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Hopefully the Wizards and Caps handle Atlanta and Toronto better than the Redskins have

Hopefully the Wizards and Caps handle Atlanta and Toronto better than the Redskins have

Spring has sprung in the DMV, and so has playoff season. The Wizards and Caps are about to embark on journeys for the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals, and their first steps in those trips will be against the Hawks and Maple Leafs, respectively.

So, should John Wall, Alex Ovechkin and Co. look to the Redskins for ideas on how to beat teams from or in Atlanta and Toronto? Eh, not exactly — at least when it comes to recent results.

The Falcons have dropped the Redskins in their last five meetings after the Redskins dominated the majority of the first 20 matchups. The most recent was a 2015 overtime game, in which Robert Alford intercepted Kirk Cousins and returned it for the walk-off touchdown in the Georgia Dome.


Meanwhile, while there is no NFL team based in Toronto, the 'Skins did travel there in 2011 to take on the Bills in the Rogers Centre. Some fans will recall that one, though others may have zapped all memories of it. 

Among the events that occurred on that October Sunday: Mike Shanahan was shut out for the first time as head coach and John Beck was sacked every time he dropped back nine times. In hindsight, losing all of their passports and using the weekend to rake some leaves would've been a better use of Washington's time.

The opponent whom the Redskins own the most is the Jaguars; they've won five of six vs. Jacksonville, which comes out to a .833 winning percentage. Unfortunately, there are no NBA or NFL franchises located in Jacksonville, so they can't help the Wiz or Caps there.

Therefore, they'll have to join the rest of D.C.'s fans and hope the area's postseason representatives can get the job done. After all, if you can't beat 'em, what do you do? Root for your brethren to do it.


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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 


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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR


With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.