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Giants vs Redskins Injury Report: Washington’s defense is hurting

The Redskins are very thin at safety this week

NFL: Washington Redskins at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins have a long injury list to start the practice week, and it’s been that way for most of the season. Four players did not practice today, all on the defense. Chris Baker has had a limited practice schedule all year, and there isn’t much concern that he will miss any time this week. The three players in the secondary are a different story.

Safety Donte Whitner, and soon to be safety Su’a Cravens both missed practice, and Coach Jay Gruden didn’t sound very enthusiastic about their chances to play on Sunday. That leaves the Redskins with Will Blackmon and Duke Ihenacho as the likely starters with Deshazor Everett as the backup. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar also missed practice and is still dealing with a concussion he suffered two weeks ago against the Panthers.

The Redskins also had 8 players listed as limited for today’s practices. On defense, four linebackers are listed, Will Compton(knee), Martrell Spaight(shoulder), Ryan Kerrigan(elbow), and Trent Murphy(foot). None of them are expected to miss Sunday’s game.

On offense, Gruden said today that RB Robert Kelley(knee), and TE Jordan Reed(shoulder) were both day-to-day. Both players are expected to be available on Sunday. On the offensive line, Spencer Long(ankle) and Vinston Painter(calf) are also listed, but expected to be active vs the Giants.

The Giants list is smaller, but they have more reason to sit players who are nursing injuries this week. Jason Pierre-Paul(core muscle) did not practice today, and will likely not play Sunday. Four other players were limited, and could be watching the game from the sidelines on Sunday; S Nat Berhe(concussion), LB B.J. Goodson(concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins(back), and TE Will Tye(illness).