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Galdi Grades For The Redskins’ Loss To Minnesota

Analysis of the Redskins’ passing game, running game, defense and special teams in the loss to the Vikings

 

 

Week 10: Redskins fell to 4-5 with a 38-30 loss to Minnesota at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 12, 2017)

Passing Game: C+

The Redskins’ passing game was fine.  Not great, not very good, but fine.  It was good enough to win but not good enough to overcome bad games from the defense and running game.

Kirk Cousins went 26-of-45 for 327 yards, a touchdown and a pick.  The best news was that he was sacked just once and hit five times off taking 14 sacks and 30 quarterback hits over the previous three games.  The returns of Trent Williams, Spencer Long and Shawn Lauvao and absence of Everson Griffen due to a foot injury had a lot to do with this.  Kirk’s Raw QBR was 69.7, which was his best in four games.

That said, there were several really bad moments from Kirk:

  • Kirk threw too high to Jamison Crowder for a killer late-second-quarter first-and-10 shotgun pick to Mackensie Alexander.  This was part of a nightmarish stretch in which the Redskins ran one true offensive play (this one) and saw the Vikings score 21 unanswered points.
  • Redskins’ 11th offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-fourth-quarter 55-yard field goal…Kirk overthrew an open Chris Thompson on an off-schedule throw on a third-and-10 shotgun incompletion.
  • Redskins’ eighth offensive drive…resulted in a late-third-quarter turnover on downs…Kirk overthrew Josh Doctson on a second-and-nine shotgun incompletion in the end zone.

Redskins pass catchers again left a lot to be desired.

  • Terrelle Pryor Sr. wasn’t targeted at all the entire game.  This came off a report the day before the game from Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that “the Browns tried to get Terrelle Pryor back before the trade deadline last week, but the Redskins didn’t want to part with him.”
  • Jamison Crowder had four receptions for 76 yards on 11 targets but had perhaps as many as four drops in this game.
    • Crowder had perhaps as many as three drops on the Redskins’ seventh offensive drive, which resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 21-yard field-goal attempt: a Kirk second-and-four shotgun incompletion, a Kirk second- and-goal-at-the-3 shotgun incompletion and a Kirk third-and-goal-at-the-3 shotgun incompletion.
    • Crowder had a drop on a Kirk second-and-10 shotgun incompletion on the Redskins’ 11th offensive drive, which resulted in Nick Rose’s late-fourth-quarter 55-yard field goal.
  • Josh Doctson had four receptions for 30 yards on seven targets.
    • Redskins’ 11th offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-fourth-quarter 55-yard field goal…Doctson needed to attack the ball more but didn’t on a Kirk first-and-10 shotgun incompletion in the end zone.
    • Redskins’ seventh offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 21-yard field goal…Doctson had Xavier Rhodes beat but fell down on a Kirk first-and-goal-at-the-3 under-center play-action incompletion that should have resulted in a touchdown.
    • Redskins’ second offensive drive…resulted in a first-quarter three-and-out…Doctson committed a third-and-three five-yard false-start penalty.
  • Vernon Davis had a bizarre game.  On the one hand, he had team highs of seven receptions and 76 yards on 11 targets.  But on the other hand:
    • Redskins’ 11th offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-fourth-quarter 55-yard field goal…Davis inexplicably didn’t get out of bounds on his first-and-10 eight-yard reception and then had a drop off strangely seeming to have stopped on his route in a wide-open middle of the field on a Kirk second-and-10 shotgun incompletion.
    • Redskins’ fourth offensive drive…resulted in Kirk’s second-quarter third-and-goal one-yard I-formation quarterback-sneak touchdown run…Davis had a drop on a Kirk first-and-goal-at-the-1 I-formation play-action incompletion, though the ball was affected by Andrew Sendejo.
    • Redskins’ second offensive drive…resulted in a first-quarter three-and-out…Davis did a bad job of blocking Danielle Hunter, who hit Kirk and caused his throw to be late on a third-and-eight seven-yard shotgun completion to Ryan Grant.
    • Redskins’ third offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-first-quarter 28-yard field goal…Davis oddly backed away from the ball, which could have been caught, though the result of the snap with a third-and-six 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty on Linval Joseph.
  • Ryan Grant had three receptions for 25 yards on three targets.
  • Maurice Harris, who was signed off the practice squad the day before this game, had two receptions for 50 yards on three targets.  How was he targeted just two more times the rest of the game after his outstanding one-armed first-quarter 36-yard touchdown reception?

