Redskins Vs. Panthers: Cam Newton Dominates Second Half, Carolina Wins, 33-20

John Beck fared decently in his first pro start since 2007, but the Washington Redskins couldn't stop Cam Newton, Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers in the second half.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers: Defense Lets Washington Down Against Cam Newton

For the first time all season, the Washington Redskins' defense let them down, and they paid the price against Cam Newton and Carolina. Is this the start of a trend?

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Tim Hightower Injury Update: X-Rays Negative, Redskins' RB Hopeful For Quick Recovery

Tim Hightower's injury in the Washington Redskins' game against the Carolina Panthers initially looked very serious. Hightower's left knee buckled, and he had to be helped off the field. However, after the game, Hightower said X-rays were negative and he does not think he suffered an ACL tear. Via Rick Maese of the Washington Post.

Hightower on crutches in locker room. Says X-rays negative. He's hopeful he'll be back

Hightower said he will know the full extent of his injury on Monday when an MRI is taken. Prior to the injury, Hightower was having a strong game, rushing for 88 yards. If he is out for an extended period of time, Ryan Torain and Roy Helu would take on a larger role in the running game.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers: Updates On Tim Hightower, London Fletcher, Rex Grossman Injuries

The news just keeps getting worse for Redskin fans after an ugly 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. In comments after the game, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed injury status for numerous players.

Defensive captain London Fletcher did not finish the game, Tim Hightower left the field on a golf cart, and starter turned backup quarterback Rex Grossman was doubtful with pneumonia. From ESPN980 reporter Chris Russell on Twitter:

Santana broke bone in hand, Fletcher hamstring severity unknown, Hightower they don't know for sure, Rex had pneumonia

What the injuries mean for the Redskins will be determined, but the early results look awful. Once Moss left the game, Redskins quarterback John Beck looked almost exclusively to his tight ends. Moss is the only legit NFL talent on the Redskins receiving group. Fletcher provides leadership and direction for the defense.

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Santana Moss Injury Update: Washington Redskins' WR Has Broken Hand

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss was forced to leave the game against the Carolina Panthers with a hand injury, and as it turns out, the injury appears to be serious. Moss did indeed suffer a broken bone in his hand, coach Mike Shanahan announced in his postgame press conference.

Shanahan didn't say how long Moss would be sidelined for at this time, suggesting that Moss will need additional X-Rays. However, he was very clear in saying that Moss has a broken bone. He was asked later in the press conference to confirm the news, and he repeated that Moss has a broken bone.

Moss has 23 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.

(Quotes via Comcast SportsNet's "Redskins Postgame Live").

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Final Score: Cam Newton Dominates, Redskins Lose, 33-20

In the end, the Carolina Panthers were simply a better team than the Washington Redskins. On offense and defense, Carolina outplayed the Washington, and the final score of 33-20 reflects it.

Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton was the best player on the field. Newton threw for more than 250 yards and a touchdown, not to mention running for over 60 yards and a score. Newton may be a rookie, but he is smart enough to throw the ball often to wide receiver Steve Smith. Smith led the Panthers with more than 140 yards of receiving.

The biggest difference may have been adjustments after halftime. In the first half the Redskins defense contained the Panthers, giving up just three field goals. In the second half, that all changed. The Panthers scored three touchdowns and moved the ball at will. The Redskins pass rush generated little pressure on Newton, and the secondary got absolutely shredded by Smith.

The Redskins offense moved the ball with some efficiency throughout the game. The run game looked strong in the first half, but starting running back Tim Hightower left the game with an injury in the second half. From there, it appeared the Redskins abandoned the run game. Quarterback John Beck was able to find tight ends Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen on a series of roll-outs and bootleg plays, but in the end Beck and company could not keep up with the Panthers.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: John Beck Gets First Passing TD Since 2007, Redskins Trail, 30-20

It may not matter for the ultimate outcome, but John Beck has officially thrown his first touchdown pass since 2007. Beck led the Washington Redskins on a long scoring drive, capping it off with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Fred Davis to cut the Carolina Panthers' lead to 30-20 with five minutes remaining. The Redskins tried an onside kick to get the ball back, but the Panthers easily recovered.

