NFC East: kai forbath

Examining the Washington Redskins' roster:

Quarterbacks (3)

Jay Gruden only had two quarterbacks in each of his three seasons with Cincinnati, but Griffin still needs to prove his durability. If something happened to him, they woulld still be in good shape with Cousins and McCoy. If they go with two then McCoy gets left off.

Running backs (4)

The Redskins could also stash Chris Thompson on the practice squad as further insurance. Thompson can easily bump himself onto the roster with a good summer; he’s a good fit in Gruden’s offense and the new coach liked Thompson coming out of college. But durability is an issue. By keeping four here, the Redskins can go with an extra player at another spot. This means Evan Royster is on the outs, but he doesn’t give the Redskins anything they don’t have in better players. He is insurance only.

Receivers (6)

I am not cutting Leonard Hankerson, rather I’m just not sold that he will be on the active roster at the start of the season. If he shows this summer that he can play, then, yes, I would have him on the 53-man roster. But the Redskins were not sure what to expect from him and when he might be healthy. Therefore, I can see him taking a little longer to return. Gruden likes Moss and they drafted Grant. Robinson needs to take a step.

Tight ends (3)

Rookie tight end Ted Bolser would head to the practice squad, where he can develop. He didn’t look close to a roster spot just based on how he looked this spring. Reed is firmly entrenched as the starter with Paulsen their top blocker and Paul a special teams ace.

Offensive line (10)

In reality, I could see them keeping only nine offensive linemen. It all depends on how Long and/or LeRibeus looks at guard. They love Long -- Gruden has said he could compete immediately -- so if he shows he can play, then they could cut Chester. Compton is a little surprise, but they like him as well. This position will be fluid and I’m not sold on the 10 I have listed.

Defensive line (6)

This one is fluid as well because it depends in part on Bowen’s health. I like Chris Neild and so do they, but can they keep him? Golston is more versatile and a key player on special teams, but he’s also 30 and they must get younger.

Linebackers (9)

As of now I’d have Rob Jackson out, especially if Jenkins develops as a pass-rusher. But this will be a close race. And I have them keeping an extra guy inside in Hayward because of his special teams ability.

Cornerbacks (5)
Chase Minnifield remains eligible for the practice squad. Richard Crawford is coming off a knee injury and it’s hard to place him on here without seeing him play. The one benefit for Crawford is that he can play in the slot; they need depth at that spot.

Safeties (4)

I really don’t feel good about this position and am not confident that I have this one right, at least for that final spot. Robinson’s special teams ability gives him the edge over Bacarri Rambo, who must have a strong camp. Akeem Davis can help on special teams, but with no NFL experience he will be stashed on the practice squad.

Specialists (3)

The Forbath selection is based on never having seen rookie Zach Hocker kick in an NFL game. If Hocker is consistent this summer and shows a strong leg, then he can win the job.

Redskins minicamp observations

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
Thoughts and observations after watching the Washington Redskins practice Tuesday:

1. David Amerson looks bigger and, indeed, he said he's added about six or seven pounds of muscle. Amerson does appear to have more toned arms. That will help when he plays press coverage and in run support. I'll have more on Amerson later this summer, but know this: He's had a good spring. Saw him stick with Pierre Garcon in a couple one-on-one occasions. Also, more importantly, saw him use his eyes better and more consistently. It was an issue last year.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsRedskins CB David Amerson appears to have gained some muscle weight this offseason.
2. Did see Garcon get him on one crossing route. Amerson tried to jam him, putting his right hand onto Garcon's outside shoulder. But Garcon's strength helped him here as he wasn't knocked off stride and created separation running across the middle.

3. Saw this for the first time: a receiver doing a spin move at the line to get away from press coverage. Garcon tried that against Amerson, but it didn't work. Amerson stayed patient and, partly because he didn't try to jam Garcon, was not fooled by the move.

4. Garcon dunked a ball after a catch in the end zone. The Redskins had college officials at practice and one immediately threw a flag. Players can no longer dunk over the goal posts.

5. The offensive players were convinced Amerson should have been called for holding on a back-shoulder attempt to tight end Jordan Reed in the end zone. I was just finishing up an interview with Amerson after practice when Reed walked past with a smile and asked, "Did he tell you he held me?"

6. Rookie receiver Ryan Grant had a few nice grabs Tuesday, mostly on underneath routes against zone coverage. He's good at driving the defender off and then cutting. Did it a couple times Tuesday. I don't know when he'll be able to really help because he has to get stronger and, ultimately, prove he can beat press coverage.

