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0-1, 3rd in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The health of the Redskins' secondary prompted them to seek veteran experience rather than promoting one of their own off the practice squad. They signed Aaron Colvin, who was cut by the Houston Texans Tuesday -- one day after he allowed a key catch to New Orleans' Ted Ginn, leading to a game-winning field goal. Colvin was criticized for how much cushion he gave Ginn on the play. Washington needed another healthy body. Corners Fabian Moreau (doubtful with an ankle injury) and Quinton Dunbar (questionable with a knee injury) might not play Sunday. Moreau almost definitely won't while Dunbar did not practice the last two days. Colvin has started 28 games in his career. Washington also has Josh Norman, Jimmy Moreland and Domonique Rodgers- Cromartie. They signed corner Simeon Thomas earlier in the week, but that was mostly for special teams. They also have Adonis Alexander on the practice squad. Like Thomas, he's not viewed as someone who could help from scrimmage immediately.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman called Dallas receiverAmari Cooper "one of the best route runners in the league." He sets up defenders using quick feet. In one game vs. Washington last season, Cooper caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Cruz: Prescott is only going to get better (0:49)
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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's confident in what running back Derrius Guice still can do for the team in the future. He called the procedure a "minor one."

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Source: Redskins' Guice (knee) out 6-8 weeks

RB Derrius Guice will miss six to eight weeks, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, creating an opportunity for Adrian Peterson to start for the Redskins.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins led the NFL with 32 accepted holding penalties last season; they had five such penalties accepted in the season opener. That's led to some complaining by linemen, notably right tackle Morgan Moses, that the team is being targeted. Moses was called for eight holds last season and two Sunday. Coach Jay Gruden said, "If they're targeting you, you have a bullseye on your chest then you better be more careful with your hands. That's the way it is, that's the way it's going to be. Hopefully we do a better of disciplining ourselves with our hand usage." The Redskins aren't good enough to keep overcoming these holding penalties.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins must do a better job maintaining their rush discipline vs. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. They did a good job of this in the first half vs. the Eagles' Carson Wentz on Sunday until the second half. Then, because of it, he completed key third down passes on scoring drives. On a third-and-7 in the fourth quarter, rookie linebacker Montez Sweat rushed upfield, then tried to duck inside. Wentz slipped outside and completed a 16-yard pass. Earlier in that drive, the right side of the Redskins' front - Daron Payne and Cassanova McKinzy -- appeared to stunt the other way. But no one replaced them and Wentz slipped outside for a 16-yard gain on third-and-15. If the Redskins aren't more consistent, Prescott will hurt them with his legs and his arm.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins waived corner Greg Stroman with an injury designation and signed corner Simeon Thomas off Seattle's practice squad, per the NFL transaction wire. They also waived tight end J.P. Holtz. They also signed defensive lineman T.Y. McGill. Stroman was a reserve who could play inside or outside as well as special teams, but he injured his groin in Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. Thomas was a sixth-round pick by Cleveland in 2018, but spent most of last season on Seattle's practice squad. There's a chance Stroman will be placed on the Redskins' injured reserve list if he goes unclaimed. Holtz was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday with Jordan Reed unable to play.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bucs outside linebacker and second-round draft pick Noah Spence is working out for the Redskins on Tuesday, per a source. He also visited with the Bills last week.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he of course wants to have running back Adrian Peterson on the roster. "Who wouldn't want to have Adrian?" Gruden said.

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Skins' Guice has knee injury; Peterson back in mix

Redskins running back Derrius Guice suffered an injury to his right knee Sunday and could miss some time, according to coach Jay Gruden, potentially paving the way for Adrian Peterson to get more playing time in Washington's crowded backfield.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Last year Redskins LT Trent Williams recorded a pass block win rate of 92%, above the OT average of 86%. Today his replacement, Donald Penn, posted a PBWR of 73%. PBWR is an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Redskins passed on 33 of the 36 (92%) of the snaps that Chris Thompson was on the field, per NFL Next Gen Stats. They passed on 12 of the 22 plays (55%) he was off it.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in explaining the Adrian Peterson decision that they'll probably run on 60 percent of the first downs and that Derrius Guice can handle those. Then Gruden added: "If we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in I-formation then sure I'll get him up." Gruden said Peterson's status would be determined week to week, but the desire to bolster special teams was key to keeping Peterson inactive.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Big takeaway: The Redskins' defense needs to be a lot more sound and impactful if this team is going to even think about having a good year. They were plagued, once again, by some communication mishaps that led to big touchdowns -- just like last season. Corner Josh Norman said part of the issue stemmed from not getting certain calls or audibles to the outside quick enough. Safety Montae Nicholson said some of it was from not playing a lot together thus far. Regardless, it was bad -- and it wasn't just the secondary. "That miscommunication will kill you every time," Norman said. "We'll get it corrected. ... You get out like that you got to put guys away, you've got to shut the door."

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Team Stats

Passing Yards370.05th
Rushing Yards28.031st
Points For27.0Tied-13th
Points Against32.027th