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Redskins-Panthers injury report: One LB out, one doubtful for Washington

Redskins-Panthers injury report: One LB out, one doubtful for Washington


Injured reserve

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman was kicked in the lower leg against Dallas and was inactive for the next two games. Although he might have healed in time to play this season the team needed the roster spot due to a linebacker shortage.  


LB Su’a Cravens (upper arm)—The diagnosis was better than what was originally feared but the injury to a muscle under the bicep will keep him out at least this week.


ILB Will Compton (knee)—The defensive signal caller suffered a PCL sprain against the Eagles. He did not practice all week but Jay Gruden said that there is a “flicker of hope” that he can play. If he can’t go Martrell Spaight will start at Mike linebacker.


TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—After missing the Cardinals game he played just 10 snaps against the Eagles. Jay Gruden said that he has continued to progress this week. Reed is likely to play but we will have to see if they get more production out of him than the one catch he had last week.

C Spencer Long (concussion)—He missed the second half of the Cardinals game and was out vs. the Eagles. Long has been practicing on a limited basis this week and barring a setback he should be back as the starting center on Monday.

S Will Blackmon (concussion/thumb)—Like Long, Blackmon was out against the Eagles and practiced this week. He should be ready to go.

RB Mack Brown—The backup running back was in the concussion protocol following the Eagles game but he was at practice all week on al limited basis.

G Shawn Lauvao (groin)—He was injured and probably should not have been in the game against the Cardinals when he allowed Calais Campbell to sack Kirk Cousins and force a fumble that turned that game in Arizona’s direction. After a game off to rehab he should be back in at his starting spot.

Also questionable for the Redskins:

OLB Ryan Kerrigan (knee), DE Chris Baker (ankle), ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and C John Sullivan (illness)



QB Cam Newton (shoulder)—The reigning NFL MVP had an MRI on his throwing shoulder early in the week. He was limited in practice during the week.

LB Luke Kuechly (concussion)—The All-Pro has missed the last three games after suffering a scary-looking concussion during a Thursday night game. He was a full participant in practice this week and should be able to go although will be monitored closely up until game time. Update: Kuechly has been cleared out of the NFL concussion protocol but the Panthers still might hold him out of the game if they have been eliminated from the playoffs by the time the game kicks off. 

WR Kelvin Benjamin (back)—Their big receiver was limited in practice this week but should be good for a full load.

Also listed as questionable is reserve LB David Mayo (concussion).


DE Charles Johnson (hamstring)—Johnson, who has four sacks this year, was out last week’s game and did not practice on Thursday or Friday.

Also listed out is reserve offensive tackle reserve OT Daryl Williams (ankle).

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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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