7. One coach I will enjoy listening and paying attention to this summer: outside linebackers coach Brian Baker. Yes, I know, I've mentioned him a few times, but after watching him work with the players I'm even more convinced of his impact. Just a detailed coach. I'll have more on that later this week. But he is good and isn't afraid to chastise anyone. Heard him ping rookie Trent Murphy during a drill Tuesday morning.

8. Murphy was juked out by Reed on one route. He can ask other veteran linebackers how that feels because that's what happened last year. Once more, Reed was among the last off the field after working more on his game. Nothing has changed since last year in that regard.

9. Reed also had a nice block on Murphy, getting his hands into the rookie's chest and pushing him to the ground.

10. With linebacker Brian Orakpo out (sickness), this was a good chance for Murphy to work against veterans. He also went against left tackle Trent Williams a few times. Murphy's spin move worked well against Moses, but Williams was able to stop it on the one time I saw it tried. The coaches like what they've seen from Murphy overall, especially off the field in terms of work ethic.

11. Rookie running back Lache Seastrunk, who lost the ball on a handoff in practice, stayed afterward to work on handoffs with fullback Darrel Young playing the part of the quarterback.

12. Kedric Golston worked at nose tackle with the first defensive line. He's done that in previous workouts this spring with Barry Cofield sidelined. And if he shows it's a spot he can help at during the summer, then it'll be tough to cut him. Golston adds experience and toughness up front, two qualities that should be welcomed. Add a little versatility and it makes him even more valuable, and it also makes it tough for Chris Neild to make the roster.

13. The quarterbacks worked on slant passes during drills with receivers. The quarterbacks dropped back, looked down the middle and then turned toward the receiver running the slant. It's a little thing, but I point it out for this reason: Robert Griffin III's last interception in 2013 came on a slant route. He eyed the receiver the whole way, who then got a good break to make the pick. Sometimes you have to eye the receiver off the line because the pass is coming right away. But in this case it led to the pick.

14. Wasn't able to spend a lot of time watching rookie right tackle Morgan Moses, but did see him get beat by second-year Brandon Jenkins to the outside on one occasion. Moses was too upright and a bit slow with his feet.

15. Jenkins failed to use the proper technique on an inside run, staying too wide and creating a gap inside. The coaches, um, reminded him of the mistake.

16. Said it last week and will continue to point out how much more energy there is during these practices. Some of that could just be because change brings a new energy. But some of it is the style of coaches they now have on staff. Raheem Morris was always vocal under Mike Shanahan, so his ribbing of players and coaches is nothing new. But things were just more lively Tuesday, with trash talking and banter.

17. The field goal kickers attempted three kicks apiece (from 39, 44 and 50 yards) at the narrow goal posts (about half the width of regular ones). Rookie Zach Hocker made all three attempts -- the ball jumped off his foot on the 50-yarder. Kai Forbath missed two of three but on regular goal posts he would have made each attempt.

18. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had a nice bullet to receiver Aldrick Robinson; the pass arrived just before safety Bacarri Rambo for a touchdown.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys did not know what they had when they signed Dan Bailey as an undrafted free agent.

They did not know what they had in him with a week to go in the preseason, either. By that time the Cowboys had five kickers on the roster: David Buehler, who held the kicking job in 2010, Bailey, Shayne Graham, Kai Forbath, an undrafted free agent like Bailey but injured, and veteran Dave Rayner.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesDan Bailey has made 88 of 98 field goal attempts in his three seasons.
The Cowboys missed three out of four field goal attempts in the final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins; one from Buehler and two from Rayner.

By not kicking that night, Bailey elevated himself.

About to enter his fourth season, the Cowboys rewarded Bailey last week with a seven-year, $22.5 million deal that makes him among the top 10 highest-paid kickers in the NFL. And for those believing the Cowboys made more of a mess of their salary cap with the signing, Bailey’s cap number in 2014 is less than what it would have been if they had given him the second-round tender as a restricted free agent.

“That was a huge advantage looking back at it now, to go up against guys like Shayne and they brought in Dave Rayner, guys that have been kicking in the league a while and been real successful,” Bailey said. “At the time, I was just trying to keep my head down and do my own things. I think it was invaluable to get that competition early on to nail down the job.”

It taught Bailey that every kick is a new chance. A previous make does not guarantee success. A previous miss does not guarantee failure.

