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Redskins injury report: Three out, Jordan, Kelley questionable

Redskins injury report: Three out, Jordan, Kelley questionable


Injured reserve

S Donte Whitner: The veteran suffered a quad injury during the Bears game. This injury is probably a two- to three-week rehab but the Redskins needed the roster spot.


LB Su’a Cravens (upper arm)—The diagnosis was better than what was originally feared but the injury to a muscle under the bicep will keep him out for a second straight game.

CB Quinton Dunbar (concussion)—He suffered a concussion on a special teams play against the Panthers and he was put into the protocol. The second-year corner, who had been getting a lot of playing time in nickel situations, has not practiced in two weeks and will miss his second straight game.

OT Vinston Painter (calf)—The reserve offensive lineman will be out with a calf injury.


ILB Will Compton (knee)—The defensive signal caller suffered a PCL sprain against the Eagles. He missed the Panthers game but he rehabbed quickly and played the full game against the Bears. He

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—He was inactive last week after a questionable listing on the final injury report so he is no sure thing for this game. Still, Gruden has said that he is making good progress and it seems likely that he will play.

DE Chris Baker (ankle)—Baker has been dealing with this injury for a few weeks now. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday. It seems likely that he will play.

RB Rob Kelley (knee)—After spraining his knee against the Bears last week Kelley did return for the game. He has practiced on a limited basis all week but Jay Gruden said that it’s still “wait and see” on him.

Also questionable for the Redskins:

OLB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow), C Spencer Long (ankle), OLB Trent Murphy (foot), ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder)



DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)—He will miss his fourth game after undergoing sports hernia surgery.

S Nate Berhe (concussion)


LB B.J. Goodson (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (back), TE Jerrell Adams (shoulder), CB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle)

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Eight months later, Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

Eight months later, Alex Smith has external fixator removed from injured leg

It's been a long road to recovery for Redskins quarterback Alex Smith after suffering a gruesome leg injury against the Houston Texans last November.

Following the original break, Smith's injury became infected, requiring more surgery and for him to wear an external fixator on his injured leg, a large metal, circular device that ran from his knee down to his foot with metal screws to hold bones in place.

Smith had been wearing the fixator for the past eight months, but on Monday, the brace was finally removed. Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted on her Instagram account a picture of Smith holding the recently removed metal device.

"The last 8 months have been nothing short of crazy," Elizabeth Smith wrote on her Instagram. "Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone. We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal. The resilience, determination and mental fortitude of this man is unmatched."

This is a major step in Smith's recovery process, as he still hopes to play football again.

"That's the plan," Smith said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay of returning to the field. "I got to conquer some more steps before I get there."

But first, he must learn how to run and change direction again.

Earlier this summer, Smith was seen throwing passes at Redskins OTAs. He most certainly won't play in 2020, and his future on Washington has a lot to do with the success of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the Redskins first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

While Smith won't help the Redskins on the field, don't be surprised if Smith has a positive role in the development of Haskins. A team captain in 2018, many of his teammates have praised Smith of the leadership he displayed a season ago.




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10 Days to training camp: How to sort out the defensive line rotation?

10 Days to training camp: How to sort out the defensive line rotation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

On a team with few definitive strengths, the defensive line ranks as easily the best position group on the 2019 Redskins.

The team boasts two first-rounders in Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen. The team also just paid fourth-year pro Matt Ioannidis, giving him a contract extension to lock him up before free agency next year. After that, this year there are expectations that Tim Settle and Caleb Brantley should play expanded roles.

And in many ways, that has to happen.

Allen and Payne played too much last season, especially early. In a Week 4 win against the Packers, Payne and Allen played more than 90 percent of the Redskins' defensive snaps. In a Week 5 loss to the Saints, both players were on the field for more than 75 percent of the team's snaps.

Keep in mind, too, Payne was a rookie and Allen was in his second NFL season after only playing a handful of games as a rookie. In hindsight, the Redskins needed to deploy more of a rotation along the defensive line in 2018, and in 2019, would be crazy not to.

Payne and Allen both have Pro Bowl potential. Ioannidis has proven elite pass rush potential when he's on the field and needs to be on the field more. Then there are Settle and Brantley, two players that Redskins coaches have praised extensively this offseason.

The best defensive lines have talent and depth. The Redskins definitely have talent. Payne, Allen, and Ioannidis prove that.

The Redskins need to have depth. A fresh defensive line, or even a less beat up defensive line, can make a huge difference in the second half of the season. Jim Tomsula says the Redskins have the talent to go deep in their linemen rotation.
In 2019, the team needs to show it.