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Will the key injuries heal in time for Redskins training camp?


Will the key injuries heal in time for Redskins training camp?

With a new general manager in charge, new faces throughout the lineup as well as new assistant coaches bringing new ideas to the table, the Redskins are a team in transition. Between now and the start of training camp, reporters Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will examine the top questions facing Jay Gruden and Co. as they prepare for the season.

Are any of the rehabbing Redskins a concern entering training camp?

Key veterans Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, DeAngelo Hall and Jordan Reed all spent OTAs and minicamp on the sidelines because of injuries. Each has said they’ll be on the field later this month in Richmond. But anyone who’s followed pro football long enough knows that a player’s expectations and the medical staff’s timetable aren’t always in perfect agreement. Should Redskins fans be concerned that any of the injuries could linger into the season?

El-Bashir: I’m not all that worried about Kerrigan or Reed, both of whom underwent knee procedures after experiencing some soreness. At last check, Kerrigan’s recovery was on schedule and the team expected Reed to be ready for the start of camp.

As for Williams and Hall, I’m a little more concerned about them.

Williams is tough and able to play through pain; we witnessed that last season. But this ankle injury, which he suffered in the regular season finale and aggravated in Pro Bowl practice a few weeks later, was still sore enough six months later to keep him out of veteran minicamp. Six months. That’s an awfully long time to be dealing with a sprain, and you can bet it’s something everyone will be watching closely in the opening days of camp.

Hall, on the other hand, has recently said he hopes to be full-go on Day 1 of camp, while also conceding that the training staff will probably attempt to ease him back into football situations. Here’s why I’m worried: Hall is 31. He tore his Achilles not once but twice. And because he’s battling for a job, he might feel pressure to get on the field sooner rather than later, putting himself at risk for a setback.

Tandler: I’m not necessarily worried about Reed’s knee, at least not this particular issue with this particular joint at this particular time. But the fact that he had a problem that sidelined him for virtually all of the offseason is a big red flag. He has been on the Redskins’ roster for 32 games and he was either on injured reserve or the injury report for 17 of them. His ability to stay on the field is a major question mark.

As for Hall, I’ll reiterate something I discussed in a post this morning. His contract, which calls for a $4 million salary, puts him in a very sticky situation. The Redskins will rightfully be concerned about the possibility that the Achilles will be reinjured, which could leave them on the hook for his entire $4 million salary. There may be some contract renegotiation before Hall steps on the field.

And speaking of contracts, Williams is on the last year of his deal. It’s great that he can play through pain as Tarik noted. But the Redskins, or any team, will be hesitant to pay premium left tackle dollars to someone who seems to be playing on one leg on a regular basis. As to the question at hand, he’ll be ready for camp and for Week 1.

Previously on Redskins offseason Q&A:

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.