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Redskins Week 6 injury report: Several offensive starters are questionable

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Redskins Week 6 injury report: Several offensive starters are questionable

The Redskins avoided serious injuries in the Superdome on Monday, but they did compile some issues that raise availability questions after a short week. 

Out

S Troy Apke—The rookie suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener and he hasn’t been active since. He appeared to be on the road back when he was seen participating in a couple of practices prior to the Saints game. However, Gruden said that he suffered a setback, experiencing tightness in the muscle. He was out of practice all week.

Doubtful

G Shawn Lauvao—Lauvao returned to practice this week albeit on a limited basis. Jay Gruden quickly answered in the affirmative when asked if Lauvao would get his left guard spot back when he is healthy. Tony Bergstrom did well at center against the Packers.

Questionable

WR Josh Doctson—After missing last week’s game with a heel injury, Doctson has been limited in practice all week. He has been wearing padding on his left heel. It looks like he will play, but will he produce?

RB Adrian Peterson—Peterson has injuries at three different levels of his body. He came into the Saints game still recovering from a sprained ankle he suffered against the Packers. On the first play in New Orleans, he sustained a hyperextended knee. Later in the first half, he was thrown to the ground, straining his shoulder. Peterson is expected to start and play his usual workload. 

WR Jamison Crowder—The slot receiver had his normal workload against the Saints (52 of 61 snaps) but he emerged with a concerning ankle injury. He was out of practice Wednesday and Thursday and his status is up in the air. If he can’t go, Maurice Harris will start in the slot. 

WR Paul Richardson—Richardson was out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he was very limited on Friday with both knee and shoulder injuries. The shoulder has been a lingering problem since he injured in in the season opener while the knee is a new issue. The short week is not doing him any favors. If he can’t go, a combination of Brian Quick and Michael Floyd could go in his place or, if Crowder plays, Harris could start.

RB Chris Thompson—The third-down back sustained injured ribs when he tried to catch a pass over the middle on a two-point conversion attempt. He was limited in practice all week and although it seems likely that he will play, Jay Gruden put him in the category of being a game-time decision. 

LB Zach Vigil—The reserve linebacker and special teams contributor has a thigh injury. He was limited in practice and he will be a game-time decision. 

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Derrius Guice suffers MCL sprain, according to report

Derrius Guice suffers MCL sprain, according to report

After undergoing an MRI Monday, Derrius Guice reportedly suffered an MCL sprain, NFL's Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday.

The MCL sprain is in the same knee Guice injured in 2018 with an ACL tear, but according to Rapoport, the ACL is still intact following Sunday's injury. Before learning the results of the MRI, Redskins head coach Bill Callahan told the media Monday that Guice will not play Sunday's Week 15 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. It is unclear whether Guice will play the remaining two games of the season against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Guice tweeted Tuesday about his positive outlook regarding the diagnosis.

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Three Redskins not named Dwayne Haskins who will care about these final three games

Three Redskins not named Dwayne Haskins who will care about these final three games

When you scan up and down the Redskins' roster, a roster that won't be involved in the postseason yet again, it's easy to spot the guy with the most riding on the team's final three games of 2019. His name is Dwayne Haskins.

But the young passer is far from the only player who'll care greatly about performing well in Weeks 15, 16 and 17.

Here are three members of the Burgundy and Gold aside from Haskins who could use a strong individual finish to the year.

Steven Sims

Trey Quinn was supposed to be Washington's answer in the slot once the franchise moved on from Jamison Crowder. Instead, Quinn averaged a weak 7.6 yards per grab before suffering a nasty concussion in Carolina, a concussion that sidelined him in Green Bay and very well could keep him out the rest of the way.

That means that Sims, who was already cutting into Quinn's role on offense before the injury, has a massive opportunity in two ways: He'll continue to get more looks in the passing game and also will have a shot to provide a spark as the Redskins' punt returner.

Relying on Quinn in 2019 was a big risk, and relying on Sims in 2020 could be as well. However, Sims has displayed far more explosiveness in a short amount of time than Quinn ever did, and if he can continue progressing — seven of his 18 catches this campaign have come in the past two contests — then he'll force the organization to strongly consider giving him a key role for the future. 

Ereck Flowers

When the Redskins signed Flowers last offseason, they were mocked. When they eventually said they would slide him inside and experiment with him at guard, they were questioned. 

Yet, in a year where most things have failed and failed hard, acquiring and trusting Flowers has been a definite success.

These next couple of weeks matter quite a bit for Flowers. They are three more chances for him to learn and improve as an interior lineman, and if he can get through them healthy, he'll soon become a free agent and one who could be quite interesting on the open market. 

While that's a strange sentence to both type and to read, it's also true. Whether it's with the Redskins or another squad, Flowers has done enough at his new position to set himself up for a decent payday. 

Fabian Moreau

Since the benching of Josh Norman, Moreau has lined up as an outside corner and fared much better than he did in the slot. He's picked off three passes in the past three games after notching just one interception over his first 40 appearances.

Now, there's hope again for the gifted third-year pro. That said, he still hasn't been perfect on the outside, so if he can tighten up his communication and his coverage against the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys, the Redskins will feel more secure in counting on Moreau as they reshape their secondary moving forward.

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