Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 3, seven days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 10:15; Player availability and Jay Gruden press conference after practice, approx. 12 p.m.

Days since:

—Redskins’ last game (1/1) 245

Days until:

—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 14
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 21
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 56

Five facts about the Redskins’ 53-man roster

—We don’t have access to the Redskins’ medical reports. But we have some clues on the status of the most important injuries based on personnel moves yesterday. In letting go of Will Blackmon, they signaled that they are confident in the health of Su’a Cravens, who had a meniscus repair shortly after the first preseason game. The fact that they only kept five receivers is a good sign that they aren’t too concerned with Josh Doctson’s health. And by sticking with eight offensive linemen and Chase Roullier as the second center on the roster, they believe that there is a good chance that Spencer Long is good to go.

—As to the five receivers, it’s not a big thing unless Robert Davis and Maurice Harris don’t make it to the practice squad. One receiver is normally inactive on game days so they will be fine as far as the 46-man active list. If Doctson or any receiver gets injured, they can move a receiver up from the practice squad. That said, I think it would be better to have six on the 53 but keeping five isn’t a huge risk.


—There could be changes to the roster before they begin practice in earnest on Wednesday. But the Redskins have a history of not tweaking their roster after setting the 53. They claimed Duke Ihenacho from the Broncos in 2014. I might be missing something but that is the only post-cutdown claim who comes to mind since Jay Gruden has been the coach. Anything is possible but the Redskins tend to like the 53 that they have had during the offseason and in training camp and would rather stick with them than add someone from another team into the mix. That may or may not be a good way of doing business but that’s the way they lean.

—To be, the biggest surprise cut was Harris. I never even thought he was close to the bubble, knowing what the coaches said about him. But apparently, his injury in training camp, which cost him most of the practices there and limited him to a combined 56 snaps in two preseason games, plus a few punt returns, was too much for him to overcome. Meanwhile, Brian Quick rallied from a shaky spring to work his way into a roster spot. I think we’ll hear from Harris again, assuming he clears waivers and gets on the practice squad.

—The inclusion that surprised me the most was S Stefan McClure. He joined the team on August 3, a week into training camp. The Colts signed him last year as an undrafted free agent out of Cal. They cut him and he spent some time on their practice squad in December. McClure was out of work until the Redskins called in August. We will have to see what his role will be. Also, based on the entire offseason, I was somewhat surprised that the one draft choice who didn't make it was WR Robert Davis. I would have picked Josh Harvey-Clemons. 

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