By: Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Redskins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 16 to 13, this past Sunday in a close one that was won by a last second field goal. The win was led by quarterback Josh Johnson, which gave him his first NFL victory of his long career. Josh Johnson is making a strong impression on the Washington Redskins and his teammates have taken notice of his leadership qualities. One of his teammates, running back Adrian Peterson continues to dominate on the field as a veteran and told reporters that his ex-teammate Brett Favre in Minnesota motivated him to play “as long as I felt I could”. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has 11 sacks and 3 forced fumbles on the year thus far, which earned him a trip to the pro bowl as a starter. Plenty of Redskins were voting to the pro bowl as alternates/reserves including: tackle Trent Williams, running back Adrian Peterson, punter Tress Way, safety D.J. Swearinger, kicker Dustin Hopkins, tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman.
Head coach Jay Gruden announced that safety Montae Nicholson will not play in this Saturday’s game against the Titans as the team will further investigate his arrest. Nicholson was arrested for assault Tuesday morning when a video emerged onto the internet of a fight involving the Redskins’ safety Montae Nicholson. Washington is still gathering information on the incident and the team is unsure if he will play again this season or not. The video that TMZ released does indeed show the safety landing a brutal knockout punch, during the fight. Nicholson and his girlfriend were arrested on the accusation of a drunken attack in Virginia and were charged with assault around 2 a.m. according to the police.
The Washington Redskins continue to struggle with injuries this season. The Redskins moved their 20th player to injured reserve this week as they effectively ended cornerback Josh Holsey’s, cornerback Danny Johnson’s, cornerback Quinton Dunbar’s and safety Troy Apke’s season. Roster moves were then made when the team signed defensive back Harlan Miller to the active roster and signed defensive back Alex Carter, running back Russell Hansbrough and wide receiver Montay Crockett to the practice squad. After suffering two key injuries to both of their quarterbacks this season, the Washington Redskins are still in the playoff picture with a 7 and 7 record. The Redskins have two games remaining on their schedule this week they will face the Tennessee Titans and then the Philadelphia Eagles in week 17. The week 17 matchup could be the deciding factor for the winner, which would most likely be the 6th seed in the playoffs and would have to travel to Chicago to play the Bears in the Wild Card round, based off of my playoff seeding predictions.