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Report: Jay Gruden Staying as Redskins Head Coach for 2018

The Redskins will retain Jay Gruden as their head coach in 2018 according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

There are also reports that the front office is in the process of extending the contracts of the assistant coaches, which should be a clear sign that Gruden’s job is safe. There had been speculation recently given the Redskins’ disappointing season and the mercurial nature of owner Dan Snyder that Gruden could be on shaky ground. There seems to be a “deep understanding” within the organization, however, that an unlucky run of injuries has been the primary culprit in derailing the team’s season. Despite all the issues, the Redskins can still finish the season a respectable 8-8 if they beat the woeful Giants on Sunday.

Jay Gruden Says Of Course the Redskins Want QB Kirk Cousins Back

With the 2017 season coming to a close with Sunday’s finale against the New York Giants — and the Redskins plans for quarterback Kirk Cousins still unclear — head coach Jay Gruden has had to field even more questions about potentially losing his starting quarterback in the offseason, Kimberly Martin of the Washington Post reports.

On Wednesday, the coach reiterated his desire to keep Cousins in the fold, adding that the six-year veteran knows how much he values him: “I’m sure he knows [how I feel]. I mean, he should know. I’ve made it clear.

“I’ve been working with him for a long time now and we’ve put a lot of time and a lot of work together with one another trying to get him better, and he’s made me better. So that’s worked out very well. Of course he knows that we want him back, but at the end of the day, like I said, agents, everybody gets involved and he’s got to make a decision for himself.”

Asked if it would make his life easier if he didn’t have to answer so many questions about his quarterback’s future, Gruden said: “My life is only easier when you win a lot of games and Super Bowls. Until that happens, my life will never be easy.

“I’m going to coach the players that are here and adjust from there. But every year, there’s change in the NFL and it’s something you have to expect and understand as a head coach. And you have to adjust with the players that you have and the coaches that you have in the building. We intend on doing that and hopefully it won’t be wholesale changes, but sometimes that’s necessary also.”

Gruden, however, quickly shot down the notion that he deserves credit for his quarterback’s development.

“He doesn’t owe me anything,” Gruden said. “Why would he owe me something? Kirk doesn’t owe anybody [anything] … Kirk’s put so much into making himself a great player that he’s made himself who he is. We just try to give him information to help him succeed along the way and surrounded him with good people. And he’s made people around him better in turn and made me better, made other coaches better, and also made some players around him better. It’s worked hand in hand.”

Redskins DT Ziggy Hood to Miss Season Finale with Fractured Elbow

Redskins defensive tackle Ziggy Hood will miss the team’s season finale with a fractured elbow according to Kimberley A. Martin of the Washington Post.

Hood suffered the injury, which looked both gruesome and painful, against the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon and will likely be put on injured reserve later this week. Originally a first-round draft choice out of Missouri by the Pittsburgh Steelers way back in 2009, the 30-year-old Hood has been a snap hog on the Redskins’ defensive line in 2017. The injury will not require surgery but will likely keep him out of action for most of the offseason. He is under contract through 2018.

Redskins Place LT Trent Williams on IR

The Redskins have placed left tackle Trent Williams on injured reserve according to the team’s official website.

Williams has been hampered by a knee injury for most of the season and needs surgery. Putting him on IR now, with the Redskins are hopelessly out of the playoff picture, will give him a head start on the procedure and his rehab.

Still one of the most dominant pass protectors in the entire NFL when healthy, the 29-year-old Williams was only able to suit up for ten games this season and has not played a full 16-game season since 2013. He remains under contract through 2020.

Video: NFL Live Breaks Down the Redskins vs Broncos Week 16 Matchup

Trey Wingo, Damien Woody and Darren Woodson explore the matchup of Washington and Denver and how Washington will have the advantage on both sides of the ball against the Broncos in Week 16.

Redskins Safety Su’a Cravens Says He Was a Victim of Racial Profiling During a Recent Traffic Stop

Redskins safety Su’a Cravens took to Twitter Monday to accuse the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling during a recent traffic stop, Des Bieler of the Washington Post reports.

The second-year player, who has been inactive this season, posted videos in which he used profane language in blasting officers for singling him out, treating him roughly and falsely accusing him of smelling like marijuana, and he threatened to bring a lawsuit over the incident.

Cravens said he was followed to an Ashburn mall’s parking lot, pulled out of his car and “slammed” against it, placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a squad car for “supposedly doing 39 in a 35.” He added, “Not to mention he called for 4 more squad cars and cuffed and threatened my little brother for a grabbing his phone to record .?.?. And [you] wonder why we angry. Complete bulls—!”

In a statement provided to The Post, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Cravens was issued a summons for traveling at 39 mph in a 25 mph zone and also cited for having an illegal tint on his car’s windows on Nov. 29. The traffic stop was initiated after Cravens was tracked traveling above the speed limit in a school zone near Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn.

“This traffic stop was not a case of racial profiling,” the statement said. “Additionally, the LCSO has not received any formal complaints regarding this matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further regarding any allegations and involving a pending court case.”

According to online records, Cravens’s hearing is scheduled for Jan. 26.

“I’m black, I’ve got tattoos on my neck and I’m out here in a nice car,” Cravens said in one of his videos, as he angrily explained why he thought the incident occurred. He said police searched his car for marijuana but found nothing, after having “passed up” a driver ahead of him who was clearly going faster.

“Why is that? We all know why,” Cravens said to the camera. Earlier in the video, he said, “I’ma sue the s— out of this man, racial profiling a– man. S— is ridiculous, in this day and age we’re still doing this s—.”

“Please excuse my language. I promise my parents raised an intelligent and respectful young man,” Cravens said on Twitter. “But this bulls— the reason why people dying and athletes taking knees! Stop ignoring it.”

Cowboys vs Redskins Wednesday Injury Report

DALLAS COWBOYS at WASHINGTON REDSKINS
DALLAS COWBOYS
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring), K Dan Bailey (groin), T Tyron Smith (back, hip), LB Kyle Wilber (knee)
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Justin Durant (groin)
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Sean Lee (hamstring)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Washington conducted a walk-through on Wednesday. The Wednesday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Zach Brown (back), C Spencer Long (knee, knee), T Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), G Brandon Scherff (knee, back), LB Preston Smith (groin), T Trent Williams (knee)
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Tyler Catalina (concussion), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Stefan McClure (knee, hamstring), CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring), T Morgan Moses (ankle, ankle), CB Josh Norman (rib)
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), RB Rob Kelley (ankle), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), RB Chris Thompson (toe)

Eagles at Redskins NFL Week One Inactives

The Eagles have declared CB Rasul Douglas, WR Shelton Gibson, CB Dexter McDougle, DE Steven Means, RB Donnel Pumphrey, DT Elijah Qualls, OG Chance Warmack inactive for Week 1.

Redskins inactives

G Tyler Catalina
OL T.J. Clemmings
RB Mack Brown
TE Jeremy Sprinkle
DE Anthony Lanier
CB Josh Holsey
ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons