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Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday that Jordan Reed (hamstring) must practice "at least a day" this week to play in Week 3 against the Eagles.

We presume Gruden would have expressed more optimism if he thought Reed had a chance to play. Regardless, it's good news that the notion of Reed practicing at all this week is on the table. If Reed returns, Week 2 breakout TE Niles Paul's snaps would likely take a major hit. Reed appears to be day to day.
Sep 15 - 3:21 PM

Coach Jay Gruden was noncommittal Monday when asked if Robert Griffin III (dislocated ankle) would get his starting job back when healthy.

Reports Monday morning surfaced in D.C. stating that Gruden believed Kirk Cousins was a better fit for his offense than RG3. Gruden's refusal to anoint Griffin his starter when healthy adds fuel to that fire. "We'll cross that bridge when it comes," Gruden said. If Cousins plays well in the Andy Dalton role during RG3's 6-8 week absence, it's possible he'll remain the late-season starter. Griffin could then be placed on the offseason trade block.
Sep 15 - 3:06 PM

Robert Griffin III (dislocated ankle) is without a timeline for a return.

"We'll know in a few more weeks to know how long he'll be out," coach Jay Gruden said Monday. The Redskins have no plans to place Griffin on I.R., and are "optimistic" he'll return this season. Gruden stopped well short of guaranteeing RGIII would be returning to his starting job, however. "We'll cross that bridge when it comes," Gruden said of Griffin and Kirk Cousins. Although it's entirely possible Cousins face-plants during Griffin's absence, RGIII is droppable in 10-12 team fantasy leagues. He appears likely to miss at least six weeks.
Sep 15 - 3:05 PM

DeSean Jackson (shoulder) "intends to play" in Week 3.

The team is calling Jackson "day to day," and plans to assess his status "throughout week based on pain." We may not get a firm update on his status before the Redskins return to practice on Wednesday, but fantasy owners can tentatively plan on Jackson suiting up for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Sep 15 - 2:45 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Robert Griffin III's ankle dislocation could still shelve him 6-8 weeks despite the fact that Monday's MRI revealed no fracture.

Initial reports had the timetable at 4-5 weeks. Griffin's absence will simply depend on how quickly he recovers. Whether he regains his starting job upon return is entirely unclear, as well. Fantasy owners can freely drop Griffin in 10- and 12-team leagues. He was playing poorly before the injury, and is now in danger of losing the first-team quarterback job outright to Kirk Cousins.
Sep 15 - 1:34 PM

Robert Griffin III said the Monday MRI on his dislocated ankle showed no fracture.

Griffin is waiting for noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to see the MRI results, but the belief is that he won't need surgery. It's fantastic news for his outlook, as there seems to be a real chance now that he can return in 4-5 weeks. Multiple reports and on-field signs over the last couple months have shown that new coach Jay Gruden appears to prefer Kirk Cousins for his scheme. How Cousins performs over the next month will go a long way toward determining RG3's future.
Sep 15 - 12:42 PM

DeSean Jackson (shoulder) appears to have avoided any serious structural damage.

Jackson sprained his AC joint early in Sunday's blowout of the Jags and was quickly ruled out for the day. He reportedly woke up "sore" on Monday, but we certainly wouldn't count him out of Week 3 yet. Jackson and the Redskins face the team that cut him this offseason, the Eagles.
Sep 15 - 11:25 AM

A source tells the Washington Post that Jay Gruden preferred Kirk Cousins to Robert Griffin III even before Sunday's injury.

Gruden had no interest in developing a scheme to suit Griffin's strengths. Instead, he tried to shoehorn RG3 into a pocket passer role and the early results were troubling. The Post says the silver lining of RG3's dislocated ankle is that Gruden now gets to insert Cousins free of political backlash. "Kirk is a special guy. ... obviously has a skill set that I feel like is very much suited for what we do," Gruden said. Cousins will be a reasonable QB2 bet at Philly in Week 3.
Sep 15 - 10:47 AM

The Redskins currently hope Robert Griffin III (ankle) will only miss 4-5 weeks.

Griffin suffered a dislocated ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Jaguars. He'll have an MRI on Monday to determine whether surgery is necessary and exactly how long he'll be out. Kirk Cousins, who shredded the Jags for 250 yards and two touchdowns in relief Sunday, will be a QB2 against the Eagles in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 9:11 PM

Pierre Garcon had just one catch for 12 yards in Sunday's Week 2 blowout of the Jags.

DeSean Jackson left early on with a shoulder injury, but it didn't help Garcon. He strangely took a backseat with four targets compared to 11 for Niles Paul, eight for Ryan Grant and five for Andre Roberts. We'd consider it a bit of a fluke, as the Jags are notoriously bad at defending the tight end. Expect Garcon to be peppered with targets from Kirk Cousins in a plus matchup at Philly in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:00 PM

Ryan Grant caught five passes for 57 yards in Sunday's Week 2 blowout of the Jaguars.

Grant played in all three-wide sets as an outside receiver following DeSean Jackson's first-quarter shoulder injury. The fifth-round rookie, who was one of the revelations of Redskins camp, impressed with really strong hands on some tough sideline catches. Grant clearly had some chemistry with fellow backup Kirk Cousins, who came on in relief of Robert Griffin III (ankle). Grant will be on the WR4/5 radar against the Eagles next week if Jackson sits.
Sep 14 - 4:57 PM

Andre Roberts caught four passes for 57 yards and ran one time for 19 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Jaguars.

Roberts' role expanded significantly in this one as DeSean Jackson sprained a shoulder early on and was done for the day. Roberts then played in all formations, lining up in the slot in three-wide sets when Ryan Grant came on. However, the ex-Cardinal only ended up with five targets compared to 11 for Niles Paul and eight for Grant. Even if D-Jax missed time, Roberts will be a WR4 type.
Sep 14 - 4:52 PM

The Redskins confirmed that Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated left ankle in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Jaguars.

The Redskins declined to provide a timetable, but it's not good. If RG3 has to go under the knife, his season will be in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins came on in relief and shined by going 22-of-33 for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Redskins won 41-10.
Sep 14 - 4:34 PM

Niles Paul caught eight passes for 99 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 blowout of the Jaguars.

Paul did everything Jordan Reed (week to week, hamstring) was expected to do. He dominated a Jaguars defense that has been inept at defending the tight end since last season, running wide open all over the field as a featured player for Kirk Cousins. The highlight came when he split wide from 2-yards out and caught a goal-line fade like he's Calvin Johnson. Paul, a former wideout, has the athletic ability to be return borderline TE1 stats for as long as Reed is out.
Sep 14 - 4:30 PM

Silas Redd rushed eight times for 41 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 blowout of the Jaguars.

Redd closed out the garbage time impressively. The UDFA, who beat out more dynamic prospects Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk to win the job in the preseason, entered the game as the No. 3 back but moved up to No. 2 after a knee injury to Roy Helu.
Sep 14 - 4:26 PM

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