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Need to Know: Redskins-Panthers by the numbers—Rushing game stuck in neutral

Need to Know: Redskins-Panthers by the numbers—Rushing game stuck in neutral

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 20, four days before the Washington Redskins visit the Chicago Bears.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Jay Gruden media conference call, 3 p.m.  

Days until: Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 4; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 12; Wild card playoff round starts 18

Injuries of note:
LB Bates (knee), OLB Kerrigan (elbow), CB Dunbar (concussion)
Postgame injury report

Redskins vs. Panthers by the numbers

—The Redskins rushed for 29 yards, their lowest total since Week 11 of last year. That game was against the Panthers. It was their worst rushing day against the team that was not Carolina since getting 27 yards against the Rams in 2014.

—Kirk Cousins passed for 315 yards. He broke his own team record for passing yards in a season, a mark he set last year. He now has 4,360 passing yards on the season with two games left.

—Cousins also tied his own team record with his seventh 300-yard passing day of the season.

—The Redskins recorded two sacks and they now have at least one sack in 22 consecutive games. No NFC team has a longer active streak; three AFC teams (Denver, Oakland, Cincinnati) have longer active streaks.

—The Redskins turned the ball over three times. That was their highest total since turning it over five times in Week 11 last year against, yes, the Panthers.

—The Redskins got no turnovers in a game for the fifth time this year.

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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

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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.

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