NFC East Blog
Tony Romo will return to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with back tightness. Romo, who had back surgery this offseason, spent Wednesday in the weight room, working out his back. His recovery held him out of some offseason workouts, but Romo has not missed a game this season and is expected to play Sunday versus the Rams.
Robert Griffin III wasn't the only important Redskins offensive player who left Sunday's win over the Jaguars early. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson also got injured in the first quarter of that game; he's just not going to miss nearly as much time as Griffin will.
Jackson has been diagnosed with a sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder. However, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Jackson intends to play this Sunday against his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fantasy owners have learned in the past couple of years to always hold their breath when Robert Griffin III is on the run. On Sunday, fears were realized on Washington's second offensive series. Griffin scrambled to the right and came down awkwardly on his left foot. He had to be carted off the field and was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle. How much time he'll miss will be determined by an MRI on Monday, but the team is reportedly hoping that Griffin is out for only four or five weeks.
Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin and led the Redskins on seven scoring drives in their 41-10 drubbing of the Jaguars. Cousins completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.
Associated Press reporter Mark Long has a quote from Robert Griffin III saying Washington will be without TE Jordan Reed for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Reed hurt his hamstring in Week 1 while trying to hurdle a defender. He is considered week-to-week.
It's not a major blow to the Redskins, who are facing a vanilla Jacksonville Jaguars defense and will have plenty of opportunities to score without Reed. But it's a big blow to fantasy owners. Not only did Reed put up a dud for owners last week, he'll now miss one of his best matchups of the season. He is a strong hold but has to be monitored as he is becoming injury-prone. Washington tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul will fill in the gap in Reed's absence.
The Redskins scored six points in their season-opening loss to the Texans. The score was within one possession of separation for 58 minutes, and Washington scored its only touchdown on a four-play drive that looked like this:
Run. Run. Run. Run.
However, Alfred Morris carried the ball only 14 times, and the Redskins attempted passes on 70 percent of their plays in the second half. For Redskins fans out there wondering why their team didn't try to pound the rock a little more, perhaps you can take solace in the fact that first-year head coach Jay Gruden probably asked himself the same question Sunday night. He indicated Monday that he regrets not keeping it on the ground more often in Houston.
"If I had to do it all over again Sunday, I probably would have run the ball more than I did," Gruden said.
Jordan Reed's chances of playing today seem much better than the 50-50 designation that comes with his "questionable" tag on the injury report. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Reed will play versus the Texans barring a pregame setback with his injured thumb.
And we made it! Welcome back for another season, kids. Whether you are a defending champ or a first-timer, it's just an exciting day. It's Week 1. Today has that new-season smell. I hope you're as psyched for the action as we are.
To help you out this morning, this post will be updated continuously between 11:30 a.m. Eastern and the early kickoffs with the latest news about today's injured stars.
Obviously, the top name everyone's watching is Cam Newton. Can he go with his fractured ribs? Unfortunately, his game doesn't kick off until the late afternoon, but if we see anything about his status, we'll pass it along in this post. We'll also be updating the statuses of Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Jordan Reed, Garrett Graham, Sammy Watkins and many others. Keep refreshing this page for all of the latest.