The drive took place largely in garbage time, but it was a display of some of the things Beck does especially well. He was mobile and stood up in the pocket, and his receivers helped out. The drive was kept alive by a big 10-yard catch by Niles Paul, his first of his career.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: Carolina Scores To Go Up 30-13

And that should do it. The Carolina Panthers have scored on a Brandon LaFell touchdown to put them up 30-13 in the fourth quarter, likely ending the chances for the Redskins.

The Redskins defense have been outmatched the entire second half by the Panthers, with Cam Newton and Steve Smith teaming up time and again. Smith has 7 receptions for 143 yards and Newton is 18 for 23 for 256 and a touchdown.

While most expected the Redskins offense to struggle, it has been their defense that was disappointed. As soon as the offense began heating up, the defense yielded scores.

The Redskins defense have allowed an opposing offense 30 points for the first time this season. 

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: Redskins Trail 23-13 After Third Quarter

What the first half lacked in offense, the third quarter certainly made up for. The Carolina Panthers scored two touchdowns to the Washington Redskins one and lead 23-13 after three quarters.

Both quarterbacks performed well in the third quarter. Redskins signal caller John Beck came out and looked like a different player than the first half. Beck threw for more than 100 yards in the quarter, doubling his output from the first half. Beck connected with tight ends Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen on an impressive touchdown drive. For the second straight week, Beck got the touchdown himself on the ground, running in from three yards out.

The Panthers offense moved the ball in different ways in the third. Cam Newton ran the option with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. Newton also continued to find Steve Smith open for big chunks of yardage. Smith has over 80 yards recieving and seems well on his way to a 100-yard day. The Redskins defense appears to have no cornerback capable of covering Smith in single coverage.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: Jonathan Stewart Touchdown Gives Panthers 23-13 Lead

It didn't take long for the Carolina Panthers to respond to John Beck's touchdown in their game against the Washington Redskins. On their ensuing drive, the Panthers marched down the field, eventually cashing in when Jonathan Stewart scored on a two-yard touchdown run. The Panthers now lead, 23-13.

The drive began with a long pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith on first down. Smith beat the Redskins' defense and got the ball to midfield. After another Newton-to-Smith connection, Carolina's running game took over. DeAngelo Williams powered through for some runs, and Newton even executed an option pitch to Williams for several yards. Eventually, Stewart ended the drive with the touchdown and the 10-point lead.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: John Beck Scores Rushing TD To Cut Panther Lead To 16-13

The Washington Redskins have pulled within three points of the Carolina Panthers as John Beck scored a rushing touchdown to make the score 16-13 in the third quarter.

The scoring drive was an impressive but costly one for the Redskins, one that saw Beck hit tight ends Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen to set up first and goal. 

Then on third and goal, Beck felt the rush coming his right side, and rushed to his left for the score. He emphatically spiked the ball after the touchdown. Video below.

 

Now that it's a three point again once again, it will be up to the Redskins defense to continue to keep the Carolina offense at bay. The Panthers are beginning to gain confidence on offense after Newton's seventh rushing touchdown of the season.

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Tim Hightower Injury Update: Redskins' Running Back Leaves Game With Knee Injury

The injuries keep piling up for the Washington Redskins in their game against the Carolina Panthers. Running back Tim Hightower fell down clutching his left knee after making a cut back, and had to be helped off the field. Ryan Torain has replaced him for the time being.

Hightower had been struggling with a shoulder injury this season, but he returned to have a strong game in this one before getting hurt. Hightower had already posted 88 rushing yards in this game, reclaiming the starting job he lost when he got hurt. However, two players needed to help Hightower off the field, so the injury appears serious. It happened when his knee buckled while trying to make a cutback run.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: Cam Newton Touchdown Gives Panthers 16-6 Lead

Just like that, the Carolina Panthers are in the end zone. The Panthers struck on a quick two-play drive to open the third quarter, with Cam Newton running it in from 16 yards out to give the Panthers a 16-6 lead over the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins got the ball to start the third quarter and moved the ball, but John Beck was sacked on fourth and 2 near midfield. The Panthers got it back and struck quickly. First, Newton found Brandon LaFell for a long pass down to the Redskins' 16-yard line. Then, Newton went on a quarterback draw and fooled every Redskins defender for the score.

