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OFFICIAL FRIDAY INJURY REPORT
Questionable: CB Bashaud Breeland (knee)
Probable: S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder), QB Robert Griffin (ankle), LB Ryan Kerrigan (wrist), LB Trent Murphy (knee), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring), LB Perry Riley (knee), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder), T Trent Williams (knee)
Out: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)
Questionable: CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
Probable: S Antone Exum (ankle, shoulder), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), TE Chase Ford (foot), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), CB Josh Robinson (ankle), DE Brian Robison (glute)
S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder) was limited again during Thursday's practice but is expected to start on Sunday at Minnesota.
T Trent Williams (knee) was limited again during Thursday's practice but is expected to start at Minnesota.
QB Robert Griffin III took full practice again on Thursday for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 and is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday at Minnesota.
CB Tracy Porter (hamstring) practiced again on Thursday after missing all but one game this season.
OLB Ryan Kerrigan took full practice again on Thursday despite spraining a wrist this past Monday at Dallas.
DE Jarvis Jenkins took full practice again on Thursday despite injuring a foot at Dallas.
While he underthrew a couple of deep balls to receiver DeSean Jackson, quarterback Colt McCoy still proved he could get the ball downfield Monday night in his first start in almost three years. That helps open the ground game for running back Alfred Morris, who is having the worst of his three seasons, to test Minnesota's 17th-ranked run defense.
While usual starter Robert Griffin III should be ready to return from the ankle he dislocated in Week 2, McCoy figures to remain in the lineup after his marvelous performance in the upset at Dallas. With Jackson deep and receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed underneath, the Redskins have the weapons as long as the line can keep Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen and defensive tackle Tom Johnson (13 sacks between them) away from McCoy.
The Redskins, who rank seventh against the pass and 15th against the run, face a Vikings offense with rookies at quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) and running back (Jerick McKinnon). The latter is having a lot more success than the former although Minnesota has good receivers in veteran Greg Jennings and speedster Cordarrelle Patterson, who'll match up with Washington's rising young cornerbacks David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland.
The line has allowed 28 sacks, which should offer pass rushing opportunities for Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, whose 7.5 sacks are more than twice as many as any etammate's total. Veteran safeties Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark and the linebackers have been very vulnerable against the pass although Meriweather sparkled last week against the Cowboys.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson vs. Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn.
In his first eight games with Washington since coming over from Philadelphia, the NFL's premier big-play receiver made eight catches of at least 45 yards despite playing with three different quarterbacks. Jackson's 20.8 yards per catch is the league's best. Minnesota ranks fourth in pass defense thanks in part to Munnerlyn, a veteran free agent pickup from Carolina who, like Jackson, is small but swift.
Redskins ILBs Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley vs. Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon.
While Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has to be relieved that Vikings record-setting running back Adrian Peterson is inactive, McKinnon, a 5-foot-9, 208-pound rookie is averaging 5.2 yards per carry with a long of 55. First-year starter Robinson leads the Redskins with 74 tackles. In fact, his 46 solos are more than all but two teammates' total tackles. Riley returned last week from a sprained knee.