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  • Consecutive defeats to the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys cost the Washington Redskins a chance to seize control of the NFC East race.

    Those losses also helped the Philadelphia Eagles climb back in the race.

    Only one game separates the Redskins from the Eagles in the suddenly tight NFC East heading into a Monday night showdown in Philadelphia.

    After getting a 16-3 win at Tampa Bay in Week 10, Washington was 6-3 but there are questions if this will be another slow fade and questions will be brought up about the direction of the team in the offseason.

    "Whenever you lose, it's always tough. Losing in the division is even tougher," Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy said. "So there is a lot to clean up there, a lot to learn and moving forward to the Eagles now. We've watched that (Dallas) tape, kind of put it to bed and thankful to have a little bit of extra time to prepare for these guys a couple extra days. I could use it all."

    Even with McCoy being in the organization since 2014, the devastating injury to quarterback Alex Smith (broken leg) left only a few days for McCoy to get ready for Dallas. He had taken only a token number of snaps in a meaningful game since 2014 when he had the chance to start a few games in Jay Gruden's first year as head coach.

    The hope is a full week of practice after a mini-bye of sorts gives McCoy time to prepare for the Eagles. The Redskins will do immense damage to Philadelphia's playoff hopes with a win. They could do the same to their own with a third straight loss.

    "I think there should be a sense of urgency without a doubt, where we are in the season, what our record is, we're tied for first, Dallas is right there, Philly is right there," Gruden said. "Anytime you can go on the road and get a key victory is very, very critical. It is also important for our confidence and our psyche down the stretch."

    "I don't think anybody has lost any confidence despite the injuries that we've had, especially to our quarterback. I think we all have faith in Colt but to go out there and to get a big win against the defending Super Bowl champs would do a lot of good for a lot of people."

    Meanwhile, it appears Philadelphia could be gearing up for a big run. The defending Super Bowl champions lost five of seven games culminating in a 48-7 loss at New Orleans two weeks ago. Things appeared bleak last week as the Eagles faced deficits of 12-0 and 19-3 but wound up rallying for a 25-22 win over the New York Giants.

    "This was a big game for us," Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said. "Obviously in terms of the division standings and all that fun stuff, but really mentally to show the resilience that we did. To get down early like we did, then to battle back, just really builds a lot of confidence -- to come from behind and get it done I think will speak volumes about our confidence going forward."

    Jake Elliott kicked a 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left and undrafted rookie running back Josh Adams scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Zach Ertz caught a 15-yard touchdown before halftime and finished with seven receptions for 91 yards.

    Ertz is positioning himself for one of the best seasons of any tight end in league history.

    Ertz leads the Eagles this season in catches with 84, yards with 895, and touchdowns with six, all of which have come in the red zone. His catches and yardage totals are both career highs. He is on pace for 122 catches, 1,301 yards and eight TDs.

    The most catches by a tight end in NFL history is 110 by Jason Witten in 2012. Only three tight ends have topped 100 catches in a NFL season. In addition to Witten, the others were Tony Gonzalez (102 in 2004) and Dallas Clark (100 in 2009).

    Only five tight ends have had 1,200 yards in a season: Rob Gronkowski (1,327, 2011), Jimmy Graham, who did it twice with 1,310 in 2011 and 1,215 in 2013, Kellen Winslow Sr. (1,290, 1980), Gonzalez, who also did it twice in 2004 with 1,258 and in 2000 with 1,203, and Todd Christensen (1,247, 1983).

    Already, Ertz has broken the Eagles record for most receptions in a season by a tight end that was set by Keith Jackson with 81 in 1988.

    "He's a big guy and he's got excellent play strength, a really good catch radius and strong hands," Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. "So he can catch it away from his body, and even in those tight spaces like you talk about, he's able to create a little bit more space for himself by using his body and his length."

    In 10 career games against the Redskins, Ertz 59 has catches for 620 yards (10.5 yards per catch). Three times he has topped 10 catches and 100 yards, with 15 for 115 in 2014, 13 for 122 in 2015, and 10 for 112 in 2016.

