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Redskins Week 5 injury report: Doctson at the top of the list of concerns

Redskins Week 5 injury report: Doctson at the top of the list of concerns

It would be a stretch to say that the Redskins’ injury situation is such that they will be limping into New Orleans on Monday night, but they do have a few situations that warrant watching. Since the game is on Monday we will not get the final injury report with the game status of each player until Saturday afternoon, a day later than normal. 

WR Josh Doctson—Out for Friday’s practice

There was no injury concern about Doctson until he was not seen at practice on Wednesday. It turned out that he was kicked in the heel during practice on Monday. After he missed all but two games of his rookie 2016 season with an Achilles injury, he acquired a reputation for being injury prone. The reputation sticks even though he played 16 games last year and appeared on the injury report just once. 

If Doctson can’t play on Monday, veteran receiver Michael Floyd will be active for the first time since the Redskins signed him during Week 3, according to Jay Gruden.  The coach said that Doctson’s starting role at the Z receiver position will go to Maurice Harris, who made his season debut against the Packers two weeks ago. 

G Shawn Lauvao—Out 

Lauvao has not practiced all week and it looks like he will miss his second straight game. He suffered a strained calf muscle against the Colts in Week 2. The offense functioned well the following game against the Packers as center Chase Roullier moved into Lauvao’s left guard spot and Tony Bergstrom moved to center. 

T Trent Williams—Limited 

The Pro Bowl left tackle had surgery done on his right knee shortly after the Packers game. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. Last year, Williams often played without having practiced during the week as he dealt with a knee injury that required surgery in December. Gruden was optimistic that Williams will be able to play, saying that he played through a more severe issue last year. 

RB Adrian Peterson—Limited 

He sprained his ankle on the last play of his 120-yard rushing performance against Green Bay. Peterson said this week that it was fortunate that the Redskins had their bye since the injury needed the time to heal. The Redskins had practices on Monday and Wednesday and Peterson did rehab work on an auxiliary field during the time that reporters could watch. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday and he appears to be on track to play. 

CB Josh Norman—Limited

Norman strained his hamstring in the late going against the Packers. Like Peterson, he told reporters that the bye week gave him a needed chance to recover. He was with Peterson on the auxiliary field on Monday and Wednesday and he also was limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. Put him alongside Williams and Peterson as veteran players who are likely to gut it out and play on Monday night. 

S Troy Apke—Out 

The rookie suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener and missed the Colts and Packers games. He appeared to be on the road back when he was seen participating in the Monday and Wednesday practices. However, Gruden said that he suffered a setback, experiencing tightness in the muscle. He was out of practice on Thursday and Friday and it is unlikely that he will play. 

G Brandon Scherff—Limited

The Pro-Bowl right guard has been practicing with a brace on his left knee due to an injury he suffered during the Colts game. He has been limited in practice this week but he should be able to play on Monday. 



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Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

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Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

Don’t believe dumb internet rumors. Start there. 

Sunday night some fake Twitter accounts tweeted that a trade between the Redskins and Lions was very close, a deal that would ship productive WR Marvin Jones from Detroit to Washington in exchange for unproductive former first-round pick WR Josh Doctson.

What is to believe here? Next to nothing.

Jones is under Lions control for two more seasons and makes about $7 million a year. That’s tremendous value for somebody that posted 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns two seasons ago. Doctson has exactly 1,100 yards in his three-year NFL career. 

There is some speculation that Jones could be on the outs in Detroit, mostly because of the hard charging style of head coach Matt Patricia. Jones also missed half of last season with a knee injury and is still working his way back, missing all of Detroit's offseason work.

Even if Jones is on the outs with Patricia, and there are worries about the knee, he would command more in a trade than Doctson, who only has one year left on his contract. 

This is from Detroit Free Press Lions reporter Dave Birkett's mailbag last week: "Jones has two years left on his contract at very reasonable salaries of $6.5 million per season. The Lions would be foolish to move on from him right now. He provides more than most players at his salary, and it’s not like there are suitable replacements out there. Jones spent all spring working with the rehab group and I expect him to have a strong season this fall. I can’t imagine the Lions moving on from him at this point, unless we hit October and they’re struggling to keep their head above water. If that happens, all bets are off."

This also seems like a pertinent time to mention that Washington team president Bruce Allen spent last week in France. 

Allen makes the trades for the Redskins. Allen is the boss. He was out of the country last week, and probably not fielding trade phone calls from Cannes. 

To be fair, there have been conversations inside Redskins Park about moving Doctson for more than a year, including in the weeks leading up to the trading deadline last season. He hasn't been moved, however, and his trade value is probably at an all-time low after Washington decided not to exercise a fifth-year team option on his contract earlier this offseason. 

Could Marvin Jones help the Redskins' receiving group? Absolutely. 

But a trade requires much more than that. 

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9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season


9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season

Redskins training camp doesn't begin until July 25, so you've got some time and need some football content in your life to hold you over.

Luckily, there are plenty of football movies out there, just waiting for you to watch them. But which ones should top your queue?

Here are nine of the best football films you need to throw on, both because they're entertaining and because they'll get you fired up for the 2019 Redskins season.

Friday Night Lights

If you ever find one of these lists and it doesn't include Friday Night Lights, never visit that website again. The game action in this is truly fantastic and just what you need if you're having trouble waiting to see Landon Collins destroy an opposing receiver.

The Replacements

It's not going to be the most amazing piece of cinema you've ever seen, but it offers a chance to see Keanu Reeves do something other than play John Wick, and is loosely based on the Redskins' scabs who came up clutch in the 1987 campaign.

Jerry Maguire

So this one doesn't involve much on-field play. However, it's still a quality drama and features some stellar performances. Plus, one of its signature lines — "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" — might be what Trent Williams is telling the Burgundy and Gold these days, too.

Remember the Titans

Look, it's not the most complex or surprising movie. But Denzel Washington is compelling as usual, it covers an important issue and the cast has some enjoyable chemistry. 

Any Given Sunday

Did this need to be almost as long as a regular season contest? No. With that being said, the cast is loaded as are the cameos, and of course, Al Pacino's speech is a smash hit. 

The Blind Side

The Blind Side has a little bit of everything, from comedy to drama to some tear-jerking moments. Sandra Bullock leads you through it all by turning in a heck of a few hours portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy, and she later won an Academy Award because of her work.


Yes, Washington supporters will have to stomach seeing a lot of Eagles uniforms, yet this movie about Vince Papale miraculously making Philadelphia's roster is worth it. And you can follow it up with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Invincible-inspired episode.


You may not know this one, but you should. It's documentary-style and follows a high school football team in Memphis as they try to navigate the ups and downs of a season and of their academic and personal lives. It's superb. 

Draft Day

It's flawed in places, but Draft Day is better than many think it is. Also, it'll allow you to reflect on what looks like a very promising 2019 Redskins draft class, an activity that'll always be fun.