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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. 

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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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Former Redskins WR Santana Moss: ‘Now is the perfect time’ to change name

Former Redskins WR Santana Moss: ‘Now is the perfect time’ to change name

Over the next few days, and in the spirit of a Presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is polling ex-Redskins players and NFLers who grew up in the DMV for their thoughts on the burgundy-and-gold's pending name change - and what name THEY would like to see.

The Redskins’ decision to conduct a “thorough review” of their name is one of the many ripple effects from the nationwide George Floyd protests that have taken place over the past six weeks. The demonstrations have put discussions surrounding racial equality at the forefront of the country’s attention and signaled a change in the way race relations are approached.

Among those who’ve recognized the shifting of the times is former Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss, who spoke to NBC Sports Washington about owner Dan Snyder changing his position from staunch opponent of a name change to open to discussing new avenues.

“I just feel like the times we’re in right now, it’s only right,” Moss said. “If they have to change the name, I think now is the perfect time because of what’s been going on in this world today. You just don’t want to be dealing with anything that’s causing people to have an ill feeling about the representation of their race and their ethnic background.”

Moss was traded to the Redskins by the New York Jets in 2005 and spent the rest of his career there before retiring after the 2014 season. In total, he played 146 games for Washington in which he caught 581 passes for 7,867 yards and 47 touchdowns while racking up three 1,000-yard seasons and a Pro Bowl appearance.

However, it would be years into his D.C. tenure before Moss realized there was a controversy surrounding the name.

“I discovered it was a problem after getting ready for a game against the Seahawks in Seattle when they protested outside of our bus about the name,” Moss said. “That was my first time even knowing that it wasn’t representing them the way they want to be represented. So from that time to now, I’ve been trying to educate myself as best I could to find out why.”

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The debate over the Redskins’ name has been on and off since the early 1970s, when a group of Washington-based journalists were among the first to call for the name to be retired. The discussion has flared occasionally in recent years, especially after some strong comments from Snyder captured the country’s attention in 2013.

In an interview with USA TODAY in May of 2013, Snyder said, "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps." Four months later, the Oneida Indian Nation based out of New York organized season-long protests outside of every Redskins road game. The opponents’ case slowly built up momentum again until The Washington Post conducted a poll in 2016 that found nine out of 10 Native Americans weren’t offended by the name.

Moss acknowledged that the Native American community still appears to be split on whether or not the name is offensive. Though he said he didn’t feel particularly strongly that the name should be changed, he deferred to Native Americans who are impacted by the name and want to ensure their race is represented in a way that accurately reflects them.

“Being a guy that had represented that team throughout my playing years and my 10 years there, I have tremendous pride about putting on that helmet,” Moss said. “Now, if I have to go back and look at it and say, ‘Well man, there was something not right about it,’ then I probably would’ve felt different, too, also during those years.

“But I didn’t. All I knew was this was the Washington Redskins and every Sunday or every year I put this uniform on and go out and represent the Washington-based football team to the best of my ability.”

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With the Redskins’ name change appearing imminent, fans have already begun tossing out suggestions for what the new name should be. Moss said he’s seen them all—including Redtails, which would pay homage to Black fighter pilots from World War II—but he’s on board with an idea he said Snyder is already considering.

“To tell you the truth, the thing that stood out to me the most is—I’m not sure how for sure it is—but I’ve heard that Dan Snyder wants to try to keep the same color scheme and some kind of way pay homage to the Native Americans and find a name that’s suitable for them,” Moss said. “So if that’s for real, I’m for that, man.”

As the situation continues to unfold, Moss will be paying close attention. While he understands many fans are opposed to changing the name given its history in D.C., he believes the final decision belongs to those the name represents.

“You can’t be insensitive about the situation,” Moss said. “We have to know that regardless of what [fans] feel with season tickets and all that, there’s people that really have to [grapple] with what they’ve been holding on and haunted by for so long. It’s more than just a football team to them.”

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Walmart and Target have now pulled Redskins gear from their websites, too

Walmart and Target have now pulled Redskins gear from their websites, too

You can now count Walmart and Target among the world's major stores that have removed Redskins gear and memorabilia from their online sites.

On Monday, both of those giants took away links that would normally bring users right to Redskins-specific pages. Every other NFL team's link, of course, remained active.

Nike chose to do the same thing last Thursday, the day which started much of the intense clamor for the Redskins to transition away from their name.

FedEx and Pepsi, meanwhile, have both publicly stated their support for a change.

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These kinds of acts could increase the pressure on Dan Snyder to proceed quickly and find a new name for the Redskins, and they're largely why this time feels different than all of the previous instances when this issue reached the forefront.

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Now, the wait begins to see who else decides to follow in the footsteps of companies like Walmart, Target and Nike and make their own statement against the name.

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