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Sun. Aug 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Redskins have claimed Ihenacho off waivers from the Denver Broncos.
Impact: Ihenacho started all but one game for Denver last season and made nine tackles in the Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but the third-year player was the odd man out this preseason in a crowded secondary that includes Quinton Carter and free agent acquisition T.J. Ward.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Redskins have claimed Ihenacho off waivers from the Broncos, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ihenacho, who was squeezed out of the Broncos' safety mix by the presence of T.J. Ward and Quinton Carter, will give the Redskins some needed depth at the position, with Brandon Meriweather suspended for the team's first two games this season.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sharpton (ankle) was placed on IR, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Sharpton hasn't seen the field since the first preseason game.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas (foot) was released by the Redskins, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The second year player has been injured most of his career. He'll look to catch on as a backup on another team.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Paul enters the season as the Redskins' No. 3 tight end, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Following the team's release of rookie tight end Ted Bolser on Saturday, Paul slots in behind Jordan Reed and Logan Paulsen, thus placing him a break or two away from fantasy consideration.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Redd made the final roster as the Redskins' No. 3 running back, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: While Redd appears to be far behind Roy Helu for the top backup job, the undrafted rookie did well to beat out Chris Thompson, Evan Royster and Lache Seastrunk. Redd isn't particularly fast or powerful, but he's a solid runner with the potential to develop into a decent receiver and pass-blocker.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Helu will serve as the Redskins' top backup and primary third-down back, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: It's the same role Helu held for all of last season, when he recorded 31 receptions for 251 yards, along with 62 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns. While not all that exciting as a runner, Helu is one Alfred Morris injury away from what would possibly be a role as a three-down lead back. The Redskins kept undrafted rookie Silas Redd as their third and final running back.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hocker has been released by the Redskins, The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Selected in the seventh round of May's draft, Hocker lost out to Kai Forbath, who served as the Redskins' kicker the past two seasons. The battle does appear to have been fairly close, which bodes well for Hocker's odds of rejoining the team in the event that Forbath struggles. There are also a few teams still looking for kickers, though most of those squads figure to target veterans.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Zach Hocker released Saturday, Forbath has won the Redskins' kicking battle, The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Forbath beat out the seventh-round draft choice, but he may be working with a short leash this season. He's never hit a field goal from longer than 50 yards, and while his team's offense has tons of potential, it's one of the more volatile units in the league. In the world of kickers, Forbath is one of the riskier options, with both a low floor and high ceiling.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The Denver Broncos have released nine-year veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and Ihenacho, a starter last season who had nine tackles in the Super Bowl.
Impact: The Broncos added plenty of depth following their Super Bowl loss to Seattle, and Vickerson and Inhenacho paid the price. Ihenacho was the odd man out in a crowded secondary that features free agent acquisition T.J. Ward at strong safety.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hankerson has been placed on the reserve/PUP list, which rules him out for the first six weeks of the season, CSN Washington reports.
Impact: Even if healthy, Hankerson would likely be no higher than fifth on the depth chart, with Pierre Garcon, Jackson and Andre Roberts locked in as the top three wideouts. A bunch of different things could happen by Week 7, but there's no guarantee Hankerson will even suit up for the Redskins this season, as the team may eventually opt for an injury settlement or outright release.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meriweather's two-game suspension has been upheld, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Impact: Washington's secondary will thus be short-handed during the first two weeks. Meriweather's likely replacement, Phillip Thomas, is dealing with lingering pain in his surgically repaired foot, so it's unclear how the coaching staff will cover the gap off the bat.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ihenacho has been waived by the Broncos, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Ihenacho was the team's starting strong safety last season, but has been supplanted by free agent acquisition T.J. Ward. Whether or not Ihenacho has any IDP fantasy value this season will depend largely on which team he ends up on.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson has been released by the Redskins, csnwashington.com reports.
Impact: The report adds that Evan Royster and Lache Seastrunk were also cut by the team, with Silas Redd thus apparently in line to stick in a reserve RB capacity.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Royster has been released by the Redskins, csnwashington.com reports.
