Redskins battling inconsistency with Saints up next

Darren Haynes gives his One Word on the Redskins and how he thinks they will do this week against the Saints.

ASHBURN, VA. (AP) - Jay Gruden says it's on him to fix some issues after Washington Redskins players felt they weren't prepared to play.

Safety D.J. Swearinger, cornerback Josh Norman and other players lamented a lack of consistency from week to week after Washington followed up an emotional victory at Seattle with a 38-30 loss at home to Minnesota.

The 4-5 Redskins visit New Orleans on Sunday with the Saints coming off a 47-10 rout of Buffalo in which they rushed for 298 yards.

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At his news conference Monday, Gruden said the Redskins' tough schedule — which so far includes four losses to first-place teams — has an effect. But he adds that if players are struggling with success he needs to "do a better job of making sure they don't get a big head."

Another factor is injuries, which continue to pile up. Linebacker Will Compton has a Lisfranc sprain in one of his feet and running back Rob Kelley has a sprained MCL in his left knee and aggravated a sprained ankle, and Gruden expects each player to be out a few weeks.

The Redskins are planning to add a running back before facing the Saints after prior injuries along the offensive line cost them Mack Brown, whom the Vikings claimed off waivers. Rookie Samaje Perine and third-down back Chris Thompson are expected to split the carries in Kelley's absence.
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