The good from Kirk and the passing game:

  • Redskins’ first offensive drive…resulted in Kirk’s first-quarter first-and-10 36-yard under-center play-action touchdown pass to Maurice Harris, who made a spectacular one-armed catch with his right arm at the right pylon while being blanketed by Trae Waynes…Kirk had a second-and-seven 13-yard completion to Ryan Grant off an under-center play-action-toss boot, a second-and-three five-yard shotgun play-action completion to Rob Kelley and a second-and-four five-yard pistol completion to Chris Thompson.
  • Redskins’ fourth offensive drive…resulted in Kirk’s second-quarter third-and-goal one-yard I-formation quarterback-sneak touchdown run…Kirk had a first-and-20 32-yard shotgun completion to a wide-open Jamison Crowder.
  • Redskins’ seventh offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 21-yard field-goal attempt…Kirk had a third-and-five eight-yard shotgun completion to Vernon Davis and perfectly placed the ball on a third-and-four 36-yard shotgun completion to Crowder.
  • Redskins’ third offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-first-quarter 28-yard field goal…Kirk had a fourth-and-two 27-yard shotgun completion to Chris Thompson, who made a great leaping catch off beating Eric Kendricks on a wheel route.

 

Washington Redskins wide receiver Maurice Harris (13) pulls in a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Running Game: C-

For the eighth time in nine games this season, the Redskins’ running game was no better than mediocre.  Yes, the Vikings entered this game as the no. 4 run defense in the NFL per the Football Outisders DVOA metric.  But they were without their best player in Everson Griffen, who was inactive due to a foot injury.  And yet Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley combined for 22 carries for just 71 yards (3.22 yards per carry).

No drive was worse from a running-game standpoint than the Redskins’ 10th offensive drive, which resulted in a fourth-quarter turnover on downs.  The last two plays of the drive were total run-game fails: a Chris Thompson third-and-one under-center-handoff run for no gain and a Thompson fourth-and-one under-center-handoff run for minus-four yards.

Other bad spots for the running game:

  • Redskins’ eighth offensive drive…resulted in a late-third-quarter turnover on downs…Samaje Perine had a first-and-10 one-yard shotgun read-option run.
  • Redskins’ third offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-first-quarter 28-yard field goal…Chris Thompson had a second-and-five under-center-toss run for minus-one yard and a second-and-11 one-yard shotgun-handoff run…Rob Kelley had a first-and-goal-at-the-8 minus-two-yard under-center-handoff run on which he suffered ankle and knee injuries.
  • Redskins’ fourth offensive drive…resulted in Kirk Cousins’ second-quarter third-and-goal one-yard I-formation quarterback-sneak touchdown run…Perine had a second-and-two one-yard under-center-handoff run…Vernon Davis committed a first-and-10 10-yard holding penalty on a Thompson under-center-handoff run for no gain…Thompson had a first-and-10 two-yard shotgun-handoff run…Perine had a second-and-goal-at-the-1 I-formation-handoff run for no gain.

The saving graces for the running game were some key runs on scoring drives:

  • Redskins’ first offensive drive…resulted in Kirk’s first-quarter first-and-10 36-yard under-center play-action touchdown pass to Maurice Harris, who made a spectacular one-armed catch…Rob Kelley showed good patience on a first-and-10 seven-yard offset-I-handoff run…Chris Thompson had a first-and-10 six-yard under-center-handoff run.
  • Redskins’ fourth offensive drive…resulted in Kirk’s second-quarter third-and-goal one-yard I-formation quarterback-sneak touchdown run…Samaje Perine had a first-and-10 nine-yard under-center-handoff run, a second-and-one four-yard under-center-handoff run, a first-and-10 eight-yard under-center-handoff run and a fourth-and-one four-yard under-center-handoff run to the Vikings’ 1…Thompson had a third-and-one two-yard under-center-handoff run.
  • Redskins’ seventh offensive drive…resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 21-yard field-goal attempt…Thompson had a first-and-10 14-yard shotgun-handoff run…Perine had a first-and-10 six-yard under-center-handoff run.

