Washington Redskins: Antoine Smith

When you're coming off a 3-13 season, any stretch on the schedule is pivotal. The Redskins do have a chance for a 2-0 start with games against Houston and Jacksonville to open the season. And then it gets interesting with four tough games: at Philadelphia, New York Giants, Seattle, at Arizona. That's two divisional games followed by two tough defenses, which makes the three games after that as pivotal a stretch as any. After that four-game stretch, the Washington Redskins host Tennessee before road games at Dallas and Minnesota. But those are three winnable games. If the Redskins struggle before this point, it's a chance for them to reach the bye with momentum for a second-half push.

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Jordan Reed questionable for Sunday

December, 13, 2013
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ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said tight end Jordan Reed has not been ruled out for the rest of the season. But he still doesn't know if, or when, he will return. Reed, who has missed the past three games with a concussion, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Atlanta.

It's hard to imagine Reed being able to play Sunday after not practicing Thursday or Friday, especially after suffering from the concussion this long. Reed had two concussions while at the University of Florida, which caused him to miss practice time. But Shanahan said on ESPN980 that backup tight end Fred Davis had a strong week of practice. However, Shanahan has said that before and Davis still hasn't been productive, for whatever reason.

Guard Kory Lichtensteiger (pinched nerve), safety Brandon Meriweather (sternum) and fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) are probable for Sunday.

For Atlanta, safety Thomas DeCoud (concussion) and running back Antone Smith (knee) are out. Tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe), safety Zeke Motta (hand), linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (shoulder) and receiver Roddy White (knee) are questionable. All were limited in practice Friday.

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