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Jags QB Gabbert, Eagles RB McCoy out with injuries

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Jags QB Gabbert, Eagles RB McCoy out with injuries

Blaine Gabbert of the Jaguars is the latest quarterback sidelined by injury, leaving Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in the first quarter with a bruised right elbow.

Gabbert, who has struggled this season, was injured when he was hit Danieal Manning and fumbled on Jacksonville's first drive.

Chad Henne took over for the rest of the game, and the Jaguars were beaten in overtime 43-37. Gabbert's injury status was unknown Sunday night.

Last week, three quarterbacks were sidelined with concussions: Chicago's Jay Cutler, Philadelphia's Michael Vick and San Francisco's Alex Smith. A fourth, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, was sidelined with shoulder and rib injuries. Vick and Roethlisberger did not play Sunday.

Cutler will sit out the Bears' Monday night game against the 49ers, with Smith a game-time decision.

New England lost tight end Rob Gronkowski with an arm injury late in Sunday's 59-24 win over Indianapolis, a game in which he caught two touchdown passes.

According to a report on Comcast SportsNet New England, Gronkowski has a broken forearm.

``He left the game with an arm injury,'' Patriots spokesman Stacey James said about 2 1/2 hours after the game. ``There was no update to that.''

Gronkowski, 23, had seven catches for 137 yards on Sunday, including touchdowns of 4 and 24 yards in the game. He was reportedly injured while blocking for an extra point on New England's eighth touchdown.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left Philadelphia's 31-6 loss to Washington in the fourth quarter with a concussion. McCoy was taken off the field on a cart after staying down following a 7-yard run with less than 2 minutes left. He ran for 45 yards on 15 carries and gained another 67 yards on six catches.

Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe left against Cincinnati with a neck injury and left tackle Branden Albert left with a back injury. Also Bengals cornerback Terence Newman was sidelined with a concussion.

Bowe was being covered on a deep pass down the sideline when he leaped up, bobbled the ball and then landed hard on the turf at Arrowhead Stadium. He was checked by several trainers on the bench, retreated to the locker room and then re-emerged without his helmet.

Albert was hurt early in the third quarter, though it was unclear exactly how he was hurt. He lay flat on the field for several minutes before slowly walking off the field.

Newman was diagnosed with a concussion in the third quarter.

Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel injured his right shoulder in the first quarter in the Falcons' win over Arizona. He was hurt when making a hit on Larry Fitzgerald as the Cardinals' wide receiver was trying to make a catch. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (right ankle) hobbled off in the fourth quarter.

Detroit offensive tackle Jeff Backus missed the second half of the game against Green Bay with a hamstring injury. The veteran was playing his 186th consecutive game, passing Hall of Fame cornerback Dick LeBeau for fourth place on the franchise's career list for games played.

Elsewhere:

-Denver: Running back Willis McGahee hurt his right knee early in the second quarter when he was tackled by San Diego defensive back Quentin Jammer, and did not return. He had 55 yards on seven carries, along with one catch for 18 yards.

-St. Louis: Rams backup LB Mario Haggan hurt his right elbow on the opening series against the Jets and did not return.

-New York Jets: Backup cornerback Aaron Berry (quadriceps) left in the third quarter, and DT Kenrick Ellis (left knee) did not return after getting hurt in the first quarter. Coach Rex Ryan did not know the severity of either injury.

-Cleveland: Wide receiver Josh Cooper didn't return after injuring a knee in the second quarter. Cornerback Buster Skine, who started in place of Joe Haden, sustained a concussion on a play that involved a hit to Dallas receiver.

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job. 

Except he didn't. 

O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning. 

Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected. 

How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?

Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018. 

Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part. 

Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason. 

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Need to Know: The best receivers the Redskins will face in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 17, nine days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best pass catchers the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass catchers are up. They are roughly ranked 2017 receiving yards, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this, we looked at the best teams and quarterbacks

Julio Jones, Falcons—Somehow the perception is that he had an off year in 2017 even though he still had 1,444 yards receiving. His touchdowns were down; his total of three TDs was a career worst for a full season. Still, he’s a beast to try to cover and even if you have him perfectly covered he can still make the catch on you. 

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans—Despite working with some shaky quarterbacks, Hopkins has managed to gain over 1,100 receiving yards in three of the last four seasons. He is a highlight show regular and his 13 touchdowns led the league in 2017. 

Michael Thomas, Saints—The third-year player doesn’t have high name recognition outside of New Orleans and maybe fans of the other NFC South teams. Defensive coordinators certainly don’t sleep on him. Thomas is as consistent as they come, posting nine games with 80 or more receiving yards last season. 

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals—I keep wondering when he will show signs of his age (he’ll be 35 before the season starts). He didn’t last year, posting 109 receptions despite the fact that his quarterbacks were an aging Carson Palmer plus journeymen Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton. 

Mike Evans, Buccaneers—At 6-5, he is able to physically beat most cornerbacks. Evans will turn 25 just before the season starts and he got a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension. He is worth every bit of it. If Jameis Winston gets a big contract (something that is up in the air right now), he owes a good chunk of it to Evans. 

Best of the rest: T.Y. Hilton, Colts; Davante Adams, Packers; Alvin Kamara (RB), Saints; Zach Ertz (TE), Eagles

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 9
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 23
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 46

The Redskins last played a game 198 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 54 days. 

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