    Washington is 5-2 in the last seven meetings and hosts Philadelphia in Week 17. After Monday, the Redskins host the Giants before visiting Tennessee and Jacksonville while Philadelphia visits Dallas, the Los Angeles Rams and hosts Houston.

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  • Washington Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    05/19/20DBTroy ApkeKneeQUESTIONABLEApke (knee) won't suit up in Sunday's divisional matchup against the Cowboys.

    Apke was considered a game-time decision heading into the game after sustaining the injury last week. With the second-year player from Penn State sidelined, Jeremy Reaves appears in line to draw the start at free safety for the game.

    (Updated 12/29/2019)
    05/19/20DLJordan BrailfordUndisclosedQUESTIONABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
    05/19/20DLCaleb BrantleyAnkleQUESTIONABLEBrantley (ankle) has re-signed with Washington.

    An ankle injury derailed the 2017 sixth-rounder's 2019 season, but the 6-foot-2, 305-pounder will remain with the team as a depth defensive lineman. In 19 career NFL contests, the 25-year-old has recorded 13 tackles and two sacks.

    (Updated 03/23/2020)
    05/19/20DBLandon CollinsShoulderQUESTIONABLECollins (shoulder) finished 2019 with 117 tackles (78 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles and four passes defended in 15 games.

    It's debatable whether Collins lived up to his six-year, $84 million contract, but he at least provided a level of reliability to a secondary plagued by injuries and disappointing play. The former Giant finished third among the league's defensive backs in tackles, and he played every snap on defense prior to missing Week 17 with a shoulder injury. On the other hand, Collins failed to pick off a pass for a second straight season, and he landed 40th out of 93 qualified safeties in PFF's grading. He'll celebrate his 26th birthday in January and he'll be working with a new coaching staff -- including head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio -- when he returns for the offseason program in April. There hasn't been any report of Collins needing surgery on his injured shoulder.

    (Updated 01/01/2020)
    05/19/20DBQuinton DunbarHamstringQUESTIONABLEDunbar (hamstring) was officially released from Broward County jail on bond Sunday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

    Dunbar surrendered to authorities Saturday after having an arrest warrant issued on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm. He was allegedly involved in an incident alongside New York cornerback Deandre Baker on Wednesday. As legal proceedings are still ongoing, more information on Dunbar's situation should be revealed shortly.

    (Updated 05/17/2020)
    05/19/20DBDeshazor EverettShoulderQUESTIONABLEEverett (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

    Everett was already ruled out for Sunday's game at Green Bay, but he'll now be sidelined for the rest of the season. The special teams specialist inked a three-year, $9.15 million extension in November, but he was limited to only seven games in 2019.

    (Updated 12/07/2019)
    05/19/20QBDwayne HaskinsAnkleQUESTIONABLECoach Ron Rivera believes Haskins (ankle) will be Washington's starting quarterback but also said the 22-year-old will need to compete for the job, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.

    The team recently traded a fifth-round draft pick for Kyle Allen, whose quarterbacks coach from Carolina, Scott Turner, now serves as offensive coordinator in Washington. A competition between Haskins and Allen might be seen as a decision between bad and worse, but there's still time to add another body before training camp, and there's even some chance of Alex Smith (leg) attempting a comeback from his devastating injury. It's also possible Haskins makes a second-year leap, considering he played much better toward the end of his rookie season.

    (Updated 03/25/2020)
    05/19/20DBDanny JohnsonHandQUESTIONABLEJohnson (hand) was put on injured reserve Tuesday, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington reports.

    Johnson was able to appear in just two games all season. He finishes the year with 11 tackles and one pass breakup.

    (Updated 12/24/2019)
    05/19/20WRTerry McLaurinConcussionQUESTIONABLEMcLaurin (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Dallas, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    McLaurin hasn't been able to practice since he suffered a concussion in the late stages of a Week 16 overtime loss to the Giants. He'll thus finish his rookie campaign with 58 catches for 919 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 targets in 14 games, producing a 62.4 percent catch rate and 9.9 yards per target in a Washington offense that's completed 63.3 percent of its passes for 6.8 yards per attempt. McLaurin managed the impressive stat line despite struggling with drops and battling a hamstring injury early in the season. Look for Cam Sims or Darvin Kidsy to join Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims Jr. in three-wide formations during Sunday's regular-season finale against Dallas.

