Redskins Fantasy News

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) likely a game-time decision for Week 9

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:21pm

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

Two days after suffering a painful contusion to his lower back in the 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo remains in limbo for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

The good news, according to owner Jerry Jones, is that Romo didn’t suffer a season-ending injury, per results of a CT scan on Tuesday.

But Jones acknowledges Romo’s status remains in doubt because of questions concerning his pain tolerance and ability to function with the injury.

Jones said it will likely come down to a game-time decision.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the variety of weapons at his disposal, Brandon Weeden would be a Sneaky Start if Romo can't play. The Cardinals have been so-so against quarterbacks this year, checking in with the #15 QB aFPA through eight weeks.

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RGIII 'very, very, very close' to returning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:58pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III is “very, very, very close” to returning to the Redskins’ lineup, Coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday. But the team still has not decided if it will happen Sunday in Minnesota or after the bye week.

“We’re not going to rush Robert back no matter what happens,” Gruden said on a conference call with reporters, asked whether Colt McCoy's performance in Dallas has changed Griffin's timeline at all. “We’re going to make sure he’s 100-percent. And until we feel like he’s 100-pecent, Colt will still play. And Colt did a great job, obviously, leading us to victory against Dallas.”

Gruden added: “But it’s all going to be predicated on when a doctor say he’s 100-percent, when Robert feels like he’s 100-percent and when I feel like he’s ready to take game-time reps.”

Griffin, who has been sidelined since Week 2 with a left ankle injury, was inactive for a sixth straight game on Monday night in Dallas, where McCoy shook off some early struggles and directed the Redskins to a 20-17 win in overtime.

Fantasy Impact:

The story added that after the game against Dallas, Griffin said he had hoped to return against the Cowboys but the Redskins’ medical team and coaching staff decided it would be best if he sat out a bit longer. How much longer could be determined in the coming days, according to Gruden. After an off day Tuesday, the players return to Redskins Park for a light practice on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be normal workdays and, sometime after that, Gruden will make his decision on a starter, according to the story. The bye week follows the Minnesota game and it may be a logical opportunity to get RGIII an extra week of health. For those interested in RGIII, his schedule starts to look pretty good after the bye week with lots of "green" featured on his SOS profile. The way things stand now, only the 49ers (Week 12) is a tough matchup on paper between Weeks 11-16.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington’s receivers weren’t too happy at halftime. It doesn’t take a lot of digging to realize why. The starting three combined for seven targets in the first two quarters of Monday night’s win at Dallas. Meanwhile, the offense had produced three points.

Nobody felt it more than Pierre Garcon, who had just one ball thrown his way in the first half (resulting in a 2-yard loss). In fact, Garcon has only had 24 passes thrown his way the past five games combined. This after being targeted a combined 31 times in the first three games.

“In the first half, everybody was a little frustrated,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I know the receivers were a little frustrated. I know Pierre was frustrated because there were so many things we felt we were leaving on the table. I ... put out some fires.”

Fantasy Impact:

Garcon averaged around 12 targets a game last year so it's easy to see why he's frustrated. The QB play for Washington has been inconsistent and Colt McCoy was the third QB to start this season. Garcon owners may want to try and stay patient as the return of QB Robert Griffin III could help Garcon's production in the second half of the season.

Belief is Tony Romo has back contusion

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:13am

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo re-entered Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins late in the fourth quarter after leaving with an apparent upper-body injury in the third quarter.

Romo was sacked midway through the third quarter. Romo, who reached for his back immediately after the hit by Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson, remained on his back for several minutes as he talked with team trainers and a team doctor.

Romo was slowly rolled on his side before he sat up and walked off under his own power. The Cowboys quarterback then headed directly to the locker room to be evaluated. He returned to the sideline midway through the fourth quarter. He threw several passes on the sideline in full pads with his helmet on.

After the game, coach Jason Garrett said Romo has back contusion and X-rays were negative.

Fantasy Impact:

Romo was due to have an MRI on his back Tuesday. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, pain tolerance and functional ability will now be key for Romo going forward. It's certainly a situation to monitor if you count on Romo as your fantasy QB.

