Redskins at Rams: Pregame Quick-Hitters
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– Redskins inactives: WR Anthony Armstrong, CB Brandyn Thompson, FB Darrel Young, LB Markus White, WR Leonard Hankerson, DL Darrion Scott.
– Rams inactives: WR Danny Amendola, CB Rod Hood, RB Jerious Norwood, LB Jabara Williams, TE Stephen Spach, WR Greg Salas, DE CJ Ah You.
– Anthony Armstrong injured his hamstring at Dallas last week. He was listed questionable for the game after spending the week limited in all of Washington’s practices. With the bye week looming, he’ll get two weeks to recover. But the Redskins will miss his speed. Without another pass-catcher who can stretch the field like Armstrong, expect to see Donte’ Stallworth activated and targeted on a couple of long-balls.
– Darrel Young will miss a second straight game. He tweaked his hamstring at practice in the days leading up to the Cowboys’ game. He’ll get some extra recovery time now as well. Mike Sellers is listed as the Redskins’ starter at fullback in his stead, but expect to see Chris Cooley get some run in the backfield as well.
– Chris Long is on the program being sold inside the Edward Jones Dome today. This is fitting because he’s one of the few St. Louis defenders capable of making enough plays to take over a game. A former lottery-pick, Long has a sack in 10 of his last 14 games and in all three of his starts this season. Jammal Brown, who struggled in Dallas on Monday night, will have to play better today.
– Sam Bradford has been harassed all fall. He’s been hit more times (30) than any other NFL quarterback and he’s been sacked 12 times (29th out of 32 teams). But surprisingly, despite all that punishment Bradford hasn’t rushed passes or forced many balls into coverage. He’s been picked off just once in 108 attempts, the lowest interception rate in all of football through three weeks.
– The Redskins will be wearing white jerseys and burgundy pants for the first time this season (they’ve worn bugundy tops and gold bottoms in each of their first three games).
– Graham Gano hit a 62-yard field goal in pregame warm-ups. Gano, kicking indoors and on the carpet, hit the cross-bar and then got a productive bounce. Gano’s leg-strength has never really been in question. Many people around the league think he’s a much better kicker than his stats show. He’ll have to keep making kicks to keep Mike Shanahan happy, but last week’s strong-showing in Dallas was a start. (He made a career-long, 50-yard field goal indoors on Monday Night Football).
– Tim Hightower should have a big day today. He’s averaging 4.9 yards-per-carry in his career against the Rams, the highest average against St. Louis by any active rusher. He’s a touchdown away from being second on the scoring list against the Rams among active running backs. Oh, and the Rams are giving up an NFL-worst 174.3 yards per game on the ground.
–Rex Grossman needs to know where Quintin Mikell is. Mikell has accounted for a turnover in all three of St. Louis’ games. He recovered a Joe Flacco fumble last week, intercepted an Eli Manning pass in week two, and sacked Mike Vick in week one, forcing a fumble in his Rams debut.