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Galdi Grades For The Redskins’ Win At Seattle

Analysis of the Redskins’ passing game, running game, defense and special teams in the win at the Seahawks

 

 

Week 9: Redskins improved to 4-4 to with a 17-14 win Seattle on Sunday (Nov. 5, 2017)

 

 

Passing Game: B-

Was the performance pretty?  Heck no.  But Kirk Cousins came through big time in the clutch.  He authored his 10th game-winning drive since the start of the 2015 season (and, remember, a game-winning drive is an actual stat on Pro Football Reference and is defined as the offensive scoring drive in the fourth quarter or overtime that puts the winning team ahead for the last time).  He now has produced a game-winning drive in 10 of 40 starts since the start of the 2015 season.  One out of every four games (not four wins), this guy authors a game-winning drive.  Remember that the next time you hear someone say that Kirk isn’t clutch.

Kirk made back-to-back huge throws on the Redskins’ 13th offensive drive, which resulted in Rob Kelley’s fourth-quarter go-ahead first-and-goal one-yard I-formation-handoff run with 59 seconds left.  First was Kirk making a great throw despite taking a shot from Michael Bennett on a second-and-10 31-yard shotgun completion to Brian Quick, who made an outstanding adjustment on the ball.  The next play was a Kirk first-and-10 38-yard shotgun completion to Josh Doctson, who made an outstanding diving catch at the Seahawks’ 1.

The other drive on which Kirk was very impressive was the Redskins’ sixth offensive drive, which was a 13-play 71-yard drive that consumed 6:45 off the clock and resulted in Rob Kelley’s second-quarter second-and-goal one-yard I-formation-handoff touchdown run.  Kirk made a perfect pass into a tight window on a third-and-four 10-yard shotgun completion to Vernon Davis, who was tightly covered by K.J. Wright.  Two plays later was a Kirk second-and-nine 23-yard shotgun play-action completion to Davis.  Two plays after that was a Kirk second-and-10 10-yard shotgun completion to Josh Docston.  Two plays after that was a Kirk second-and-15 11-yard shotgun completion to Davis.  The play after that was a third-and-four five-yard shotgun completion to Terrelle Pryor Sr., who two snaps later drew a second-and-goal four-yard pass-interference penalty on Richard Sherman, giving the Redskins a first-and-goal at the 1.

Additionally, the Redskins’ eighth offensive drive, which resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 28-yard field goal, included Kirk showing great courage in the pocket in making the throw despite taking a wicked shot from Jarran Reed for a 14-yard roughing-the-passer penalty on a second-and-five 23-yard under-center play-action completion to Ryan Grant.

The Redskins’ receiving corps, which has been woeful this season, actually made some plays in this game!  This is all relative, but we saw signs of life from these guys, especially given that Jamison Crowder was inactive due to a hamstring injury:

  • Josh Doctson had three receptions for 59 yards on five targets. The diving late-fourth-quarter first-and-10 38-yard reception is easily the catch of his career so far and came in a game week in which Jay Gruden openly admitted that Kirk needs to trust his receivers on deep balls more.
  • Brian Quick, who came into this game having been inactive on two of the previous four games and having played on just 11 offensive snaps the entire season, had three receptions for 49 yards on three targets. The adjustment he made on the late-fourth-quarter second-and-10 31-yard reception was tremendous, and is the fact that he made the catch despite suffering a concussion on the play thanks to a helmet-to-helmet hit by Kam Chancellor.
  • Ryan Grant had three receptions for 39 yards on three targets. The Redskins’ eighth offensive drive, which resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 28-yard field goal, included Grant making a nice catch with his arms extended on a second-and-five 23-yard reception.
  • Terrelle Pryor Sr. had just two receptions for 17 yards on three targets, but that second-and-goal four-yard pass-interference penalty on Richard Sherman gave the Redskins a first-and-goal at the 1 on the drive that resulted in Rob Kelley’s second-quarter second-and-goal one-yard I-formation-handoff touchdown run.

