I have a list a couple of pages long of posts that want to do in the future. Sometimes, some other blogger does one of them before I get around to it. On rare occasions, that writer does such a good job with the topic that I cross it off my list and write a post like this one to recommend it.Jimmy of Blogging the Beast has made a list of the 10 players that the Redskins could least afford to lose to injury in 2012. I might be able to quibble here and there about positioningI would have put London Fletcher higher than Jimmy didbut his reasoning is sound and its a good read.Im not going to give away much of the list because you should go over and read the whole thing. But heres a taste, the explanation of why Trent Williams is second on the list. After going through some eye-opening numbers about the right defensive ends the Redskins will face Jimmy writes:Some teams are strong across the rest of their OL and can afford to give their LT additional help. This is not the case in Washington. There will be no shortage of times when Trent Williams will be asked to handle the above players one-on-one for long stretches of games. Last year, when Williams was lost for the last 4 games for failing a drug test, Willie Smith was awful. Williams needs to not only grow up, but begin to play like the enormously talented player that he is, and stay on the field. With the golden child in town, the stakes are higher.Good stuff, go check it out.
Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.
During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.
Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.
That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:
I just designed some cool tee shirts that’ll remind us of a play we’ll most likely never see happen again! This represents why they call it a game of inches! 😅 🚨 “visit my website to view “🚨https://t.co/lplpxgy4xd pic.twitter.com/rWZM0aDlby— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) October 16, 2018
"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."
No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.
However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.
"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."
Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.
"I might send him one," Peterson said.
What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask?
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Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation.
Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue.
There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role.
Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee.
The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet.
The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit.
UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.
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