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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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Redskins challenge fans to create all-time team with this pool of franchise legends

Redskins challenge fans to create all-time team with this pool of franchise legends

Everyone has a little bit more time on their hands amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s forced the governors of both Maryland and Virginia to issue stay-at-home orders for the foreseeable future.

With the start of football season still months away, the Redskins decided to give their fans an assignment while they sit at home and wait for the pandemic to be contained.

Using an online form, the Redskins are challenging fans to put together a “dream team” composed of franchise greats and active stars. It’s a fun exercise while sports take a hiatus, so let’s go through the players available for selection.

Quarterback (pick 1)

The choices: Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Doug Williams, Joe Theismann, Alex Smith, Mark Rypien, Sammy Baugh and Kirk Cousins

Notable snubs: Robert Griffin III

Running back (pick 2)

The choices: John Riggins, Alfred Morris, Brian Mitchell, Clinton Portis, Earnest Byner, George Rogers, Larry Brown, Adrian Peterson and Stephen Davis

Notable snubs: Terry Allen

Wide receiver (pick 3)

The choices: Art Monk, Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor, Charlie Brown, Gary Clark, Hugh Taylor, Pierre Garcon, Ricky Sanders and Santana Moss

Notable snubs: Henry Ellard

Tight end (pick 1)

The choices: Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith and Jordan Reed

Notable snubs: Donnie Warren

Offensive line (pick 5)

The choices: Jeff Bostic, Jim Lachey, Joe Jacoby, Len Hauss, Russ Grimm, Turk Edwards, Brandon Scherff and Vince Promuto

Notable snubs: Trent Williams and Chris Samuels

Defensive line (pick 2)

The choices: Charles Mann, Dave Butz, Dexter Manley and Gene Brito

Notable snubs: Andre Carter, Ron McDole

Linebackers (pick 3)

The choices: Chris Hanburger, Ken Harvey, London Fletcher, Monte Coleman and Ryan Kerrigan

Notable snubs: Brian Orakpo

Defensive backs (pick 4)

The choices: Brig Owens, Champ Bailey, Darrell Green, DeAngelo Hall, Ken Houston, Landon Collins, Mike Bass, Pat Fischer and Sean Taylor

Notable snubs: Joe Lavender and Paul Krause

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Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a month away, meaning the rumors surrounding the Redskins and what they'll do with the No. 2 overall selection are only going to intensify over the next few weeks.

Many expect the Burgundy and Gold to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second pick, and it makes sense. He's been pegged as a generational talent by many experts and would make an immediate impact for the Redskins defense.

But coming off a 3-13 season, the Redskins still have plenty of holes on their roster. Arguably the best way to expedite a rebuild of any franchise is by building through the draft, and the Redskins potentially have the opportunity to acquire multiple first-round picks by trading down from the second overall selection. 

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the team is warming up to exactly that idea.

"I continue to hear that they are increasingly open to trading out," la Canfora said. "I think there's a distinct possibility."

When the Redskins moved up to No. 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Robert Griffin III, they shipped three first-round picks to the Rams. It likely would take a deal similar to that for the Redskins to move out of their current draft position.

The Dolphins currently sit at No. 5 and have three first-round picks in this year's draft. They're also desperate for a quarterback. With Miami having the draft capital to strike a deal, they seem like the most likely team to trade up to No. 2. 

Should Washington move down to No. 5, the Redskins would potentially have the chance to select another player La Canfora says they have a high draft grade on: Clemson's Isaiah Simmons.

"If they do drop back a few spots, I believe strongly they would target Isaiah Simmons," La Canfora said. "That's another player I'm told they are super high on their draft board. They feel like he's such a rotational chess piece you can put all over the place. They are very intrigued by that possibility if they were to move down."

Simmons is arguably the most versatile defensive player in this year's draft. Listed as a linebacker, Simmons has lined up as a cornerback, safety and pass rusher, too. Simmons's measurables -- 6-foot-4, 239 pounds -- are off the charts, and the Clemson standout raised his stock even higher this past February with an outstanding performance at the Scouting Combine.

Throughout free agency, the Redskins have not made a splashy move. But one common trait between many of the players Ron Rivera has brought in to Washington is their versatility. Simmons fits exactly that mold. The only question remains if he would still be available by the time the Redskins were on the clock, as both the Lions and Giants would have the chance to take him before Washington.

If Young is considered the best defensive player in the draft, Simmons is right behind him. La Canfora explained that if Washington has the opportunity to trade back and still nab Simmons, that's something they should absolutely consider.

"If you take Chase Young, and he ends up being [Lawrence Taylor], then I get it. You call it a day," he said. "But if he's less than that, and you have the opportunity to trade off of him, as if he were a quarterback, to get quarterback value for the pick because the other team moving up is taking a quarterback, then I don't know how you don't strongly consider it."

La Canfora explained what many assume will be the deciding factor on whether the Redskins trade down or not -- will they get enough in return for the pick?

"It will be mostly tied to the value and trade for the pick," Canfora said. "Do they feel there is enough opportunity to throw three, four, five darts at premium positions on the draft board over the next couple of years that would allow them to hasten their rebuild?"

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