Redskins Inactives and Pre-Game Notes
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The Washington Redskins face the Detroit Lions at FEDEX Field. The Redskins are in a desperation state for two reasons. One, they are seeking their first win, starting out -2. Second, in each of the two losses, the Redskins have allowed huge leads to build early. The defense needs to show substantial improvement and control pass defense.
Here are your Redskins inactives for today:
K Kai Forbath
TE Fred Davis
DE Chris Baker
QB Rex Grossman
OG Josh LeRibeus
S Jose Gumbs
RB Evan Royster
Fred Davis was a late add to the injury list. Redskins fans should get use to seeing more and more of draft pick Jordan Reed, who has been an effective tight end n the pass offense and a favorite target of QB Robert Griffin III. In Washington’s first two games, Reed has 8 reception for 56 yards. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that Reed has ‘unique abilities’ and we may be starting to see the Redskins rely more on the rookie tight end over Davis. Earlier this week, when asked why Reed was seeing more time on the field than Davis, Shanahan says it is a reflection of more quality practicing by Reed. That’s a big problem for Davis, who is on a one year deal, essentially a contract season for him.
Also significant is Chris Baker as an inactive. That leaves DE Phillip Merling as the only active defensive end sub. NT Chris Neild is active for the first time this season, but he is a pure nose tackle. The fact Baker is inactive tells you the Redskins have not been impressed with his play the first two weeks.
Significant for Washington as well is the fact the Lions have made RB Reggie Bush inactive due to injury. Although Washington has a history of getting thrashed by back up running backs, the fact Bush is inactive may lead to more passing for Detroit. As a Redskins fan, that is not very comforting. RB Joique Bell will start in place of Bush.