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Some major injury concerns for Redskins' most important game of the season

Some major injury concerns for Redskins' most important game of the season

The Redskins are going into their most important game of the season with some major injury question marks.

Of primary concern were LB Su’a Cravens (upper arm), S Donte Whitner (quad), and CB Quinton Dunbar (concussion), all of whom were out of today’s practice, and TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) who was limited.

Jay Gruden did not seem to optimistic about the prospects of Cravens or Whitner being able to play against the Giants on Sunday. If they win, they are likely to be in the playoffs. If they lose, they will be eliminated.

Asked about the potential for Cravens being available Sunday, Gruden said, “It’s not looking good.”

He said the exact same thing about Whitner. Gruden said earlier this week that the plan was to have Cravens play safety on Whitner’s place if Whitner couldn’t go. Obviously if Cravens isn’t available that plan would be out the window.

Gruden seemed to be slightly more optimistic regarding Reed’s availability.

“He had a good day today,” he said. “He did a little bit more. He was more involved, so that’s a good sign.”

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—RB Rob Kelley (knee) was limited in practice. In the locker room after practice he told CSN  that he should be ready to go on Sunday.

—Not practicing was DE Chris Baker (ankle) but at this point there is little doubt that he will be able to play against the Giants.

—WR DeSean Jackson, who missed most of the second half of the Bears game last Saturday with a jaw contusion, was a full go at today’s practice.

—Also limited were OLB Trent Murphy (foot), ILB Will Compton (knee), C Spencer Long (ankle), OLB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow), ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder), and OT Vinston Painter (calf)

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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