    (Updated 12/27/2019)
    05/19/20DBFabian MoreauHamstringQUESTIONABLEThe Redskins placed Moreau (hamstring) on injured reserve Friday, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington reports.

    Moreau missed Week 16's loss to the Giants due to a hamstring injury, an issue which will now cause him to sit out Sunday's season finale. He recorded 44 tackles (33 solo), five defended passes and three interceptions across 12 contests in 2019.

    (Updated 12/27/2019)
    05/19/20DBJimmy MorelandFootQUESTIONABLEMoreland (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

    Moreland suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Eagles and was wearing a walking boot following the game, so his season will come to an end a couple weeks early. The rookie seventh-round pick finishes his first season with 41 tackles (32 solo) and four passes defensed.

    (Updated 12/17/2019)
    05/19/20WRTrey QuinnConcussionQUESTIONABLEQuinn (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

    Quinn has missed the last two games, and Washington elected to shut him down for the year. The 24-year-old receiver was overshadowed largely by rookies Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims this year, finishing with 26 receptions for 198 yards and a touchdown. Quinn should be good to go for the 2020 season.

    (Updated 12/17/2019)
    05/19/20WRPaul RichardsonHamstringQUESTIONABLERichardson is being released by Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

    It isn't clear if Richardson was approached about a pay cut before the final decision was made. Either way, he'll be free to immediately sign with a new team, after making it just two seasons deep on a five-year, $40 million contract. Richardson, who will turn 28 in April, missed the final five games of 2019 with a hamstring injury. A 44-703-6 receiving line for the 2017 Seahawks represents the only productive season on his NFL resume.

    (Updated 02/14/2020)
    05/19/20DBGreg StromanUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEStroman (groin) recorded two tackles during Thursday's 23-13 preseason loss to the Bengals.

    Stroman played 25 defensive snaps Thursday, and appears to have fully recovered from his groin injury. The second-year pro will resume competing for a depth role in Washington.

    (Updated 08/16/2019)
    05/15/20TEThaddeus MossFootQUESTIONABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
    03/26/20LBReuben FosterKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEThe Redskins have opted not to pick up Foster's (knee) fifth-year option, The Washington Post reports.

    Foster has yet to play a down for Washington since the team controversially claimed him off waivers following his arrest and subsequent release from the 49ers amid domestic abuse allegations. He's not expected to face any punishment from the league at this time, so Foster could be in line to open the season as a starter, assuming his knee is in good shape by the time the regular season fires up.

    (Updated 04/30/2020)
    03/26/20DBMaurice SmithConcussionQUESTIONABLESmith suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Cowboys and won't return.

    It was a scary scene in Dallas, as Smith had to be taken off the field on a cart with his head and neck immobilized. The 24-year-old will enter the league's concussion protocol and has played in just two games this season, failing to record a fantasy-relevant stat. In his stead, Jeremy Reaves and Kenny Ladler are the only healthy safeties on the roster for the remainder of Week 17.

    (Updated 12/29/2019)
    02/19/20RBBryce LoveKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLELove (knee), J.D. McKissic and Derrius Guice are all candidates for passing-down snaps, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    With Love, Guice and Adrian Peterson already on the roster, it was a bit surprising to see Washington sign both McKissic and Peyton Barber during the first two weeks of free agency. There's still an opening on passing downs, but it appears Love will face tough competition for a spot on the 53-man roster, hoping to return strong after redshirting his rookie campaign. The 2019 fourth-round pick suffered an ACL tear in December 2018, then had a follow-up surgery in October to address stiffness in the same knee.

    (Updated 04/02/2020)
    02/19/20QBAlex SmithLower LegDOUBTFULSmith suggested in an ESPN Outside the Lines report that he is "very much lucky to be alive."

    Smith underwent multiple surgeries after suffering a compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula in a 2018 Week 11 contest against the Texans, at one point deliberating whether or not he might need to have his leg amputated due to the severity of the ensuing infection. While the veteran signal caller was able to persevere through the scary circumstances, Smith is intent on playing again in the NFL, and considering the quarterback resumed throwing last October, it's entirely possible the 35-year-old could make his return sometime in 2020.