Beck and the Redskins now get the ball back in desperate need of a touchdown or field goal to cut the Panthers' lead back to one score.

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Santana Moss Injury Update: Redskins' WR Out For Game Vs. Panthers

There has been no official update on the injury status of Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss, but according to a report by CBS' Charley Casserly, Moss is not expected to return to the game against the Carolina Panthers. Moss suffered a left hand injury earlier in the game.

Upon suffering the injury, Moss raced to the trainer's room, then returned with his hand wrapped. The Redskins have thus far only said that he is questionable to return. However, judging from what is being wrapped on his hand, a return does seem unlikely. In fact, he emerged from the halftime locker room with a T-shirt and shorts on, which indicates he is done for the day.

Without Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Niles Paul and Terrence Austin will need to step up. This may also give third-round pick Leonard Hankerson an opportunity. Hankerson has been made active for the first time all season.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: Late Turnover Leads To Panthers Field Goal, Redskins Trail 9-6

Both the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins had to expect to go into halftime tied at six, but a Jabar Gaffney fumble late in the second quarter gave the Panthers the ball in scoring position. Three plays later, Olindo Mare knocked in a 45-yard field goal for the Panthers to take a 9-6 lead at the half.

The Redskins continue to be turnover prone, and this week Rex Grossman cannot be blamed. John Beck started the game for the Redskins, and fumbled in the first quarter. Beck has been mediocre thus far, completing 50 percent of his passes for less than 60 yards. The Redskins run game has looked impressive though, led by Tim Hightower with 78 yards.

The Panthers offense has moved the ball efficiently. Cam Newton has thrown for over 100 yards, most of that to all-world wideout Steve Smith. Panther running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have both contributed on the ground along with Newton. However, Carolina has been victimized by penalties.

Injuries continue to hurt the Redskins. Leading receiver Santana Moss exited the game with a left arm injury, on top of injuries last week to offensive linemen Trent Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger. For the Redskins to win this game, long offensive drives need to end in touchdowns, not field goals.

It will be interesting to see how coach Mike Shanahan deploys his running backs in the second half and whether Ryan Torain will get any carries. In the first half, Torain has none.

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Santana Moss Injury Update: Redskins Top Wideout Questionable To Return With Hand Injury

With John Beck making his first start of the season for the Redskins, he may or may not be with his top receiver for the rest of the game. According to reports, Santana Moss has a hand injury and is questionable to return.

With the offense struggling to score points the way they are right now, Beck will need all the help he can get at receiver. Moss had one catch for 17 yards before going into the locker room.

After emerging from the locker room, the FOX television broadcast showed Moss being tended to by the Redskins training staff, as they were wrapping his left hand. Though the announcement from the team says he is questionable to return, it certainly didn't look good on the television broadcast.

With Moss out, Redskins could look to Anthony Armstrong, Jabar Gaffney and Niles Paul for passing options at receiver. Rookie wideout Leonard Hankerson is active for the first time of his career.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers Score Update: Pair Of Field Goals Ties Game At 3

The Redskins got off to a sloppy start, though current results from Charlotte are encouraging. The score is tied 3-3 between the Redskins and Carolina Panthers.

Tim Hightower is showing the form that made him a trendy fantasy pick, with 71 yards on 11 carries. John Beck, the newly anointed starter for the team, has been spotty. His first few passes looked sharp, connecting with Santana Moss. But then Beck took a hard hit and fumbled, continuing a poor trend with early turnovers for the Redskins offense. Beck did manufacture a long Redskins scoring drive, but the team only gained a field goal. Scoring in the red zone would be a big positive for the Redskins today.

The Redskins defense gave up one early drive, mostly thanks to the wheels of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. On a long third down, Newton ripped off an impressive run that broke the tackles of  Redskins defenders and showed the promise that made Newton the overall No. 1 pick.

