CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Tim Hightower #25 of the Washington Redskins gets attention by the training staff after being injured in the second half of the game with the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins Injuries Cause Team To Make Roster Moves

The Washington Redskins have signed a couple newcomers to their active roster to account for all the injuries they have suffered recently.

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Washington Redskins Injuries: Why I Feel Worse For Tim Hightower Than Chris Cooley

Two Washington Redskins starters were placed on injured reserve earlier this week. It's unfortunate for both of them, but it's far more unfortunate for one than the other.


Washington Redskins Make Roster Moves, Sign Two New Players To 53-Man Roster

The Washington Redskins lost two players for the season in Tim Hightower and Chris Cooley. As a result, they added two new players to the 53-man rosters. But in somewhat of a surprising move, neither of them are from the practice squad. They opted instead to just add Dominque Byrd and Jonathan Compas directly to the 53-man roster.

Byrd is a tight end who played his college ball at Southern California. With Cooley lost for the yea,r it is not surprising they brought in someone to add a little bit more depth to the tight end position.

Compas is an offensive lineman who has played all over the interior line. He played his collegiate ball at UC Davis.

The big surprise here is that Evan Royster did not get promoted from the practice squad to occupy one of these spots. They need a running back now that Hightower will be gone for the year and Royster was thought be some to be a candidate to make it straight onto the 53-man roster from training camp. It's a little surprising that the Redskins have chosen to add more depth at tight end than running back.

They will add a little bit more depth at running back on the practice squad in the form of Tristan Davis. Davis went to Auburn and has spent time on the practice squad of a handful of teams.


Chris Cooley Injury Update: Washington Redskins Tight End Placed On Injured Reserve

Chris Cooley is officially done for the season. The Washington Redskins linebacker has been placed on injured reserve, according to a team press release. Cooley had undergone surgery to fix a broken hand last week and has also been bothered by a knee injury since the preseason.

The Redskins would not say which injury caused them to end Cooley's year. Previously, it looked like Cooley may return from the hand injury in November. However, the Redskins have obviously decided to shut him down instead.

Cooley has struggled all year, catching just eight passes for 65 yards this season. However, the Redskins will miss his leadership and presence in the running game. Cooley has played eight NFL season, all with the Redskins, and has 428 receptions during that span.

Cooley is not technically a free agent until 2014, but with his production declining and injuries piling up, many are wondering if he has played his last game as a member of the Redskins.

For more on Cooley's injury, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


Tim Hightower Injury Update: Washington Redskins' RB Has Torn ACL, Out For Season

It's now official. Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the 2011 season, according to coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan announced the news in his Monday press conference, which is streaming live on ESPN 980. Hightower will be placed on injured reserve immediately.

Hightower suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Redskins' 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, when his knee buckled trying to make a cutback. He did not return to the game.

Hightower had been very solid for the Redskins this season, rushing for 321 yards and one touchdown in five games while also doing a good job in blitz pickup. His absence means the Redskins will need to rely on Ryan Torain and Roy Helu to pick it up on the ground game. Hightower was acquired by the Redskins from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason for defensive lineman Vonnie Holiday and a conditional draft pick.

For more on Hightower's injury, visit this StoryStream. For more on all the Redskins' injuries, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


Rex Grossman Update: Redskins' QB Has Pneumonia, Remains In Hospital

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman remains hospitalized with pneumonia, coach Mike Shanahan said in a news conference Monday afternoon; CBS Washington has the complete audio. Grossman was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, leaving John Beck as the team's only healthy quarterback. Fortunately for Washington, Beck escaped that game unscathed.

"We're gonna keep him in the hospital for the next 48 hours," Shanahan said, because team physician Dr. Tony Casolaro "believed it was in [Grossman's] best interests to keep him in the hospital." Shanahan hopes to have Grossman healthy enough for practice on Wednesday. He did not address the possibility of adding another quarterback to the roster.

Grossman began the 2011 season as the Redskins' starting quarterback, but Shanahan benched him in favor of John Beck after the nine-year veteran threw his fourth interception on Oct. 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles. On the season, Grossman has completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1132 yards, six touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

The team's emergency quarterback against Carolina would have been wide receiver Terrence Austin, says Mike Jones of the Washington Post. In his college career at UCLA, Austin did not attempt a single pass.