    (Updated 02/01/2020)
    02/04/20TEJerome CunninghamKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Redskins placed Cunningham (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington reports.

    Cunningham injured his knee in Sunday's victory over the Dolphins and was seen on crutches the following day. There is no official word on what the injury is, but he is now set to spend the remainder of the season on IR unless he and the Redskins can come to terms on an injury settlement.

    (Updated 10/15/2019)
    02/04/20DLMyles HumphreyKneeQUESTIONABLEHumphrey (knee) was sent to Washington's injured reserve list Sunday, per the NFL's official transactions page.

    Humphrey suffered a knee injury during Thursday's preseason contest against the Bengals. He now lands on IR after going unclaimed on waivers. Barring an injury settlement, Humphrey will remain on IR with the Redskins for the remainder of the season.

    (Updated 08/19/2019)
    02/04/20DBDominique Rodgers-CromartieAnkleQUESTIONABLERodgers-Cromartie signed a contract with the Redskins on Friday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    Rodgers-Cromartie appeared in seven games with the Raiders last season before announcing his retirement, but has decided to return to the NFL after a brief hiatus. The two-time Pro Bowler will reunite with Landon Collins in Washington's secondary, whom he played with from 2015-17 with the Giants. In his 11-year career, Rodgers-Cromartie has accumulated 451 tackles, 30 interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

    (Updated 03/15/2019)
    02/04/20QBJosh WoodrumPectoralQUESTIONABLEWoodrum was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    Woodrum had to leave Thursday's preseason game against the Browns with what initially was deemed a shoulder injury, but an MRI showed otherwise. Coach Jay Gruden said the team would add another quarterback to the roster shortly.

    (Updated 08/10/2019)
    Philadelphia Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    05/19/20DBRonald DarbyHipQUESTIONABLEDarby (hip) inked a one-year, $4 million deal with the Redskins on Sunday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

    Darby battled injuries for the Eagles last season, suiting up in 11 games as a starter, racking up 37 tackles (34 solo), two interceptions and 11 pass breakups. The 26-year-old missed the final two games of 2019 with a hip strain, and his timetable to return remains unclear. New head coach Ron Rivera has long been a fan of Darby, so he likely will battle for the starting cornerback spot that was vacated when the team traded Quinton Dunbar (hamstring) to Seattle.

    (Updated 03/29/2020)
    05/19/20DLMalik JacksonFootQUESTIONABLEJackson (foot) is expected to be cleared for action by April or May, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Jackson sustained a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 1 and was subsequently placed on IR. At this rate, he appears on track for most, if not all, of the offseason program, and he should be full-go by training camp. Jackson's last full season was in 2018, when he accrued 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks through 16 games with the Jaguars.

    (Updated 01/06/2020)
    05/19/20DLHassan RidgewayAnkleQUESTIONABLERidgeway (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

    Ridgeway was traded from the Colts to the Eagles last offseason in exchange for a seventh-round pick. He went on to start five of his seven games in Philadelphia, recording eight tackles and two sacks before an ankle injury sent him to injured reserve Oct. 23. The Eagles presumably intend for the 25-year-old to serve as depth on the interior line, with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson (foot) expected to start at defensive tackle.

    (Updated 03/16/2020)
    05/19/20RBMiles SandersKnee - MCLQUESTIONABLESanders suffered an MCL sprain during Sunday's playoff loss to the Seahawks, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

    Sanders, who had been dealing with an ankle sprain leading up to the contest, was able to tough things out Sunday and won't need surgery to address his knee issue. With a full recovery expected, Sanders is in line to be ready to go once Philadelphia's OTAs commence. It remains to be seen who'll join him in the team's backfield next season -- Sanders and Boston Scott are the only two backs under contract for 2020 -- but the 2019 second-rounder now appears entrenched as the Eagles' top running back.