Since the opening drive the Redskins defense, led by London Fletcher, has mostly stopped the Panthers offense. Newton remains explosive though and a danger anytime the ball is in his hands.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers: Rex Grossman Out Sick, Possibly With Pneumonia, According To Report

Earlier Sunday reports were circulating that newly demoted Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman might miss Sunday's game with the Carolina Panthers because he was ill, possibly with the flu. Via Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sportsnet, it appears Grossman is indeed sick, and might actually have pneumonia:

I'm told Grossman has the flu but they fear it may be worse than that. Source tells me the word pneumonia was thrown around in Lockeroom
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Washington better hope John Beck survives the entire game against Carolina, or they might be pulling fans out of the stands to take snaps without Rex as a backup. Just another Sunday funday in Redskins land, right?

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NFL Injury Report, Week 7: Oshiomogho Atogwe Listed As Inactive For Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins' list of inactives for their game against the Carolina Panthers is out, and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe will not play in the game with a knee injury. Atogwe missed practice all week, so his absence does not come as a huge surprise. Reed Doughty will start at free safety for Atogwe.

The loss of Atogwe stings, especially against Cam Newton, Steve Smith and a pass-heavy Panthers offense. Doughty will have to play well above his capability in providing deep help if the Redskins are to win this game. The Redskins may consider moving LaRon Landry to free safety and playing Doughty closer to the box.

The other inactives for the Redskins are Donte' Stallworth, Byron Westbrook, Chris Cooley, Trent Williams, Markus White and Darion Scott. With Stallworth sitting due to injury, third-round pick Leonard Hankerson will be made active for the first time all season.

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Week 7 NFL Injury Report: Washington Redskins

A Week 7 Injury Report update for the game between the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The John Beck Era officially begins for the Washington Redskins as they travel to Charlotte to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

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Carolina Panthers Injury Report: Omar Gaither, Jordan Pugh Listed As Doubtful

Linebacker Omar Gaither and safety Jordan Pugh are the lone names on the Carolina Panthers' injury report for their game against the Washington Redskins this Sunday. The team lists both players as doubtful; Gaither has a sprained MCL and Pugh has a concussion. Further, neither player participated in practice this week, further casting doubt on their availability against the Redskins.

Gaither, who sat out in the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, has made six tackles and defensed one pass. If he cannot play against Washington, he'll be the third linebaker missing from the lineup: Jon Beason and Thomas Davis have both suffered season-ending injuries, leaving Carolina exceptionally thin at the position.

Pugh, who has played in each of the Panthers' six games, has 10 tackles and one forced fumble. He left the loss to Atlanta in the fourth quarter. He was filling in for Sherrod Martin, who did not play in the second half of that game due to illness. If Pugh cannot play Sunday, coach Ron Rivera said Jermale Hines will serve as Martin's backup.

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Washington Redskins Injury Report: Oshiomogho Atogwe Listed As Questionable With Knee Injury

Washington Redskins safety Oshiomogho Atogwe missed his third straight practice on Friday due to a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Washington's game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Coach Mike Shanahan told the media the seven-year veteran is "definitely not ruled out," so there is indeed a chance he could play. Indeed, the Redskins only held him out of practice because "we didn't want to push him," said Shanahan. Otogwe has tallied 19 tackles, one interception, and two passes defensed for the Redskins this season.

His presence would certainly help Washington's depleted secondary. Cornerback Byron Westbrook has not practiced in either of the last two days and is out against Carolina, and cornerback Phillip Buchanon--despite practicing in full Friday--is questionable due to injuries to his neck and knee.

The news on defensive backs isn't all bad, however: cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who was limited in Thursday's practice, is listed as probable against Carolina and practiced in full on Friday.

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SB Nation D.C. Talks Redskins Vs. Panthers, More On CSN Washington's Lunchbox Live

SB Nation D.C.'s Daniel Shiferaw joined Rocky Parrish on CSN Washington's "Lunchbox Live" program to preview the Redskins vs. Panthers game on Sunday.

