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Snap Chat: Redskins were cautious with Jordan Reed, limiting his playing time

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Snap Chat: Redskins were cautious with Jordan Reed, limiting his playing time

The Redskins let a lead slip away on Monday night in Kansas City and as a result, fell to 2-2 heading into the bye week.

But before we get to the bye week, it's best that we look back at Week 4 to see how Redskins players performed based on their snap count.

Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their loss to the Chiefs:

— The number that jumps off the page is the 13 snaps for TE Jordan Reed. Yes, the total offensive snaps were limited to only 50 but that is still a low number. Jay Gruden admitted that Reed was on a snap limit, going in almost exclusively for pass plays (of the 13 snaps, one was a run play). The bye will be a welcome break for Reed as he recovers from a chest injury he suffered in Week 2.

— WR Josh Doctson played just 17 snaps. As JP Finlay noted, he needs to play more. The second-year player is by far the team’s most talented and dangerous wide receiver and he needs to be a staple in the offense, not a part-time wrinkle.

— RBs Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley played an equal number of snaps, 12, even though Kelley went out early with an ankle injury. Chris Thompson played by far the most RB snaps with 26.

— OT Trent Williams was the only one between the starting O-line and QB Kirk Cousins to miss any time. He was out four snaps dealing with an injured knee. T.J. Clemmings made his Redskins debut, filling in for Williams those four snaps plus lining up as an extra blocker on two plays.

— There were 76 defensive snaps and CB Bashaud Breeland and S D.J. Swearinger played all of them. LB Zach Brown missed just two snaps.

— The player who had the fourth-most defensive snaps was surprising. OLB Preston Smith, who played just 21 snaps against the Raiders, played a season-high 61 snaps. Fellow linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was just behind him with 57.


— With S Montae Nicholson missing some plays with injuries (played 46 snaps), S Stefan McClure made his NFL debut on defense with 12 snaps.

— Injuries at cornerback created an opportunity for CB Fabian Moreau. After playing a combined five snaps in the first three games he got 18 snaps.

— NT Ziggy Hood played the most among the interior defensive linemen with 44 snaps, followed by Matt Ioannidis with 40 and Jonathan Allen with 37. You might think that Allen should have played more because he was often dominant but maybe keeping him fresh allowed him to play so well.

— A healthy ILB Mason Foster normally would play nearly every snap. He still was dealing with his Week 2 shoulder separation and he was limited to 32. Martrell Spaight played 43 snaps.


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Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

The Redskins will be without one of their top defenders when they take on the Eagles on Monday night.

Jay Gruden announced that CB Josh Norman is out for the second straight game with a broken rib. Norman was able to practice on a limited basis earlier this week but he did not practice today. Gruden said that the recovery from the injury just had not progressed to the point where the doctors would clear him to play.

Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, is listed as questionable with a knee injury he sustained last week against the 49ers. “He did a good job today,” said Gruden. “He’s looking better.”


Gruden said that a final determination on Breeland’s status will be made on Sunday.

With Norman out, Quinton Dunbar, who did a good job filling in against the 49ers, will start. If both of the starters are sidelined, rookie Fabian Moreau will get the start opposite Dunbar.

Also listed as questionable are RB Rob Kelley (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), S Stefan McClure (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).


Kelley is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against the Chiefs on Oct. 2 but he has looked good while practicing on a limited basis this week. If he can’t go it seems likely that Samaje Perine will start in his place.

It should be noted that the term “questionable” on an injury report means that it is “uncertain if the player will play”. Many say that means that there is at least a 50 percent chance that the player will be active for the game. So there are a lot of scenarios that could unfold with that designation.

Reserve offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe (core muscle) and Tyler Catalina (concussion) also have been declared out for Monday night.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 21, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.


Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, open locker room, after practice approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 8
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 33

Injuries of note:
Not practicing
: OT Trent Williams (knee), S D.J. Swearinger (rest)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
It was a little surprising not to see Swearinger out there but he has a lingering hamstring injury and they figured he could use day of rest more than the day of practice. Jay Gruden said that both Norman and Breeland did more on Friday than they did on Thursday.

The Redskins week that was

Here is a look at some of the top posts and hot topics from this week at and at

Bad News For Jonathan Allen—A few of the site’s stop posts this week were about Allen’s Lisfranc injury (here's one about how the Redskins will try to fill the void). We went from him being out three or four weeks to him being out for the season to injured reserve with the possibility that he can return after eight weeks. I thought all along that three or four weeks was a very aggressive timetable for return from a Lisfranc. And it would be just short of a miracle for him to return before the end of the season. I think the best that fans can hope for is for Allen to bounce back from his Lisfranc like Morgan Moses did from his. Morgan suffered his in December of 2014 and he became the starting right tackle in next year in training camp. He has played at a high level and he hasn’t missed a game since.

In a muddled NFC, why not the Redskins?  With Aaron Rodgers sidelined and everyone in the NFC looking vulnerable, the Redskins could have a chance to make a deep playoff run this year. The key word is could and they will have to do some things right, starting with beating the Eagles on Sunday. Even a loss in Philly wouldn’t be fatal for their chances. Take a look at the post and see if you agree with me.

Hopkins to IR, Redskins sign Nick Rose—Allen wasn’t the only Redskins player to go in injured reserve this week. Dustin Hopkins suffered a hip injury that is going to take six to eight weeks to rehab so he hit IR. We will see if he comes back, which he could do in Week 15 against the Cardinals. That will depend on his health and on how well replacement kicker Nick Rose is performing.

5 overlooked stories from the Redskins-49ers game—There was plenty of (justified) pre-game hand wringing over Josh Norman being inactive for the 49ers game. But it turned out that replacement Quinton Dunbar played well. The Niners tried to get to him—he was targeted 14 times—but held up well. Check out some details on Dunbar’s play and four other things that weren’t talked about enough.

Week 7 stats, trends, and storylines—The Redskins are still banged up going into this game. While they have been able avoid major injuries since the season started with the exceptions of Allen and Hopkins, they have had enough nagging type injuries to hamper the team’s effectiveness, especially on defense. Take a look at other storylines and see how the Redskins are trending in key statistical categories.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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