He’s not a receiver, but Vernon Davis had yet another productive game: six receptions for 72 yards on nine targets.  He exited Week 9 eighth in the NFL in yards per reception (16.7).  He is averaging more yards per catch than DeSean Jackson with Tampa Bay (15.6).  This is Davis’ age-33 season.

Kirk went 21-of-31 for 247 yards, no touchdowns and no picks.  He was charged with two fumbles, including a lost fumble.  His Raw QBR was just 21.7.

The biggest negative for Kirk and the passing game in this game?  Six sacks and 11 quarterback hits.  Kirk now has taken 14 sacks and 30 quarterback hits over the last three games.  His sack percentage is 7.6 off having been 3.7 in 2016 and 4.6 in 2015.

The primary reason for the sacks over the last two games is the patchwork offensive line.  For instance, the starting left tackle, T.J. Clemmings, failed to pick up Bobby Wagner as he came in unblocked on a first-and-10 sack of Kirk for a first-quarter safety.  But Jay Gruden can be better, too.  The Redskins’ 11th offensive drive, which resulted in a fourth-quarter three-and-out, included a first-and-10 Quinton Jefferson sack of Kirk for an eight-yard loss, as Jay called four vertical routes down the field.  What are you doing calling a play like that with this offensive line while nursing a 10-8 lead?  Yes, the Seahawks’ stud free safety, Earl Thomas, was inactive, but I still hated that call.  Two plays later was a third-and-15 sack of Kirk by Dwight Freeney for a 13-yard loss.

 

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson, right, makes a diving catch ahead of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, left, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Seattle. The Redskins won 17-14. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

 

Running Game: D

For the seventh time in eight games this Redskins season, their running game was mediocre-to-poor.  This was especially disappointing given that the Seahawks entered Week 9 just no. 22 in the NFL in run defense this season per the Football Outsiders DVOA metric.

Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine combined for 20 carries for 47 yards.  Now, Fat Rob did have one-yard touchdown runs in the second and fourth quarters, but you’re still then talking about 18 carries for 45 yards.  That’s 2.5 yards per carry.  And if you take out Thompson’s late-second-quarter third-and-22 11-yard shotgun draw-play-handoff run on which he forced multiple missed tackles, you’re talking about 17 carries for 34 yards.

Among those worst moments for the Redskins’ running game:

  • The Redskins’ second offensive drive officially ended thanks to a first-quarter first-and-10 lost fumble by Kirk Cousins.  But that turnover was on Samaje Perine, whose hands were too narrow, resulting in a botched exchange on an under-center handoff that was recovered by Nazair Jones.  Two plays prior to the lost fumble was a Perine second-and-two one-yard under-center-handoff run.
  • The funniest play of the Redskins’ season so far came on their 10th offensive drive, which resulted in a late-third-quarter/early-fourth-quarter three-and-out.  Kirk, off a bad shotgun snap by Chase Roullier, saw a jail break coming and just gave the ball to Rob Kelley.  Kirk was charged with a fumble on the play, which resulted in a nine-yard loss.
  • The Redskins’ eighth offensive drive, which resulted in Nick Rose’s third-quarter 28-yard field goal, included a Kelley first-and-10 under-center-handoff run for minus-three yards.
  • The Redskins’ first offensive drive, which resulted in a first-quarter punt, included zero push up front for Kelley on a first-and-10 under-center-handoff run for minus-one yard.
  • The Redskins’ ninth offensive drive, which resulted in a third-quarter three-and-out, included a Kelley second-and-10 two-yard offset-I-handoff run.
  • The Redskins’ sixth offensive drive, which resulted in Fat Rob’s second-quarter second-and-goal one-yard I-formation-handoff touchdown run, included the following: Vernon Davis getting blown by Frank Clark on a Kelley second-and-six two-yard shotgun read-option run…a Chris Thompson first-and-10 one-yard under-center-handoff run…and a Kelley first-and-10 under-center-handoff run for minus-five yards.

