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Ron Rivera Presser: We got positive news on Brandon Scherff, but he’ll miss a few games

Ron Rivera held a presser the day after his first loss as the Washington Football Team’s head coach. He was immediately asked about the knee injury that took LG Brandon Scherff out of yesterday’s game against the Cardinals. Scherff had an Arizona defender roll up on his right leg, and he immediately went down and was helped off the field. Rivera said the news was positive for Washington’s franchise tag player. He expects Scherff to miss a few weeks, which could land him on this year’s short-term(3 week+) injured reserve. This sounds like a sprain, and will likely keep him out for 2-6 weeks depending on the severity and location of the injury. Wes Schweitzer filled in for Scherff yesterday, and will likely continue to take over that spot unless major changes are coming to the offensive line which doesn’t seem likely…yet.

Ron Rivera continues to preach patience, but that applies to coaches as well as his players. With the limited offense, it’s easy to expect more from players who have had to learn entirely new schemes with limited time to apply them on the practice field. Coaches have to self-evaluate when judging players who are still learning techniques, play calls, formations, substitutions, and more on an accelerated time frame. Rivera admits preaching patience is hard because you want success.

Rivera was asked if the coaches are putting too much pressure on one player. He mentioned Troy Apke who is in his first season as Washington’s starting FS. Apke didn’t play a lot last year, and is getting a baptism by fire. Rivera mentioned taking short-term lumps, for hopefully long-term gains. This is an experiment that many fans are ready to end quickly after Apke has looked lost multiple times already.

Rivera really focused on Dwayne Haskins Jr, and his development when the pressure question came up. He wants to make things easier for his franchise QB earlier in the games, but Haskins gets hyped, and speeds up early, which can lead to high throws and missed opportunities. Rivera wants 2nd half Haskins to show up in the first half, which means he’ll have to settle down early.

Brandon Scherff injury:

Patience:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

Troy Apke:

Throws to RBs:

Running game:

3 disappointing plays:

Cancer treatment:

Not using timeouts:

Pass rush:

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