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What will the Redskins do with four starters out?

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What will the Redskins do with four starters out?

Injury report for Redskins vs. Falcons

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CB Chris Culliver (knee)—He could be the Redskins’ best corner but he has been suspended for one game and last week he was hampered by the knee injury that could keep him out against the Falcons. If he can’t go, it look like Will Blackmon, picked up in Week 2, will start opposite Bashaud Breeland. That would leave undrafted rookies Deshazor Everett and Quinton Dunbar, who reported to camp as a wide receiver, as the backups against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and company.

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—He started on one-field rehab this week and Jay Gruden said that he was progressing better than expected. The best guess now is that he could be back for the Bucs in Week 7 or, more likely, the Patriots in Week 9 after the bye. See above for the situation at cornerback.

TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—It didn’t look like the team’s leading receiver in terms of yardage took a particularly jarring hit in the late going against the Eagles but it was enough to put him in the league’s concussion protocol program. Gruden said that he was still suffering from symptoms as of Thursday and the process of getting him back on the field can’t even begin until those clear up. In his absence, Derek Carrier, acquired in a trade on August 21, will start and Antony McCoy, signed as a free agent a week before the season started, will back him up. We could see a heavier does of fullback Darryl Young and/or tackle Tom Compton to help with blocking.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—While Jackson getting out on the field to do some very limited practice activities is a good sign, it’s doesn’t even inspire cautious optimism that he will be able to play. It does bode well for him making his return next week against the Jets or, at the latest, against the Bucs. Rashad Ross will be active and will run some of the deep patterns that Jackson normally runs but there is no replacing him.

Questionable

ILB Perry Riley (calf)—Riley has missed the last two games with a strained calf he sustained during the Rams game. He has been practicing on a limited basis all week and he said earlier this week that his injury is feeling much better and that he is feeling optimistic about playing. Should there be a setback Will Compton would start a third straight game in his place.

Probable

Both WR Pierre Garçon (knee) and OLB Ryan Kerrigan (hip) missed some plays against the Eagles but returned to the game and have practiced fully all week.

Falcons

Out

LB Justin Durant (elbow)—He started the Falcons’ first four games at weakside linebacker but left last week’s win over the Texans after just seven snaps with a sprained elbow. He has not practiced all week and most around the team doubt that he will play. If Durant, the team’s leading tackler this year, is out then Joplo Bartu, who started 27 games in his first two seasons with the Falcons, will get the nod.

Questionable

WR Julio Jones (toe/hamstring)--Don't even think about it. Although his designation means there is a 50 percent chance he won't play, it would be a shocker if he misses the game.

Probable

S Ricardo Allen (knee)—Allen started the Falcons’ first three games but missed last week’s game with a sprained MCL. According to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure Allen seemed to be running straight line normally but was having problems backpedaling. Coach Dan Quinn said that he will start.

RB Tevin Coleman (ribs)—Coleman missed the last two games after he broke a rib in Week 2. He will be back and share playing time with Devonta Freeman, who has played well in the rookie’s absence. 

[RELATED: Reed suffered multiple injuries against the Eagles]

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

RELATED: WHAT SHOULD THE REDSKINS DO AT RUNNING BACK?

The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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