Antonio Gibson

Washington Redskins
Running Back #24
Washington Redskins
Running Back #24
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Shines at OTAs despite toe issue

Gibson (toe) hasn't shown any limitations during OTAs in June, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Running backs coach Randy Jordan and head coach Ron Rivera both had lofty praise for Gibson, with Jordan even using the term "night and day" to describe the running back's development since last year. However, it wasn't all good news coming out of OTAs, as Gibson revealed he's still receiving treatment for the toe injury that sidelined him for Weeks 14 and 15 of his rookie season. It sounds like a matter of maintenance rather than an acute issue, considering Gibson was a full participant in every workout that was open to the media. There's certainly some risk of re-injury, but the toe shouldn't prevent Gibson from practicing at the start of training camp, where he'll be locked in as Washington's starting running back and lead ballcarrier.

Jun 28, 2021 8:31 AM EST


Still bothered by toe

Gibson's toe injury from last season hasn't fully healed, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: After missing Weeks 14 and 15, the rookie returned for Weeks 16-17 and Washington's lone playoff contest, though he was limited to 185 total yards and zero TDs over the three-game stretch to close out the year. Gibson didn't need surgery after the season, but it's apparently been a slow process working his way back from turf toe, as he still notices pain/discomfort at times. That said, Gibson has been practicing with teammates at OTAs, where he says he's been running and cutting at full speed. He also revealed that he still gets treatment for the troublesome toe, hoping it'll eventually get back to 100 percent, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.

Jun 2, 2021 12:14 PM EST



Won't need toe procedure

Gibson indicated that he won't require an offseason procedure to address the toe issue he played through down the stretch this season, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gibson, who is currently listed on the Washington Football Team web site as 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, also noted that he hopes to slim down some this offseason, with an eye toward gaining more explosiveness as a runner. In 14 games this past season, the 2020 third-rounder carried 170 times for 795 yards and 11 TDs, while catching 36 of his 44 targets for 247 yards. Looking ahead, Gibson is slated to head his team's backfield from the get-go in 2021 and in that context, he should see increased volume as long as he can stay on the field. Also remaining under contract with Washington next season are pass-catching ace J.D. McKissic, as well as Peyton Barber and Bryce Love.

Jan 10, 2021 6:52 AM EST


Struggles in wild-card loss

Gibson (toe) rushed 14 times for 31 yards and secured two of three targets for four yards in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night.

Analysis: The rookie back was able to work through his toe issue as he had during the final two regular-season games, but he unsurprisingly found running room at a premium against the Buccaneers' No. 1-ranked rush defense. Despite missing two games to injury and splitting carries throughout the majority of the campaign, Gibson still finished his first pro season with a solid 4.7 yards per carry, 11 rushing touchdowns and 36 receptions. He'll look to build on those numbers significantly in 2021 while likely serving in a more clear-cut lead-back role.

Jan 9, 2021 9:46 PM EST


Playing Saturday

Gibson (toe) is active for Saturday's wild-card game versus the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: For a third consecutive contest, Gibson is playing through a turf toe injury. In the first two outings, he combined for 33 touches for 150 yards from scrimmage. That said, he hasn't reached the end zone since torching the Cowboys for three touchdowns back in Week 12.

Jan 9, 2021 4:13 PM EST



Questionable for wild-card round

Gibson (toe) is listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card game versus the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Gibson sat out Weeks 14 and 15 due to a turf toe injury, but he was able to cap the season with appearances in both of Washington's final two games of the campaign. Considering he took on 33 touches for 150 yards from scrimmage in those outings, he should be good to go this weekend, which will be confirmed approximately 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 7, 2021 11:49 AM EST


Looking good for Saturday

Gibson (toe) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gibson played through the same injury the past two weeks, including 20 touches and 59 percent snap share in the Week 17 win over Philadelphia. He gets a tough matchup in the wild-card round, facing a Bucs defense that led the league in both rushing yards allowed (80.6 per game) and opponent YPC (3.6).

Jan 6, 2021 11:39 AM EST


Gets in work on side

Gibson (toe) worked with the training staff on the side during Wednesday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gibson played through a turf toe injury Weeks 16 and 17, racking up 136 yards on 29 rushes (4.7 YPC) and hauling in four of five targets for 14 yards. He didn't log any practice reps last week before suiting up for the regular-season finale, so he doesn't necessarily have to take part in drills this week to be cleared for Saturday's wild-card game versus the Buccaneers. Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether or not Gibson made an appearance on the practice field.

Jan 6, 2021 10:44 AM EST


Listed as DNP Tuesday

Gibson (toe) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gibson logged 37 of a possible 63 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's playoff-clinching win over the Eagles, en route to carrying 19 times for 75 yards. With no reported setbacks in that contest, it seems likely that Gibson's DNP listing Tuesday is indicative of him continuing to manage the toe issue that led to him being listed as questionable heading into Week 17 action.

