Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 27, the day before the Redskins complete the first half of their season as they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Chat starts at 12:30
Make sure you have gone and wiped out your local Wal-Mart’ supply of batteries, bottled water and other Hurricane Sandy essentials by 12:30 on Sunday. That way you’ll be able to settle down in front of your TV screen and another screen of your choice in time to check out the CSN Washington game chat.
I’ll be hunkered down in Ashburn in front of my 55” Vizio LCD, Tarik will be piping in from the press box at Heinz Field, and Jen X will offer her views from the Comcast SportsNet Bethesda studios.
We might get it started early so keep an eye on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN and I’ll let you know.
Morris is the rookie of the week
The NFL’s rookie of the week award is staying in the Redskins’ offensive backfield.
A week after Robert Griffin III won it for the third time this year, running back Alfred Morris took home the honors for Week 7. Morris rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries against the Giants.
Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson took the NFC rushing lead away from Morris by gaining 123 yards in the Vikings’ loss to the Bucs in their eighth game of the season. Peterson now has 775 yards on the ground in eight games while Morris has 658 in the Redskins’ seven games.
OUT—WR Pierre Garcon (foot), S
Brandon Meriweather (knee)
QUESTIONABLE— LB London Fletcher (hamstring, head)
PROBABLE— CB Cedric Griffin (hamstring), CB David Jones (Achilles), P Sav Rocca (right knee), CB Josh Wilson (shoulder), DE Doug Worthington (calf), RB Darrel Young (hamstring)
Friday practice: Garçon and Meriweather did not practice, all other were full participation.
The best guess is that the earliest we’ll see Garçon or Meriweather is the Nov. 18 game against the Eagles after the bye. We’ll continue to see Leonard Hankerson starting at wide receiver for Garçon and Reed Doughty and Jordan Pugh split the snaps at strong safety in place of Meriweather.
As infrequently as London Fletcher appears on the injury report it’s hard to get a feel as to whether or not he’ll play. The fact that he practiced yesterday and wasn’t wearing the yellow no-contact jersey is a good sign that his balance issues might be, at least, under control. The fact that his strained hamstring was heavily wrapped was not. I tend to think he’ll play because, well, he’s London Fletcher but it would not be shocking if his streak ended at 231 consecutive games played.
If Fletcher can't go, Lorenzo Alexander will start at Mike linebacker and Keenan Robinson will coming in for some nickel situations.
Other than Troy Polamalu remaining out with a calf injury, the Steelers’ injury headlines revolve around the running back position. Rashard Mendenhall is out with an Achilles injury and Isaac Redman is questionable with an ankle. That means that Jonathan Dwyer, who rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries against the Bengals last week, is likely to start at running back again.
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