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What will the Redskins do with four starters out?

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What will the Redskins do with four starters out?

Injury report for Redskins vs. Falcons

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CB Chris Culliver (knee)—He could be the Redskins’ best corner but he has been suspended for one game and last week he was hampered by the knee injury that could keep him out against the Falcons. If he can’t go, it look like Will Blackmon, picked up in Week 2, will start opposite Bashaud Breeland. That would leave undrafted rookies Deshazor Everett and Quinton Dunbar, who reported to camp as a wide receiver, as the backups against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and company.

CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—He started on one-field rehab this week and Jay Gruden said that he was progressing better than expected. The best guess now is that he could be back for the Bucs in Week 7 or, more likely, the Patriots in Week 9 after the bye. See above for the situation at cornerback.

TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—It didn’t look like the team’s leading receiver in terms of yardage took a particularly jarring hit in the late going against the Eagles but it was enough to put him in the league’s concussion protocol program. Gruden said that he was still suffering from symptoms as of Thursday and the process of getting him back on the field can’t even begin until those clear up. In his absence, Derek Carrier, acquired in a trade on August 21, will start and Antony McCoy, signed as a free agent a week before the season started, will back him up. We could see a heavier does of fullback Darryl Young and/or tackle Tom Compton to help with blocking.

WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—While Jackson getting out on the field to do some very limited practice activities is a good sign, it’s doesn’t even inspire cautious optimism that he will be able to play. It does bode well for him making his return next week against the Jets or, at the latest, against the Bucs. Rashad Ross will be active and will run some of the deep patterns that Jackson normally runs but there is no replacing him.

Questionable

ILB Perry Riley (calf)—Riley has missed the last two games with a strained calf he sustained during the Rams game. He has been practicing on a limited basis all week and he said earlier this week that his injury is feeling much better and that he is feeling optimistic about playing. Should there be a setback Will Compton would start a third straight game in his place.

Probable

Both WR Pierre Garçon (knee) and OLB Ryan Kerrigan (hip) missed some plays against the Eagles but returned to the game and have practiced fully all week.

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Out

LB Justin Durant (elbow)—He started the Falcons’ first four games at weakside linebacker but left last week’s win over the Texans after just seven snaps with a sprained elbow. He has not practiced all week and most around the team doubt that he will play. If Durant, the team’s leading tackler this year, is out then Joplo Bartu, who started 27 games in his first two seasons with the Falcons, will get the nod.

Questionable

WR Julio Jones (toe/hamstring)--Don't even think about it. Although his designation means there is a 50 percent chance he won't play, it would be a shocker if he misses the game.

Probable

S Ricardo Allen (knee)—Allen started the Falcons’ first three games but missed last week’s game with a sprained MCL. According to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure Allen seemed to be running straight line normally but was having problems backpedaling. Coach Dan Quinn said that he will start.

RB Tevin Coleman (ribs)—Coleman missed the last two games after he broke a rib in Week 2. He will be back and share playing time with Devonta Freeman, who has played well in the rookie’s absence. 

[RELATED: Reed suffered multiple injuries against the Eagles]

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.

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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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