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Redskins LB Perry Riley will undergo foot surgery

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Redskins LB Perry Riley will undergo foot surgery

Starting inside linebacker Perry Riley will have surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Friday.

Riley is expected to miss three to six weeks, meaning it’s possible he’ll miss the remainder of the regular season. After Monday night’s showdown with the rival Cowboys, the Redskins have four games left to play.

Riley suffered the injury while making a cut in practice on Thursday. He’s the third Redskins' defensive starter to suffer a major injury in practice, joining Junior Galette and Chris Culliver.   

“He was playing well, very well,” Gruden said. “The last two weeks he’s been outstanding for us, playing with a lot of confidence. It’s a big loss.”

Indeed, Riley had put an injury-plagued start behind him and was playing his best football in recent weeks. After failing to record a tackle in New England, the 27-year-old averaged seven tackles the past the contests and snagged two interceptions.

With Riley out, the Redskins’ starting inside linebackers on Monday will be Will Compton and either Keenan Robinson or Mason Foster. Robinson has been sidelined three games with a shoulder injury; Foster has played 17 snaps on defense this season, though he has extensive starting experience from his tenure in Tampa.   

“We’re preparing like Mason will start,” Gruden said. “If Keenan will go, you know, we’ll see from there.”

Gruden added: “I think Mason has done a good job in the time that he’s been here. He hasn’t had a lot of reps on game day, but out at practice he’s had a lot of reps. He knows the defense. He’s veteran guy, a physical guy. I think he’ll step in and do fine.”  

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry said his unit feels bad for Riley but must move ahead—quickly.

“Kind of like last week with Cully,” Barry said. “You feel horrible for the player. Especially with Perry, just the way he’s been playing the last three or four weeks. He’s really been feeling good and playing his butt off. Of course, we mourn individually for the player. But as a unit, as a group, we got to move on. Guys have done a good job with that—not flinching. The next man will step up, and we’ll keep moving a million miles an hour forward and not flinch.”

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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