Friday, August 23, 2013

Redskins Win Their 2nd Preseason Game That Was Filled With Injuries

Watching Monday's Night's game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers is a perfect example of why I hate preseason NFL games. Just too many players getting injured in a useless game. A notable injury that caught my eye and nearly send Redskins fans into coma was backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

During Monday's Night's  24-13 win over the Pittsburgh SteelersCousins sprained his right foot in the second quarter. Cousins didn't return, and the MRI results were negative. Don't expect to see Cousins to play in the final two preseason games.

Cousins wasn't the only Redskins that got hurt during the game. Here is a list of injuries from both teams.

Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries: RB Levon Bell (Foot), FB Will Johnson (ribs), RB Baron Batch (stinger).

Washington Redskins Injuries: NT Barry Cofield (broken bone in the right hand), WR Leonard Hankerson (bruised right knee), WR Aldrick Robinson (bruised left thigh), RB  Keiland Williams (strained left knee).

So that's three injuries for Pittsburgh, and five for Washington. The good news is that most of these injuries appear to be minor. However, The NFL should do what college football does and get rid of the preseason entirely. No one wants to see their key starters get knocked out for the season in a meaningless game. It can easily change the outlook of the season for some teams.

Meanwhile, back to the actual game. Rex Grossman got a good load of playing time, and he played well in the first half by leading the offense to their first touchdown drive of the game.  Still, Redskins fans don't have to worry about seeing Grossman in the regular season since Cousin's injury appears to be minor.

The defense did a solid job all around. It was nice to see Ryan Kerrigan creating a turnover and scoring the game's first touchdown. With Orakpo back on the field, I expect Kerrigan to have a huge 2013 season.

Next 2 preseason games: Vs Buffalo at 4:30p.m. and @Tampa Bay at 7:30p.m.
Radio: WTEM-AM, ESPN980.

Grossman will start the 3rd preseason game with the first team offense, which should expect to play the entire first half  vs Buffalo tomorrow afternoon. However, the 4th preseason game will feature rookies that want to stand out and make the 53 man roster or the practice squad. 

My expectation for the next two games are very simple. For the starters, avoid injuries. For the rookies, this is your chance to impress the coaching staff and your teammates if you want to make the final roster. 

Coming up next week: I will have a discussion on whether if the Redskins are an elite team in the NFL.

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