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What Redskins face in next 4 games with Trent Williams now suspended

What Redskins face in next 4 games with Trent Williams now suspended

The Redskins will have to figure out a way to get along without one of their best players for one of their toughest stretches of the season.

There never would be a good time to have Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams on the sideline but the Redskins will be without him for their games at home against the Vikings and Packers and on the road in Dallas and Arizona. Minnesota, Green Bay, and the Cardinals made the playoffs last year while the Cowboys currently sit atop the NFC East with a 6-1 record.

Williams’ replacement will be second-year player Ty Nsekhe. He has played well when asked, particularly last year against the Jets when he filled in for an injured Williams. But it is one thing to get the job done in spot duty, quite another to be effective over multiple games as other teams get more film on you and can find weaknesses they can exploit.

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The team presumably will sign another tackle to serve as a backup while Williams is out. A potential pitfall here is that Nsekhe backed up both tackle spots. Morgan Moses has missed a few stretches of games with various injuries, including an ankle sprain Sunday against the Lions. A tackle brought in off the street could turn into the weak link on the line if Moses is sidelined.

Williams has been suspended before, missing the last four games of the 2011 season after testing positive for marijuana. Since then he has become a team captain and he often talks about wanting to set the tone for the team. This suspension will do some degree of damage to his credibility in the locker room.

He will take a hit in the wallet, although in view of his overall contract won’t be that severe. He will lose the prorated portion of his 2016 base salary of $6.75 million, which comes to around $1.59 million. That’s a small portion of the five-year, $66 million extension he signed before the 2015 season.

Some contracts call for all guarantees to be voided if the player is suspended. Williams’ deal may or may not have such a provision but it really doesn’t matter. Most of his guaranteed money has been paid. And it only makes a difference if the team would want to move on from Williams in the next year or so but that seems very unlikely.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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