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Carolina Panthers Injury Report: Carolina Enters Week 7 Matchup With Redskins In Good Shape Health-Wise

Through six weeks of the 2011 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers have done a lot of growing as a team, but not a lot of winning. The Panthers are 1-5 entering their Week 7 home game against the Washington Redskins. Their 31-17 loss last Sunday in Atlanta was their third consecutive defeat, but only the first game of the season that was decided by more than seven points. There has been zero talk about internal frustration or discord in Carolina, but it will be interesting to see if Ron Rivera can keep the locker room together if Carolina continues to come up just short. 

This Sunday certainly presents a solid opportunity to notch their second win of the year. Not only are the Redskins making a change at quarterback, they might also be without two key starters in their defensive backfield. Carolina, meanwhile, looks to be in good shape injury-wise. LB Omar Gaither (knee), S Jordan Pugh (head) and Jeremy Shockey (not injury related) were the lone trio to miss Thursday's practice. No Panthers players were limited in their participation, and TE Greg Olsen (toe) and LB Thomas Williams (head) returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's activity.

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Washington Redskins Injury Report: Oshiomogho Atogwe Misses Second Straight Practice

The Washington Redskins look to get back in the win column this Sunday when they travel to Charlotte to take on the 1-5 Carolina Panthers. The Redskins haven't tasted victory in nearly three weeks now -- they were off in Week 5 and then lost to the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday in Week 6. If they're to do so this Sunday against Cam Newton and the Panthers, they might have to do so without the services of Oshiomogho Atogwe, the Redskins talented safety who on Thursday missed his second consecutive day of practice with a nagging knee injury. Mike Shanahan is not ready to rule out Atogwe for Sunday's game however:

"You don't know until somebody can go. When we hold a guy out, it's for a couple of reasons. We're trying to heal him up. We're afraid if we push him, we'll set him back."

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett didn't offer much more in the way of hinting at Atogwe's likely status for Sunday, but he did sound confident that the Redskins will be prepared regardless of who can or cannot play.

"He didn’t practice yesterday and we’ll see how we go through the rest of the week, but I feel comfortable with the guys we have. If he can’t go or he does go, we’ll be good. If he can’t go, then Reed [Doughty] will fill in and we’ll be fine."

Atoge wasn't the only one to miss practice Thursday. Also absent were CB Byron Westbrook (hamstring) and T Trent Williams (ankle). DeAngelo Hall (toe) was limited in practice Thursday. Both he and Westbrook entered the week of practice healthy but sustained their injuries while preparing for Carolina. 

Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), Phillip Buchanon (neck) and Tim Hightower (shoulder) practiced fully for the second consecutive day this week and are expected to play Sunday. 

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Week 7 NFL Lines And Odds: Redskins Vs. Panthers

The Redskins have decided to change quarterbacks mid-stream, and John Beck will get his first start on the road against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. How does that affect the betting odds for either team? For the answer, let's check out the NFL Odds page at SB Nation, powered by OddsShark.

10/23/2011 Washington 45o-110 43o-110 43o-110
1:00 PM Carolina -3-119 -1-130 -3+105

On two of the rating services the Panthers receive only the customary three point advantage that is given to home teams, meaning the oddsmakers consider the game to pretty much be a draw in terms of the matchup. The other only gives the Panthers a one point advantage, meaning they actually think the Redskins are a better team.

I honestly expected the Redskins to be favored a little bit more in this game. They have a pretty solid record even though they are coming off their second loss, and the Panthers have not shown the ability to win consistently this year. They have exciting players but they don't have a lot of wins to show for it. I think the Redskins should be favored by a little bit more than they are here.

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Carolina Panthers Injury Report: Jeff Otah On Injured Reserve

The Carolina Panthers enter their match up with the Washington Redskins relatively healthy, though did just recently lose offensive tackle Jeff Otah to a knee injury landing him on injured reserve. Otah is a loss on the Panthers line and they'll now need to replace their starting right tackle, who was also their best run blocker. Another notable player who missed practice was tight end Greg Olsen, who missed with a toe injury.

