Following their come-from-behind Week 12 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins kept their oh-so-faint playoff hopes alive heading into their Week 13 home tilt with the New York Jets. At 4-7, the Redskins all but certainly have to win out to have any hope at catching either the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, or making up the three game deficit they currently face in the wild card standings. With the injury situation at QB in Chicago and the inconsistent play of the Detroit Lions, there's at least reason to stay optimistic for another week if you're a Redskins fan.
The first order of business though is taking down a New York Jets team that's equally desperate for a win. At 6-5, the Jets are just one game behind the Bengals for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. They might be able to lose one more game -- particularly out of conference -- and still qualify for the postseason, but they may just need to win out, and it's safe to assume Rex Ryan will be preparing his team to play as if their playoffs began this Sunday.
Fortunately for Jets fans, they at least will be at close to full strength physically for their uphill battle. Not much has changed since Thursday for the Jets in terms of their injury situation. On Thursday, OL Vladimir Ducasses (knee) was the lone player to be limited in practice. On Friday, he practiced fully and is officially listed as probable. He joined running backs LaDainian Tomlinson (knee) and Shonn Greene (ribs), defensive lineman Marcus Dixon (shoulder), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (knee), offensive lineman Nick Mangold (ankle), linebacker Calvin Pace (groin), safety Brodney Pool (knee) and offensive lineman Matt Slauson (knee) as full participants in Friday's practice. All are listed as probable.
As expected, OL Mike DeVito was officially ruled out for Week 13 after missing all week of practice with an ailing knee. He run stuffing DE sustained a torn MCL in last Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills. It's not clear if he'll return in 2011, but MCL tears are, of course, far less serious than ACL injuries.