Robert Griffin III INACTIVE for Monday Night

Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:13pm

Redskin Inactives
Greg Ducre CB
Robert Griffin QB
Jackson Jeffcoat DE
Spencer Long G
Aldrick Robinson WR
Clifton Geathers DT
Tyler Polumbus T

Fantasy Impact:

No surprise here as reports all day indicated Griffin was closer to doubtful than questionable. Colt McCoy gets the start, but it isn't a great matchup against a Dallas defense playing well this season.

Report: RGIII will not play on Monday night

Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:59am - [Full Article]

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday morning that Robert Griffin III won't play against the Cowboys, according to a Redskins source.

Colt McCoy will start as expected.

Fantasy Impact:

RGIII has been out since Week 2 with a dislocated ankle. Although listed as questionable, he was closer to doubtful according to sources. He'll miss his sixth straight game. With a bye in Week 10 the Redskins could hold out the quarterback an additional week and have him return in Week 11 for the stretch run, the story added.

Week 8 MNF Injury Report - Robert Griffin III QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:00pm

QB Robert Griffin (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)

DE Chris Baker (thigh), S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder), RB Alfred Morris (ankle), T Tyler Polumbus (knee), LB Perry Riley (knee), T Trent Williams (knee)

DE Jack Crawford (calf)

WR Dez Bryant (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter (thigh), T Doug Free (foot), S Jakar Hamilton (not injury related), T Jermey Parnell (chest), QB Tony Romo (back), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)

Fantasy Impact:

RGIII is questionable and was limited at practice all week. The team said they are preparing as of Colt McCoy is starting, but leaving open the possibility Griffin will play. Seems like a longshot, and owners shouldn't count on him. On top of those risks, the Cowboys defense has been playing well this year so it's not a great matchup for Washington on the road.

Also of note, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo are considered probable, as is Washington RB Alfred Morris. All are expected to play and it's especially a great matchup for Bryant and Romo.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:45am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is getting close to returning to the lineup, but he remains a “long shot” to play Monday night in Dallas, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“We have not made that decision yet,” Gruden said, referring to Hankerson’s timeline. “We’ve got a logjam at wide receiver.”

Hankerson started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list while he continued to rehabbed from major knee surgery. The 25-year-old returned to practice on Oct. 15, opening a three week window for the Redskins to decide whether to activate him, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.

Based on Gruden’s comments, the Redskins intend to eventually activate Hankerson and cut another player to make room for him on the 53-man roster. The only question is when.

Fantasy Impact:

Hankerson has something no other receiver on the roster possesses: height. At 6-2, he’s two-inches taller than any other player at his position. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay said it’s only a matter of time before Hankerson rejoins the lineup. The story also said Hankerson will need some reps. It remains to be seen what kind of role he'll have, as he'll at least be fourth on the depth chart behind DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, but could see some red zone work if the Skins plan to take advantage of his height.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps again Friday. Griffin is not expected to play on Monday night. Colt McCoy will get the start. He completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 7, though his numbers were inflated by a 70-yard catch and run by Pierre Garcon.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. Morris played through the injury in Week 7, so he should be fine for Monday night.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. No worries here. Bryant should be good to go for a tasty matchup against the Redskins.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took limited practice reps Thursday. Griffin is not expected to play on Monday night. Colt McCoy will get the start. He completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 7, though his numbers were inflated by a 70-yard catch and run by Pierre Garcon. HC Jay Gruden implied that Griffin may be back in Week 11.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday. Morris played through the injury in Week 7, so he should be fine for Monday night.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday. No worries here. Bryant should be good to go for a tasty matchup against the Redskins.

Redskins targeting Week 11 for RG3's return

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:50pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Jay Gruden recently hinted that Week 11 could be the date on which Redskins QB Robert Griffin III returns to action.

“I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,” Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.”

It’s highly unlikely that Griffin will play in Dallas on Monday night, and nearly as unlikely that he’d play on a short week in Minnesota the following Sunday.

Waiting until after the bye gives Griffin more than three more weeks not only to heal but also to prepare.

Fantasy Impact:

Once healthy, Griffin will return to a good situation that includes Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a now-healthy Jordan Reed. The Redskins are currently 14th in fantasy points generated from its passing game, and Griffin adds the extra dimension of being able to run the ball. Expect low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers upon his return. His playoff schedule is favorable with matchups against the Rams, Giants and Eagles from Week 14 to Week 16.

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