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Need to Know: Redskins will be in search of takeaways vs. the Bears

Need to Know: Redskins will be in search of takeaways vs. the Bears

CHICAGO—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants. .

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Bears 1:00

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 8; Wild card playoff round starts 14

Injuries of note:
Out:
LB Cravens (upper arm), CB Dunbar (concussion)
Questionable: TE Reed (shoulder), LB Compton (knee), OLB Kerrigan (elbow), DE Baker (ankle)
Final injury report

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Bears

Reed likely out, spotlight on Davis: On Friday, the Redskins listed TE Jordan Reed as questionable. That designation means that there is better than a 50% chance the player will play. But according to multiple reports Reed will not suit up for the game. That is not surprising considering that he did not practice all week and that just five days ago he was in agony because of the shoulder. Vernon D,avis, who has had 10 receptions for just 71 yards in the three games that Reed has been out or limited and had a few drops against the Panthers, will need to step up.

Searching for takeaways: The Redskins have had one takeaway in their last three games and being on the minus side of the turnover ledger played a big part in them losing two of those games. Bears QB Matt Barkley has thrown seven interceptions in his five game appearances including three last week against the Packers. Also, Chicago has lost nine fumbles on the season. There will be opportunities there and the Redskins need to take advantage of them.

Improving their chances: As of right now, the website FiveThirtyEight.com has the Redskins with a 26 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat the Bears that chance goes up to 42 percent. A win over the Giants on New Year’s Day would boot that to 72 percent. A lot of fans have checked out in the team’s playoff chances but they have a good percentage of their fate in their own hands. For the record 538.com has the Redskins with a 62 percent chance of beating the Bears

Prediction: Before last Monday night, I would have picked the Redskins to win today without hesitation. But after they laid that egg against the Panthers I have to hesitate. Even though each game, as Kirk Cousins likes to say, is its own entity it’s easy to see how there will be some carryover effect. I think that the night game-short week-road game cycle affected them against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was evident today. But I think that the Redskins will find a way to slog through it. The Panthers have not been bad since their Week 7 bye, going 5-3 since then. The Bears have lost five of six. Rob Kelley gets 100 yards rushing, Cousins throws for about 250 and the defense does enough of the bend but don’t break thing to get the job done.

Redskins 24, Bears 20

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Court documents detail Derrius Guice's alleged strangling and other ugly domestic violence incidents

Court documents detail Derrius Guice's alleged strangling and other ugly domestic violence incidents

Court documents were filed Monday in Loudoun County’s General District Court that describe Derrius Guice’s alleged domestic violence against his girlfriend, and the incidents that are chronicled in those filings are troubling.

In one encounter, Guice allegedly strangled his girlfriend until she was unconscious. In that exchange, which happened in March, she also says Guice pushed her and pulled her hair. 

The Washington Post was first to report on these new details.

Guice’s girlfriend also says the ex-Washington Football Team player pushed her to the ground in April while the two were outside of Guice’s home. Guice is also purported to have thrown the victim’s cellphone, which caused it to shatter.

In addition to those two alleged incidents, the woman claims Guice pushed her to the ground in February as well. That confrontation happened in Guice’s bedroom.

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The documents state that Guice’s girlfriend has photographs of all her injuries from the various issues with Guice. 

Guice turned himself in to police on Friday, and soon after that, he was released by Washington. He has since cleared waivers and is currently a free agent.

During a press conference on Monday, Ron Rivera stated that he moved on from the running back because it was “in the best interest of this organization, our players and our fans going forward."

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Derrius Guice reportedly hurt his knee again before Washington released him

Derrius Guice reportedly hurt his knee again before Washington released him

A news storm ensued after Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence charges and subsequently released by the Washington Football Team. Seemingly lost in the shuffle was some news about yet another knee injury for the third-year running back. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Guice hurt his knee again the day before he was released.

This would have been huge news for the former second-round pick, who's grappled with knee injuries throughout the first two seasons of his career. He suffered a torn ACL as a rookie, a meniscus tear at the beginning of last season and an MCL sprain later on in 2019 as well.

There was hope for Guice to become a featured back, and he certainly had the ability to become one had he been able to stay healthy. 

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It's unclear how much another knee injury had to do with Guice's release, though it certainly couldn't have made things easier on Guice's hopes to stay on the roster. He later went unclaimed on waivers, making him a free agent for the first time in his young career.

Washington doesn't have much time to worry about Guice now. They have to figure out how to distribute the carries between Adrian Peterson, J.D. McKissic, Peyton Barber, Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love without a preseason schedule to test things out.

With their first taste of game action this season set as a September 13 clash with the Eagles, Peterson figures to start off as the lead back behind Dwayne Haskins based on experience alone. Peterson has over 3,000 career carries under his belt while the other four options have combined for 639.

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