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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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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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