Here is what you need to know to get your Wednesday morning going:
Chris Neild waived-injured
We have the story here. It’s a procedural thing, just like they went through with Chase Minnifield just before training camp started. The chances are very good that, like Minnifield, Neild will clear waivers, go on the Redskins injured reserve list and will be back next year to compete for a roster spot.
Will Williams start?
Trent Williams went through part of the Redskins’ practice yesterday but he clearly has not recovered from a bone bruise in his foot that he suffered during last Thursday’s preseason game. The left tackle was laboring through the latter part of team drills before he went to the sideline about halfway through the practice session.
Will he play against the Bears on Saturday? That might seem to be a no-brainer of a question with the answer being a resounding “No!” Give him the week off, let the injury heal properly, and leave him off of the plane when it takes off for Chicago on Friday.
But it’s not that simple. The Bears will line Julius Peppers up at right defensive end. At age 32, he’s not the force he once was but the three-time All-NFL selection can still get to the quarterback and, at 6-6, 283 he can do some damage once he gets there.
And the Redskins do not want to risk damage to Robert Griffin III, their prized quarterback. So the question is, would Mike Shanahan and company rather have a hobbled Williams keeping Peppers off of RG3’s blind side or will they leave that task to veteran Jordan Black, who has been working with the first team when Williams has been out.
Based on what we saw yesterday, it looks like they would very much rather go with Williams.
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