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WR Jamison Crowder muffed a punt in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, but is in no danger of losing his job, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Crowder fumbled two punts as a rookie, but none last season.
RT Morgan Moses (ankle sprain/shoulder sprain) played hurt for the second week in a row when he was injured during Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Rams. Moses had an ankle injury entering the game, but missed just one snap. He is listed as day-to-day.
ILB Mason Foster made the game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams while playing through a dislocated shoulder that trainers popped back into place. He didn't miss a snap. He is listed as day-to-day.
CB Josh Norman (AC joint sprain) missed three snaps in Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Rams and is listed as day-to-day entering Wednesday's practice.
OLB Preston Smith already has two sacks this season after notching one Sunday in a win over the Los Angeles Rams. Smith had just one sack in the first seven games of 2016 as he dropped from eight sacks as a rookie to 4.5.
TE Jordan Reed (chest sternum contusion) is listed as day-to-day after sustaining an injury in Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Rams.
REPORT CARD VS. RAMS
PASSING OFFENSE: C - Better even if the numbers were down from the Eagles game in Week 1. Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 27 passes for 179 yards as Washington turned to the run game to move the ball. Cousins had a touchdown pass - the game-winner to Ryan Grant late in the fourth quarter. Cousins is still trying to find common ground with Terrelle Pryor Sr. (two receptions, 31 yards) and Josh Doctson was a non-factor again with just one target. Jamison Crowder caught four passes for 21 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A - How do you square the rushing offense Washington produced against Philadelphia with what it did against the Rams? Chris Thompson was excellent again with two touchdowns, including a 61-yarder. Rob Kelley (12 carries, 78 yards) was off to a great start before leaving with a rib injury. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry. Rookie Samaje Perine (21 carries, 67 yards) took over in the second half and struggled until the go-ahead fourth-quarter drive when the Redskins again moved the ball on the ground. Washington averaged 5.9 yards per carry and 229 on the day. It was a far more balanced attack
PASS DEFENSE: B - A strong outing from the secondary save a blown coverage that went for 69 yards. Jared Goff completed just 15 passes for 224 yards - one went for a touchdown, another was the Mason Foster interception that sealed the victory. The Redskins did all that while rotating players in at safety because of injury. They'll take that effort every week.
RUSH DEFENSE: B - Washington held its opponent under 100 rushing yards for the second week in a row. That's a positive trend for a team that hasn't been able to control the run game in years. Todd Gurley had his moments for Los Angeles with a touchdown and 5.5 yards per carry. But the Rams weren't in position to go to him enough and that played in the Redskins' favor. If this defensive line can put together another strong effort against Oakland on Sunday then Washington might actually have something here.
C - The kicking game was again fine. Dustin Hopkins missed from 51 yards when his kick hit the goal post, but converted two of three field-goal attempts and all three extra points. Three of his six kickoffs went for touchbacks. Punter Tress Way dropped two punts inside the 20 and had a 62-yarder. Coverage on special teams was solid with no big plays allowed. The return game was again a non-factor, however, and Washington allowed the Rams to convert on a fake punt even though Johnny Hekker has made a career out of doing just that.
B - Just look at the basics: The Redskins committed just four penalties for 25 yards and so far have been a disciplined team this season. They didn't have a turnover. They were a little better on third downs than in the opener with seven stops in 12 tries to get off the field. Head coach Jay Gruden stuck with the run game even when it bogged down in the second half and didn't get pass happy. The defense under Greg Manusky has so far held its own and made life difficult for Jared Goff. Special teams was again a little shaky under Ben Kotwica with that fake punt allowed.