Defensively the Panthers are nursing more injuries to the linebacker position with Thomas Williams missing practice with a concussion and Omar Gaither missing with a knee injury. The Panthers are already light in the middle of the field, starting two rookies at defensive tackle and losing two starting linebackers for the year, so more injuries to the linebacking corps can't be good.

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Washington Redskins Injury Report: Trent Williams Misses Practice, As Expected

The Washington Redskins got to the practice field missing a key part of their offensive line in left tackle Trent Williams. Williams suffered a high ankle sprain and is not expected to play this week and for possibly a few weeks. "Usually high ankle sprains are a couple of weeks, sometimes more. But I'd say in the area of 2-3 weeks," head coach Mike Shanahan told the media today, about Williams injury.

Another key Redskins player missing from practice was safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, nursing a knee injury. Atogwe had his best game of the season last Sunday, getting his first interception, notching 8 tackles, and a sack. Also missing time was back up cornerback Byron Westbrook. Tight end Chris Cooley also missed practice with his knee and finger issues as expected, already being ruled out for this week's game against the Carolina Panthers.

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Redskins Vs. Panthers: John Beck Starts As Washington Faces Cam Newton And Carolina

After falling to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins look to get back on track against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

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Trent Williams Injury Update: Redskins' Lineman To Miss 2-3 Weeks With High Ankle Sprain

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams will miss 2-3 weeks with a high ankle sprain sustained in the Redskins' 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Mike Shanahan announced in his Wednesday press conference. Via John Keim of the Washington Examiner.

Shanahan said trent williams could miss two to three weeks with his hi ankle sprain. #redskins

That timetable would put Williams' return at either the game at home against the San Francisco 49ers on November 6 or the game on the road at the Miami Dolphins on November 13.

It remains unclear how the Redskins will account for Williams' absence. They could move Jammal Brown to left tackle or elect to promote Willie Smith or Sean Locklear to protect John Beck's blind side. Either way, the loss of Williams is a big deal, especially when combined with the season-ending injury to guard Kory Lichtensteiger.

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John Beck Reacts To Being Named Washington Redskins Starting Quarterback

ASHBURN - John Beck spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since being named the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins. Beck replaced incumbent quarterback in Rex Grossman Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after Grossman threw four interception in three quarters.

Though Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan informed his entire team Wednesday morning of his decision to go with Beck at quarterback over Grossman, he informed each quarterback on Tuesday of their fate.

"[Shanahan] just brought me in [his office] and said 'We're going to give you an opportunity to play this week,' " Beck said. "[He said] just go out there and play your game."

Beck's start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers will be just the fifth of his career and his first since his rookie season of 2007 while with the Miami Dolphins.

"I'm definitely excited," he said of his opportunity. "There's been a lot of hard work that's gone into this and you never know when your opportunity is going to come so you always have to stay ready."

Beck was in the running to earn the starting job out of training camp, but was beaten by Grossman in a close competition. The Redskins new starter believes that the last six weeks of practice have prepared him for the opportunity to perform well moving forward.

"It's been good to be able to be in the [backup quarterback] position this year," he said. "Last year I was only in that position for a couple games at the very end of the season [while] still learning the offense."

Beck was no doubt brought in to provide a spark to the offense and be able to show the ability to protect the football, something Grossman struggled with.

"Ball security is a point every single week," Beck said. "It's very hard to win in the NFL if you turn the all over. Now it's on my shoulders to take care of the football and put our team in the est position to win."

Now that the decision has been made to switch starters, it's unclear as to how long Beck will have to establish himself. Most have speculated that should Beck struggle, Shanahan could choose to go back to Grossman.

"I don't know because [me and Shanahan] haven't had that conversation," he said of his status as the starter. "I can't really think about that because if I try to think of it as 'Oh, I have to do everything right now,' that can be putting too much pressure on yourself."

Shanahan will address the media after Wednesday's practice to discuss the reasons behind Grossman's benching and what Beck will bring to the offense, and for how long this change could last.