 

Defense: A-

The Redskins’ best defensive performance this season is what we got in the Week 3 win over Oakland on Sunday Night Football.  But given that the Redskins were without Matt Ioannidis, Jonathan Allen, Mason Foster and Montae Nicholson, and that the shine has come off the Raiders, could you not argue that this performance was more impressive?

The Redskins in this game hit Russell Wilson 11 times, picked him off twice and held him to 6.6 yards per pass attempt and just 24-of-45 passing.  The Redskins according to ESPN Stats & Information pressured Wilson on 25 dropbacks, the second most in his career, and he went just 5-of-19 on those plays; he had completed 52 percent of throws under pressure entering this game.  The Redskins held the Seahawks to just 5-of-14 on third downs.  The Redskins held Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic to a combined average of 3.94 yards on 18 carries.

Among the many great drives by the Redskins’ defense in this game:

  • The Seahawks’ ninth offensive drive resulted in a Will Compton third-quarter second-and-seven pick off under-center play-action by Wilson.  Also from Compton on this drive was he and Ryan Anderson teaming to tackle Thomas Rawls on a second-and-one under-center-handoff run for no gain.  And the drive began with Zach Brown showing off his speed in chasing down Wilson on a first-and-10 sack for zero yards.
  • The Redskins’ other interception came from Kendall Fuller, who jumped all over a Wilson late-first-quarter third-and-four shotgun quick slant intended for Doug Baldwin.
  • Seahawks’ 12th offensive drive…resulted in a fourth-quarter three-and-out…Josh Norman tackled Rawls on a third-and-one under-center-handoff run for no gain after missed tackles by Terrell McClain and D.J. Swearinger.
  • Seahawks’ eighth offensive drive…resulted in a three-and-out to begin the third quarter…Compton tackled Rawls on a second-and-five under-center-handoff run for just two yards…Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith provided heavy pressure on a third-and-three Russell Wilson shotgun incompletion intended for Luke Wilson, who was well covered by DeAngelo Hall.
  • Seahawks’ 10th offensive drive…resulted in a late-third-quarter punt…first play of the drive: Swearinger had a great leaping pass defense on a Wilson first-and-10 shotgun incompletion intended for Baldwin…Kendall Fuller had great coverage on Tyler Lockett on a first-and-10 Wilson shotgun incompletion that also included a declined illegal-shift penalty on the Seahawks…Anthony Lanier II brought great pressure on a second-and-14 Wilson shotgun incompletion intended for Baldwin…Brown hit Wilson and Compton had two shots at a pick on a third-and-14 shotgun incompletion that was intended for Jimmy Graham and included a Justin Britt 15-yard unnecessary-roughness penalty.
  • The Seahawks’ second offensive drive started at the Redskins’ 42 off what was officially a first-quarter lost fumble on Kirk Cousins, but the drive resulted in a first-quarter three-and-out…Brown and Stacy McGee stuffed Eddie Lacy on a first-and-10 shotgun read-option run for one yard…McGee and Smith stuffed Lacy on a second-and-eight offset-I-handoff run for one yard…Lanier hit Wilson on a third-and-seven shotgun incompletion intended for Graham.
  • Seahawks’ sixth offensive drive…resulted in a late-second-quarter punt…Junior Galette drew a second-and-four 10-yard holding penalty on Germain Ifedi.
  • Seahawks’ first offensive drive…resulted in a first-quarter punt…Anthony Lanier II drew a third-and-six 10-yard holding penalty on Virginia product Oday Aboushi…next play: pressure from Kerrigan and Smith led to a Wilson third-and-16 shotgun incompletion intended for McKissic.
  • Seahawks’ seventh offensive drive…resulted in Blair Walsh’s missed 49-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of the first half…Swearinger had a pass defense on a Wilson first-and-15 shotgun play-action incompletion intended for Baldwin…a Wilson first-and-10 shotgun throwaway was due to heavy pressure from Brown (who registered a quarterback hit) and Lanier…Ryan Anderson had a quarterback hit on a Wilson first-and-10 shotgun incompletion.
  • Seahawks’ third offensive drive…resulted in Blair Walsh’s first-quarter missed 44-yard field-goal attempt…Josh Norman provided great coverage on Tyler Lockett on a Wilson first-and-10 shotgun deep incompletion.

