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Redskins' injury list a long one; who's in and who's out?


Redskins' injury list a long one; who's in and who's out?

Injury report for Redskins vs. Jets 

Updated Sunday 10.18.15 6:30 AM



CB Chris Culliver (knee)—He played a full game with an ailing knee against the Eagles and it seems that he paid for that by not being able to suit up the next Sunday against Atlanta. He is the Redskins’ highest-paid and best cornerback but he needs to be able to rehab his knee, which has no structural damage per Jay Gruden, to the point where he can be effective. Will Blackmon will make a second straight start in his place.

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—He did some on-field rehab last week but he was not seen on the field this week. This will be the third game missed since the grade-two sprain he suffered against the Giants. The original assessment passed along by Gruden was “three to four weeks, maybe longer. The best guess now is that he won’t be back until after the Week 8 bye. Bashaud Breeland will continue to start in his place with Kyshoen Jarrett taking Breeland’s slot corner snaps.

TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—We saw Reed on the practice field this week and although he was only an observer it was a step in the right direction. Gruden said that he was able to attend meetings, another positive sign. But it still could be some time before he is able to return to the field. In his absence, Derek Carrier, acquired in a trade on August 21, will start and Antony McCoy, signed as a free agent a week before the season started, will back him up. We could see a heavier does of fullback Darryl Young and/or tackle Tom Compton to help with blocking.

LT Trent Williams (concussion): He suffered a neck sprain during the Falcons game and he passed the concussion baseline test after the game. The neck injury appeared to be improving when he started to feel concussion symptoms and was placed in the NFL concussion protocol. It appears that Ty Nsekhe will start in his place, although there could be other options.

C Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder and broken finger): He got through the Falcons game but he was worse for wear after doing so. Like Williams, he was limited in practice on Wednesday and out on Thursday and Friday. Josh LeRibeus will start at center.

Questionable (50% chance player will play)

RB Matt Jones (toe): He injured his toe on his last carry in the fourth quarter against the Falcons. Jones was seen participating in individual drills this week with no apparent issues. But then he did not practice on Friday and Gruden said that he had not progressed as they had hoped.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—Early in the week Jackson seemed to be a sure bet to play when he looked pretty good in the early part of practice. But on Thursday he stopped practicing early when he “felt a little twinge”, according to Gruden. He likely will be a game-time decision. Update: On Saturday evening, the Redskins downgraded Jackson's status and he will not play

WR Andre Roberts (quad): Roberts was injured during practice on Wednesday; he will be a game time decision.

DE Stephen Paea (back): He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Probable (virtual certainty that player will play)

ILB Perry Riley (calf) returned against the Falcons after missing two games with a calf strain.

CB Bashaud Breeland (shoulder): he suffered a bruised rotator cuff in Atlanta and Gruden said that he was “pretty sore” on Monday. Breeland was limited in practice but as long as it’s a matter of pain management it seems likely that he will play.



DB Jaiquawn Jarrett (knee), WR Chris Owusu (knee), DB Markus Williams (hamstring), OL Willie Colon (knee), LB David Harris (quad), RB Bilal Powell (groin)

Colon is the Jets’ starting right and Harris is a starting inside linebacker. The rest of the players listed as doubtful are reserves.  

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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