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Redskins vs. 49ers Inactives: Huge dose of good news for Week 6

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Redskins vs. 49ers Inactives: Huge dose of good news for Week 6

The Redskins won't have RB Rob Kelley in the lineup on Sunday for their Week 6 home game against the 49ers.

But we already knew that.

What we didn't know was whether or not offensive tackle Trent Williams would be healthy enough to suit up against San Francisco at FedEx Field.

But when the Redskins released the pregame list of inactive players, Williams' name was nowhere to be found.

That is great news for the Redskins. 

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Here is the full list of inactive players for the Week 6 Redskins vs. 49ers game. 

  • OT Ty Nsekhe
  • CB Josh Norman
  • RB Rob Kelley
  • S Deshazor Everett
  • DL Anthony Lanier
  • ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons
  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle

 

Williams did not practice all week with a knee injury. He is active and he likely will grind out the game on what has been described as a patellar injury. The veteran was still in considerable pain when reporters talked to him in the locker room on Friday but he believed that he would be ready to go for the game.

With Nsekhe out, T.J. Clemmings will be the backup tackle. Rookie Tyler will be active to fill in if there is a need.

Nsekhe (core muscle) and Norman (broken rib) were listed as out for the game on the Friday injury report. Quinton Dunbar will start in place of Norman and rookie Josh Holsey is active for the first time in his brief career.

Kelley (ankle) and Everett (hamstring) were doubtful on the injury report. Rookie Samaje Perine will make his second NFL start in Kelley’s place. Mack Brown will be active and may see some action in relief of Perine.

The Redskins will go with three active safeties, with first-year player Stefan McClure serving as the backup.

Earlier this week, Jay Gruden said that DB Kendall Fuller could fill in at safety in an emergency

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Jay Gruden deserves praise for keeping Redskins 'out of the ditches'

Jay Gruden deserves praise for keeping Redskins 'out of the ditches'

On paper, Jay Gruden's tenor with the Redskins is nothing to write home about. Through five seasons he holds a 35-44-1 record, good enough for a .444 winning percentage. Looking at that, some may draw the conclusion that Gruden hasn't been what the Redskins need at the helm.

But according to Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt, that's not exactly the case. Taking into account the variables Gruden has dealt with throughout the five years, Gantt actually sees him as a "really good" coach.

"I have always come down of the side, maybe, of guys who are doing more with less," Gantt said recently on a Redskins Talk Podcast. "I think Jay has done a pretty good job keeping things in the middle."

Doing more with less and working in the middle essentially defines Jay Gruden's career with the Redskins. Besides his opening year in 2014 in which Washington went 4-12, Gruden's teams have consistently finished right around the middle of the pack.

In the last four seasons, the Redskins have not won more than nine games, but they also haven't lost more than nine. Hovering right around .500, they've always been around league average.

Part of the reason Gantt is willing to give Gruden praise for records that some coaches would get scolded for revolves around what he's had to work with. Gruden's time as head coach has been filled with injuries and other dilemmas both on and off the field. 

In those circumstances, it wouldn't be surprising to see a team completely flounder and spiral out of control. But, that hasn't really been the case with Gruden. Dealing with what he has, the head coach has kept the team competitive for the most part. The team hasn't been a perennial playoff contender, but it also hasn't been at the bottom of the league.

For that ability to keep the Redskins out of the basement despite all the problems he's encountered, Gruden is someone Gantt respects.

"They're able to keep it out of the ditches," Gantt said about Gruden and former NFL head coach John Fox, who Gantt followed during his time in Carolina.

"I think again in the NFL there's something to be said for that," Gantt added. "When things get sideways a Jim Zorn can lose control in a hurry. I feel like Jay just got sort of a steady hand on the wheel."

Until Gruden takes Washington back to the postseason, the critiques will continue to come, as they would for almost all head coaches in similar situations. But when looking at Gruden's time in Washington with a wide view of everything that has happened, Gantt believes the head coach deserves at least a little praise for keeping things afloat.

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Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

When Carletha "Nana" West was growing up, she began to take an interest in football. In particular, she took notice of a certain Redskins quarterback. 

"When Sammy Baugh was quarterback I liked him and I was just learning football at that time," West said. "I was young myself."

Baugh commanded the Redskins offense from 1937-1952 and became one of West's favorite player. With that, her fandom for the Redskins grew.

Decades later, her love for the Redskins remains. So for her 107th birthday -- yes, 107th -- she, of course, celebrated it with some Burgundy and Gold festivities.

Joined by Redskins President Bruce Allen, West took in her birthday on Thursday, July 18, at Brandywine in Alexandria, Va. Not only was she given a customized Redskins jersey with the number 107 and the name "Nana", but West also got a day named after her. In Alexandria, July 18 will now be known as Carletha "Nana" West Day.

West spent some time reminiscing about her years as a Redskins fan, singing 'Hail to the Redskins' and even sharing her advice on how to live a long, fulfilling life. Besides loving football, she shared some simple words of wisdom.

"Make friends," West said. "And keep them."

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