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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 2 Inactives: Washington thin at cornerback without Moreau, Dunbar

Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 2 Inactives: Washington thin at cornerback without Moreau, Dunbar

It's just Week 2, but it's time for another edition of Redskins vs. Cowboys.  But the injury bug has already bitten the Redskins quite badly, with six of Washington's seven inactive players on Sunday were projected starters during the preseason.

Additionally, the Redskins will be without running back Derrius Guice and defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, who have been sent to injured reserve following injuries vs. Philadelphia last week.

Tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out on Friday, as he still is suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Additionally, Jonathan Allen will be unable to suit up vs. Dallas, as the defensive lineman injured his MCL a week ago.

The Redskins will also be thin at cornerback. Quinton Dunbar will be unavailable vs. Dallas. His status was up in the air prior earlier in the week. Additionally, Fabian Moreau has not yet fully recovered from a foot injury he suffered in training camp. He will also be sporting street clothes. Washington just signed Aaron Colvin on Friday, and he is expected to play meaningful snaps.

Here's a list of the Redskins inactives:

Redskins Week 2 Inactive List:

QB Colt McCoy
TE Jordan Reed
CB Quinton Dunbar
CB Fabian Moreau
DL Jonathan Allen
OL Ross Pierschbacher
OL Wes Martin
 

Cowboys Week 2 Inactive List:

WR Tavon Austin
S Donovan Wilson
LB Luke Gifford
C Adam Redmond
G Brandon McKnight
DT Trysten Hill
DE Taco Charlton

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Derrius Guice's latest injury left the Redskins both dejected and concerned

Derrius Guice's latest injury left the Redskins both dejected and concerned

Redskins running back Derrius Guice has shown plenty of promise when he's been on the field.

But staying on the field has been the hardest part for the second-year veteran. In his first NFL preseason game, Guice tore his left ACL against the Patriots, forcing him to miss the entire 2018 season. In Week 1 of 2019, Guice tore the meniscus in his right knee. He landed on injured reserve and missed the next eight games.

In Sunday's 20-15 loss to Green Bay, Guice was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with another knee injury, one in his ACL repaired left knee. After breaking off a 23-yard run down the right sideline, Guice was upended on a direct helmet-to-knee collision.

The result of the hit is unclear, as Guice will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

Interim head coach Bill Callahan, as well as multiple Redskins players, were asked in the locker room about Guice's injury. They were both dejected and concerned for the young running back.

"Just his reaction to it, it was kind of frightening. I know what he's been through," running back Adrian Peterson said. "That's the last thing that he needs is another serious injury. I told him, 'Take the positives. I know you wanted to be out there and finish the game, but it could have been worse than what it was.'"

Guice finished the game with 42 yards on just five carries.

"That's my guy. That's like my little brother," Chris Thompson said. "To see this continually happen to him, it sucks. Every time he's getting, showing what he's able to do, something happens."

Entering Sunday, Guice was coming off the heels of his best game as a professional. In Week 13, the LSU product finished with a career-high 129 yards on just 10 carries to go along with two touchdowns.

While the team has yet to announce the severity of the injury, sports medical analyst and longtime Chargers' physician Dr. David Chao believes that Guice suffered a mild MCL sprain, which would be a positive sign for Guice, if true.

Callahan seemed to be a little more concerned.

"Right now, I'm just worried about where he is currently," the interim head coach said. "Overall, it's unfortunate that he's been banged up and nicked up. I'm just curious to see how he comes out of this game with whatever injury he sustained."

Callahan's concern is certainly warranted. After all, Guice told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay "all is well" following the Patriots game in 2018, the same game he tore his ACL in. After Week 1, then-head coach Jay Gruden did not report an injury to Guice in his postgame press conference. Later in the week, the team announced he was being placed on injured reserve.

So, if Guice's injuries in the past are any indication, nothing is for sure until the MRI results come back.

"It sucks that it keeps happening to his knees," Thompson said. "That's how he makes his money. Just to see that, it's rough, but I know he's going to do everything, work his butt off to get back."

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Pressure turns up on Bruce Allen as another Redskins season ends with no playoffs

Pressure turns up on Bruce Allen as another Redskins season ends with no playoffs

GREEN BAY -- The Redskins officially got knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday with a loss to the Packers, and while the postseason seemed more of a pipe dream than a possibility, it could carry big repercussions for Washington team president Bruce Allen. 

The pressure on Allen has been intense for some time, as NBC Sports Washington and others have reported, but things got much more serious over the weekend in Wisconsin. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is "beginning to understand the gravity of his situation and that major changes could be coming to the Skins front office this week."

And that report came out before the Redskins lost 20-15 to the Packers. 

The timing makes sense. The NFL season has just three weeks remaining in the regular season, and Washington will need a new head coach for the 2020 season. While interim head coach Bill Callahan deserves some praise for stabilizing the second half of the 2019 season, the team needs a fresh start next year. 

To hire that coach, the Redskins need stability in the front office, and considering Allen's grip at the top of the organizations seems as volatile ever, it's hard to imagine the best coaching candidates considering the Redskins top job under the current circumstances.

There's also the subtle things that suggest more scrutiny than ever on Allen. 

For years it's become typical for Snyder and Allen to walk down to the playing field together before games. That didn't seem to happen in Green Bay. That could mean nothing, but it could mean plenty.

In fact, Snyder and Allen are often spotted together at FedEx Field before Redskins home games, but that's been much less visible in the past few weeks. At the Redskins training facility in Ashburn. Snyder doesn't always attend practice, but when he does, usually Allen is nearby. While the media only gets to observe a limited portion of practice, in the last month or so, Allen's been seen plenty and Snyder has been seen too, but rarely if at all together. 

These subtle things, only noticeable to observers of every practice and every game, could be nothing. Schedules could change or maybe people get busy. But they also might be something to watch. 

It's important to note that the Redskins hired Bruce Allen on December 17th, 2009 to take over the team's football operations. Why is that important? Normally an NFL team hires a new general manager in late December so that person can hire a new coach in January.

Well, if a major move is going to happen in the front office, the track record suggests it could happen soon. Now that the Redskins are officially eliminated from the playoffs, any reservations about holding off for a miracle 2019 finish have ended. 

This story is obviously not finished. The last chapter, or chapters, aren't written. Allen has withstood significant challenges before in his tenure as Redskins team president. This does feel different though.

Vinny Cerrato once seemed like the football executive that could not be fired. The Redskins struggled for wins during Cerrato's leadership, but he stayed on in his job for years. Until December 17th, 2009, when Snyder explained he felt it was finally "time for a change" after nearly a decade of Cerrato. 

Christmas decorations are up in every DMV neighborhood. December is here. Nothing is certain, but keep in mind, history has a way of repeating itself. 

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