Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that there are 13 players who currently are questionable for the game in Seattle this Sunday. They have only seven spots on the game day inactive list so they may need to perform some triage to figure out who will wear a uniform.
There are some players who already are penciled into that inactive list. Gruden said that TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) and DL Matt Ioannidis (hand) are unlikely to be able to play against the Seahawks.
Reed will need at least this week off to heal his hamstring strain. Ioannidis will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand on Tuesday. He may be able to play through the injury at some point but it won't be this week.
has an ankle sprain and his status is day to day. , the team will hold a walkthrough on Tuesday and Gruden said that he doesn't know who will line up at the critical left tackle spot for that workout. Trent Williams is still nursing a knee injury that eventually will require surgery and forced him to miss the Dallas game. Ty Nsekhe, the primary backup at tackle, who started at left tackle on Sunday,The offensive line remains in limbo due to the injury issues. As usual, has been out since Week 4 with a core muscle injury and will start to ramp up his workload this week. And T.J. Clemmings
Gruden was hopeful that they will be able to get Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff back on the field to play against Seattle. He suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 7 against the Eagles and it forced him to miss a game for the first time since the team drafted him in 2015.
Center Spencer Long is week-to-week with knee tendonitis. It would be surprising if he played this week. Gruden did say that he was pleased with how well rookie Chase Roullier played in his place.
The overall impression of the Washington Redskins 33-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys is one of “what ifs.”
What if the injuries to the Redskins starters hadn’t been so extensive going into the contest? What if they hadn’t suffered all those injuries during the game? What if the weather hadn’t been so bad… would there have been so many turnovers? What if the officials had been watching the clock at the end of the game?
Chase Roullier and Tyler Catalina were filling in for Trent Williams,In a game where the Redskins starting offensive line had just two of its starters on the field (LG Shawn Lauvao and RT Morgan Moses… T.J. Clemmings, Spencer Long and Brandon Scherff); the Redskins offense surprisingly had a few well-executed offensive plays interspersed throughout the game. There just weren’t enough of them.
The Redskins extensive injuries and turnovers in the game were simply insurmountable.
Things were OK early, however.
A fumble from Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott on Dallas’ first possession was recovered by the Redskins defense and was just what the doctor ordered to start the game.
Washington’s offense took over on Dallas’ 29-yard-line and scored a field goal after three plays to put the score at 3-0.
Washington QB Kirk Cousins was under pressure,That effectiveness was unsustainable without the starting offensive line against such a good Dallas defensive front. A lot of the time, getting drilled hard early by Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence.
On the other side, Dallas QB Dak Prescott and his unit moved the chains at will for too much of the game.
In fact, the Cowboys scored a touchdown five minutes into the first quarter on an Elliott 13-yard run and the score became 7-3.
Washington got the ball back and benefited from a Dallas roughing the passer penalty. A nice Redskins drive ensued, mixing up RB Rob Kelley runs with passes and the team got into the red zone.
Much of the drive was Washington RB Rob Kelley and the offensive line and, 75-yard drive that took up 3:56, on a seven-play, Kelley scored a TD on a one-yard run to put the score at 10-7.
after the TD,The patchwork offensive line was playing decently at that point and, Kelley handed the ball to right tackle Morgan Moses who spiked it.
even as long as the Cowboys had the ball,On Dallas’ next possession they had the ball for almost eight minutes into the second quarter but Washington DC Greg Manusky made some decent adjustments and, his defense held them to a FG… which they missed.
The next Redskins drive consisted of a couple of huge plays by RB Chris Thompson and this backed the Cowboys’ defense off a bit. After seven plays, Washington’s young undrafted free agent kicker Nick Rose kicked a 42-yard field goal to increase the Redskins’ lead and put the score at 13-7.
A Redskins attempted field goal late in the second quarter was blocked seemed to change the momentum. Dallas CB Orlando Scandrick recovered the blocked kick on the Redskins two-yard line and Dallas scored a touchdown on the next play to bring the score to 14-13 Dallas.
The rest of the game was strange.
Washington’s defense was impressive at times.
LBs Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith both had good pressure on Prescott, and Kerrigan logged two sacks.
But the Redskins offense could not stay on the field.
