Since they don’t play a game on Sunday, the Redskins should go into the game against the Eagles on Oct. 16 at 100 percent health or very close to it. Fullback Darrel Young, wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, and reserve safety DeJon Gomes should have their hamstring issues cleared up by then. They all missed the Rams game. It appears that they came out of that game unscathed and everyone should be good to go when the team reassembles on Monday to prepare for the Eagles game.
It’s another story for the Eagles. Their best offensive lineman, left tackle Jason Peters, and best defensive lineman, Trent Cole, will miss their game against the Bills. Peters has a hamstring pull and Cole has a Grade 2 calf strain.
Neither is a sure thing to be ready for the Redskins game. Cole was on crutches after he got injured in the loss to the 49ers and it has been estimated that he will be out through the Eagles’ bye, which comes after the Redskins game. The preliminary estimate for Peters also has him out through the bye.
The Eagles are now saying that Peters is day to day. You never really know about a hamstring unless it’s torn so that prognosis makes sense. Right now a good guess is that Peters is about 50-50 for the Redskins game. The chances of Cole playing are less than that but I’ve been told it would be a mistake to rule him out completely at this point.
King Dunlop, who has five starts, all of them a right tackle, since the Eagles drafted him in 2008, would start in Peters’ spot. Darryl Tapp would come out of his rotational role to start in Cole’s place.
One player injured in the 49ers game who we know won’t play is defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. He was one of the Eagles’ best run stoppers but a torn left triceps will knock him out for the season.
As of now, Michael Vick will play. Although Jim Haslett is certainly trying to get in a little R&R this weekend, his mind must be wandering back to last Nov. 15 when Vick and the Eagles torched his defense for 592 yards in a 59-28 thrashing. The Redskins’ defense has improved but even if they cut the point production from Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and company in half from what they posted in FedEx Field last year, it will be difficult for the Redskins to win.
McCoy was a good runner last year. Now he is one of the elite backs in the NFL. The Redskins will have to contain him they bottled up Ahmad Bradshaw and Steven Jackson and not let him break off big runs like Felix Jones did.