Defense: D

The Redskins’ defense, off arguably its most impressive performance of the season in the Week 9 win at Seattle, got shredded in this game.

  • The Redskins allowed the Vikings to go 8-for-12 on third downs and 5-for-5 in the red zone.
  • The Redskins allowed Case Keenum to go 21-of-29 for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two picks.  He registered the single-best Raw QBR in an NFL game so far this season: 98.9.  He averaged 10.48 yards per pass attempt; he entered the game averaging 6.91 yards per pass attempt.  Keenum had three touchdown passes in the second quarter, making him the first Vikings quarterback with three touchdown passes in a quarter since Brett Favre in 2009.
  • The Redskins allowed Adam Thielen to rack up eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets.

Six Vikings scoring drives illustrate all that went wrong for the Redskins’ defense:

  • Vikings’ first offensive drive…resulted in Latavius Murray’s first-quarter second-and-goal one-yard offset-I-handoff touchdown run…Zach Brown missed on a tackle on a Murray second-and-two 14-yard offset-I-handoff run…the next play: Keenum had a first-and-10 51-yard under-center play-action completion to Stefon Diggs, who beat Josh Norman on what was not a good day for the Cerebral Assassin.
  • Vikings’ third offensive drive…resulted in Keenum’s second-quarter third-and-goal three-yard shotgun touchdown pass to Diggs, who beat Bashaud Breeland big time on an out route…Will Compton was late to the flat and then got blown up by Adam Thielen on a Keenum first-and-10 12-yard under-center play-action completion to Kyle Rudolph on the final play of the first quarter…Zach Brown got beat, but there was some kind of pre-snap communication between him and D.J. Swearinger on a Keenum third-and-four 38-yard shotgun completion to Adam Thielen…Jerick McKinnon had a second-and-six 10-yard under-center-handoff run.
  • Vikings’ fourth offensive drive…resulted in Keenum’s late-second-quarter second-and-goal seven-yard shotgun touchdown pass to Thielen…Murray had a second-and-six seven-yard under-center-handoff run…Keenum, in addition to the touchdown pass to Thielen, had a first-and-10 38-yard under-center play-action to Thielen and then on the next play a first-and-10 17-yard under-center back-shoulder completion to Thielen.
  • Vikings’ fifth offensive drive…started at the Redskins’ 23 thanks to Kirk Cousins’ late-second-quarter pick to Mackensie Alexander…resulted in Keenum’s late-second-quarter first-and-goal one-yard under-center play-action touchdown pass touchdown pass to David Morgan II, who was wide open thanks to Will Compton getting totally fooled by the jet-sweep action…the play prior to the touchdown was a Murray second-and-1 13-yard offset-I-handoff run to the Redskins’ 1.
  • Vikings’ sixth offensive drive…resulted in Keenum’s third-quarter third-and-five seven-yard shotgun touchdown pass to Jarius Wright…Keenum had a second-and-five six-yard under-center completion to Thielen and a first-and-10 49-yard shotgun play-action completion to Thielen, who was allowed to get over the top by Deshazor Everett.
  • Vikings’ ninth offensive drive…resulted in Kai Forbath’s fourth-quarter 53-yard field goal…Keenum had a third-and-four 12-yard shotgun completion to Rudolph and a third-and-one two-yard completion to Thielen off an under-center play-action boot…McKinnon had a first-and-10 nine-yard shotgun-handoff run.

The biggest bright spot for the defense was D.J. Swearinger in the second half, during which he had two interceptions and multiple big stops.