Cousins had sack/fumble which Dallas recovered. Thanks to Washington’s stout defense though, the Cowboys recorded just a field goal and the score was 17-13 Cowboys.
On the ensuing Cowboys kick off, again, Thompson fumbled the return and, Dallas recovered.
The Redskins defense remained strong in the third quarter and held the Cowboys to one FG and then another after that to bring the score to 23-13 Dallas late in the third period.
the Redskins were numerically still in the game because of the defense but the offense had not been able to keep the ball for any sustained amount of time. In fact,By the start of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys’ lead felt much bigger than 10 points.
When the Redskins punted early in the fourth quarter and Dallas scored another FG to make it 26-13, there seemed to be hope when Washington put together a 14-play drive for a touchdown on a pass to WR Josh Doctson. The score was only 26-19 (Dallas) however because Rose missed the extra point.
Washington’s defense held the Cowboys scoreless late into the fourth quarter and on second-and-six at the Redskins 12-yard-line with :54 left, Cousins threw a short pass over the middle toward Thompson. The pass was intercepted by Cowboys safety Byron Jones deep in their territory and he easily ran it in for a touchdown.
The score was now 33-19 Dallas and out of the Redskins reach.
After the game, Redskins coach Jay Gruden listed the injuries and the situation has worsened.
TE Jordan Reed (hamstring), S Stefan McClure (hamstring), TE Niles Paul (concussion), LG Shawn Lauvao (stinger),Authentic Preston Smith Jersey, DL Matt Ioannidis (fractured hand), LT T.J. Clemmings (ankle) all were hurt during the game.
Right guard Morgan Moses, was admirable but clearly hurting; allowing a sack, playing on two bad ankles, a QB hit,Authentic Matt Jones Jersey, and a hurry in 45 pass blocking snaps according to PFF.
but he was an effective pass rusher for Washington with four hurries on 22 blitzes. ILBs Zach Brown and Will Compton (starting for Mason Foster) tied for a team-high five stops. And,Outside Linebacker Preston Smith didn’t have a sack or a QB hit,Womens 12th Fan Jersey, even though it seemed worse than this at times; there were only five missed tackles on defense. Safety D.J. Swearinger was the only defender that had more than one missed tackle (he had two) but he also had four stops.
Cousins completed 26 of 39 pass attempts for 263 yards, a TD and an INT. Kelley was the leading rusher with 19 yards on eight carries. Jamison Crowder led the wideouts with nine catches for 123 yards.
Teams will never use injuries as an excuse when games are lost but in this Week 8 game, the Redskins were clearly affected adversely. For a team to lose three starting offensive linemen is unheard of and it clearly impacted Cousins ability to get passes off. He was sacked four times.
T.J. Clemmings limped away. The game was over,Authentic Arthur Brown Jersey, and the rain - like the Washington Redskins' injuries - persisted. By then,Authentic Russell Wilson Jersey, the displays of sportsmanship were ending, the drenched home team's throwback jerseys had turned from burgundy to brown. Or if you really wanted to get carried away with the wounded metaphor, you could say the color resembled dried blood.
Clemmings, kept limping as frustrated players trudged off FedEx Field after a 33-19 loss to Dallas on Sunday. He was ahead of a pack by 10 yards, Washington's No. 3 left tackle thrust into an emergency starting role, but 30 players passed him en route to the locker room. Clemmings lowered his head and winced through ankle pain. By the time he reached the tunnel,Authentic 12th Fan Jersey, he was the last player visible.
It was difficult to watch, went down, two of the team's three active tight ends. And Shawn Lauvao, just as it was unsettling to witness another game of rampant attrition. A day that began with too many injuries to give Washington a real chance ended with eight more players exiting the game at least temporarily with a health concern. The injury report included Jordan Reed and Niles Paul, who entered as the offensive line's only healthy starter, too.
There were more losses, but I have a word limit. Here's what you need to know: This is a sad version of a team that was starting to get your hopes up. And this sad version has no chance of surviving the next few weeks without a half dozen medical miracles.
" running back Chris Thompson said,"It's tough, shaking his head. "I don't really know what to say. It's tough."