Bailey has made 89 of 98 field goal attempts in his career. He has missed just two kicks in each of the last two seasons. The pressure of winning the job out of a lockout as an undrafted rookie helped prepare Bailey for end-of-game moments. His eight game-winning kicks in three seasons are a franchise record.

“I don’t think it changes too much,” Bailey said of any added pressure because of the contract. “You’re only as good as your last kick. That’s the nature of the league. You have to bring your ‘A’ game every day to practice, to the game, even off the field. You’ve got to do the right things. I don’t think it’ll have too much of an impact. I think I take pride on being mentally strong enough to put that on the back burner and focus on the task at hand.”

Bailey’s leg strength was a question when he arrived, but he had a career-high 52 touchbacks in 2013 after just 54 in his first two seasons. He also made 6 of 7 attempts from 50 yards or more after making only 5 of 9 tries in his first two years from 50 yards or more.

“A lot of it had to do with just improving my leg strength and explosiveness, that stuff I did in the offseason, but just as much as that it was just a mentality,” Bailey said. “We practice a lot of those in camp and in practice and even in the offseason. Just getting back there and kicking long field goals, it was creating more of a comfort level for myself to know those kicks do come up in games.”

For the first time in his career, Bailey will not have Chris Boniol as a kicking coach. Boniol and the Cowboys agreed to part ways in the offseason, leaving Bailey and punter Chris Jones to improve without the watchful eye of an NFL veteran.

“He was a great asset to have,” Bailey said. “He was a guy I looked up to because he’d been literally in the same shoes I’ve been in.”

Upon Further Review: Redskins Week 9

November, 4, 2013
A review of four hot issues from the Washington Redskins' 30-24 overtime win over San Diego:

Ground attack: The Redskins have excelled on the ground in the past five games -- and, not so coincidentally, they’re 3-2 in that stretch. In these five games, the Redskins have averaged 173.6 rushing yards per game, second only to San Francisco, according to ESPN Stats & Information. And their 4.93 yards per rush ranks fourth in the NFL over that time. Alfred Morris had a season-high 25 carries, allowing the Redskins to use all of their play-action game, and that consistently hurt the San Diego defense. For as talented as quarterback Robert Griffin III is, it’s Morris who powers the offense. The more success Morris has, the better opportunities Griffin will have to throw. Also, those three Darrel Young touchdowns will provide defenses something else to worry about at the goal line.

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Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesPierre Garcon had seven catches for 172 yards in Sunday's win.
Getting in rhythm: Receiver Pierre Garcon was wide open on the first play of the game, but Griffin’s pass was low and behind him. But after that pass they were mostly in sync -- and if they weren’t, then Griffin put the ball close enough to Garcon for him to make a tough catch. The only other pass-catcher on the roster capable of making those grabs is tight end Jordan Reed. Griffin and Garcon need to be on the same page because otherwise the passing game just won’t threaten many teams. The other wideouts might make a big play once in a while, but none come close to scaring a defense. Garcon can do just that, especially in the intermediate area. The more Griffin throws with trust to Garcon, the more big plays he can make. And with Griffin’s accuracy off this season, it’s important to have another player with a wide catch radius.

Missing rush: Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo played the run well against San Diego, penetrating to the inside on a couple of occasions to make stops. But in the last two games, with opposing quarterbacks throwing a combined 90 passes, Orakpo has not been credited with even a quarterback pressure. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers do a good job avoiding hits by releasing the ball quickly. And it’s not as if the Redskins are generating much pressure from elsewhere -- they have a combined three sacks and five quarterback hurries the past two games. Orakpo’s presence helps no doubt, but if the Redskins really want to make a run, he’ll have to make more noise as a pass-rusher.

Special teams mishaps: On both field goals it appears the kicks were too low. Kai Forbath needs to kick it a little low when attempting a kick from more than 50 yards, but his first one was from only 25 yards. Lawrence Guy, who blocked it, barely jumped. It’s tough to say whether the fact that the laces were facing the wrong way made a difference. Regardless, it was low. Forbath did make a 47-yarder later in the game. Meanwhile, the punt coverage has improved statistically since it allowed Devin Hester’s 81-yard return for a score in Week 7. It helps that only two of Sav Rocca’s next 12 punts were returned, gaining a combined 14 yards. Six punts have gone out of bounds.

