By Kevin Ross
The Washington Redskins official injury report released this Friday had one surprise, but for the most part included more of the same. Brandon Meriweather and Pierre Garcon continue to miss games for the Washington Redskins. Both expect to attempt a return after the bye week, and see the filed against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 18th.
But after 8 grueling weeks in the National Football League, all players have some sort of injury or ailment that will attempt to hamper their play. And this has traditionally been the time in the regular season where you can separate the pretender teams from the contending teams.
Teams that have been constructed correctly have the necessary depth to compensate for the unforgiving injury bug. And if the Redskins are to have any chance to make the playoffs, they must deal with the injuries and start to play their best football right now. “I think our football team knows where we’re at. Anytime we’re 3-5 at the midway point, you’ve got to play your best football the second half of the season. So hopefully we can start putting some wins together instead of close football games,” said Mike Shanahan.
And if the team is to start to put together wins this weekend, unfortunately it may be without starting linebacker Perry Riley. Perry Riley made his first appearance on the team’s injury report this week after being limited in practice as he battles a sore hamstring. Coach Shanahan was asked if he had a gut feeling about Riley’s availability for this Sunday, “We’ll find out before the game… it’s still questionable, with those hamstrings you don’t know for sure.”
We’ll have to wait for game time to see if Riley is able to play, and if he’s unable to go, look for either linebacker Lorenzo Alexander or rookie linebacker Keenan Robinson to start in his place. Robinson was selected in the fourth-round of the draft, out of the University of Texas. He’s the Redskins next project at linebacker and the organization hopes that he’s able to progress and become a starter like Perry Riley did.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett elaborated further on what is expected from rookie Keenan Robinson, “We drafted Keenan obviously for a reason, with a purpose in mind. It was, obviously just like Perry, to groom him to be ready to play some day. That position is a hard position to learn. Obviously, you’re running the whole front. You’re running the back end. You’re telling everyone what to do. You’re not just the strong inside linebacker. You’re also the weak inside linebacker. So there’s a lot of learning to it. He’s really smart, Keenan, I mean. He understands the game. He’s really good in the pass part of it and he’s learning on the run. I think he’s going to be a heck of a player. I think he’s a great prospect for this organization.” Redskins’ nation will be able to get an extensive look at Robinson if Perry Riley is ruled out.
The Washington Redskins Official Injury Report is as follows:
OUT – (S) Brandon Meriweather – Knee; (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot
Questionable – (LB) Perry Riley – Hamstring
Probable – (LB) London Fletcher – Hamstring; (CB) David Jones – Achilles; (P) Sav Rocca – Knee; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.