Washington is still competitive and crazy enough to believe it has a chance. But even though this team talks about not making excuses, the facts aren't going anywhere. The injuries aren't an excuse; they're a reality that seems impossible to overcome.
How impossible? Consider this game. The Cowboys aren't very good, going away from their strengths on offense at times, spotting Washington three points after Ezekiel Elliott's fumble on the first play from scrimmage, and they showed that early, falling behind 13-7, settling for field goals and watching the defense give up too many big gains to a depleted opponent.
On this soggy day, the Redskins weren't going to win. It may have been a one-possession game with less than five minutes remaining, they were also limited by the weather. But despite all Dallas did to assist Washington, but that was more about the clumsiness of the Cowboys - and all NFL teams this season, for that matter - not some spirited performance from the undermanned squad.
Give Washington credit for playing with resilience. Scrutinize how three turnovers and several special teams gaffes contributed to what could have been an even closer game. Point to quarterback Kirk Cousins' fumble and late, as mistakes that can't happen. But when a team is overmatched and straining to beat unfortunate odds, or Thompson's kickoff return fumble, pick-six interception, or the game-changing blocked field goal fiasco, every mistake is magnified.
"We're just trying to adjust to the personnel we have available," Coach Jay Gruden admitted.
The tight ends were going to be a key part of the game plan. They're always important because that unit is one of Washington's strengths. But in this game, Vernon Davis was the only healthy tight end, Gruden wanted to rely even more on plays using two or three tight ends. But Paul left early with a concussion. Later, with the line needing help and the weather playing a factor, Reed was lost to a hamstring injury. By game's end, and right tackle Morgan Moses - who played on two bad ankles - was the only regular offensive line starter.
Washington could have won this game. At the very least,If the tight ends had been excluded from this trauma, it wouldn't have had to attempt to rally from a two-touchdown deficit.
"It's huge," Thompson said of their importance. "It adds extra elements to our offense.
so the defense doesn't know what we're going to do in our sets when we play multiple tight ends. You put Jordan in motion,Jordan is basically a receiver, and however the defense reacts it's a tell for Kirk of whether they're playing man-to-man or zone or whatever.
he's 75 years old,Vernon, but he can still fly for a tight end. He's such a deep threat. And Niles is a little bit of both of them.
"We can run all of our plays through a two tight end set that we would with three wide receivers. It's a huge advantage, especially when you're O-line is hurting and you need more blocking."
Even with Jamison Crowder playing his best game (nine catches, Washington wasn't going to get much out of staying committed to the run. Cousins was sacked four times, 123 yards), and the team rushed only 15 times for 49 yards. You're not going to win in the rain with that kind of imbalance. Then again, with a line full of backups and players signed off the street, Washington managed just 285 yards. Cousins threw 39 passes, but considering that you knew these linemen by number more than name,Womens Arthur Brown Jersey, it could've been worse.
It could've been worse. That's a frustrating truth. The team just fell to 0-3 in the NFC East. At 3-4 and amid a stretch of tough competition,Womens Preston Smith Jersey,and the game was kind of close. So, hey, its playoff hopes are dwindling. But, Cousins didn't get killed, whew.
It's just sad. You can pick out little things that anger you,Womens Matt Jones Jersey, this poor, but in the big picture, injured team did the best it could. And that's not a fun conclusion.
"You really can't make this up, the team's normal left tackle. "This is something that I've never in my life," said Trent Williams,Authentic Steve Largent Jersey,playing football, never seen this type of injury bug bite a team like it's bitten us."
Said Gruden, trying to be hopeful: "We're 3-4. There's still a lot of ball left."
Nine more games? Right now, that sounds like too much opportunity to get hurt.
the team went to its No. 4 left tackle,After Clemmings was injured on Cousins's touchdown pass to Josh Doctson, which doesn't even exist. It moved guard Tyler Catalina to protect Cousins' blind side.
The score was 26-19 with 4:35 left.Womens Russell Wilson Jersey, Washington had a chance. The moment should have inspired belief.
But Clemmings went down and stayed down for a good while. Minutes later, Gruden tapped him on the arm, after he grimaced and hobbled to the sideline,Womens Steve Largent Jersey, said a few encouraging words and shook his head.
Even when Washington had a chance, it had no chance.
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