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Griffin active for first time in 2015 for wounded Redskins

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Griffin active for first time in 2015 for wounded Redskins

The Redskins have seven players declared out of today's game against the Jets with injuries. Since only seven players are inactive for each game, the Redskins will have third quarterback Robert Griffin III on the 46-man active list for the game.

It is unlikely that Griffin will play unless both starter Kirk Cousins and backup Colt McCoy are injured.

Inactive for the Redskins are the six players previously announced as out with injuries, all of them starters: OT Trent Williams (concussion), C Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder/finger), WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), CB DeAngelo Hall (toe) and CB Chris Culliver (knee).

In addition, running back Matt Jones is out so Alfred Morris will take the majority of the carries with third-down back Chris Thompson likely getting an expanded role. 

The Redskins are slated to line up Ty Nsekhe, who is nearly 30 years old but has just 10 snaps of NFL experience on offense, in Williams' spot. Josh LeRibeus, a 2012 third-round pick who has never been able to create much of a role for himself, will get the nod at center. Derek Carrier, who has proven to be a good pass catcher but a subpar blocker, will start at tight end. Jackson has been out since early in the Redskins' season opener and Ryan Grant has played in his place. His production has been less than impressive (12 receptions, 118 yards) The cornerbacks will be Bashaud Breeland and Will Blackmun with rookie Kyshoen Jarrett covering the slot. 

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.

 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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