Upon Further Review: Cowboys Week 6

October, 14, 2013
A review of four hot issues from the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-16 win over the Washington Redskins:

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AP Photo/LM OteroTony Romo and the Dallas offense stepped up their production in the third quarter.
Man, what coverage: If you’re looking for a change in how the Cowboys played defensively, it was in the secondary. Cornerback Brandon Carr followed Pierre Garcon all over the field. Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick were matched up in man coverage more. The result was three pass breakups apiece for Carr and Claiborne and two for Scandrick.

“I think that takes us back to what we’re all here for,” Scandrick said. “Whether it’s man or zone, it’s our job to play the scheme, but Brandon Carr was brought over from Kansas City, gave him a bunch of money to play man-to-man. Mo, traded up for him to play man-to-man. Signed me long-term to play man-to-man, so …”

Answering the call: In a Sept. 22 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Cowboys ran just seven plays in the third quarter and lost 30-21. On Sunday they ran only eight plays in the third quarter but managed to score a touchdown thanks to Dwayne Harris’ kickoff return. After that, however, the offense had two three-and-out drives. After Kai Forbath missed a 49-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys answered with a nine-play drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal from Dan Bailey for an eight-point lead. For six of those nine plays, the Cowboys went with their “empty” personnel, spreading the field. Tony Romo completed four of six passes for 42 yards with no running back on the field with Cole Beasley catching three of the passes.

Need line help: The trade deadline is two weeks away, and the Cowboys will be open for business but face salary-cap restrictions when thinking about making a deal. While DeMarcus Ware felt confident his strained quadriceps would be OK, there is little proven help along the defensive line, leading to a question about adding a defensive lineman through a trade or free agency. The Cowboys have about $2 million in cap room, making the acquisition of a name player difficult. At one point the defensive line Sunday was Caesar Rayford, Drake Nevis, David Carter and Kyle Wilber, who did have his first career sack. They pressured Robert Griffin III at times, but can this “no-name” group, as Jerry Jones called it, get it done every game?

Quiet return: After missing two games with a hamstring injury, Miles Austin was held without a catch against the Redskins. He was targeted four times and nearly had a touchdown, but Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall managed to deflect the Romo pass at the last second. It was the second straight game Austin was held without a catch by the Redskins. It also happened in last year’s season finale, but he missed a lot of action in that game with an ankle injury. For the offense to be at peak efficiency, Austin will need to make some plays. The good news is that he did not aggravate his hamstring injury, so he should improve as he grows more confident in his legs.

TEs Reed, Davis listed as questionable

September, 27, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Two of the Washington Redskins' four tight ends are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders.

Tight ends Fred Davis and Jordan Reed are questionable along with place kicker Kai Forbath (groin), cornerback Jerome Murphy (death in family) and linebacker Brandon Jenkins (right ankle).

Forbath kicked in practice Friday and made a 48-yard field goal. But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said they will work out Forbath again in Oakland on Saturday.

“We’ll try a little bit more [Saturday] to see if he has tug in that area, if not he should be ready to go,” Shanahan said. “If he feels he can kick off and take a full stride he’ll play.”

Reed and Davis were limited in practice. Reed, who has a quad bruise, has looked more hobbled this week than Davis. Though Reed said he ran routes and caught some passes, “I still have a little bit of work to go.” Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul would take the snaps at tight end if both those players can't go. Minus Reed and Davis, the Redskins would not have an athletic pass-catcher. Paulsen has reliable hands and is a solid blocker. Paul hasn't proven to be a threat at tight end since converting there during the 2012 offseason.

Receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring), linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (knee) and safety Brandon Meriweather (concussion/knee) are probable.

Redskins injury report: Reed sits again

September, 26, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed did not practice for a second consecutive day, though coach Mike Shanahan remains hopeful that Reed might be able to play Sunday.

Kicker Kai Forbath (groin), linebacker Brandon Jenkins (ankle) and cornerback Jerome Murphy (death in the family) also did not practice. Tight end Fred Davis (ankle) was limited and said afterward that his right ankle was still sore.

If Davis and Reed can’t play, the Redskins would have to go with Logan Paulsen, already a starter, and No. 4 tight end Niles Paul. Paulsen is a solid blocker; Paul offers more speed, but he hasn’t really caught on as a pass-catcher from this position. Losing Reed and Davis would hurt in the passing game because they’re the Redskins' best receiving threats at tight end.

Reed’s size and athleticism help tremendously. The sprint rollout that Robert Griffin III threw to Paul in the corner of the end zone late in Sunday’s loss to Detroit would have had a better chance with the taller, more athletic Reed.

But Paulsen has reliable hands and proved he can be an occasional threat, too. Paul had a strong summer catching the ball, but has been squeezed for playing time because of the depth.