  • Swearinger made a nice leaping pick of Keenum on a third-quarter third-and-eight, though the ensuing Redskins drive resulted in a late-third-quarter turnover on downs.
  • Swearinger jumped a flat route by Kyle Rudolph for a second-and-10 pick of Keenum on the first play of the fourth quarter.  The ensuing Redskins drive resulted in Kirk Cousins’ early-fourth-quarter second-and-goal two-yard shotgun read-option touchdown run.
  • Vikings’ ninth offensive drive…resulted in Kai Forbath’s fourth-quarter 53-yard field goal…Swearinger and Ryan Anderson stuffed Jerick McKinnon on a second-and-one under-center-handoff run for no gain…Swearinger stuffed McKinnon on a second-and-nine shotgun-handoff run for minus-two yards.

 

Special Teams: A-

Redskins’ special teams, which have been really bad this season, were good in this game.

Nick Rose went 3-for-3 on field goals of 28 yards in the first quarter, 21 yards in the third quarter and 55 yards late in the fourth quarter.  He now is 7-for-8 on field goals over four games with the Redskins.

Tress Way had just one punt the entire game, but it was a first-quarter 52-yarder to the Vikings’ 9.

Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine and Maurice Harris combined for four kickoff returns that averaged 26 yards.  The Redskins’ fourth offensive drive, which resulted in Kirk’s second-quarter third-and-goal one-yard I-formation quarterback-sneak touchdown run, started at their 40 thanks to a 24-yard kickoff return by Harris off Stefon Diggs committing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty after his second-quarter third-and-goal three-yard touchdown reception.

The biggest negative for Redskins special teams was Nick Rose’s woeful late-fourth-quarter onside kick, which went just five yards and then out of bounds.

Other Thoughts:

Jay Gruden went for it on five fourth downs in this game.  The first four came during the truly-competitive portion of the game.  I loved the aggression and actually thought that he could have gone for it on two other fourth downs.  Here is what did – and did not – go down.

  • Redskins’ second offensive drive…score was tied at seven…resulted in a first-quarter three-and-out…Jay elected to punt on a fourth-and-one at the Redskins’ 39.  I know what you’re thinking: “it’s early in the game, you’re playing a high-level defense, why take a chance by going for it there?”  But football analytics have made very clear that coaches should go for it on fourth-and-one almost every time.
  • Redskins’ third offensive drive…score was tied at seven…resulted in Nick Rose’s late-first-quarter 28-yard field goal…Jay went for it on a fourth-and-two at the Vikings’ 35.  What happened?  Kirk had a 27-yard shotgun completion to Chris Thompson, who made a great leaping catch off beating Eric Kendricks on a wheel route.
  • Redskins’ fourth offensive drive…they were trailing 14-10…resulted in Kirk’s second-quarter third-and-goal one-yard I-formation quarterback-sneak touchdown run…Jay went for it on a fourth-and-one at the Vikings’ 5.  What happened?  Samaje Perine had a four-yard under-center-handoff run to the Vikings’ 1.
  • Redskins’ seventh offensive drive…they were trailing 35-17…resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 21-yard field goal…the field goal came on a fourth-and-goal at the 3.  I totally get the need to just get some points at that point in the game, but, again, this is a spot where analytics tell you to go for it.
  • Redskins’ eighth offensive drive…they were trailing 35-20…resulted in a late-third-quarter turnover on downs…Jay went for it on a fourth-and-six at the Vikings’ 32, but Kirk had a fourth-and-six shotgun incompletion on a pass was tipped by Brian Robison, who got major push on Morgan Moses.
  • Redskins’ 10th offensive drive…they were trailing 38-27…resulted in a fourth-quarter turnover on downs…Jay went for it on a fourth-and-one at the Vikings’ 33, but Chris Thompson had a fourth-and-one under-center-handoff run for minus-four yards.

Kirk Cousins said some things after this game regarding his killer late-second-quarter pick to Mackensie Alexander that I wish Kirk wouldn’t have said.

