By Kevin Ross II
Entering last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, the Washington Redskins were as healthy as they had been all season. The Saints who had won three of their last four games confidently waltzed into FedEx field, but left being dominated in all facets of the game. This week’s opponent will certainly provide more of a challenge as the Redskins travel to North Carolina to take on the 9-0 Carolina Panthers.
However, the good news for Washington is that this week they actually appear even healthier. Coach Jay Gruden took a brief moment to review the injury report at the inception of this Friday’s press conference, “T-Rob [Trenton Robinson] is out with his hamstring. Keenan Robinson will be questionable. Terrance Knighton will be questionable. Will Blackmon returned to practice, he’s good to go. Everybody else will be probable.”
An interesting development on the team’s injury report centers around safety Trenton Robinson being listed as “out” for Sunday’s game. With Robinson being out, the NFL might get its first extensive taste of cornerback DeAngelo Hall at safety. Hall suffered a non contact foot injury in week three of the regular, and returned to find himself as the odd man out of the cornerback unit. As of now, Bashaud Breeland is an emerging star who must see the field, and Chris Culliver was brought here by Scott McCloughan to start. Hall’s skillset is not conducive to playing in the slot, and the coaching staff is high on rookie Kyshoen Jarrett fulfilling that role.
Which means Hall’s best way to contribute will probably be at the free safety position going forward. With Hall at safety the Redskins are optimistic that he may be able to sure up the back end of their secondary, and prevent them from being gashed on the deep ball which happens on the regular. Hall and the team are both hopeful that he will be able to extend his career in the same manner that Charles Woodson has done in Oakland. “You look at the success that [Charles] Woodson is having at Oakland,” said Jay Gruden. “He extended his career. He can play until he’s probably 45. He’s playing unbelievable. D-Hall has got the similar-type ball skills and that’s what you look for as a free safety.”
The other notable on the injury report includes starting nose tackle Terrance Knighton who is listed as “questionable” to play. According to NFL rules, listing a player as “questionable” means that the team feels as if the player has a fifty percent chance of playing. Knighton has been battling cluster headaches which leave the 365 pound lineman incapable of leaving his house. Terrance has visited specialized doctors but as of now, he has not been given any answers on why these migraines occur or how to prevent them. Terrance was able to practice on Friday, although he was limited.
Washington Redskins Injury Report
Questionable : LB Keenan Robinson (Shoulder); NT Terrance Knighton (Migraine)
Probable : DE Jason Hatcher (Knee); DE Chris Baker (Ankle/Rib); CB Chris Culliver (Knee); CB DeAngelo Hall (Toe); CB Bashaud Breeland (Hamstring); S Dashon Goldson (Wrist/Hamstring); LB Ryan Kerrigan (Hand); C Josh LeRibeus (Elbow/Shoulder); G Spencer Long (Hip); RB Alfred Morris (Rib) WR Andre Roberts (Ankle); G Brandon Scherff (Thigh); CB Will Blackmon (Not injury related)
Out : S Trenton Robinson (Hamstring)
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.