Now, it’s worth noting that the Redskins were aided greatly by Blair Walsh missing three first-half field-goal attempts.  In fact, he became the first kicker to miss three first-half field-goal tries since Mike Nugent for Cincinnati in Week 2 of the 2014 season.

Also, the Seahawks did have 437 total net yards of offense (374 of which were by Wilson).

  • The Redskins’ defense fell apart of the Seahawks’ 13th offensive drive, which resulted in Wilson’s late-fourth-quarter first-and-10 30-yard shotgun touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.  Josh Norman missed badly on a press on Baldwin, who then got wide open thanks to a blown coverage.  The touchdown culminated a five-play 71-yard drive that took just 48 seconds and gave the Seahawks a 14-10 lead, though Jimmy Graham had a drop on the two-point-conversion try.
  • The Seahawks’ 11th offensive drive resulted in Wilson’s fourth-quarter second-and-four 10-yard under-center play-action touchdown pass to Luke Wilson on which Zach Brown was fooled by the play-action and then missed on a tackle.  That was a six-play 66-yard drive that took just 2:54.

 

Special Teams: D+

Redskins special teams were really bad for a second straight game.

Tress Way had a rough game:

  • Way’s first-quarter 32-yard punt was partially blocked by Neiko Thorpe, who came in unblocked.
  • Way had a first-quarter 53-yard punt, but it was returned for 21 yards by Tyler Lockett.
  • Way had a late-second-quarter 52-yard punt, but it was returned for 13 yards by Lockett.
  • Way had a mere 36-yard punt on the second play of the fourth quarter, though Michael Wilhoite committed a 10-yard illegal-block-above-the-waist penalty on a Lockett return for no gain (the tackle was made by Martrell Spaight and Chris Carter).
  • Way had a mere 29-yard punt to the Seahawks’ 21 in the fourth quarter.
  • Way committed a five-yard delay-of-game penalty on the extra-point attempt that followed Rob Kelley’s second-quarter second-and-goal one-yard I-formation-handoff touchdown run.  Nick Rose did make the longer extra-point try.

DeAngelo Hall returned punts for the first time since Dec. 30, 2012.  His first return was for no gain in the first quarter.  Later in the first quarter, he allowed a Jon Ryan punt to bounce just inside the 10 and be downed at the Redskins’ 6.  The ensuing drive was a one-play drive that resulted in Bobby Wagner’s sack of Kirk Cousins for a safety.

The bright spots:

  • D.J. Swearinger intercepted Russell Wilson’s shotgun pass intended for J.D. McKissic on the two-point-conversion attempt that followed Luke Wilson’s fourth-quarter 10-yard touchdown reception
  • Way unloaded a 52-yard punt at the conclusion of the Redskins’ 11th offensive drive, which resulted in a fourth-quarter three-and-out.  Martrell Spaight and Josh Harvey-Clemons tackled Tyler Lockett on a mere three-yard return, and Tedric Thompson committed a 15-yard illegal-blindside-block penalty on the play.
  • Nick Rose made his only field-goal attempt, a 28-yarder in the third quarter.

 

Other Thoughts:

The Seahawks were major coconspirators in this game.  Not only did Blair Walsh miss three first-half field-goal attempts, but the Hawks had 16 accepted penalties for 138 yards.

