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Bye Week is Much Needed for Ailing Washington Redskins

The Redskins Won in Oakland, but it Came at a Cost

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COMMENTARY | The Washington Redskins' victory over the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday was a costly one. While the team took care of business 24-14, they saw a number of key players taken off the field with injuries. Luckily for them, they have the bye week to recover and get ready for their Week 6 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Brian Orakpo, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Hall and Logan Paulsen all suffered some bumps and bruises Sunday. Tight end Jordan Reed was held out of the game due to a bruised thigh while Fred Davis returned from his ankle injury. Entering the week, the Redskins had two tight ends on the injury report. If it weren't for Fred Davis' return, they could have left Oakland with three tight ends on the injury report.

Paulsen's knee injury, while one that took him out of the game late, isn't as big of a deal with Davis and Reed both expected to be 100-percent for Dallas. With the return of those two, Paulsen should go back to the third string tight end role.

The injuries to Hall and Orakpo don't seem to be of very much concern, either. Both players suffered foot injuries during the game, but later returned and played well. Neither player has really seemed that concerned with their injuries.

Perhaps the most notable injury is Alfred Morris' bruised ribs. Morris suffered the injury in the third quarter and didn't return. Post game tests showed that Morris' ribs were simply bruised, not broken, and Morris seems confident that he will return without missing a game. Prior to his injury, Morris had 71 yards on 16 carries. In Morris's absence, Roy Helu Jr. did a solid job rushing for 41 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown.

Since the Redskins are entering their bye week, these four have plenty of time to rest their body's and get to 100-percent for their Week 6 matchup against the Cowboys. According to all available reports, there appears to be no cause for concern for any of these players.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer that contributes to RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.

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