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Injury report for Redskins-Packers: Three questionable for Washington

Injury report for Redskins-Packers: Three questionable for Washington

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WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—After sitting out last week’s game against the Vikings Jackson has been a limited participant in practice and took part in team drills in the latter part of the week. He looks like his normal self in the part of practice that is open to the media and he believes he is ready to play but we’ll have to see if he can go on Sunday.

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room and he did not practice on Thursday or Friday. The team brought in some long snappers to try out on Friday; they will have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make a roster move.

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OT Morgan Moses (ankle)—Moses missed the end of the Bengals game with the ankle sprain. He played last week, missing three plays after aggravating the injury. The third-year player practiced in full this week. Moses is experiencing some pain but it is likely that he is out there on Sunday night.

Not on injury report

S Will Blackmon (thumb)—Like Moses, it seems likely that Blackmon would have missed a game with his injury if not for the bye week. But he had the surgery about 24 hours after they got off the plane back from London and he will play with a couple of pins in his left thumb and a cast to protect it.

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G T. J. Lang (ankle)—Lang has been very durable, has missed just two games since becoming their starter in 2011. He suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter last week against the Titans and did not return. Don Barclay, who has filled in when needed since coming to the team in 2012, finished out the Titans game and will start in Lang’s place.

ILB Jake Ryan (ankle)—Ryan also suffered an ankle injury early against the Titans and left the game early. His absence will leave Blake Martinez and Joe Thomas as the only inside linebackers on the roster. Clay Matthews has played on the inside before but Packers media are reporting that he will play on the outside.

T J.C. Tretter (knee)—Tretter will miss his third straight game with an MCL sprain.

Questionable

OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring)—He has missed the last three games with the hamstring issue. The star pass rusher could be a game time decision. It looked like he was on track to play last week but a late setback had him sidelined again.

TE Jared Cook (ankle)—Cook has missed the last six games with the ankle issue.

“I look at Jared and Clay in a similar fashion,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought they came out of the practice yesterday and did some good things. Today and tomorrow, hopefully we’re progressing to those guys playing on Sunday.”

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Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.

The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan. 

In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.

On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.

At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond. 

The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins. 

Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town. 

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Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants. 

That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.

While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
  2. Washington Redskins (1-8)
  3. New York Giants (2-8)
  4. Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  5. New York Jets (2-7)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
  7. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
  9. Denver Broncos (3-6)
  10. Arizona Cardinals  (3-6-1)

Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th. 

Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio. 

Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade. 

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