“It’s one position where we have more depth than most,” Shanahan said. “It’s always nice to have four guys that can play. Right now we have two guys that are healthy and two that are banged up. Both have a chance to play, but we won’t know until game day.”

Forbath won't kick until Friday or Saturday to see if his groin has improved.

For Oakland, quarterback Terrelle Pryor was limited in practice because of a concussion, according to the injury report. Safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), defensive end Jason Hunter (quad) and tackle Menelik Watson (knee) did not practice. Linebacker Sio Moore (concussion), guard Lucas Nix (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) also were limited.

Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed sits

September, 25, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed did not practice Wednesday because of his thigh contusion, but coach Mike Shanahan said Reed has “improved a lot” in the last day and remains hopeful about his availability for Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders.

The problem at tight end is that veteran Fred Davis was limited in practice because of a sprained right ankle. He did not play against Detroit after hurting the ankle Friday.

Reed replaced Davis with the starters in the second half of the Week 2 loss at Green Bay. He provides them with a young, athletic target who continues to improve. The Redskins want Davis, in the final year of his contract, to be more detail-oriented.

If neither one can play against Oakland, then Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul would take their places. Paulsen is the Redskins' top blocking tight end; Paul is No. 4 at the position and his main contribution now is on special teams.

Kicker Kai Forbath (groin) did not practice and is not expected to kick until Friday. Linebacker Brandon Jenkins (ankle) also did not practice.

For Oakland, safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), defensive end Jason Hunter (quad), quarterback Terrelle Pryor (concussion) and tackle Menelik Watson (knee) did not practice. Linebacker Sio Moore (concussion), guard Lucas Nix (ankle), fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) were limited.

Fred Davis, Kai Forbath inactive

September, 22, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is among their seven inactives for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, along with place-kicker Kai Forbath.

Davis injured his ankle late in the week and was added to the injury list Saturday morning. Davis tested his ankle Sunday morning and could be seen walking with a slight limp at times. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Logan Paulsen, but rookie Jordan Reed will see considerable action. Reed replaced Davis in many sets in last week's loss at Green Bay, playing 21 second-half snaps to Davis' five. Davis said he only made one or two missed assignments, but that number likely does not mesh with what the coaches would say. He also dropped a pass. Meanwhile, Reed is still learning, but makes tough catches -- he made Robert Griffin III look good last week by grabbing a pass that was far behind him in the end zone, a catch few tight ends could make.

Forbath was unable to kick Saturday, a good sign that he would be inactive Sunday. John Potter will handle the kicking chores. Nothing has changed since last week: Potter has a strong leg but is inconsistent on field goals even in practice.

The Redskins other inactives: quarterback Rex Grossman, defensive lineman Chris Baker, guard Josh LeRibeus, running back Evan Royster and safety Jose Gumbs. Baker is a surprise, but it's not as if he's played well in the first two games as a backup in the nickel package.

Detroit will be without running back Reggie Bush, which is good news for a defense that needs a break. He provides the Lions' offense with another threat to go with receiver Calvin Johnson. The Lions did a good job getting Bush the ball in the open field. Joique Bell will replace Bush in the lineup.

Hankerson among five questionable

September, 20, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have five players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, including one new player added to the injury list.

Receiver Leonard Hankerson tweaked his hamstring and groin during practice Friday, but he did not seem concerned about it after practice and expects to play. Still, he’ll be listed as questionable.

The others listed as questionable: place kicker Kai Forbath (groin), defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee), defensive tackle Kedric Golston (abdomen) and safety Brandon Meriweather (concussion). Nose tackle Barry Cofield (hand) is probable.

Coach Mike Shanahan said all the players listed did practice, except for Forbath. He’s expected to test his leg Saturday.

Injury report: Barry Cofield ditches club

September, 19, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield won’t need to wear a padded club to cover his fractured right hand during games.

He practiced without a club protecting his hand Thursday and coach Mike Shanahan said “he believes” Cofield won’t need it Sunday versus the Detroit Lions.

Cofield hasn’t had the hoped-for impact in the first two games, though not all of it can be attributed to the club on his hand. He has quick hands and got past the center Sunday against the Green Bay Packers with a swim move. But it was hard for him to grab onto ballcarriers.

Safety Brandon Meriweather (concussion) was limited. Defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee) was a new addition to the injury report after being limited in practice Thursday.

Place kicker Kai Forbath (groin) won’t kick until Friday or Saturday.

