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Zach Brown will continue to play through injuries despite contract status

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Zach Brown will continue to play through injuries despite contract status

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown has been playing with an Achilles injury for several weeks. He dealt with an ankle injury last month and, to complete a trifecta of pain, a hamstring injury has popped up beside his name on the team’s latest injury report.

Brown sat out practice on Wednesday. However, he has no intention of missing this Sunday’s game against the Chargers or, for that matter, any of the three games that follow.

“Everybody’s got injuries, you just have to pick up and keep playing,” said Brown on Wednesday.


So far, Brown has kept playing. He has missed a number of practices and he was listed as questionable on the final injury reports prior to each of the last four games. But he has been in on 778 of the 790 defensive snaps played so far.

As to the possibility of sustaining a more severe injury by playing through an injury, Brown says he isn’t going to worry about what he can’t control.

“You can not play, that’s always a possibility,” said Brown. “But, you know, guys, we always want to compete so, you know, we always want to be out there no matter what. And what’s the difference between play now and you rest and it happens in game one next year?”

The sore Achilles has been the most worrisome injury. Brown said that he gets daily treatment that includes therapy with a laser and with acupuncture.

There is a very recent case of a painful Achilles turning into a much more serious injury.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman dealt with Achilles pain all season. Finally, during Seattle’s Week 10 game against the Cardinals, the tendon ruptured and Sherman is done for the season and facing a long rehab process before he can get back on the field in 2018.


“It’s always a concern but if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” said Brown when asked about the possibility of the same thing happening to him. “There’s nothing you can really do about it. You can be walking up the stairs and it can happen. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, there’s nothing I can really do about it. All I can do is keep doing treatment on it and getting the work done.”

One big difference between Sherman and Brown is financial security.

Sherman signed a four year, $56 million contract in 2014. Even if the Seahawks decide to cut ties with him after this season he still would have pocketed $45 million in salary and bonuses.

Brown, on the other hand, is working on a one-year, $2.55 million deal. He hopes to cash in as a free agent in 2018. It would be very difficult to do that if he was rehabbing a torn Achilles. Does he factor this into his thinking at all?

“No, I don’t,” he said. “The last two years I was on the free agent market, it’s the way I play. If that was the case I would have just shut it down already.”

Instead of taking the rest of the year off, he will do what he’s been doing.

“I’ll just continue to get treatment on it, then when Sunday comes, we’ll have to see what happens on Sunday,” he said.

“I like to play the game with passion and I hate to lose. I try my best to help people do better, just trying to help some of the young guys. At the end of the day, you rest when the season’s over.”

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 


Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016


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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 



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