-and-off since his early teens. If he's feeling better, he could practice on Wednesday, Gruden said. 

“He’s had a history of them,” Gruden said. “But it a concern when you’re talking about migraine headaches. ...I think we’re hoping that we can get them under control and he is able to play again. That’s something that I don’t know and I don’t think anybody can predict.”   

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks. 


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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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