Defensive end Kedric Golston (abdomen) was limited.

For Detroit, running back Reggie Bush (knee) did not practice for a second consecutive day. If he can’t play it changes up how much the Redskins need to defend. He’s more dangerous in the open field than backup Joique Bell.

Safety Don Carey (hamstring), receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle), tackle Jason Fox (groin) and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle) did not practice. Three players were limited: safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) and guard Rob Sims (knee).
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather passed his concussion tests and took part in some drills during practice Wednesday. He will continue to be monitored daily to make sure no symptoms arise.

Meriweather was knocked from Sunday’s loss at Green Bay with a concussion after his hit on running back James Starks. He was fined $42,000 for his hit on Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy earlier in that game, which gave the rookie runner a concussion.

Kicker Kai Forbath did not practice because of his sore groin and won’t kick until Friday. The Redskins have kept John Potter around this week in case Forbath can’t go. Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that he would consider using both during the game. He did not want to do that last week, saying Forbath’s groin was bad enough that the motion of just kicking a field goal was tough.

Potter missed his only attempt versus the Packers, a 50-yarder that he badly missed wide right.

Defensive end Kedric Golston was limited because of an abdominal issue.

Meanwhile, the Redskins' opponent Sunday, the Detroit Lions, has a long list of players who are hurting. Running back Reggie Bush (knee), safety Don Carey (hamstring), safety Louis Delmas (knee), receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and tackle Jason Fox (groin) did not practice Wednesday, and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) and guard Rob Sims (knee) practiced but were limited.

Washington Redskins inactives

September, 15, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Redskins will use place-kicker John Potter instead of injured Kai Forbath in rainy Green Bay on Sunday. Potter has never attempted a field goal in the NFL, but he was in the Redskins' camp this summer and has a strong leg for kickoffs. There were days in training camp where Potter looked pretty good on field goals, then other days where he was inconsistent with 40-yard line drives.

But there were no other surprises among the inactives. The other six are quarterback Rex Grossman, running back Evan Royster, safety Jordan Pugh, safety Jose Gumbs, nose tackle Chris Neild and guard Josh LeRibeus. The fact that two safeties are inactive suggests they have confidence that strong safety Brandon Meriweather will hold up in his first action of the season -- and his first regular-season game since Nov. 18 against Philadelphia. Pugh and Gumbs both play free safety, though they worked with Pugh this summer on playing more in the box.

The fact that Neild again is inactive suggests the Redskins will use a lot of their nickel package again. Neild plays almost exclusively in their base package as Barry Cofield's backup.

The good news for Washington is that Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett is inactive. He's their most experienced safety and his absence last week did not help in the Packers' loss at San Francisco.

Redskins sign place-kicker John Potter

September, 14, 2013
The Washington Redskins signed place-kicker John Potter, though it remains uncertain if he or the injured Kai Forbath will kick in Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Forbath injured his groin this week and his condition worsened Thursday, with coach Mike Shanahan listing him as questionable on Friday's injury report. Forbath made 17-of-18 field goals last season, but missed his only attempt - a 40-yarder -- against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. He will work out later Saturday night and/or Sunday morning when the Redskins will decide if he'll be able to kick or not.

Potter was with Washington in training camp and showed a strong leg on kickoffs. He also made a 63-yard field goal in one practice, but was inconsistent on his other kicks. It was not a close competition. Potter served as a kickoff specialist for Buffalo for part of last season, with 13 touchbacks on 26 kickoffs. But he has never attempted a field goal. Shanahan said Friday he would not have two kickers active for the game.

The Redskins had yet to announce who they would cut as of early Saturday afternoon.

Kai Forbath questionable for Sunday

September, 13, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins placekicker Kai Forbath is questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay with a groin injury, possibly forcing the Redskins to find a short-term replacement.

Forbath told coach Mike Shanahan on Thursday that his groin was sore. He's been receiving treatment ever since and Shanahan said Forbath told him he "didn't think it was anything but a little more sore today."

Shanahan said Forbath will kick on Saturday to determine whether or not he'll play Sunday. The Redskins will bring in other kickers just in case Forbath is unavailable. Shanahan said one option is John Potter, whom they cut in training camp. Potter has a strong leg on kickoffs -- and even made a 63-yard field goal during camp. But he was inconsistent on other attempts. As of Friday afternoon, his agent said he had not been contacted.

Meanwhile, strong safety Brandon Meriweather is listed as probable after missing Monday night's loss with a groin injury.