On Edge of Playoffs, Washington Redskins Have a Secondary in Flux


Redskins safety Will Blackmon, who was a cornerback for nine N.F.L. seasons, after an interception against the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Washington has very little experience at the safety position.

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ASHBURN, Va. — Having mixed and matched safeties since late last season, the Washington Redskins have no choice but to use a safety-by-committee approach in their must-win regular-season finale.

The Redskins will make the playoffs if they beat the Giants on Sunday — as long as the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions do not tie — but at safety, they will most likely have to start a converted cornerback, Will Blackmon, and a player, Duke Ihenacho, who was inactive in Week 1.

They have been limited by season-ending injuries to David Bruton, DeAngelo Hall and the midseason addition Donte Whitner Sr., and an upper-arm injury will likely keep the rookie second-round safety Su’a Cravens sidelined. That means the Redskins, who this week put Whitner on injured reserve and brought back safety Josh Evans, will lean heavily on Blackmon,…

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