  • Here was his answer in full: “I just felt some trash at my feet and wasn’t really able to transfer my weight and just kind of tried to touch it over the line, but the ball was high to Jamison Crowder and then there’s a defender behind him who catches it.  So, that is the challenge of playing this position, you put the ball in the air 45 times, you’re making split-second decisions.  There was trash at my feet all game long and one play, one throw that’s a foot too high can be many times the difference in the entire game and that’s where it becomes a challenging position and can be very tense throughout the game.”
  • The right way for a quarterback to answer a question about a killer pick that was his fault due to throwing high is, “I made a terrible throw.  That was on me.  I’ve gotta be better than that.”  End of story.  Don’t talk about there being “trash at my feet,” and especially don’t say that there was “trash at my feet all game long.”  Don’t talk about how you’re having to make split-second decisions.  Kirk got sacked once in this game and was hit five times.  Even if it is true that there was “trash” at his feet for much of the game, don’t say that.  Your offensive line has been ravaged by injury and yet all five starters were back in various forms in this game fighting their guts out as Joe Gibbs would say.  Quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston do great jobs of blaming themselves and being overly critical.  This has been a weakness of Kirk for a while.  Maybe it’s rooted in insecurity over not having a long-term deal, even though he long ago “won” on that front.  Maybe this is a function of Kirk’s analytical personality.  Whatever the reason, he needs to stop, even if what he is saying is 100 percent correct.  It’s a bad look for him.  And this is the kind of thing we used to kill Robert Griffin III for.

Jay Gruden on his TV show that aired on Saturday night on NBC 4 was asked by Cooley about Kirk Cousins’ “I’m a little bit more process oriented” comments made on the previous Wednesday, Nov. 8.  Jay’s answer, at least to me, said that he didn’t love what Kirk had said.  One aspect of the #ChaChaCha that should not be underestimated is the Kirk-Jay relationship.  There tends to be this assumption that Jay is all in on Kirk because Jay fought for Kirk to be the Redskins’ starting quarterback prior to the 2015 season.  But just because Jay preferred Kirk over Robert Griffin III doesn’t mean that Jay loves everything about Kirk.  We perhaps got a whiff of this with Jay’s comments prior to the win at Seattle about Kirk needing to throw downfield to receivers like Josh Doctson more and may have gotten another whiff with what Jay said about Kirk’s “I’m a little bit more process oriented” comments.  Kirk and Sean McVay got along great for many reasons, but principal among them was each having the same analytical personality.  Jay is not like that.

Playing-time observations:

  • The Redskins got back their five starting offensive linemen in this game  – sort of.
    • Left tackle Trent Williams was back off having been inactive for two consecutive games due to a lingering right kneecap injury that is expected to require surgery and played on every Redskins offensive snap, though he admitted after the game that the knee isn’t getting better and that he is just going to push it until he can’t.
    • Left guard Shawn Lauvao returned from a one-game absence caused by a stinger suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas.
    • Center Spencer Long was back off having been inactive for two consecutive games due to two knee injuries that emerged in the Week 7 loss at Philadelphia on Monday Night Football.  But Long didn’t start and played on just 12 offensive snaps the entire game.  Chase Roullier started and played on 87 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.
    • Right guard Brandon Scherff started and played on 97 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.
    • Right tackle Morgan Moses started and played on every Redskins offensive snap, though he still is dealing with two injured ankles.  The Redskins’ eighth offensive drive, which resulted in a late-third-quarter turnover on downs, included a Kirk Cousins fourth-and-six shotgun incompletion; the pass was tipped by Brian Robison, who got major push on Moses.
  • Josh Doctson led all Redskins receivers in playing time, as he was in on 92 percent of the offensive snaps.  Jamison Crowder returned from a one-game absence caused by a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas and was in on 80 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.  Maurice Harris was in on 55 percent.  Terrelle Pryor was in on 37 percent.  Ryan Grant was in on 12 percent as he suffered a concussion in the first quarter.
  • Chris Thompson played on 60 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.  Samaje Perine played on 27 percent.  Rob Kelley, who suffered an MCL sprain and aggravated his ailing ankle in the first quarter, was in on 13 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.  The Redskins placed Kelley on injured reserve on Tuesday (Nov. 14).  What a disappointing second season this ended up being for Fat Rob.  He dealt with this nagging ankle injury, a rib injury and now an MCL sprain.  He played in just seven games and on just 23.17 percent of the offensive snaps in those games.  He averaged 3.13 yards per carry.
  • Three Redskins played on all of the team’s defensive snaps: Josh Norman, D.J. Swearinger and Zach Brown.
  • Neither Quinton Dunbar nor Fabian Moreau played on a single defensive snap in this game.  Moreau wasn’t a stunner; he hasn’t played a single defensive snap since the Week 6 win over San Francisco and has played on just 8.75 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps this season.  But Dunbar from Weeks 6-8 played on 89 percent, 98 percent and 99 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.  Yes, Bashaud Breeland’s injured knee had something to do with that, but still.  Breeland played on 98 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps in this game.  Kendall Fuller was in on 57 percent.
  • DeAngelo Hall started at free safety for a second straight game but suffered a knee bone bruise and played on just 34 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.  And so we saw a whole lot of Deshazor Everett: 62 percent.
  • Will Compton started at inside linebacker but suffered a Lisfranc injury and played on 52 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.  The Redskins on Tuesday (Nov. 14) placed Compton on injured reserve.  What a rough season for him.  He went from playing on the second most defensive snaps on the Redskins last season (85.25 percent) to being supplanted by Zach Brown and playing on just seven defensive snaps over the first six games of the season until Mason Foster’s torn labrum landed him on IR.   Martrell Spaight came in this game and actually gave the Redskins something in playing on 48 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.
  • Junior Galette’s playing time remained in the same range that it has been in all season: 31 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.
  • Anthony Lanier II suffered an MCL sprain and played on 36 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.  We again saw a lot of Ziggy Hood – 80 percent.  Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee each played on 56 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.

