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Full injury report: Thompson is doubtful for Redskins

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Full injury report: Thompson is doubtful for Redskins

Injury report for Redskins vs. Bucs

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CB Chris Culliver (knee)—This will be the third straight game that Culliver has missed. Jay Gruden said that an MRI had been done on the knee and that no surgery is planned. “He’s just having some things done to it to hopefully relieve the issue and get him where he feels more comfortable to play. He’s still dealing with some pain and we’re trying to alleviate that pain,” said Gruden. That’s vague but it’s all we have. Will Blackmon will make a third straight start in his place.

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—He has done some one-field rehab off and on but his return does not seem to be imminent. This will be the fourth game missed since the grade-two sprain he suffered against the Giants. The original assessment passed along by Gruden was “three to four weeks, maybe longer”. It seems likely that we will get into “maybe longer” territory but we’ll know more after the bye. The best guess now is that he won’t be back until after the Week 8 bye. Bashaud Breeland will continue to start in his place with Kyshoen Jarrett taking Breeland’s slot corner snaps.

C Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder and broken finger): He got through the Falcons game with what Gruden described as a “disc area” injury but he was worse for wear after doing so. “The goal for him is just to get stronger and get some strength the back on the left side of his arm,” said Gruden. “It’s not a serious deal where he’s threatened paralyzation or anything like that, it’s just a matter of getting strength back on his left side.” It’s easy to see that a center needs strength on both sides to be able to function. The veteran will miss his second straight game and Josh LeRibeus will start at center.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—Early last week Jackson seemed to be a sure bet to play when he looked pretty good in the early part of practice. But on Thursday he stopped practicing early when he “felt a little twinge”, according to Gruden. That knocked him out of the Jets game, his fifth missed game on what originally was thought to be a three- to four-week injury. Ryan Grant will start in his place.

Doubtful (25% chance will play)

RB Chris Thompson (back)—The third-down back sustained a back contusion when he jumped up trying to reel in an errant pass against the Jets and laded flat on his back on the MetLife Stadium field turf. Thompson has some swelling and may have some fluid drained if doctors believe that it will help him be able to play. If Thompson can’t go, Gruden brought up the possibility of moving Trey Williams or Mack Brown up from the practice squad if Thompson can’t go but they also could go with Matt Jones, assuming they are confident in his health, and Alfred Morris at running back with Jones likely assuming most of the third-down duties.

Questionable (50% chance will play)

DE Stephen Paea (back): He was in uniform last Sunday but only because there were seven less-healthy players on the injury list. He has practiced on a limited basis all week.

LT Trent Williams (concussion): He suffered a neck sprain during the Falcons game and he passed the concussion baseline test after the game. The neck injury appeared to be improving when he started to feel concussion symptoms and was placed in the NFL concussion protocol. After sitting out the Jets game he was cleared to participate this week.

TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—Reed missed two games with a concussion and there was a lot of concern that he could have an extended absence with his second diagnosed concussion in three years on the NFL. But he showed signs of improving last week and the fact was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday of this week was a good indicator.

DL Jason Hatcher (knee)—This is not an injury that happened during a particular play, it’s more one that is due to wear and tear. “It's something that he's played a lot of football in his day,” said Gruden. “He's a big man, and when you're that big carrying that much weight on your joints, sometimes they get a little sore and stiff this time of year.” Keep an eye on this, it probably will get better during the bye but it could be a bigger problem as November turns to December.

Probable (virtual certainty will play)

RB Matt Jones (toe): He injured his toe on his last carry in the fourth quarter against the Falcons. Jones has been a full participant in practice all week. 

S Trenton Robinson (ankle)—Although he left Sunday’s game early with a sprained ankle, he was full in practice all week.

Bucs

Check back later when the Bucs’ injury report is distributed. 

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, defense

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 22, 66 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins player one-liners, defense

A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on defense; the offense was up yesterday

Defensive line

—Even though he played just 159 snaps last year before getting injured, the experience that Jonathan Allen gained in the offseason and training camp last year will help him get off to a strong start this season. 

—​Daron Payne will improve as the season goes on but he should be of some help stopping the run, the team’s most glaring weakness, right off the bat. 

—​Matt Ioannidis could play his way into an early contract extension a year from now, something nobody saw coming a year ago. 

—Last year Anthony Lanier played a little over half a season’s worth of snaps and got 5.0 sacks so I’ll put his over/under for this year at 7.5. 

—I think many fans see “Redskins veteran free agent D-lineman” and associate “bust” but Stacy McGee played pretty well last year. 

—Will Tim Settle be in at nose tackle for the first snap in Week 1?

—The coaches would like to be able to keep Ziggy Hood on the roster, but injuries and other issues could make him a victim of the roster numbers game. 

Inside linebackers

—​Zach Brown struggled a bit before injuries forced him out of the last three games, but he still finished in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles. 

—The team re-signing Mason Foster in late January was a low-key but potentially very impactful move. 

—After getting cut and then returning in November last year, Zach Vigil probably will be employed with the Redskins for all of the 2018 season. 

—It will be interesting to see how much the Redskins try to get out of converted safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a nickel linebacker this year. 

—The Redskins moved up in the sixth round to draft Shaun Dion Hamilton, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he has a regular role on defense before the season is out. 

Outside linebackers

—All Preston Smith needs to do to hit it big in free agency is add a few sacks to his 2017 total and get a few more takeaways. 

—​Ryan Kerrigan already got paid, he’s a few more good years away from making the Redskins Ring of Fame. 

—I predict that Ryan Anderson gets his first NFL sack in Week 2 against the Colts. 

—You usually think of outside linebackers rotating in when it’s the nickel defense, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pernell McPhee be a regular in short-yardage situations. 

Cornerbacks

—I think Josh Norman will the dancing in the end zone at some point this season; he is long overdue to get a pick six (or a pick of any sort for that matter).

—The first time I noticed Quinton Dunbar playing cornerback was when he lined up against Odell Beckham in 2015. 

—The success of the Redskins’ decisions to trade Kendall Fuller and to let Bashaud Breeland leave as a free agent will hinge mostly on how well Fabian Moreau plays in his second year in the NFL.

—Realistically, the Redskins can hope to get 10 or 12 good games out of Orlando Scandrick

—And because Scandrick is unlikely to be healthy for 16 games, the ability of Josh Holsey to step in when needed will be critical. 

—If the Redskins can get a few good punt returns and 75 snaps at nickel corner from Greg Stroman he will be worth the seventh-round pick they used to draft him. 

Safeties

—With a year in the defense under his belt, D.J. Swearinger is a candidate to make his first Pro Bowl. 

—After Jay Gruden compared him to Jordan Reed, there is a lot of pressure on Montae Nicholson to stay on the field and perform well when he is out there. 

—Even though he started eight games last year I think the coaches view Deshazor Everett as more of a special teams guy and situational defender than a safety they want playing 70 snaps a game. 

—​Troy Apke has a lot to learn and it remains to be seen if he can go from being a fast guy to being a fast NFL football player.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 21
—Training camp starts (7/26) 66
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 80

The Redskins last played a game 142 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 110 days. 

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