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Injury report for Redskins-Packers: Three questionable for Washington

Injury report for Redskins-Packers: Three questionable for Washington

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WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—After sitting out last week’s game against the Vikings Jackson has been a limited participant in practice and took part in team drills in the latter part of the week. He looks like his normal self in the part of practice that is open to the media and he believes he is ready to play but we’ll have to see if he can go on Sunday.

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room and he did not practice on Thursday or Friday. The team brought in some long snappers to try out on Friday; they will have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make a roster move.

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OT Morgan Moses (ankle)—Moses missed the end of the Bengals game with the ankle sprain. He played last week, missing three plays after aggravating the injury. The third-year player practiced in full this week. Moses is experiencing some pain but it is likely that he is out there on Sunday night.

Not on injury report

S Will Blackmon (thumb)—Like Moses, it seems likely that Blackmon would have missed a game with his injury if not for the bye week. But he had the surgery about 24 hours after they got off the plane back from London and he will play with a couple of pins in his left thumb and a cast to protect it.

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G T. J. Lang (ankle)—Lang has been very durable, has missed just two games since becoming their starter in 2011. He suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter last week against the Titans and did not return. Don Barclay, who has filled in when needed since coming to the team in 2012, finished out the Titans game and will start in Lang’s place.

ILB Jake Ryan (ankle)—Ryan also suffered an ankle injury early against the Titans and left the game early. His absence will leave Blake Martinez and Joe Thomas as the only inside linebackers on the roster. Clay Matthews has played on the inside before but Packers media are reporting that he will play on the outside.

T J.C. Tretter (knee)—Tretter will miss his third straight game with an MCL sprain.

Questionable

OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring)—He has missed the last three games with the hamstring issue. The star pass rusher could be a game time decision. It looked like he was on track to play last week but a late setback had him sidelined again.

TE Jared Cook (ankle)—Cook has missed the last six games with the ankle issue.

“I look at Jared and Clay in a similar fashion,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought they came out of the practice yesterday and did some good things. Today and tomorrow, hopefully we’re progressing to those guys playing on Sunday.”

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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