This, to me, was the Redskins’ most improbable win since the victory at Dallas on Monday Night Football in Oct. 2014.  For the record, the Redskins won this game…

  • …despite being without four of their starting five offensive linemen
  • …despite being without their best tight end in Jordan Reed
  • …despite being without their best receiver in Jamison Crowder
  • …despite being without their two best defensive linemen in Matt Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen
  • …despite being without a starting inside linebacker in Mason Foster
  • …despite being without their starting strong safety in Montae Nicholson
  • …despite being outgained 437-244
  • …despite going just 4-for-13 on third downs

The Redskins now, incredibly, are 4-0 in regular-season games at CenturyLink Field, which may well be the loudest stadium in sports.  The victories:

  • 14-3 on Nov. 3, 2002 – Kenny Watson had 23 carries for 110 yards and four receptions for 42 yards on four targets.
  • 20-17 on Nov. 23, 2008 – Clinton Portis had 29 carries for 143 yards.
  • 23-17 on Nov. 27, 2011 – Four years to the day of Sean Taylor’s death, the Redskins snapped a six-game losing streak and concluded a 3-1 seasons against the NFC West (they finished this season 5-11)…the Skins rallied from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit, scoring the game’s final 16 points…Roy Helu Jr. had 23 carries for 108 yards, including a 28-yard fourth-quarter run on which he hurdled over Roy Lewis and then plowed through Kam Chancellor.  Helu also had seven receptions for 54 yards on seven targets…Rex Grossman went 26-of-35 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two picks; he went 13-of-14 for 138 yards and a touchdown in just the first quarter and connected on a huge fourth-quarter 50-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong.
  • 17-14 on Nov. 5, 2017

The Redskins are 4-4 at the numerical midpoint of their season.  They have a 22.8-percent chance of making the playoffs per Football Outsiders.  Have we gotten to a point with the defense to where it can carry this team to the postseason?  The Redskins came out of Week 9 no. 12 in total defense this season per the Football Outsiders DVOA metric.  That would be the team’s best ranking since, believe it or not, 2009, when the Redskins also were no. 12 despite a 4-12 record.  The Redskins had a three-season run under Gregg Williams and then Greg Blache of ranking no. 7 in 2007, no. 10 in 2008 and no. 12 in 2009 in total defense per DVOA.  But is this 2017 Redskins defense good enough to carry them to the playoffs?  The Redskins’ offense is no. 11 in passing and a woeful no. 28 in rushing per DVOA through Week 9.  The offense is incredibly banged-up, especially on the offensive line.  The defense is healthier, despite it having played this win at the Seahawks without four starters in Matt Ioannidis, Jonathan Allen, Mason Foster and Montae Nicholson.  The defense though Week 9 is tied for just no. 19 in opponents’ third-down efficiency (40.2) and is a good-but-not great no. 12 in sack percentage (7.51) and tied for no. 12 with 12 takeaways.  This is not a dominant defense.  But it has been a good one.  Is it good enough to carry this team if necessary?

The Seahawks had an interesting strategic decision that they perhaps never even considered: what’s known in NFL analytics as the Field-Goal Chokehold.  What if Doug Baldwin had pulled up short of the end zone on his 30-yard touchdown reception with 1:34 left in the fourth quarter?  The touchdown gave the Seahawks 14-10 lead but with enough time for the Redskins to put together a game-winning drive, which they did.  Per NFL analytics expert Brian Burke of ESPN, “win probability says Seattle’s best chance to win the game would have been for Baldwin to give himself up on the 1-yard-line, which almost undoubtedly would have led to a Redskins timeout with 1:34 to play (their second).  Kneeling on the next two or three snaps, forcing the Redskins to use their final timeout, and further bleeding the clock to set Walsh up for what would have been approximately a 20-yard field goal with less than 20 seconds to play would have offered Seattle its best chance to win the game.”  What complicates all of this is that Blair Walsh had gone 0-for-3 on field-goal tries of 44, 39 and 49 yards in the first half and, of course, is responsible for the hideous 27-yard missed field-goal attempt for Minnesota (against Seattle) in the wild-card round of the 2015 playoffs.  But Walsh is 36-for-37 on regular-season attempts from 20-29 yards in his career.  Yes, it was rainy, but the winds were calm.  The Redskins had struggled offensively for much of the game, so you can’t kill Pete Carroll for not employing the Field-Goal Chokehold.  But, statistically, that was the right play.

