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Redskins Injury Report: Jordan Reed remains in protocol but inching closer to return, Fabian Moreau is out

Redskins Injury Report: Jordan Reed remains in protocol but inching closer to return, Fabian Moreau is out

The Redskins gained no certainty about Jordan Reed's status for the season opener Sunday in Philadelphia, but it does seem like the star tight end is getting closer to the field.

Reed sustained a concussion in the third preseason game in Atlanta a few weeks ago, and while he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, Reed has now taken part in portions of practice for three days in a row.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden said that a decision should come Saturday morning about Reed's availability for the Eagles game but on Friday, Gruden listed Reed as questionable. The tight end is yet to be cleared for full contact. 

Elsewhere on the injury report, cornerback Fabian Moreau will miss Sunday's game. Moreau basically started all 16 games last season as the Redskins slot cornerback, and with his absence, the team is expected to play rookie Jimmy Moreland a healthy amount at the position. Moreland impressed during training camp and preseason, but he's also a seventh-round rookie from James Madison. 

Quarterback Colt McCoy is also out for the Eagles game, which is a bit ironic as he's still dealing with a broken bone from playing in Philadelphia last December. 

Defensive linemen Caleb Brantley and Cassanova McKinzy are also questionable for the game. With just four outside linebackers on the roster, the Redskins sort of need McKinzy to play, even though he sustained a concussion in the fourth preseason game against Baltimore. It's unclear if McKinzy has been totally cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol at this point. 

Should Brantley not be able to play, Washington could use newly signed defensive lineman Treyvon Hester in his place. Interestingly, Hester last played with the Eagles and was released last week as part of roster cuts. 

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Derrius Guice suffers MCL sprain, according to report

Derrius Guice suffers MCL sprain, according to report

After undergoing an MRI Monday, Derrius Guice reportedly suffered an MCL sprain, NFL's Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday.

The MCL sprain is in the same knee Guice injured in 2018 with an ACL tear, but according to Rapoport, the ACL is still intact following Sunday's injury. Before learning the results of the MRI, Redskins head coach Bill Callahan told the media Monday that Guice will not play Sunday's Week 15 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. It is unclear whether Guice will play the remaining two games of the season against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Guice tweeted Tuesday about his positive outlook regarding the diagnosis.

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Three Redskins not named Dwayne Haskins who will care about these final three games

Three Redskins not named Dwayne Haskins who will care about these final three games

When you scan up and down the Redskins' roster, a roster that won't be involved in the postseason yet again, it's easy to spot the guy with the most riding on the team's final three games of 2019. His name is Dwayne Haskins.

But the young passer is far from the only player who'll care greatly about performing well in Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

Here are three members of the Burgundy and Gold aside from Haskins who could use a strong individual finish to the year.

Steven Sims

Trey Quinn was supposed to be Washington's answer in the slot once the franchise moved on from Jamison Crowder. Instead, Quinn averaged a weak 7.6 yards per grab before suffering a nasty concussion in Carolina, a concussion that sidelined him in Green Bay and very well could keep him out the rest of the way.

That means that Sims, who was already cutting into Quinn's role on offense before the injury, has a massive opportunity in two ways: He'll continue to get more looks in the passing game and also will have a shot to provide a spark as the Redskins' punt returner.

Relying on Quinn in 2019 was a big risk, and relying on Sims in 2020 could be as well. However, Sims has displayed far more explosiveness in a short amount of time than Quinn ever did, and if he can continue progressing — seven of his 18 catches this campaign have come in the past two contests — then he'll force the organization to strongly consider giving him a key role for the future. 

Ereck Flowers

When the Redskins signed Flowers last offseason, they were mocked. When they eventually said they would slide him inside and experiment with him at guard, they were questioned. 

Yet, in a year where most things have failed and failed hard, acquiring and trusting Flowers has been a definite success.

These next couple of weeks matter quite a bit for Flowers. They are three more chances for him to learn and improve as an interior lineman, and if he can get through them healthy, he'll soon become a free agent and one who could be quite interesting on the open market. 

While that's a strange sentence to both type and to read, it's also true. Whether it's with the Redskins or another squad, Flowers has done enough at his new position to set himself up for a decent payday. 

Fabian Moreau

Since the benching of Josh Norman, Moreau has lined up as an outside corner and fared much better than he did in the slot. He's picked off three passes in the past three games after notching just one interception over his first 40 appearances.

Now, there's hope again for the gifted third-year pro. That said, he still hasn't been perfect on the outside, so if he can tighten up his communication and his coverage against the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys, the Redskins will feel more secure in counting on Moreau as they reshape their secondary moving forward.

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