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OFFICIAL FRIDAY INJURY REPORT
Out: DE Chris Baker (chest), TE Jordan Reed (hamstring)
Questionable: G Shawn Lauvao (concussion), T Trent Williams (knee, ankle)
Probable: LB Trent Murphy (knee)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Out: T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm)
Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (hip), LB Dan Skuta (ankle)
Probable: LB Chris Borland (shoulder), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep), DE Justin Smith (not injury related)
T Trent Williams didn't practice again on Thursday after spraining his right MCL and a sprained right ankle suffered in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
DL Chris Baker didn't practice again on Thursday after spraining his clavicle during the second half against the Bucs.
LG Shawn Lauvao took limited work on Thursday after not practicing on Wednesday because of the concussion he suffered during the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.
TE Jordan Reed didn't practice again on Thursday with a hamstring injury suffered against the Bucs. He missed Weeks 2-5 with a hamstring.
OLB Trent Murphy took full work on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday just three days after partially tearing a PCL against the Bucs. DE Stephen Bowen played with a similar injury in 2011.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden's plans for victory last Sunday against Tampa Bay blew up in just three series when the first two ended in interceptions and Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams went down with knee and ankle injuries on the second. The Bucs turned the turnovers into a 10-0 lead and Washington never recovered. San Francisco's fourth-ranked defense is much better than Tampa's, but Gruden will likely try to bolster quarterback Robert Griffin III's confidence by trying to establish running back Alfred Morris early. Look for the Redskins to also try to test 49ers cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver with some deep shots to big-play receiver DeSean Jackson as long as Griffin, who has been sacked 15 times in just 115 dropbacks, has time to throw.
It wasn't the defense's fault that the Redskins fell behind 10-0 quickly last Sunday. However, Washington had no answers for Tampa Bay's combination of veteran quarterback Josh McCown and rookie receiver Mike Evans. This week, the Redskins face 49ers dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick and receivers Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, who have combined for 99 catches, 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns heading into their matchups with young cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson. San Francisco has surrendered a whopping 32 sacks, but Washington has just 15 sacks, not counting its franchise-record 10 in its Week 2 rout of Jacksonville. Kaepernick has been picked off just five times in 318 attempts. The Redskins have just three interceptions.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Redskins RB Alfred Morris vs. 49ers ILB Chris Borland.
It's no coincidence that Morris returned to form once QB Robert Griffin III returned to the lineup. Morris has run 53 times for 279 yards in Griffin's three full starts compared to 422 yards on 119 carries in Washington's other seven games. Third-round pick Borland is filling the huge shoes of injured perennial All-Pro Patrick Willis and leads the 49ers with 47 tackles.
Redskins ROLB Trent Murphy vs. 49ers LT Joe Staley.
Murphy, Washington's top choice (second round) in May's draft, moved into the lineup in Week 8 after three-time Pro Bowl pick Brian Orakpo suffered a season-ending torn pec. Murphy, who led the nation with 15 sacks as a Stanford senior in 2014 and has two sacks and a forced fumble in his three starts, returns to the Bay Area to face Staley, a Pro Bowl selection the past three years.