The Redskins will be without two key players on offense as they face an important NFC game with the Panthers.
Slot receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle) and third-down back Chris Thompson (ribs) are inactive for today’s game. Both players were listed as questionable on the Friday injury report.
Thompson’s absence leaves the Redskins tight at running back. Kapri Bibbs, who filled in after Thompson went on injured reserve last season, will be the third-down back. Although Bibbs can be productive running and receiving there will be a drop off from Thompson’s strong pass protection ability.
Adrian Peterson also was questionable with knee and shoulder injuries, but he is active and will start. He will be backed up by second-year back Samaje Perine, who is active for the first time this year. Perine started eight games last year and while there is confidence in his ability to run the ball there also is concern over ball security.
Maurice Harris will start in the slot in Crowder’s place. Against the Saints, Harris had three receptions for 47 yards.
The full list of inactives for the Redskins
- OT Geron Christian
- G Shawn Lauvao
- RB Chris Thompson
- WR Jamison Crowder
- DE Caleb Brantley
- CB Adonis Alexander
- S Troy Apke
Apke (hamstring) was listed as being out on the final injury report and Lauvao (calf) was listed as questionable. Christian, Brantley, and Alexander are coaches’ decisions.
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Sean McVay left the Redskins after the 2016 season to take over as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
Now, McVay will lead the Rams to the Super Bowl.
For Redskins fans, no matter what the reality of trying to keep McVay in 2016, it must sting that the 32-year-old head coach is at the top of his profession.
Meanwhile, the Redskins haven't made the playoffs since the 2015 season.
There is a dose of reality that needs to be served up.
Keeping McVay in Washington probably was never going to happen. Jay Gruden had already promoted McVay to offensive coordinator, but it was obvious McVay wanted to be a head coach. An NFL team cannot keep an assistant from interviewing for a head coach position.
On a personal level, Gruden and McVay first worked together in 2008 with the Bucs. The two worked together on the Florida Tuskers staff in 2009. Knowing that, how could Gruden do anything but support McVay getting his chance to be a head coach?
Still, it's tough for Redskins fans to see McVay heading to the Super Bowl.
Many wonder what might have been if McVay got promoted to the top job in D.C.. It's a fun theory, but it's not reality.
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Brown, the NFL’s best receiver, is angling for a trade out of Pittsburgh.
Kyler Murray is the reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback and a projected 2019 first round pick.
During the NFC Championship game, the Steelers wide receiver tweeted out a clip of him hauling in a deep pass from the University of Oklahoma product. Yes, that’s going to draw some eyeballs, perhaps especially from fans of a team with quarterback uncertainty and lacking offensive playmakers.
Another OU standout, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown”, joined his cousin Antonio and Murray for the workout. This isn’t the first time all three shared a field.
Marquise Brown, a true speed threat, could become the first wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft.
There’s no way for the Redskins to land all three. Even two seems highly unlikely considering the two prospects are projected first-round selections and acquiring Brown would cost a No. 1 and plenty more. It’s still cool to dream. Considering the quarterback concerns with Alex Smith, Jamison Crowder entering free agency and the need for more pieces regardless, even landing one of them would work.
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