Nose tackle Chris Neild suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Mondays practice and will miss the remainder of the season, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday.I believe the meniscus was fine; it was strictly an ACL, Shanahan said. Normally it takes about six months recovery time.Neild, a second-year player out of West Virginia, was battling Chris Baker for the backup job behind starter Barry Cofield.In 2011, Neild appeared in 15 games for Washington last season, amassing two sacks and 10 tackles.Its always disappointing whenever theres a season-ending injury for any player on your football team, Shanahan said. You hate it for them. You hate it for the team. But we know these things are going to occur.
You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.
The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.
Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.
Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:
Vikings’ last three games: home vs. Miami, at Detroit, home vs. Chicago.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) December 11, 2018
Washington’s last three games: at Jacksonville, at Tennessee, home vs. Eagles.
If Vikings lose once and Washington, somehow, wins out, Washington still makes the playoffs.#yesIknow#monkeystypingshakespeare
With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.
Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.
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The Redskins gave up 40 points and more than 400 yards in a loss to the Giants last Sunday, and that was without Odell Beckham suited up for New York.
The Redskins have lost four straight games, and five of six, while giving up more than 30 points three times.
The Redskins surrendered more than 200 rushing yards to the Giants, and have not held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in their last six games.
You get the idea.
After the Washington defense got out to an impressive start to the season, things have fallen apart down the stretch.
Despite the struggles, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has no intention of shaking up his coaching staff.
"No. Not really," Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast when asked about any coaching changes.
As the Redskins struggle and lose their grip on a playoff spot, it's not unheard of to think some staff changes might be coming. The Panthers fired two defensive assistants last weekend, and as the NFL season approaches the finish line, more coaches will lose their jobs.
In Washington though, it seems the staff is safe. Still, the Giants loss stings.
The Redskins' offense has been decimated by injuries, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line. There was some leeway for a loss to New York, but not when the home team got down 40-0 to a 4-8 Giants team.
That type of deficit brings questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about effort.
On Sunday, Gruden made clear he understands his future is week to week.
"We have a game to win next week in Jacksonville," the coach said. "We have to go about trying to find a way to do it."
On Monday, he made clear his assistants are safe. As far as he is concerned anyway.
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