During Monday's news conference, Shanahan did not address the possibility of adding another quarterback to the roster.

For more on Grossman's status, visit this StoryStream. For more on all the Redskins' injuries, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


London Fletcher Injury Update: Redskins' Linebacker Has Pulled Hamstring, Mike Shanahan Says

The Washington Redskins have a ton of injuries right now, and there may be one more to add to the list. Linebacker London Fletcher was forced to leave the game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and coach Mike Shanahan said in his weekly press conference that Fletcher has a pulled hamstring. Via 106.7 The Fan's audio:

"London has a hamstring pull. How serious it is, I really don't know," Shanahan said. "I don't think it's that serious, but we'll find out more on Wednesday."

The injury happened late in the fourth quarter. Fletcher has been the anchor of the Washington Redskins' defense, which had been much-improved prior to the 33-20 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. Fletcher has 21 tackles, 22 assists, one interception and half a sack in six games this season.

For more on Fletcher's injury, visit this StoryStream. For more on all the Redskins' injuries, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


Santana Moss Injury Update: Washington Redskins' WR To Miss At Least Five Weeks, Says Coach Mike Shanahan

Santana Moss is expected to miss between five to seven weeks, said Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan in a Monday news conference, following surgery on his broken left hand. Moss, who leads Redskins wide receivers with 25 catches this season, suffered the injury Sunday in the Skins' 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Should Moss miss just five weeks, he'd sit out games against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 30, the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 6, the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 13., the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 20, and the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 27.

The Redskins are already a mediocre passing team, ranking No. 21 in touchdowns (seven) and No. 31 in interceptions (10) on the season. As Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk notes, Moss and Jabar Gaffney are the only Washington wide receivers with more than 60 yards receiving on the season; tight end Fred Davis leads the team with 28 catches for 423 yards.

Without their best wide receiver, Washington figures to have to rely even more on the run game for offense. However, lead running back Tim Hightower has a torn ACL which may rule him out for the season -- a story you can follow in this StoryStream on SB Nation D.C. -- which further complicates matters.

At 3-3, the Redskins are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for second place in the NFC East, trailing the division-leading New York Giants by one game.

For more on Moss' injury, visit this StoryStream. For more on all the Redskins' injuries, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


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.

For more on the Washington Redskins, check out SB Nation's Washington Redskins blog Hogs Haven. For more on the Redskins vs. Panthers showdown, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Panthers, visit SB Nation's Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader.


Chris Cooley Injury Update: Washington Redskins' Tight End Says He'll Miss At Least A Month

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley announced that he is likely going to miss at least a month due to a broken finger injury suffered in the Washington Redskins' 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Cooley, who had surgery on the finger on Wednesday, told "The Sports Junkies" on 106.7 The Fan that he would miss 4-6 weeks.

Cooley said he surgery was successful in repairing his index finger but the hardest part is being able to withstand contact on it, like catching a football, without experiencing pain.  However, Cooley’s timetable for return isn’t that long.

"You say it’s a broken bone.  So you say it’s four to six weeks."

Later, Cooley held court with reporters in the Redskins' locker room and said he expects the injury to sideline him for at least a month. We will see exactly when he is coming back, but either way, he is not going to be out for the rest of the season.

For more on Cooley's injury, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


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.

For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


Eagles Vs. Redskins Injury Update: Kory Lichtensteiger Has Torn ACL, MCL, Out For Year

Washington Examiner reporter John Keim tweeted Sunday afternoon that Redskins center Kory Lichtensteiger suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the first half against the Eagles. The injury happened in the first quarter on Rex Grossman’s first interception of the day. It’s a big blow to the Skins as Lichtensteiger’s 2011-12 season is surely over.

Via John Keim:

Hearing that Kory Lichtensteiger tore his ACL, MCL. done for season. damn shame.

Shame, indeed. Lichtensteiger has been a leader at the center of the Skins offensive line, which has certainly been a work in progress in Mike Shanahan’s first two seasons in Washington. It’s a huge loss for a Redskins’ offensive line that also saw Trent Williams leave Sunday’s game with an injury.

Lichtensteiger’s immediate replacement was Erik Cook. Cook was a 7th round draft pick in 2010 out of New Mexico. He will finish the game against the Eagles at center, and it looks like he will be seeing a lot more action in this 2011 NFL season.

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