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Redskins vs. Packers injury report: Four questionable for Washington

Redskins vs. Packers injury report: Four questionable for Washington

Injury report for Redskins vs. Packers

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Injured reserve

DB Kyshoen Jarrett (arm)—The versatile DB had a head-on collision with Cowboys running back Darren McFadden and he was on the field for several minutes before going to the locker room. There is concern that there is some nerve damage in his right arm. Jay Gruden said that they were hopeful that he will recover fully but it’s too early to know for certain.

Questionable (50 percent chance player will play)

CB Quinton Dunbar (quad)—The nickel corner suffered the injury in the Eagles game and was out against the Cowboys. He has been improving this week and Gruden said “signs are pointing in a positive direction with him.”

S Dashon Goldson (rib/knee/shoulder)—He played 81 snaps against the Eagles with a broken rib and he was out against the Cowboys Goldson has played through a variety of injuries most of the season. It seems certain that he will play.

ILB Perry Riley (foot)—His broken foot continues to mend and he has been limited in practice for the past two weeks. He could be active as a reserve and play in some packages but the chances are good that Mason Foster will continue to start.

RB Matt Jones (hip)—He got injured late in the Bills game and he was out against the Eagles and Cowboys. Jones did not look very nimble during the portions of practice open to reporters and he did not seem to be optimistic about his chances of playing. If he is out, Pierre Thomas will be active.

Probable (virtually certain will play)

DE Jason Hatcher (neck/knee)—The veteran has been dealing with a stinger he sustained against the Cowboys and they have been trying to take it easy on his surgically-repair knee all year long. It is likely that he will start as he has all year long.

OT Trent Williams (knee/foot)—Williams rested last week against the Cowboys and it appeared to do him some good after the grind of the season.

CB Dashaun Phillips (neck)—There was great concern when he was carted off of the field in Dallas and was immediately taken to a local hospital. But the injury turned out to be a stinger and he has practiced fully all week.

Also listed as probable are WR DeSean Jackson (knee), S Jeron Johnson (chest), and RB Chris Thompson (toe).

Packers

(Note: The Packers frequently update their injury list after their walkthrough on Saturday so check back here tomorrow to see if there are any changes.)

Doubtful (75 percent chance player will not play)--CB Sam Shields (concussion): Their starting cornerback has missed the last three games with a concussion and it seems very likely that he will miss a fourth straight. Casey Hayward and Quinten Rollins will start at cornerback.

Update: Shields has been ruled out of Sunday's game. 

Questionable (50 percent chance player will not play)--This list is headed up by left tackle David Bahktiari, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. The Packers have given up 14 sacks in his absence. It appears that he will be a game time decision.

Also questionable are three reserves, LB Jay Elliott (quad), DE Datone Jones (neck), and TE Justin Perillo.

Probable (virtual certainty will play)--G Josh Sitton (back), OT Bryan Bulaga (ankle), OT Mike Daniels (hamstring), DT Leroy Guion (foot), RB Eddie Lacy (rib), G T. J. Lang (neck), C Corey Linsley (ankle), LB Mike Neal (hip), LB Nick Perry (shoulder), G Lane Taylor (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), LB Andy Mulumba (knee), and CB Damarious Randall (groin)

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was-Cousins' value, the Redskins' top pick

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was-Cousins' value, the Redskins' top pick

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 20, 53 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 45
—NFL Draft (4/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 232

The Redskins week that was

Jags big win could spell bad news for Kirk Cousins—If the Jaguars’ accomplishment of getting to the AFC championship game does indeed make Blake Bortles’ job safe, the laws of economics say that the amount of money that Cousins can command in a free agent contract should go down. It’s the demand part of supply and demand and if demand goes down, prices should, too. But the NFL quarterback market doesn’t follow the laws. If the Lions see fit to pay Matthew Stafford, a quarterback under whom they have had very limited success, a contract with an average annual value of $27 million without any team bidding against them, that sets the price.

Setting the odds on what happens with Kirk Cousins—Despite his happy talk at the 106.7 The Fan event earlier this month, the possibility that Cousins will play in a Redskins uniform in 2018 does not warrant a large bet of imaginary casino chips. If you missed the post, take a look and let me know what you think of my assessment.

Don't freak out about latest Zach Brown tweet—It’s that time of year. A player sends out a tweet with no context and fans assign the worst possible meaning to it. In Brown’s case, a tweet about not getting respect was interpreted as a sign that contract negotiations with the Redskins were not going well. But JP Finlay found out that the tweet was about Brown being upset that another alternate getting selected to the Pro Bowl and not him. It still is unclear if Brown will return to the Redskins but at least there are no indications of rocky negotiations at this point.

Bang for the free agent bucks for the Redskins? Brown was a solid free agent acquisition for the Redskins last year. Terrelle Pryor, not so much. Take a look at the post for the other hits and misses in free agency.

Tweet of the week

Even though the draft is over three months away there are plenty of opinions out there as this tweet drew a ton of reaction. On the offensive side of the ball, the suggestions ran towards quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield although some want a running back. It will be interesting to see how those two non-conventional quarterbacks look after they spend the next few months under the microscope of the NFL draft process. The defensive name that kept coming up was Washington defensive lineman Vita Vea, a large specimen who could play the nose in base defense and move to three-technique in nickel.

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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans were frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuddered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.

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Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a Pro Bowl-type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know, we’re 7-9."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 

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Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.