But as far as Beck goes, the fifth year man our of BYU realizes that his opportunity is right here, right now.

"You just have to play," he said. "Just play football."

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Trent Williams Injury Update: Redskins' Lineman Likely To Miss Game Vs. Panthers

When John Beck takes the field Sunday as the Washington Redskins' new starting quarterback--in place of Rex Grossman, a result of a tremendously uninteresting quarterback controversy--he may not have Trent Williams available to protect his blind side. The Redskins' left tackle sprained his right ankle last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and is likely to miss Washington's next two games, including this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, according to Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com.

Right tackle Jammal Brown could move to left tackle to take Williams' place, according to Fitzgerald, although Brown "has not taken left tackle reps in practice since 2010." Usually, it's Sean Locklear who serves as Williams' backup.

Williams, whom Washington selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has started each of the Redskins' five games this season, and 18 out of his 19 career games overall.

Even without Williams, the Redskins ought to be able to move the ball effectively against the Panthers' weak pass rush: with nine sacks on the season, Carolina ranks No. 25 in the league. The Panthers don't defend the run well either, as no team has yielded more rushing touchdowns (eight) or rushing yards (842) than they have.

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Rex Grossman Reacts To John Beck Being Named Washington Redskins' Starting QB

ASHBURN - Rex Grossman spoke to the media for the first time Wednesday since the announcement of his benching in favor of John Beck.

Grossman was removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after throwing four interceptions in just three quarters. After the game, it was clear Mike Shanahan was pondering a quarterback change. That proved to be true as the head coach addressed the team Wednesday morning, informing them that Beck will indeed be the starter going forward.

"I was frustrated [when I found out]," Grossman said. "Not completely surprised, but disappointed that I wasn't able to come back off [the Eagles game]."

Though the Eagles game was by far Grossman's worst, he was struggling to lead the offense in his three prior games against Arizona, Dallas and St. Louis. In five starts this season, Grossman has tallied 11 turnovers in all.

"The frustrating part about it is that I do think that [the four prior games] were good performances," Grossman said. " "They should have been great." 

"Whatever you want to say about turnovers," he continued. "There's always a reason, but ultimately I'm responsible for the ball."

Washington's quarterback quandary in 2011 has been one most observers believed would happen. With Grossman now being benched in favor of Beck, there's no assurance his replacement will be able to keep his job either, leaving room for a possible return for Grossman.

"If I do get back in there, I'm going to feel real good about it, and feel real good where I'm at. I'll just try to get better on the things I did well. Having success and winning games will propel my confidence if I do get back in there," Grossman said.

For more on the John Beck vs. Rex Grossman situation, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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John Beck Being Named Washington Redskins' Starting Quarterback Confirmed By Multiple Reports

The news that John Beck will replace Rex Grossman as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the team's game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday has been confirmed by multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report on the story, and it has now been confirmed by several other reporters.

First, the news was confirmed by Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Then, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network did the same and added the following nugget.

Mike Shanahan notified his QBs early this morning that John Beck is the new starter. Did not tell his staff or any players til this AM. Many Skins players and coaches expected the move to Beck. Not a surprise.

That's interesting, especially in light of Santana Moss' recent comments backing Grossman. On Monday, Moss said the Redskins "can't just give up on [Grossman] after one game." It'll be interesting to see his reaction on Wednesday when the media talks to the players.

For more on the John Beck vs. Rex Grossman situation, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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John Beck Named Washington Redskins' Starting Quarterback Over Rex Grossman, According To Report

The Washington Redskins will be making a change at quarterback when they square off with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. John Beck will be named the team's starter, replacing Rex Grossman, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. An announcement from coach Mike Shanahan is expected later Wednesday.

The move comes after Grossman was benched in the Redskins' 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Grossman threw four interceptions, including three to the same player, and was replaced at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Beck was inserted into the game and led the Redskins on a scoring drive, but it was not enough to complete the comeback.

The two quarterbacks battled in the preseason, with Shanahan selecting Grossman then. Despite a 3-2 record, Grossman has been erratic and turnover-prone, which prompted the change.

For more on the decision, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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