Injuries Could Derail Washington Redskins’ Playoff Chances

By Greg Bradshaw
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The Washington Redskins have recently been experiencing a little prosperity.  Three game winning streaks built on wins over each of your divisional opponents definitely qualifies the preceding statement. Three game winning streaks that keep your team in the playoff hunt also enhancess those feelings of prosperity.

That feeling of prosperity felt by Redskins’ fans could be gone quickly. Washington linebacker London Fletcher, offensive tackle Trent Williams, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall have practiced on a limited basis this week. Fletcher is nursing a sprained left ankle, while Williams is nursing a thigh bruise. Hall injured his right ankle during Washington’s 17-16 Week 13 victory over the New York Giants.

It is imperative that Fletcher, Williams, and Hall are available to play in the Redskins’ Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens.  Each player is the most skillful player for their respective units.  Fletcher has played in 235 consecutive games, and is the undisputed leader of the defense, much less the linebacking corps. Hall represents Washington’s best cover corner in the secondary, while Williams is the Redskins’ best run blocking and pass protecting offensive lineman.

Baltimore is one of the best teams in the NFL with a 9-3 record. While Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has been sensational all season, he cannot beat the Ravens by himself. Baltimore has great offensive playmakers in running back Ray Rice, plus wide receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. Trying to contain them is difficult enough with a Washington defense that is already missing key starters like linebacker Brian Orakpo and safety Brandon Meriweather. If Fletcher and Hall can’t play Sunday, Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco and company will have a field day picking apart the Redskins’ defense.

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Washington has amassed a mediocre 6-6 record with Fletcher, Hall, and Williams starting all of the Redskins’ games in 2012. Considering Washington’s lack of depth on the offensive line and secondary in particular, the Redskins’ record would be worse without them.

Fletcher, Hall, and Williams will most likely play on Sunday in an effort to earn Washington’s fourth consecutive victory.  Although victory against the Ravens is not guaranteed, the Redskins’ chances increase with Fletcher, Hall, and Williams in the starting lineup. That’s all Redskins’ fans can ask for.


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