    (Updated 01/06/2020)
    03/26/20DBRudy FordAchillesQUESTIONABLEFord (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

    Ford was unable to practice this week due to the Achilles injury and was already ruled out for Sunday, and now his season comes to an early end. The 25-year-old had six tackles (three solo) in 10 games.

    (Updated 11/23/2019)
    03/26/20LBNate GerryGroinQUESTIONABLEGerry underwent core muscle surgery this week, John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

    The 24-year-old apparently sustained the injury during camp, but he opted to play through it since he had a chance to seize a significant defensive role in 2019. Gerry ended up finishing the season playing in all 16 games (12 starts) with 78 tackles (52 solo), 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and one touchdown.

    (Updated 01/10/2020)
    03/26/20LBKamu Grugier-HillBackQUESTIONABLEGrugier-Hill (back) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    The 25-year-old missed the final two games of the 2019 season after he underwent back surgery Dec. 18, but he's expected to be fully recovered by the start of OTAs. Grugier-Hill produced 23 tackles (17 solo) across 10 games for the Eagles last year, and he'll likely operate as a depth linebacker for the Dolphins.

    (Updated 03/17/2020)
    03/26/20DLDaeshon HallKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEHall (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

    Hall suffered a torn ACL on the final play of the regular-season finale. His shift to IR opens up a roster spot for the Eagles to sign another running back heading into the playoffs. It's unclear if Hall will be ready for the 2020 season.

    (Updated 12/31/2019)
    03/26/20DLJoe OstmanKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEOstman (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Daniel Gallen of PennLive.com reports.

    Ostman had logged an impressive training camp prior to suffering a torn left ACL, an injury that was reportedly sustained during a special teams drill. The second-year pro will now turn his attention toward getting fully healthy for 2020.

    (Updated 08/06/2019)
    02/19/20TEZach ErtzRibsQUESTIONABLEPhiladelphia picked up Ertz's (rib/kidney) contract option for 2021 on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    The news isn't a major surpise as the 29-year-old is set to earn $8 million and $8.5 million over the next two seasons, but the move officially puts him on the books for 2021. Ertz sustained a cracked rib and lacerated kidney Week 16 and missed the regular-season finale, but he returned to play 61 offensive snaps in the team's wild-card loss to the Seahawks. He finished the season with 88 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns in 2019, and he'll enter next season as a top target for quarterback Carson Wentz.

    (Updated 03/27/2020)
    02/19/20WRAlshon JefferyFootQUESTIONABLEJeffery (foot) could open the 2020 season on the PUP list, Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports.

    Jeffery remains in the midst of a lengthy rehab process after having undergone Lisfranc surgery in December, and even discounting the possibility of quarantine-related challenges inhibiting his recovery, there's no guarantee that the 30-year-old wideout will be ready to go by Week 1. Heading into the third season of his four-year deal with Philadelphia, Jeffery's fully guaranteed $9.91 million base salary for 2020 essentially ensures that he won't be cut, and he's the team's best option as an X receiver when healthy, but it's possible that continued injury concerns could incentivize the exploration of a tentative trade. Though rookie first-round pick Jalen Reagor's skill set doesn't overlap with Jeffery's, his arrival could make moving on from the veteran a more realistic possibility for the Eagles.

    (Updated 05/04/2020)
    02/19/20QBJosh McCownHamstringQUESTIONABLEMcCown (hamstring) told Alex Shultz of GQ in a recent interview that he hasn't made a decision about continuing his football career.

    A report back in January suggested McCown had told the Eagles he wasn't ready to retire, but the GQ interview makes it sound like he's reconsidering his future in football. The veteran quarterback will turn 41 in July, and he's still recovering from January surgery to address the hamstring tear he suffered in a wild-card playoff loss to Seattle. Meanwhile, the Eagles have re-signed fellow backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld on a one-year contract.

    (Updated 03/18/2020)
    09/07/19WRCharles D. JohnsonAnkleQUESTIONABLEThe Eagles waived Johnson (ankle) from IR with an injury settlement Saturday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

    Johnson struggled with a foot injury early in the preseason, and he finished the exhibition stretch with an ankle injury. Once he's healthy, he'll be free to sign with another team.

    (Updated 09/07/2019)
 
 

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