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Jay Gruden updates the Redskins' (many) rehabbing players

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Jay Gruden updates the Redskins' (many) rehabbing players

During Jay Gruden’s interview session with reporters at the NFL owners meetings this week, the Redskins’ head coach provided several updates on his team’s injured players, scattered over the course of an hour-long interview. Here are the updates all in one place:

  • DE Stephen Paea (toe): He missed the final six games (including the playoff contest), but Gruden said he expects the vet to be full-go at the start of OTAs in late May.
  • CB Chris Culliver (ACL): Suffered a major knee injury on Thanksgiving and landed on injured reserve. Gruden said Culliver is aiming to be ready for the season opener in September.
  • OLB Junior Galette (Achilles’ tendon): Missed all of 2015 and, according to Gruden, he could be held out until mandatory camp in mid-June or training camp in late July, just to be sure he's 100-percent. “I imagine there’s a good chance we’ll keep him with the trainers," Gruden said.
  • RB Matt Jones (hip): Expected to replace Alfred Morris as the No. 1 back in 2016, Jones had a minor hip procedure after missing the final three games last season. Gruden, however, expects Jones to be 100-percent this offseason. “I think he’ll come back ready to roll,” Gruden said.
  • RB Chris Thompson (shoulder): Had a labrum repaired in January. It was previously reported that he'll be out until training camp in late July.
  • OG Shawn Lauvao (both ankles): Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 3 and had multiple surgeries to clean up other issues while recovering. “I would probably think he’d be [out until] mandatory minicamp or training camp. More likely training camp,” Gruden said.
  • TE Niles Paul (ankle): Suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason and could be held out until training camp, according to Gruden. Gruden also said Paul needs to get “his weight back up to where it was” after shedding some pounds while recovering.
  • TE Derek Carrier (ALC): Missed the final four games after suffering a major knee injury in Chicago. He’s expected to be out “at least” until training camp and possibly longer, Gruden said.
  • S Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve/shoulder): As we’ve mentioned several times, Jarrett’s situation ranks among the Redskins’ biggest injury concerns. In fact, there's no timetable for his return at the moment. “It’s going to take some time,” Gruden said. “I don’t know how long that’s going to be yet.”
  • WR Andre Roberts (knee): Sidelined the final six games after having the meniscus in his knee repaired. He’s still on the mend. Gruden indicated that he could be out until mandatory camp or training camp.
  • LB Adam Hayward (knee): Missed the entire season with a knee injury. Gruden didn’t provide a timeframe, adding only, “He’s recovering like the rest of them. …We’ll have to wait and see [about] his recovery.”
  • LB Martell Spaight (concussion): Missed all but one game of his rookie season. Gruden indicated that he’s been “fine” for a while now and will be good to go for OTAs.

Finally, Gruden acknowledged that the above updates are ballpark estimates and that things can change—for the better or worse—as the team’s offseason program ramps up in the coming weeks.

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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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