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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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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards. 

Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason. 

Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked. 

On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.

"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."

Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with. 

"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."

[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

At halftime of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, Samaje Perine had three yards rushing and his team had three points. Washington had racked up all of 113 yards.

Coincidence? Not entirely. Although the Redskins are primarily a passing team they need to run the ball to pass effectively.

“We had to get the running game going,” said Jay Gruden after the game.

In the second half, Perine and the offense did get it going. Perine ran for 97 yards and Redskins put up 210 yards and 17 points. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a coincidence.

The Redskins didn’t make any halftime adjustments to get the ground game in gear.

“We just had to stay the course,” said Perine. “We knew they were going to come out fired up, they just came off a big win. We just had to stay the course and then things started going our way.”

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Perine was more steady than spectacular. His longest run was 16 yards. He came out of the locker room and ran for six and 10 yards on his first two carries. Later in the third quarter the Redskins were backed up at their own 10. Perine ran four straight plays for 39 yards and the Redskins were near midfield.

Although they didn’t score on that drive they did change field position. That was part of the Redskins’ strategy playing with an injury-depleted offense.

“If you had to punt in a game like this and play field position, it’s not the end of the world because our defense was playing so good,” said Gruden.

Not only did the running game flip the field, it flipped the time of possession. In the first half, the Giants had the ball for 17:40 compared to 12:20 for the Redskins.

“We had to get on the field and control some of the clock,” said tackle Morgan Moses. “We had to give our defense a rest. Samaje put his foot in the ground and got extra yards when needed and we were able to move the chains.”

Moses wasn’t the only one enjoying seeing Perine pile up some yards.

“As a defensive player, you want to see that,” said safety D.J. Swearinger. “We say, keep running it. Keep running him. Let him keep getting those carries, put a dent in the defense. It was a good sight to see.”

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Swearinger got to watch a lot of Perine. The Redskins piled up 22:17 in possession in the second half, while Swearinger and his defensive mates had to defend for just 7:43.

Last night was the second time in four days that Perine has rushed for 100 yards or more; he had 117 in New Orleans on Sunday. No Redskin has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games since Alfred Morris did it in November of 2013.

He will have a chance to extend that streak to three on Thursday against the Cowboys, who are ranked 17th in rushing defense. That would put him in some elite company in Redskins history, including Larry Brown (twice) and Stephen Davis.  A steak of three straight 100-yard games was last done by Morris in 2012.

It may be a little early to look forward, but the Redskins record is five straight 100-yard games, held by Clinton Portis (twice) and Ladell Betts.  

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