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Redskins free agent DeSean Jackson headed to Tampa Bay

Redskins free agent DeSean Jackson headed to Tampa Bay

The Redskins are about to lose their second starting wide receiver in the last two days.

A day after Pierre Garçon headed west after agreeing to a deal with the 49ers, it looks like DeSean Jackson is going to be heading south.

Per multiple media reports, the long-rumored move of Jackson going to the Tampa Bay Bucs will become a reality today sometime after NFL free agency opens at 4 p.m.

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Jackson signed with the Redskins in 2014 after six years with the Eagles. He was productive his first season there, gaining 1,169 yards receiving and leading the league with an average of 20.9 yards per catch.

A hamstring injury that cost him five games hurt his 2015 production but he came back strong this past season with 1,005 receiving yards and again led the league with an average of 17.9 yards per reception.

We don’t have any numbers on the proposed contract. Jackson has let it be known that the highest bidder would have a good chance of landing his services and there was speculation that he could get a deal averaging $12 million per year.

The Redskins stayed in touch with Jackson over the past few days but it never seemed like they were going to be the highest bidder. Jackson will be 31 before the season is out and the Redskins were hesitant to give a big deal to a player who may be fading in production.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: Jackson has confirmed the move to Tampa Bay in an Instagram post. 

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

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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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