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Need to Know: The week that was at Redskins Park, playoffs edition

Jan 9, 2016, 6:03 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 9, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers in a wild card playoff game.

The week that was at Redskins Park

Redskins facing a numbers game at running backEarlier this week it looked like the Redskins might have four healthy tailbacks with only three spots on the 46-man game day roster for them. But this took care of it self during the week. It appears that Matt Jones’ hip pointer will keep him sidelined for a third straight game. The Redskins will ride with Alfred Morris, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Thompson to try to get together some sort of a rushing attack. They need at least a moderately effective running game to slow down the Packers’ pass rush.

Good news on Phillips after scary collision vs. CowboysFirst-year cornerback Dashaun Phillips was getting some playing time at nickel corner against the Cowboys until a head-on collision with Darren McFadden in the second quarter had him on his way to a local hospital. But the hospital trip was just precautionary and he has practiced in full all week. If Quinton Dunbar, who is questionable with a quad injury, Phillips could see a few snaps on Sunday. If Dunbar is out his role could increase substantially.

Lichtensteiger activated, Jarrett to IRThe Redskins made it official, bringing Kory Lichtensteiger off of injured reserve and inserting him back into the starting center job. He last played in Week 5 against the Falcons and they put him on injured reserve/designated to return on November 10, after Week 9. The ripple effects here were that Josh LeRibeus, who had been starting at center, went to the bench and Brian de la Puente was waived. The biggest improvement here will be accurate shotgun snaps, which LeRibeus was not delivering. DB Kyshoen Jarrett went to injured reserve with possible nerve damage in his right arm, also sustained in a collision with McFadden.

Redskins sign veteran cornerback Cary WilliamsWith Jarrett out, the Redskins needed a defensive back who could jump in and pick up the defense right away. Williams, a veteran of eight NFL seasons with four different teams, filled the bill.

Jay Gruden on Jordan Reed: He’s a different animalIt’s apparent that if the Redskins are going to win it’s going to be Reed getting a lot of it done. Gruden basically said that the Packers won’t be able to stop him. “They haven’t seen a tight end like Jordan,” Gruden said. “He’s different, he’s a different animal.” I don’t know who will cover him; a 10-catch day is a possibility.

Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of the MonthIn the last five games of the season, Cousins completed 111 of 151 passes (73.5 percent) for 1,378 yards (9.1 yards per attempt) with 13 touchdowns and one interception. The Redskins won the last four of those to take the NFC East. Cousins became the first Redskins player to win offensive player of the month honors since Clinton Portis in October of 2008.

Sam Shields likely to be out for Sunday’s gameThe big news out of the Packers camp this week is injuries. Two key players are iffy for Sunday. Top cornerback Sam Shields is doubtful with a concussion. He missed the last three games of the regular season and he still is in the NFL’s concussion protocol as of Friday afternoon. They would have a tough time covering DeSean Jackson with Shields in the lineup; without him it could be a big day for Jackson. Left tackle David Bakhtiari has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is questionable. The Packers have allowed 14 sacks without him.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Redskins vs. Packers in wild card playoff game 1; NFL divisional playoffs start 7; Super Bowl 50 29

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  1. sidepull - Jan 9, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Anticipating next weeks “the week that was” as you review the Redskins victory over the Pack and preparation for their 2nd round playoff game!

  2. JOHNNY B - Jan 9, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    With Lichtensteiger back it will be a big improvement at least with the snaps. But will he impact the run game. He is hard core but is he at his best we will see. If so I can see Morris having a big game. With Shields being out they have no speed to keep up with Djax. That will mean two on Dejax which means that either Garson, or Reed will have big games also. As long as they can handle the pressure of a playoff game we can win on offense. Now with the defense our secondary is hurt and depleted this is where Rodgers can hurt us. They have good not great receivers but if we stay with the soft coverage like we have had in the 2nd half of every game they will look like great receivers. Our front 7 will do fine with keeping pressure on Rodgers. To win the game we need to keep our defense off the field in the 2nd half. Gruden tries to run the clock down by running the ball too much. Get a strong lead in the 1st half then slowly take the ball down field in the 2nd half. Keep trying to score and don’t let up. Run the play clock down on every play. Keep moving the chains at a slow pace. Aggressive tight coverage all game long. And don’t let them run the ball back on kick off. Kick it in the stands. This is the Redskins year show them why. HTTR

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    10 catch game for Reed?

    So has it been written…
    ~

    • sidepull - Jan 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM

      Somebody is going to have a good day if they decide to lock up Reed, that is if they can.

      • brucefan1 - Jan 9, 2016 at 3:03 PM

        And good luck with that, right? ;^}

        We have been told that Reed loves it when he finds that the oppo is trying to cover him with an LB — as being easy pickin’s for him. Even most SS seems to have a hard time with him. It takes a combo of that type of player to cover him, or,a better yet, a cornerback.

        If the Packers, too, have to allocate such resources to containing JR86 then that should give DJax, Pierre and/or Crowder, et al., some room to roam.

  4. ajbus1 - Jan 9, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Rich,
    I’m curious to know how much Licht was able to practice and how much he and Cousins worked on snaps? Sorry to bother you on Saturday, thanks!

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 9, 2016 at 7:37 PM

      He’s been practicing for three weeks, worked this week with the first team. Don’t know how much he and Cousins specifically worked on snaps.

  5. brucefan1 - Jan 9, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    “Brian de la Puente was waived”

    Brian, we hardly knew ye!

    Never really broke through. Was it that he just didn’t get enough reps to be comfortable, or that Josh wasn’t quite as bad as we thought he was, or that there was a very good reason why BdlP was sitting home on his couch at mid-season? Guess we’ll never know for sure.

    But thanks be that ‘Steiger is back! Hope he’s up to speed and ready to go, go, go!!

  6. gasngo14 - Jan 9, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    If any of you want some cheap skins gear go to lids.com (nfl redskins) and look at clearance items and use promo code 50sale for another 50% off got some kids shirts for $5 and 59fifty fitted hats for $10 also ladies shirts for $8- 12 a piece.

  7. colmac69 - Jan 10, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    Re last night…..don’t know if chiefs defense is that gd or houston offense really bad

    Bengals blew up yet again……fair enough if team beats u fair and square but to have 30 yrds pen at end that basically costs u game not gd

    Fancy denver vs kansas for afc championship

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