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Redskins QB Alex Smith Lost for Season with Broken Tibia and Fibula

The Redskins season took a huge hit on Sunday in their 23-21 home loss to the Houston Texans, as quarterback Alex Smith was lost for the rest of the season with a broken tibia and fibula.

The injury oddly enough took place 33 years to the day that Skins QB Joe Thiesmann suffered a broken leg at the hands of Hall of Fame LB Lawrence Taylor.

Gruden also said that Smith needs to have immediate surgery and the injury will bring an end to his first season with the team.

The injury came 33 years to the day that former Washington quarterback Joe Thiesmann suffered a similarly gruesome leg injury in a game against the Giants. Thiesmann would never play again and we certainly hope that’s not the case for Smith.

Colt McCoy rallied Washington to a 21-20 lead after Smith was injured — that marked the first lead change in a Washington game this season — but the Texans recovered to kick a field goal and hold on for a win when Dustin Hopkins‘ 63-yard field goal fell short.

There’s no other quarterback on the Washington roster, so they’ll be making a roster move in the coming days as they try to make something of their 6-4 start to the year despite the loss of their starting quarterback.

Here’s video of the injury:

Redskins to Activate Running Back Byron Marshall of IR

The Redskins are getting back running back Byron Marshall, as he will return to the team from injured reserve.

Last season in four games the running back ran for just 32 yards, also making six grabs for 36 yards. He might get a bigger role with the team having injury issues at the running back spot.

Here’s the report about Marshall’s return:

We learned in late October that the organization had designated Marshall to return from the IR. The 24-year-old suffered an ankle injury during the preseason, and after earning a spot on the Redskins’ initial 53-man roster, he was placed on the injured reserve. It’s telling that the organization is so eager to activate the running back, especially since Marshall has only been with the organization for a year.

The former undrafted free agent out of Oregon joined the Redskins last November after Washington signed him away from the Eagles’ practice squad. Marshall managed nine carries for 32 yards in four games with the Redskins in 2017, and also chipped in on 34 special teams plays. However, a hamstring injury ended his campaign in early December.

Despite battling through a variety of injuries at the position (Rob Kelley and second-round rookie Derrius Guice are also on the IR), the Redskins are still getting by at running back, and there isn’t a clear role for Marshall. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson sit atop the depth chart (although Thompson is set to miss this week’s contest), and the team is also rostering Kapri Bibbs and Samaje Perine. One of those latter two players could end up being cut to make space for Marshall.

Redskins WR Jamison Crowder Out for Sunday’s Game Against Tampa Bay

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been downgraded to out for the Week 10 road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday according to the team’s Twitter account.

Crowder has not played since Week 5 as he struggles to return from an ankle injury. There was some hope he could return this Sunday after he practiced on Thursday but ultimately the team decided he was not healthy enough to take the field against the Bucs.

It is a major blow for the Redskins as the Bucs have been exploited by slot receivers this season, putting Maurice Harris firmly in play with Crowder now officially out. Josh Doctson and Michael Floyd will be in three-wide sets with Harris, but neither are viable options on the outside.

Falcons at Redskins NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Falcons matchup with the Redskins

Falcons

CB Robert Alford
K Matt Bryant
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
DE Steven Means
OG Rees Odhiambo
OG Austin Pasztor

Redskins

CB Adonis Alexander
WR Jamison Crowder
C Casey Dunn
S Kenny Ladler
WR Brian Quick
RB Chris Thompson
OT Trent Williams

Arbitrator Rules in Redskins Favor in Scot McCloughan’s Grievance Over 2017 Firing

More than a year after former general manager Scot McCloughan filed a grievance against the Washington Redskins over his March 2017 firing, an NFL arbitrator has ruled in the team’s favor, Liz Clarke and Mark Maske of the Washington Post report.

McCloughan had sought payment of the roughly $2.8 million remaining on his four-year contract when the team dismissed him with 22 months remaining on his deal.

Details of the ruling by NFL-appointed arbitrator Peter Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general, were not available. But it is a final decision, with no avenue for appeal under the NFL’s system.

McCloughan filed the grievance with the NFL in summer 2017, contending that he was fired unjustly. During his tenure, the Redskins posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 19 years (winning the NFC East with a 9-7 record in 2015 and finishing 8-7-1 in 2016).

The Redskins, however, asserted they fired McCloughan “for cause.” Within days of McCloughan’s firing on March 9, 2017, the team-owned radio station speculated that McCloughan was abusing alcohol. A team official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post that the general manager was ousted because he had reported to work intoxicated.

Panthers at Redskins NFL Week Six Inactives

Here’s the week six inactives for the Panthers and Redskins in D.C.

Panthers

RB Cameron Artis-Payne
WR Damiere Byrd
DE Bryan Cox
CB Corn Elder
LB Marquis Haynes
OG Brendan Mahon
LB Andre Smith

Redskins

CB Adonis Alexander
S Troy Apke
DT Caleb Brantley
OT Geron Christian
WR Jamison Crowder
OG Shawn Lauvao
RB Chris Thompson

Video: NFL Films Previews the Colts and Redskins Week Two Battle

NFL Analyst Brian Baldinger previews the Week 2 game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins.

Predicting the Wins and Losses for the 2018 Washington Redskins

The Redskins season is set to kickoff this week along with the rest of the NFL, and while there’s still a few days before the season starts, today we will run through their entire schedule one-by-one and give you the wins and losses in our mind for the squad.

Week One 9/9 at Arizona – The 2018 season kicks off with a game in Arizona against a Cards team that is going to be in transition with Sam Bradford as their starting QB. It would be nice to get off to a fast start, and with Alex Smith leading the way, the Skins start 1-0 with a hard fought win at the end.

20-17 Redskins
Record 1-0

Week Two 9/16 vs Indianapolis – The 2018 home opener sees Andrew Luck and the Colts in town, with Luck trying to get his career back on track after missing an entire year. The Skins D should be able to do enough to create a turnover or two, and with it should be able to surprise and get to 2-0.

17-16 Redskins
Record 2-0

Week Three 9/23 at Green Bay – The Packers will get the Skins after they are 2-0, and Aaron Rodgers and the Pack will make the Redskins pay with a secondary meltdown as he throws for 348 yards and three scores in an easy Packers win.

Packers 34-17
Record 2-1

Week Four BYE – The Redskins work on their beat down from the week before by the Packers.

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