Playing-time observations:

  • The Redskins’ starting offensive line for a second straight game included T.J. Clemmings at left tackle, Chase Roullier at center and Tyler Catalina at right guard.  Arie Kouandjio started at left guard.  Morgan Moses was the usual offensive-line starter for the Redskins who played in this game, and he played on every offensive snap despite two sprained ankles for a second consecutive game.
  • Ryan Grant led all Redskins receivers in playing time, as he was on the field for 94 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.  He played all three receiver spots for the Redskins in this game.  Josh Doctson was in on 89 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.  Terrelle Pryor Sr. was at 56 percent.  Brian Quick was at 37 percent; he played on 23 offensive snaps in this game off having played on just 11 offensive snaps over the first seven games of the season.
  • Chris Thompson played on 52 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps.  Rob Kelley, who is still dealing with a sprained ankle, was in on 41 percent.  Samaje Perine was in on just six offensive snaps and didn’t have another carry after the first-quarter lost fumble that technically was on Kirk Cousins but realistically was on Perine due to him not opening up the space between his hands enough.
  • The Redskins used linebacker Ryan Anderson at fullback on three offensive snaps with Niles Paul inactive due to a concussion.
  • Three guys played on every Redskins defensive snap in this game: Josh Norman, D.J. Swearinger and the returning DeAngelo Hall.  He played for the first time since suffering a torn right ACL in the Week 3 win at the Giants last season, as he had been on some version of a physically-unable-to-perform list since the start of training camp.  And Hall returned punts.
  • Will Compton played on 99 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps (82) in this game off having played on just 36 defensive snaps the entire season.  Injury may have had something to do with this, but we saw a ton more of Compton than we did of Martrell Spaight, who played on just two defensive snaps off playing more than Compton in the Week 8 loss to Dallas (56 percent versus 43 percent).
  • Bashaud Breeland returned from a one-week absence caused by a sprained MCL and groin injury but played on just 47 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.  Kendall Fuller was in on 77 percent.  Quinton Dunbar was in on 53 percent.  Fabian Moreau again played on zero defensive snaps.
  • We continue to see a lot of Ziggy Hood.  He led all Redskins defensive linemen in playing time, participating on 70 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.  Terrell McClain was in on 48 percent.  Stacy McGee was in on just 37 percent.  Anthony Lanier II actually played more (39 percent), and Arthur Jones’ playing time was comparable (28 percent) despite being signed by the team the previous Wednesday (Nov. 1).
  • Preston Smith played on 75 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps.  Ryan Kerrigan was in on 67 percent.  Junior Galette was in on 37 percent

Brian Quick actually suffered a concussion on his late-fourth-quarter 31-yard reception thanks to a helmet-to-helmet hit by Kam Chancellor.  Vernon Davis suffered a hand contusion but is expected to be fine.

The Redskins’ offense played this game without:

  • Left tackle Trent Williams (inactive for a second consecutive game due to a lingering right kneecap injury that is expected to require surgery)
  • Right guard Brandon Scherff (active but did not play for a second consecutive game due to a Grade-2 MCL sprain and back injury suffered in the Week 7 loss at Philadelphia on Monday Night Football)
  • Center Spencer Long (inactive for a second consecutive game due to two knee injuries that emerged in the Week 7 loss at Philadelphia on Monday Night Football)
  • Left guard Shawn Lauvao (inactive due to a stinger suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • Tight end Jordan Reed (inactive due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • Receiver Jamison Crowder (inactive due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • Tackle Ty Nsekhe (active but did not play for a fifth consecutive game off undergoing core-muscle surgery due to an injury suffered in the Week 3 win over Oakland)
  • Tight end Niles Paul (inactive due to a concussion suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • 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)

Arthur Jones suffered a shoulder dislocation.

The Redskins’ defense played this game without:

  • Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (inactive due to a fractured hand suffered in the Week 8 loss to Dallas)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Safety Montae Nicholson (active but did not play due to two shoulder injuries)
  • 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
  • Safety Stefan McClure (placed on injured reserve on Nov. 1 due to a hamstring injury)

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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