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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
    10/21/19TEVernon DavisConcussionQUESTIONABLEDavis (concussion) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    Davis was a limited participant in every practice for the last two weeks, and he'll remain in this stage of the concussion protocol for now. It'll be a battle for him to get back to full health by Thursday's game against the Vikings. Jeremy Sprinkle stands to be the main beneficiary of a continued absence by Davis.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19DBDeshazor EverettAnkleDOUBTFULEverett (ankle) will be out for a few weeks according to interim head coach Bill Callahan, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

    What started as limited participation in practice last Thursday has now blossomed into a multi-week absence for the Washington safety. Look for Jeremy Reaves to see an uptick in reps during Everett's absence.

    (Updated 10/15/2019)
    10/21/19LBJosh Harvey-ClemonsHamstringQUESTIONABLEHarvey-Clemons (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    Harvey-Clemons will miss his third straight game due to the hamstring injury. The 25-year-old has exclusively played special teams this season, so the Redskins' defense is unlikely to be impacted by his absence.

    (Updated 10/18/2019)
    10/21/19LBRyan KerriganElbowQUESTIONABLEKerrigan recorded two tackles, including one sack, across 50 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

    Kerrigan got his first sack of the season, reaching Dak Prescott for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter. The veteran only played in 71 percent of the defensive snaps on Sunday, which is a slight drop from his Week 1 total (78 percent).

    (Updated 09/16/2019)
    10/21/19DBJosh NormanThighQUESTIONABLENorman (thigh/hand) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    Norman was inactive for Sunday's loss to the 49ers, so it's not a major surprised to see he wasn't expected to practice one day later. The veteran cornerback will only have two practice to prove he's ready to play Thursday against the Vikings.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19RBAdrian PetersonAnkleQUESTIONABLEPeterson (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    The Redskins didn't host practice Monday, but Peterson wouldn't have been able to participate anyway. He's trending toward an absence for Thursday's game against the Vikings, but Peterson underwent an MRI on Monday that will reveal the extent of his injury. Chris Thompson (toe) was also listed as a DNP, so Wendell Smallwood and Craig Reynolds are the next men up if neither can play.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19WRSteven SimsToeQUESTIONABLESims was estimated to be a non-participant on Monday's injury report with a toe injury, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    Sims had three receptions for five yards and returned three kickoffs for 63 yards in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, but he apparently sustained the toe injury at some point. The 22-year-old will likely need to progress to limited participation in order to have a legitimate chance of suiting up Thursday against the VIkings.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19RBChris ThompsonToeQUESTIONABLEThompson (toe) was listed as a non-participant in Monday's practice estimate, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    The Redskins didn't host an actual practice, but Thompson is trending toward a second straight absence. He could be in line for starter duties if he can shake the injury since Adrian Peterson (ankle) also was a DNP and will have an MRI on Monday. First, Thompson will need to get onto the practice field in some capacity.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/20/19DBMontae NicholsonAnkleQUESTIONABLENicholson (ankle) was estimated to be a non-participant on Monday's injury report, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

    The 23-year-old sustained the ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the 49ers and was unable to return, so it's no surprise he wouldn't have been able to practice one day later. Troy Apke should see increased playing time if Nicholson is unable to recover in time for Thursday's game at Minnesota.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    07/24/19RBBryce LoveKnee - ACLOUTLove is expected to undergo another surgery on his right knee Tuesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Per Finlay, another surgery was likely for the Stanford product, and Love currently is in Florida to see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Love is working his way back from an ACL tear that he sustained in December and reportedly still is feeling stiffness in his knee. The rookie resides on the non-football injury list, and as evidenced by this news, he's considered a long shot to contribute during the 2019 season. The Redskins' backfield is currently extremely banged up, considering Derrius Guice (knee) is already on IR, Adrian Peterson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's game and Chris Thompson is dealing with turf toe.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    Philadelphia Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    10/21/19LBNigel BradhamAnkleQUESTIONABLEBradham (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game at Dallas.

    Bradham suffered the injury during last Sunday's game against the Vikings and will be sidelined for at least one game. T.J. Edwards is primed to see increased defensive snaps in his place in Sunday's divisional matchup.

    (Updated 10/18/2019)
    10/21/19WRDeSean JacksonAbdomenQUESTIONABLECoach Doug Pederson said Monday that Jackson (abdomen) is unlikely to participate in the Eagles' first practice of Week 8 on Wednesday, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

    The abdominal injury that Jackson picked up Week 2 has morphed into a greater concern than the Eagles anticipated, as the veteran wideout has been sidelined for five straight contests and seemingly hasn't taken any major steps forward in the recovery process. With Pederson suggesting two days in advance that Jackson is on track to open the week as a non-participant in practice, the 32-year-old will have a tough time gaining clearance for Sunday's game in Buffalo.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19DLTimmy JerniganFootQUESTIONABLEJernigan (foot) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

    Jernigan will miss his fifth consecutive game as he continues to work back from the fractured foot he sustained in Week 2. Hassan Ridgeway should continue seeing increased work as a reserve defensive tackle in his place.

    (Updated 10/18/2019)
    10/21/19DBAvonte MaddoxConcussionQUESTIONABLECoach Doug Peterson said Monday that Maddox is still in concussion protocol and dealing with soreness, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

    Maddox was placed in concussion protocol following Week 4, and it's cause for serious concern that he still resides there and is feeling effects. The fact the he's still dealing with the injury casts serious doubt for his Week 8 availability. Look for his the team's practice reports to shed more light on Maddox's recovery leading into their game against Buffalo on Sunday.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19DLHassan RidgewayAnkleDOUBTFULCoach Doug Pederson said Monday that Ridgeway's ankle injury might be serious, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

    Ridgeway exited Sunday's loss to the Cowboys due to an ankle issue, and it appears as though he might be in danger of missing time. Wednesday's first injury report of the week will shed some light on the severity of the rotational defensive tackle's injury.

    (Updated 10/21/2019)
    10/21/19RBDarren SprolesQuadricepsQUESTIONABLESproles (quadriceps) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

    Sproles was able to go through conditioning drills at Friday's practice -- his first practice activity since suffering a quad strain Oct. 6 -- but he was ultimately listed as a non-participant and isn't ready to return to game action. Nelson Agholor should work as the Eagles' top punt returner with DeSean Jackson (abdomen) also sidelined.

    (Updated 10/18/2019)
    10/20/19DLFletcher CoxHandQUESTIONABLECox needed to go in for an X-ray after Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Derrick Gunn of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

    Gunn believes the X-ray is on Cox's hand. Expect an update on the severity of the injury to come sometime before Philadelphia's Week 8 clash with the Bills.

    (Updated 10/20/2019)
    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)
    08/21/19WRShelton GibsonAnkleQUESTIONABLEGibson (ankle) was signed to the Browns' practice squad.

    Gibson, a fifth-round draft pick in 2017 by Philadelphia, was cut by the Eagles on Aug. 21. He saw action in 20 regular season games and five postseason games for the Eagles, including in their Super Bowl LII victory. The Cleveland native played mostly on special teams while with the Eagles.

    (Updated 09/01/2019)
 
 

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