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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. 


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.


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.


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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Joe Gibbs celebrated his Daytona 500 win at Steak 'n Shake and it was awesome


Joe Gibbs celebrated his Daytona 500 win at Steak 'n Shake and it was awesome

Joe Gibbs and his team celebrated their Sunday Daytona 500 win in the coolest (and most delicious) way possible: bringing their silver-plated, 54-pound trophy into a Steak 'n Shake.

No, we're not kidding.

As if three Super Bowls with the 'Skins wasn't enough, it looks like this man just can't stop winning.

The fast food tradition started back in 1993, after Joe Gibbs Racing won that edition of the Daytona 500. But this victory was extra special. 

JGR's victory and 1-2-3 sweep at the podium honored Gibbs' son, J.D., who died just last month of a degenerative neurological disease. It was Joe's first win since the passing of his son. 

J.D. had been involved with Joe Gibbs Racing since its start in 1991, participating as both a crew member and driver. Team members held up a banner throughout lap 11, commemorating his jersey number when he played for the William & Mary football team. 

And before heading off to Steak 'n Shake to party, Gibbs gave an emotional post-race interview that is absolutely worth your time: 


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Derrius Guice provides an update on his rehab and says he's still 'strong as an ox'

Derrius Guice provides an update on his rehab and says he's still 'strong as an ox'

It has been a little more than six months since Derrius Guice's rookie season ended on his sixth carry of the Redskins' preseason opener. So, how's the running back's rehab from his torn ACL going?

Well, conveniently enough, Guice chronicled his comeback in a "Derrius Diary" post on his team's website, giving a first person account of how his offseason is progressing.

In that blog, No. 29 first explained how the infections that stemmed from his surgery — infections that set him back two months — really made him question why he was facing so much adversity so early into his career.

"I had to play catch-up, so I had to work a lot harder and spend a lot more hours here, getting rehab in the weight room, catching up on my running and stuff," Guice said. "It was tough, when I already started over in August, and then I had to start over again in December. It was kind of like, what’s going on?"

Once he got past those troubles, though, the 'Skins' 2018 second-rounder has largely been a fixture at the franchise's Ashburn facility. That constant work has helped him get back to full strength in his arms and put him in a place where he's able to sprint at 100-percent in a straight line.

Guice wrote that he's not doing any lateral movements at full speed yet and he still wants to keep building up his legs, but with more than five months until training camp, he's got the time to do so. 

"We're right there," he said. "We just take it week to week. I’m still strong as an ox. We’re getting it back."