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Redskins Playbook: Many injuries to watch, but Jordan Reed's shoulder the biggest concern

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Washington hasn't hit the field since a tough-fought loss in Dallas on Thanksgiving. The few extra days of rest for the Redskins must have been welcomed on a team with an increasinly long list of injured players. The squad gets back on the practice field today at 12:15 p.m. Here are the biggest stories to watch.

  1. Read on Reed - Redskins tight end Jordan Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving in Dallas - and still came back into the game to score two touchdowns. While that feat was incredible, what happens next for Reed will go a long way towards determining if the 'Skins make the playoffs. It seems unlikely Reed would practice Monday, but what coach Jay Gruden says after practice — updating the media on MRI results — is probably the most important news of the day. 
  2. 'Glaring weakness' - Struggles in the red zone again cost the Redskins points in their 31-26 loss to the Cowboys, and Jay Gruden is clearly getting fed up. He called the team's inability to get scores in the red zone a 'glaring weakness' on an offense that moves the ball very well. Expect Washington to continue practicing and working on their red zone calls, but at some point, the issue just isn't going away. 
  3. Banged up Hogs 2.0 - Going into the Cowboys game, the Redskins offensive line was dealing with ankle sprains to both starting tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe. Then, during the Dallas game, right guard Brandon Scherff sprained his ankle and left guard Shawn Lauvao sprained his wrist. If any area of the team needed the extra rest provided by playing on Thanksgiving, it very well might be the O-line. Remember, this is the final week of Trent Williams' suspension, so the group of Nsekhe, Lauvao, Spencer Long, Scherff and Moses will be tasked with one more start until their captain comes back. 

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