Washington Redskins: 2013 NFL injury wire

Alfred Morris says ribs 'a little tender'

September, 30, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris said X-rays showed he did not break any ribs, but he’s not sure when he’ll return. Morris left Washington’s 24-14 win against the Oakland Raiders late in the third quarter.

He said his “ribs are fine, a little tender. I’m all good.” But the good news for Morris is that Washington has a bye this week before playing at Dallas on Oct. 13.

“It helps me out,” Morris said. “It gives me extra time to recover. Even though the bye week is early for me it’s perfect timing. ...It could be a fast recovery or a slow recovery. I really don't know."

Morris, who gained 71 yards on 16 carries, said his ribs were a little sore during the game.

“You could see he was sore,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “The first quarter he wasn’t running normal and different things I’ve seen him do throughout the course of time.

But at the end of a nine-yard run in the third quarter, Morris said a Raiders defender fell on top of him, causing him to arch his body.

“That was icing on the cake,” Morris said. “It was hurting before, but it wasn’t nothing that I feel like would take me out of the game. [After that] I was like, 'Yeah, this isn’t something I’m going to walk off.'"

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 hopeful for Sunday

September, 25, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis said he's optimistic about playing against the Oakland Raiders Sunday after suffering what he termed a mid- to high-ankle sprain.

Davis admitted his ankle was still tender.

"It feels way better," said Davis in the locker room before practice. “I can run. We’ll see how the week goes, pushing off and getting back into running full-speed routes.”

Davis sprained his right ankle on the final play of practice Friday. He warmed up before Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, but knew he would not be able to play.

Davis saw his playing time drop in the second half of the Week 2 loss at the Green Bay Packers, thanks to the emergence of rookie Jordan Reed. But Reed has a quad contusion and his status for Sunday is uncertain.

"It sucks, but at least it’s something I can deal with and push through," Davis said.

Davis missed much of last season after rupturing his left Achilles' tendon.

Redskins notes: Rambo must make plays

September, 23, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Rookie safety Bacarri Rambo didn’t play a snap from scrimmage on defense after starting the first two games. The Redskins opted for three corners and one safety in their base package because they wanted to play a lot of man coverage and wanted Brandon Meriweather instead of Rambo playing the deep middle.

But Rambo also has to start making plays if he wants to stay in the lineup. He did participate on special teams Sunday.

“When he gets his opportunities he has to take advantage of it,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “We’re not here to keep his spirits up. When he does play special teams, whatever role you’re in, you better play 100 percent and make some plays. If he doesn’t play anything on defense, he better play well on special teams. And if you don’t play well on special teams and you’re not a starter, you won’t be dressing. Everyone has a role and it changes during the season.”

In other news:
  • Leonard Hankerson started over Josh Morgan at the Z receiver position because he had a better game against Green Bay. Neither one did much versus Detroit; Hankerson caught three passes for 21 yards while Morgan caught two for 19.The storyline with Morgan this summer was whether or not he had regained some explosiveness after his 2011 ankle surgery.“He’s much better than he was a year ago, there’s no question about it. But there’s still competition,” Shanahan said. “People are fighting for playing time and you have two guys that are close and each game dictates how much he’ll play the following week.”
  • Morgan replaced Chris Thompson for the final two kickoff returns. It didn’t make much of a difference as Morgan averaged 21.5 yards compared to Thompson’s 22.5.“I wanted to give him a chance,” Shanahan said. “He’s a bigger body.”
  • Nothing new on the injuries to tight ends Fred Davis (ankle) and Jordan Reed (quad). Shanahan said of Reed that he's not sure how long it will take him to recover.
  • Kicker Kai Forbath said his groin injury has lasted a lot longer than he originally expected, but he’s hopeful that he’ll return for Sunday’s game at Oakland. “I thought it would be a couple days and it would be better,” Forbath said. “It’s frustrating but we’re making progress.”Forbath said he didn’t kick at all last week, wanting to make sure he didn’t aggravate it and delay his return.

    “It’s real close,” Forbath said.
  • Shanahan said he thinks Brandon Meriweather’s $42,000 fine for hitting Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy will be rescinded. “That was a legal hit,” Shanahan said. “But I think what they’ll try to do is emphasize even coming in on that angle from now on will not be allowed. That will be a new rule that will be implemented as time goes on.”
  • Cornerback Richard Crawford, who tore his left ACL in the preseason, said his injury was not as bad as doctors originally feared. He suffered a partial tear of his LCL, but did not need it reconstructed. He said the recovery time is around eight months.

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.

Fred Davis added to injury list

September, 21, 2013
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was added to the injury list Saturday morning because of an ankle injury. Davis is listed as questionable.

It's uncertain how or when Davis hurt his ankle; he was not listed on the injury report before now, so it's likely that he tweaked it in practice and it somehow became worse Saturday. Davis only played 16 snaps in the 38-20 loss at Green Bay, including only five in the second half as rookie Jordan Reed played more. Reed played 21 snaps in the second half of that game -- the coaches really like his athleticism and potential.

