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Kerrigan hopes to play vs. Patriots

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Kerrigan hopes to play vs. Patriots

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is glad that the Redskins are on a bye this week after having surgery to repair a broken hand he suffered in the against the Buccaneers last Sunday.

The week off may permit him to get by without being out of the lineup. Their next game is November 8 at New England.

“I'm hoping to play, not miss any game time,” he said. “We'll see how things progress next week and throughout this week. It would be a stretch this Sunday if we had a game to try to play in that game but fortunately we're on the bye so hopefully I won't miss any time.”

Kerrigan was injured on a fairly routine running play in the first quarter. “I came around the corner and tried to swipe at the ball, fell, and I think I rolled on it strangely,” he said.

He didn’t leave the game right away. “I knew something wasn't right but it didn't hurt too bad at the time,” he said. But after a few plays he knew it was a problem and went to have it looked at and X-rays revealed the broken third metacarpal bone.

It was a trip to the surgeon on Monday, where they inserted some screws to repair the break.

“Not feeling too bad,” said Kerrigan less than 24 hours after the procedure. “It was a real easy process, went in, got the hand taken care of, went back home. Pretty much a normal Monday after that.”

This will not the first time Kerrigan has played with some sort of cast on his hand.

“In college I broke two bones in my left hand and missed like a day or two of practice and then I was back out there playing,” he said.

Kerrigan will head back to the doctor after the bye.

“I'm going to see the surgeon again next week and we'll see how things are,” he said. “Hopefully I can have a better understanding [of a timetable for his return] at that time . . . I think that for the most part it will be getting the strength back and getting confident in being violent with the hand.”

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Redskins get Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan into Pro Bowl and another 5 to alternate team

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Redskins get Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan into Pro Bowl and another 5 to alternate team

The Redskins landed two players on the Pro Bowl roster in left tackle Trent Williams and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. This marks the seventh and fourth Pro Bowl honors for the players, respectively. 

Williams has been named to the past seven Pro Bowls, a remarkable feat, and joins Ken Houston as the only Washington players to make seven straight Pro Bowls. He trails only Charley Taylor (8) and Chris Hanburger (9) in total Pro Bowl selections.

After a two-sack performance last Sunday in Jacksonville moved him into second all-time on the Redskins sack list, Kerrigan got named to his fourth Pro Bowl and third straight selection. He has 11 sacks on the season, his third straight year with double-digit sacks. 

Beyond Kerrigan and Williams, five other Redskins players were named alternates to the Pro Bowl: D.J. Swearinger, Josh Norman, Jordan Reed, Tress Way, and Adrian Peterson. 

Many thought Swearinger or Way would make the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers, but both players came up just short. Things look good for Swearinger to make it to Orlando, as Giants safety Landon Collins made the Pro Bowl squad but will miss the game with an injury. 

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How Kirk Cousins' next two games will directly impact the Redskins' playoff chances

How Kirk Cousins' next two games will directly impact the Redskins' playoff chances

A week after it felt borderline irresponsible to talk about the Redskins' 2018 playoff chances, it now feels completely necessary. 

Sure, you can make a pretty easy argument that this team doesn't look like a postseason team. But the fact of the matter is they're in a position to possibly become one in a handful of days.

And who's going to have a lot of say in whether the 'Skins do advance beyond Week 17? Kirk Cousins, because DUH.

Thanks to Dallas' Week 15 loss, Washington isn't out of the division hunt yet. However, their far more likely path to the playoffs is via the wild card, a spot that Cousins and the Vikings currently occupy.

To take that spot, the 'Skins really need to win out (they could still take the sixth seed by finishing 8-8, but that would take a lot more help). That means, first and foremost, Josh Johnson has to lead the Burgundy and Gold to victories over the Titans and the Eagles, which would have them finish the year at 9-7.

If that happens, the Redskins will then only require one Minnesota loss in the next two weeks to steal the second wild card. The Vikings square off with the Lions and Bears to wrap up their schedule, with the former happening in Detroit and the latter taking place in Minneapolis. 

The Eagles are also a factor in all of this, but Jay Gruden's squad could make them less of one by beating them in the 2018 finale.

Earlier this season, when everything was going right for the Redskins, it looked like a January showdown between Cousins' former franchise and his current one could happen. Now, though, the two squads are vying for the same position. 

So, it's really simple, 'Skins supporters — root for your guys to win two more and root against Cousins as well. This time around, No. 8 coming up short down the stretch would really benefit Washington.

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