The corresponding roster moves to the Redskins placing Rob Kelley and Will Compton on injured reserve on Tuesday (Nov. 14) were signing running back Byron Marshall off Philadelphia’s practice squad and signing defensive lineman Caraun Reid.  Marshall was signed by the Eagles an as undrafted free agent out of Oregon in 2016.  Reid was a 2014 fifth-round pick of Detroit out of Princeton.

The Redskins’ offense played this game without:

  • Tight end Jordan Reed (inactive for a second consecutive game due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • Tight end Niles Paul (inactive for a second consecutive game due to a concussion suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • Receiver Brian Quick (inactive due to a concussion suffered in the Week 9 win at Seattle)
  • Guard Arie Kouandjio (inactive)
  • Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom (inactive)
  • Running back Keith Marshall (placed on injured reserve due to a torn right patellar tendon suffered in practice on July 29; the 2016 seventh-round pick out of Georgia spent all of last season on injured reserve due to an elbow injury suffered in the preseason)
  • Tackle Kevin Bowen (placed on injured reserve due to a labrum injury suffered during training camp)

The Redskins’ defense played this game without:

  • Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (inactive for a second consecutive game due to a fractured hand suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • Safety Montae Nicholson (inactive due to a shoulder injury; he also did not play in the Week 9 win at Seattle)
  • Linebacker Mason Foster (placed on injured reserve on Oct. 28 due to a torn labrum suffered in the Week 2 win at the Rams; he missed the Week 3 win over Oakland but then played the next three games with the injury before going on IR)
  • Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (placed on injured reserve on Oct. 19 due to a Lisfranc injury suffered in the Week 6 win over San Francisco)
  • Defensive lineman Arthur Jones (placed on injured reserve on Nov. 11 due to a shoulder dislocation suffered in the Week 9 win at Seattle; the Redskins signed him on Nov. 1)
  • Safety Su’a Cravens (placed on the reserve/left-squad list on Sept. 18; this off being placed on the exempt/left-squad list on Sept. 3 due to contemplating retirement; he also suffered a meniscus injury in the preseason-opening loss at Baltimore and underwent surgery on Aug. 15)
  • Linebacker Trent Murphy (placed on injured reserve on Aug. 12 due to a torn left ACL and MCL suffered in the preseason-opening loss at Baltimore)
  • Defensive lineman Phil Taylor Sr. (placed on injured reserve on Sept. 2 due to a torn left quadriceps tendon suffered in the preseason win over Cincinnati on Aug.27

Redskins special teams remained without Dustin Hopkins, who was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 due to a right-hip injury.

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