After a week off the Redskins get back to practice on Monday - and the biggest story will be adjusting to life without Trent Williams for the next four games. The weather looks good as Kirk Cousins and the crew will take the practice fields in Ashburn at 12:15 - here are the stories to watch.
- Meet the new hog - Ty Nsekhe has given the Redskins solid play for a season now - in fact he started two games in 2015s. But when the news broke that Trent Williams will be suspended four games, Nsekhe immediately becomes a very important piece for Washington. Nsekhe's insertion to the starting lineup is not a big deal in a vacuum, but losing Williams is a tough blow, and now questions about the Redskins offensive line depth become much more immediate.
- RB by committee? - Matt Jones was the Redskins No. 1 RB for seven weeks of the season, and he had some good results to go with some poor games and too many fumbles. A knee injury sidelined him against the Bengals, and Robert Kelley performed relatively well in that game. He rushed for more than 80 yards without putting the ball on the ground. Assuming Jones is healthy, it will be interesting to see what back gets the starter's share of carries going forward, with Chris Thompson cemented as the third-down back.
- Injuries in the secondary - The 'Skins defense has been fortunate to have a player as versatile as Will Blackmon in the secondary. A former cornerback, Blackmon brings speed and intelligence to the safety position, but against the Bengals, he injured his thumb and had to have surgery during the bye week. Blackmon's health will be a key component of the Washington secondary moving forward, especially considering Duke Ihenacho suffered a concussion in the London game.
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