Washington spent the 13th pick of the NFL Draft on DT Da'Ron Payne. He joins a D-line that added Alabama's Jonathan Allen in last year's draft. Washington sports a nice front 7 that could lead a defensive turnaround. Payne -- after tallying 3 total sacks across 3 college season -- isn't likely to make an IDP impact, though.
Washington OLB Ryan Kerrigan (calf) and ILB Martrell Spaight (ankle/illness) are active for today's game against the Giants. Each is OK to use as you normally would in IDP lineups.
Washington ILBs Zach Brown and Martrell Spaight are active for today’s game against the Chargers. Use them as you normally would in your IDP lineups. DE Terrell McClain is inactive
Washington ILBs Zach Brown (hamstring, Achilles') and Martrell Spaight (ankle) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Each played through questionable tags last week and appear likely to play. The hamstring makes 3 injuries Brown has dealt with in recent weeks, along with the Achilles' issue and a shoulder problem that appeared on the injury report last week. But he said this week he expects to play. The piling injuries might affect his production at some point, but it's not time to sit him in IDP leagues yet.
Washington ILBs Zach Brown and Martrell Spaight and Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens are active for tonight’s game. All entered the day questionable. Brown and Hitchens are fine to use as you normally would in IDP lineups. Spaight carries some risk after missing last week’s game
Washington ILBs Martrell Spaight (ankle) and Zach Brown (shoulder) are questionable for Thursday night's game at Dallas. Spaight missed last week's game but was listed as a limited participant every day this week. Brown has played through questionable tags for several weeks at his full snap count. He added a shoulder issue to the Achilles' injury this week but participated in every practice. Elsewhere on the defense, DE Terrell McClain will miss his 2nd straight game with a toe injury.
Washington ILB Martrell Spaight (ankle) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Giants. That leaves the defense with its #4 option next to ILB Zach Brown, who is active despite entering the night questionable.
LB Zach Brown (Achilles') and LB Martrell Spaight (ankle) are questionable for Thursday night's game against the Giants. Brown has played through the issue for 2 straight games without missing a snap and should be fine to trust in IDP lineups this week. Spaight missed practice all week, so which his status if you're hoping to use him in a deep league.
Washington ILB Zach Brown (Achilles') and S DeAngelo Hall (knee) are active for today's game against the Saints and upside tackle plays against a high-powered New Orleans offense.
Washington CB Josh Norman (rib, lung) is active for today's game against the Cowboys, marking his return after 2 games out. Fellow CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), however, is inactive. OLB Preston Smith is active after entering the day questionable with a groin injury.
Washington HC Jay Gruden said Friday that doctors have cleared CB Josh Norman to return after missing the past 2 games with rib and lung injuries. He'll likely see primary -- and perhaps shadow -- coverage on Cowboys WR Dez Bryant this Sunday. Elsewhere on the Washington D, ILB Mason Foster will have surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum that he has been playing through for several weeks. He's expected to go on IR, leaving Will Compton and Martrell Speight as fill-ins.
Washington ILB Mason Foster is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs, marking his return after 1 game off for a shoulder injury. S D.J. Swearinger is also active after he suffered a hamstring injury in practice Friday. Each player entered the day questionable.
Washington ILB Mason Foster is questionable for Monday night's game at Kansas City. Just like last week, he put in 3 limited practices with his injured shoulder. But Foster missed the Week 3 contest and will be a risk to do so again this week. The Monday night kickoff means almost now IDP owners can/should wait for him. Will Compton started in Foster's place last week but played just 5 snaps. Martrell Spaight was the real fill-in and collected 9 tackles. The split makes it difficult to trust either backup this week. S D.J. Swearinger is also questionable after suffering a hamstring injury in practice Friday. The Washington Post reports that HC Jay Gruden said they should have a better idea of Swearinger's status after Sunday's walkthrough.
Washington LB Mason Foster is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Raiders with the shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2. Foster managed limited practices all week and should be on track to play. If you plan to wait for him Sunday night, though, roster Will Compton as insurance in case Foster turns up inactive. If your decision is close between Foster and another defender, though, go ahead and lean toward the other guy.
Washington on Monday placed S Su'a Cravens on the reserve/left squad list, which officially deactivates him for the rest of the season. The team had initially placed him on the exempt/left squad list, which would have given him a month to decide whether to return. Amid rumors of a potential return this week, however, the franchise clearly has gotten no indication that it can count on the young safety for 2017. "We sincerely hope that Su'a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he'd like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018," the team said in a statement. Washington will still control Cravens' rights for 3 more seasons if he comes back.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Washington S Su'a Cravens told some on the team Saturday that he plans to retire "but a meeting with team officials has changed his mind for now." Wow. Cravens has spent most of August recovering from knee surgery after aggravating a college injury in the 1st preseason game. Perhaps the issue was more serious than initially believed. Or perhaps this will prove to be an overreaction to a slow recovery, similar to how Seahawks S Earl Thomas tweeted doubt about his football future after suffering a season-ending leg fracture in Week 13 last year. Between the knee and the uncertainty, though, we've removed Cravens from our 2017 IDP rankings altogether. He's just not worth the risk at such a wide-open and fungible fantasy position. That said, a healthy Cravens would be worth a waiver pickup if he regains his starting job. If he's not ready for the start of the season, Deshazor Everett will start at SS in his place.
Washington S Su'a Cravens is having right knee surgery Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cravens hurt the knee in Washington's preseason opener, but it was said to be a re-injury of an issue that arose in college. Reports have treated it as a minor issue, and Cravens reportedly still expects to be ready for Week 1. Missing most of August, however, can't be good for a guy breaking into the starting lineup in his 2nd season. We'll see if he retains the starting gig come the regular season.
Washington OLB Trent Murphy tore the ACL in his left knee in Thursday's preseason game against Baltimore. Murphy was set to miss the first 4 games for a PED suspension, but will now spend those games on IR. S Su'a Cravens left the same contest with a knee injury, but his proved far less severe. According to ESPN's John Keim, Cravens "tweaked" an issue he originally suffered in college. If you're wondering what the heck that means, you're not alone. Word is he'll return to action in 2-3 weeks, though. We'll look for better info on the actual injury to gauge how concerned we should actually be.
Washington drafted Alabama edge rusher Ryan Anderson in the 2nd round. Anderson tallied 14.5 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss over the past 2 seasons. He'll play OLB in Washington but will need to wait before he can find a starting role. Ryan Kerrigan is signed through 2019. Preston Smith's rookie contract runs through 2018.
Washington spent the 17th overall pick on DL Jonathan Allen. The Alabama alum had been mocked into the top 5 plenty of times, but concerns about his shoulders obviously pushed him down the board. Washington's defense could get a nice boost if he stays healthy and pans out. There's IDP upside in a 3-4 DE spot.
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