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Washington OLB Junior Galette tore his left Achilles' tendon near the end of Wednesday's practice. ESPN's John Keim reports that Galette faces a 6-to-8-month rehab. Second-year man Trent Murphy is the next guy up in Galette's place opposite OLB Ryan Kerrigan. A quick emergence from rookie Preston Smith would certainly help, though. Washington's D looks likely to remain among the league's weaker units. Murphy and Smith will need to prove that they bring some IDP intrigue before you should bother with them.

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Washington OLB Ryan Kerrigan had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, according to ESPN.com's John Keim. Kerrigan called it "cautionary" and said that the knee needed to be cleaned up to avoid potential issues later on. Doctors will check the knee next week and determine how long he'll be out. Washington's 1st full-team minicamp is set for June 16-18. We'll see how soon Kerrigan can get back onto the field before determining whether this surgery will alter his outlook for the 2015 IDP rankings. Kerrigan led the team with a career-high 13.5 sacks last season.

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Washington used its 2nd-round pick Friday night on DE Preston Smith, who some draftniks rated as high as a top-15 prospect. Smith played DE and DT at Mississippi State but most likely projects as a 3-4 DE in Washington's system. He scored well in the athletic metrics after the Scouting Combine and racked up 9 sacks and 15 tackles for loss as a senior. Smith looks like a potential IDP sleeper in dynasty rookie drafts.

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The Redskins passed on DL Leonard Williams at #5 to take Iowa OL Brandon Scherff.  The 6'5, 319-pounder played both G and LT in college but is expected to spend most of his time in the pros on the inside.  He's a mauling run-blocker, so his arrival is excellent news for RB Alfred Morris.  Scherff needs some work in pass protection, but that'll be masked a bit if he plays G.

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4 months ago

Washington has acquired S Dashon Goldson and a 7th-round pick from the Bucs for a 6th-round selection. The minuscule price makes it clear that Tampa was simply done with the bad contract and underperforming player. But Goldson will likely compete for a starting spot in a Washington secondary that has struggled at safety since Sean Taylor's 2007 murder. Goldson has delivered usable IDP value at times in the past and might crack the top 30 DBs in our 2015 IDP rankings if he wins a job.

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6 months ago

Washington S Ryan Clark announced Wednesday that he'll retire after a 13-year career spent mostly in Pittsburgh. Clark hasn't been an IDP stud, but he did finish each of the past 4 seasons among the top 32 fantasy DBs (depending on your scoring system). We'll see where Washington turns to replace him -- and what that player can do under a new DC.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Washington will hire Joe Barry as its new DC. Barry has coached defenses for 4 NFL franchises since 2001, spending the past 4 years overseeing Chargers LBs. His only stint to date as DC, however, didn't go well. Barry led the 2007 and 2008 Lions to #32 rankings in yards allowed and scoring D. To be fair, those Detroit defenses didn't boast a lot of talent -- certainly less than Washington already has. But this also hasn't been a good D in recent years. We'll need to see reasons for optimism before believing there's fantasy upside to the Washington team defense.

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Washington announced today that it has parted ways with DC Jim Haslett. That's certainly not bad news necessarily for a defense that hasn't been good in recent seasons. We'll see what it means for the scheme, however. OLB Brian Orakpo will be a free agent in March, and fellow OLB Ryan Kerrigan has just 1 expensive year left on his contract. Both guys also played 4-3 DE in college. Washington HC Jay Gruden came from a Bengals team that runs a 4-3 front.

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Washington LB Keenan Robinson put in limited practices all week but is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Eagles. Robinson has missed the past 2 games with a knee injury. His likely absence again this week should leave Will Compton in the starting lineup, though the matchup doesn't favor his chances to continue the solid production of his 1st 2 starts.

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Washington S Brandon Meriweather has missed the past 3 weeks with a toe injury. On Friday, the team decided to shut him down for the season. Meriweather's IR trip figures to keep Philip Thomas in the starting lineup next to Ryan Clark, but Thomas played just 62.9% of the defensive snaps last week in his 2nd start. He's no IDP option, even against the Eagles' #1 matchup for fantasy DBs. The Washington team D also doesn't look good for fantasy use.

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8 months ago

Washington DE Jason Hatcher is inactive for today's game against the Giants because of a knee injury he has dealt with for a few weeks.

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8 months ago

Washington has ruled out LB Keenan Robinson for Sunday's game against the Giants. That keeps LB Will Compton in place after he racked up 14 tackles (9 solo) against the Rams last week. It was just his 3rd start of the season, meaning that the 1st-year LB isn't a safe IDP option. But he carries plenty of upside in a favorable matchup and a position that has helped Robinson put up big tackle numbers this year.

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Washington LB Keenan Robinson missed his 3rd straight day of practice Friday (5th if you include last week). Rich Tandler of CSN Washington said it's "tough to see" Robinson playing this week. Another deactivation for him would give Will Compton a 2nd straight start after the fill-in racked up 14 tackles (9 solo) vs. the Rams. Compton would be an upside IDP option in a favorable matchup with the Giants.

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8 months ago

Washington DE Jason Hatcher is active for today's game against the Rams. He had been questionable with a knee issue but played through it last week. He should be fine to use in a positive matchup with the Rams.

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8 months ago

Washington LB Keenan Robinson is inactive for today's game against the Rams. He missed Thursday and Friday practices with a knee injury and seemed quite iffy. LB Will Compton sits behind Robinson on the depth chart but isn't much of an IDP option in Robinson's place.

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