On Thursday, Davis expressed frustration with his role. He's a free agent after the season and has cost himself each of the past two offseasons by entering off a suspension one year and coming off an injury the next. Davis still offers a combination of blocking and catching ability. But he had a couple missed assignments against Green Bay as well as a dropped pass. Plus, the Redskins feel they have depth at this spot, giving them options if they're not pleased with his performance.

The Redskins have five other players listed as questionable. Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush also is questionable.

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.

For Detroit, running back Reggie Bush (knee) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) are questionable. Both were limited in practice. Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and tackle Jason Fox (groin) are doubtful.

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.
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins won't get a good feel for strong safety Brandon Meriweather or place kicker Kai Forbath's status until later this week.

Meriweather, who exited Sunday's 38-20 loss to Green Bay with a concussion, is still undergoing tests. Coach Mike Shanahan said they'll have a better idea on how he's doing on Wednesday. With Forbath, who missed Sunday's game with a strained groin, they'll likely wait until Friday to let him kick. At that point, they'll know better whether he'll kick in Sunday's game versus Detroit.

Kicker John Potter remained on the roster Monday, but it's uncertain if he'll do so the rest of the week. The Redskins could release him, then bring back quarterback Pat White (whose locker has not yet been cleaned out). Or, they could always keep Potter and work out more kickers Tuesday.

As for Meriweather, Shanahan did not think either of his hits should have received a penalty (neither one did). Shanahan said on the first one, it looked like the running back, Eddie Lacy, ducked his head late and caused him to go helmet-to-helmet with Meriweather. But TV replays also showed Meriweather's head already lowered. UPDATE: Meriweather was fined but not suspended for the helmet-to-helmet hit according to Adam Shefter.

Shanahan also said there were no issues with the second one, in which Meriweather collided with running back James Starks and suffered a concussion himself from that hit.

"That's a legal hit," Shanahan said.


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.

Brandon Meriweather: 'I feel great'

September, 12, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Brandon Meriweather remains upbeat and confident. He also remains healthy and in line to start Sunday, provided he does not have yet another setback.

Meriweather practiced Wednesday in full for the first time since the last workout before the preseason finale. He said his groin, which kept him out of Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, felt good. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that he expects Meriweather to play at Green Bay, barring another issue.

“Right now I feel great,” Meriweather said. “Whatever coach says that’s what I go by. He’s a smart guy, he knows his players, he knows our movements. He knows us very well so if he feels I’m ready to play I’ll go play.

“I try not to get my hopes too high or too low. I do what they ask me to do and form there I let coach make the decision.”

With Meriweather, it’s always about “right now” because of how little he’s played since coming to Washington. Meriweather has played 45 snaps since joining the Redskins last year. He worked out before the Eagles game, but his groin, which he hurt in a Sept. 2 practice, didn’t feel 100 percent.

The Redskins could use him Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and its high-powered offense. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett hopes that’s the case, though he'll keep his fingers crossed for now.

“I’d love to have him back,” Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “I haven’t seen him play for so long. I’m not sure. But hopefully -- I said the same thing last week and he didn’t play so we’ll see.”

The Redskins used corner E.J. Biggers at safety against the Eagles, wanting his speed versus a team that posed a major threat in the open field. The problem Washington’s defense had in the first half was more in the front seven than the back four, with big holes created in part by the Eagles’ scheme.

Meriweather would add a strong safety with speed and experience at the position. He also knows that a team can only hang onto a player for so long before they seek alternatives.

“I can’t say I feel pressure because I believe everything happens for a reason,” Meriweather said. “Apparently it wasn’t meant for me to go out there last week. I just hope I’m ready this week. … It’s been very frustrating. I told you all last year the worst thing is sitting there watching your team go through something and you’re just sitting there watching.”

And he said he’s confident that his knee is fine.

“I’m confident in my trainers, I’m confident they did everything possible to get me ready,” said Meriweather, who underwent ACL surgery on Dec. 15. “I’m confident my coaches kept me out long enough and put me in at the right time. I’m confident I know the playbook well enough and I can go out there and perform whatever the coaches ask.”

Brandon Meriweather practices

September, 11, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Safety Brandon Meriweather, who missed the Washington Redskins' opener with a groin injury, practiced in full for the first time since before the preseason finale. That’s good news for a team in need of more help in the secondary.

Without Meriweather, the Redskins were forced to start corner E.J. Biggers at strong safety against the Philadelphia Eagles. And with a high-powered offense up next in the Green Bay Packers, the Redskins could use a strong cover safety.

The problem is, nobody really knows what Meriweather will do, because it’s been nearly a year since he played in a game, and he was only able to play one game in the preseason. When healthy, he could make a difference in the secondary. The problem has been keeping him healthy.

“Hopefully it changes,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’s been a big playmaker in the limited time he has played over the last year. I think everybody knows what he’s done and hopefully he can keep playing at that level.”

Meanwhile, corner David Amerson (back) and defensive lineman Chris Baker (illness) were limited in practice. We did not have a chance to ask Amerson or Shanahan about his back (the injury report was not available until after the press conferences). So we’ll find out more about that Thursday.