Impact: The report adds that Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk were also cut, which sets the stage for Silas Redd to remain in the mix behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seastrunk has been released by the Redskins, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The report adds that Evan Royster and Chris Thompson are also being let go by the Redskins. Thus, as it stands, Silas Redd is in line to serve as the the team's No. 3 back behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolser has been released by the Redskins, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: That leaves the Redskins to roll with Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul at tight end, while Bolser looks like a practice squad candidate for the team.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Griffin was among the key players Washington held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Bucs, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The report indicates that backup Kirk Cousins will suit up, but is only expected to play in the event of an injury. Meanwhile, third-string QB Colt McCoy will draw the start for Washington, while Griffin will rest. Keeping him healthy in advance of Week 1 is a priority for the team.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reed (thumb) was among the key players Washington elected to hold out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Bucs, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Reed sat out Monday's practice with a sprained thumb, so his practice participation next week will be worth monitoring, but at this stage, his Week 1 availability does not seem to be in any danger.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas will see a specialist to determine the cause of lingering soreness in his surgically repaired foot, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Thomas is recovering from a serious Lisfranc injury that cost him his rookie season. He has missed most of preseason due to lingering soreness and a hamstring injury.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rambo is in line to start the first two games of the regular season following Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension, Liz Clarke of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Rambo didn't last long as a starting safety for the Redskins as a rookie last season, proving to be too much of a liability as a tackler. He's made strides during his second training camp with Washington, but may not produce much useful IDP production while he fills in for Meriweather.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meriweather will appeal the two-game suspension he received Monday following a hit to the Ravens' Torrey Smith over the weekend, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Meriweather was punished for making forcible contact to Smith's head and neck during Saturday's preseason game. The safety will be eligible to play while the appeal process unfolds, but Meriweather's status as a repeat offender could work against his case to have the suspension lifted.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson (ankle) will play in Thursday's preseason finale, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Thompson was a late scratch from Saturday's preseason game after testing his ankle in warm-ups and deciding not to play. The second-year running back has missed Washington's last two exhibition outings, putting his roster spot in question. With final cuts coming soon, expect the Redskins to take a good look at a healthy Thompson during Thursday's contest.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Washington coach Jay Gruden attributes Griffin's preseason struggles to his lack of comfort in the new offense, the Washington Post reports. Gruden remains confident Griffin will improve with more practice and repetitions.
Impact: While Griffin has struggled during the preseason, it's hard to put a lot of faith in the numbers. Teams typically don't unleash the entire playbook until Week 1.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reed sat out Monday's practice with a sprained thumb, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Reed reportedly could have practiced Monday, but the Redskins elected to be cautious with their promising second-year tight end by holding him out. At the moment, it's unclear if he'll feature in Thursday's preseason finale, although he might not be risked on that occasion either. In any event, Reed is expected to be ready for Week 1, when using his thumb to catch shouldn't be as troublesome.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orakpo (ankle) didn't practice Monday.
Impact: Orakpo suffered a slight ankle injury during Saturday's preseason game and sat out Monday's practice session to rest the ailment. Although it wouldn't be surprising if he also missed Thursday's preseason finale, the Redskins' sack master should be fine for Week 1.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a blow to the head to a receiver.
Impact: The NFL announced the suspension Monday, saying it was the sixth time Meriweather has violated rules aimed at improving player safety. Meriweather was flagged for a personal foul when he hit Torrey Smith in the second quarter of Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meriweather was suspended two games for his hit of the Ravens' Torrey Smith on Saturday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The NFL determined that the hit included forcible contact to Smith's head and neck. Meriweather has the opportunity to appeal the ruling, which he'll likely take advantage of and could delay the ban beyond the first two outings of the regular season.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas (hamstring) re-injured his surgically repaired left foot during Saturday's third preseason game, The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Thomas will now require an MRI to determine the extent of his injury. The second-year safety missed all of his rookie season due to a Lisfranc injury and sat out the first two weeks of training camp this year with a strained hamstring. Expect clarification on Thomas' latest injury to come following the results of his upcoming MRI test.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Helu rushed seven times for 30 yards in Saturday's preseason game.
Impact: Helu appears poised to start the season as the backup running back to Alfred Morris.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson (ankle) was a late scratch from Saturday's preseason game, the Washington Post reports. He tested his ankle during warm ups and did not suit up.
Impact: Thompson has missed the last two preseason games and most practices in between.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orakpo's ankle injury appears to be minor, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Orakpo left Saturday's preseason game and did not return as precaution.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hatcher (knee) had a strong preseason debut. In three series he record a sack and QB pressure, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Hatcher has missed all of preseason as he recovers from knee surgery. This was a good step towards ensuring he's on the field for Week 1.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Griffin completed 5-of-8 passes for 20 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. He gained three yards on three carries.
Impact: Facing a Ravens team without its top three cornerbacks, Griffin was unable to get anything going. In addition to the pick he threw, he had another called off due to a defensive penalty, and also recovered his own fumble. While he hasn't looked good this preseason, Griffin is surrounded by talented players, and has a promising new coaching staff.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orakpo is questionable to return to Saturday's preseason contest at Baltimore due to an injured ankle, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: As one of Washington's top pass rushers, Orakpo's absence is concerning for its overall prospects. In five NFL seasons, he's accumulated 39.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in 64 games.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The status of Bowen (right knee) for the Redskins' season opener remains unclear, ESPN reports.
Impact: Bowen continues to work his way back from the microfracture surgery he underwent in early December. He is currently on the PUP list and there hasn't been a decision made on when he will be taken off and given the chance to come back to practice. Although Bowen continues to express optimism that he will be ready for the first game of the season, coach Jay Gruden may not share the same confidence, and won't guarantee the defensive end will be out on the field come Week 1.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hatcher (knee) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens, CSN Washington reports.
Impact: Hatcher will make his Redskins debut Saturday now that he's feeling more like his former self following a minor offseason knee surgery. Although the defensive end probably won't play all that much, gaining game experience before the regular season should benefit Hatcher. Washington's offseason signing is coming off a career-best 11 sacks and 41 tackles for the NFC East rival Cowboys last season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson (ankle) will try to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Thompson has missed over a week now with a low ankle sprain that cost him Washington's most recent preseason game Monday. Considering his roster spot's relative uncertainty, Thompson hopes a return to practice and perhaps the Redskins' final exhibition outing can cement his position for the upcoming season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hankerson (knee) will not play this preseason and is hopeful of avoiding the Redskins' PUP list to begin this season, ESPN Radio 980 in D.C. reports.
Impact: Hankerson, who currently remains on the PUP list, says he's about two weeks away from being ready health-wise, so he'll be subject of a close decision to make Washington's active regular season roster. With the wideout still recovering from knee ligament surgery last fall, players like Ryan Grant and Aldrick Robinson have passed Hankerson on the depth chart, while offseason additions DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts have pushed him back even further. With that in mind, Hankerson faces an increasingly tough challenge to earn targets for the Redskins this season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seastrunk rushed seven times for 35 yards in Monday's preseason game.
Impact: Seastrunk is competing for the backup running back job in Washington. He was second on the team (behind starter Alfred Morris) with the seven attempts.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reed caught two passes for 20 yards in Monday's exhibition game against the Browns.
Impact: Reed did what was asked of him, catching both passes thrown his way. He has little competition for the starting tight end job in Washington, making him an intriguing fantasy prospect, especially if he can build on the 60 targets he earned last season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grant hauled in a team-high four catches on seven targets for a total of 44 yards in Monday's preseason game against the Browns.
Impact: Grant received praise from coach Jay Gruden for his efforts and has now racked up seven receptions over two exhibition contests. The fifth-round pick has looked good so far, but take preseason numbers with a grain of salt, as he'll likely be delegated to a minor role once the Redskins have all their receiving weapons available.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roberts caught two passes for a team-leading 54 receiving yards Monday against the Browns.
Impact: Roberts hauled in both passes thrown his way and has a chance to make an impact out of the slot this season. However, he likely benefited from the absence of receiver Pierre Garcon in this one, so there will probably be less targets to go around when the team is at full strength.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson caught two passes for 34 yards on four targets in Monday's preseason game against the Browns.
Impact: Jackson was relatively successful in his first game in a Washington uniform, as he was able to catch a few balls despite going up against Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. The latter did get the best of Jackson at one point, however, as he jumped a route to earn the interception. Quarterback Robert Griffin looked Jackson's way more than any other receiver Monday, which surely bodes well for his 2014 fantasy outlook. The duo will have two more exhibition games to work on their timing and chemistry.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morris carried the ball 11 times for a total of 29 yards in Monday's exhibition game against the Browns.
Impact: Morris didn't have the greatest average yardage on his carries, which was likely due in part to a stout Browns rushing defense. He's still the clear-cut favorite to be the No. 1 back in Washington, so don't look too closely into these preseason numbers. The No. 2 back, Roy Helu, gained just eight yards on three carries, while adding one catch for seven yards.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Griffin suffered a thigh contusion in Monday's preseason game, but the ailment isn't expected to be serious, Todd Dybas of the Washington Times reports.
Impact: Griffin took his fair share of hits Monday, as he was sacked once and carried the ball four times for 24 yards. The 24-year-old managed to complete 6-of-8 passes for 112 yards and threw one interception on the evening. Once again, the main story with him was his inability to protect himself from absorbing hits, so his health and stability will continue to be of concern for owners that draft him. After the game, Griffin insisted that he was fine from a health standpoint, so it seems likely he'll suit up for the Saturday exhibition game against the Ravens, despite the short turnaround.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson left Monday's game with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.
Impact: The severity of Jackson's injury is currently unclear, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the reserve linebacker rested for the remainder of the fourth quarter.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter sustained a hamstring injury in Monday's exhibition game and won't return.
Impact: Porter's status should be updated by the team later this week, but this doesn't bode well for his chances of winning a starting job in the Washington secondary.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Paul left Monday's game with a hand injury and is questionable to return.
Impact: Paul is competing with Logan Paulsen to serve as Jordan Reed's primary backup at tight end. Prior to exiting, Paul caught two passes for 22 yards, but a return has yet to be ruled out.