Jan 5, 2021 2:11 PM EST


75 yards in crucial win

Gibson (toe) rushed 19 times for 75 yards and caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's playoff-clinching win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Gibson concludes his rookie campaign with 795 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 170 carries (4.7 yards per tote) while catching 36 passes for 247 more yards. Washington unearthed a gem in the third round of this year's draft, and the breakout back let the world know with a monstrous three-touchdown showcase against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Gibson was already producing fantasy worthy numbers prior to his explosion on national television, but his ascension to the top of the player rankings was brought to a screeching halt when he suffered a toe injury late in the year. The 22-year-old was able to get back into action right before Washington heads into the playoffs, which bodes well for the Football Team's chances of upsetting the Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Perhaps the talented rookie can increase his stock even more with another statement game on the national stage, but we may have seen enough to already consider Gibson a starting-level player with upside in fantasy drafts next season.

Jan 3, 2021 11:04 PM EST


Active Sunday

Gibson (toe) is active for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: Gibson is playing through a turf toe injury at the moment, which sidelined him Weeks 14 and 15 before he mustered 69 yards from scrimmage on 13 touches last Sunday against the Panthers. Washington can clinch the NFC East with a victory Sunday, meaning he may attempt to increase his 30-percent share of the offense snaps from Week 16.

Jan 3, 2021 4:08 PM EST


Likely to play Week 17

Gibson (toe), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, is expected to be "good to go" for the regular-season finale, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gibson's availability won't be locked in until Washington releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the game's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, but the rookie looks like he'll be ready to go as the Football Team looks to punch its ticket to the postseason. After missing Weeks 14 and 15 while battling turf toe, Gibson returned to action for the Week 16 loss to Carolina, playing 21 snaps and carrying 10 times for 61 yards while hauling in three of four targets for eight yards. Gibson didn't practice in any fashion this week, but head coach Ron Rivera indicated that the Football Team was merely taking a cautious approach with the running back leading up to the all-important season finale. Assuming he's active, Gibson should serve as Washington's lead ballcallier while splitting work on passing downs with J.D. McKissic.

Jan 3, 2021 5:42 AM EST


Listed as questionable

GIbson (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There was no report of a setback after last week's loss to Carolina, but there will inevitably be some level of concern after Gibson was held out of practice Wednesday through Friday. If he doesn't end up playing Sunday night, Washington likely would split backfield work between J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber -- just as we saw in Weeks 14 and 15.

Jan 1, 2021 11:18 AM EST


Not spotted Friday

Gibson (toe) isn't participating in the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Gibson returned from a two-game absence for last week's loss to the Panthers, taking 13 touches for 69 yards while playing 30 percent of offensive snaps. The missed practice time might seem worrisome, but coach Ron Rivera said the rookie running backs is "fine", and OC Scott Turner said Gibson's reduced snap share last week was a product of game script. Still, we'll need to keep a close eye on Washington's final injury report Friday afternoon.

Jan 1, 2021 9:40 AM EST


Another absence Thursday

Gibson (toe) didn't practice Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: For a second consecutive session, Gibson logged a DNP as he manages a turf toe injury that sidelined him Weeks 14 and 15. Coach Ron Rivera alleviated concerns Thursday, stating Gibson is "fine" and Washington is allowing the running to get as much rest as possible to be ready for game day, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. Considering Gibson churned out 69 yards from scrimmage on 13 touches this past Sunday against the Panthers, he should be good for at least that much work Week 17 in Philadelphia if he's able to suit up.

Dec 31, 2020 11:24 AM EST


Absent for second straight practice

Gibson (toe) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday and is slated to go down as a non-participant on Washington's official report, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After missing two games while battling turf toe, Gibson returned to action in the Week 16 loss to the Panthers, carrying 10 times for 61 yards and catching three passes for eight yards while playing 30 percent of Washington's offensive snaps. Though Washington didn't report that Gibson experience a setback in his return to action, his absence from two straight practices to begin Week 17 may indicate otherwise. Gibson will likely need to get back on the field in at least a limited capacity Friday to have a shot at suiting up in Sunday's game against the Eagles. If Gibson can't go, Washington would turn to J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber as its main options out of the backfield.

Dec 31, 2020 10:05 AM EST


Misses practice again

Gibson (toe) did't practice Wednesday, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: Gibson is listed with the same toe injury that kept him out in Weeks 14 and 15. He then return for Sunday's loss to the Panthers, taking 10 carries for 61 yards and three catches for eight yards while playing just 30 percent of offensive snaps. The workload was disappointing relative to his pre-injury norm, but that seems to have been a matter of game script/context rather than any setback with Gibson's toe. Regardless, fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on his progress throughout the week, with Washington gearing up for a win-to-get-in game Sunday night against the Eagles.

Dec 30, 2020 11:25 AM EST


Tallies 69 yards in return

Gibson carried the ball 10 times for 61 yards in Week 16 against the Panthers. He added three receptions for eight yards.

Analysis: Gibson returned to the field for the first time since Week 13 after recovering from a toe injury. Washington fell behind and was scripted out of their run game early on, though Gibson still accounted for 10 of the team's 19 rushing attempts -- three of which went to quarterbacks. Gibson also showcased some explosiveness, breaking off gains of 22 and 13 yards . He should be relied upon heavily with the NFC East title at stake in a Week 17 matchup against the Eagles.

Dec 27, 2020 6:03 PM EST


Back in action Sunday

Gibson (toe) is listed as active Sunday against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Back in action for the first time since suffering a turf toe injury Week 13 at Pittsburgh, Gibson could have a smaller workload than normal, considering he practiced in a limited capacity in advance of this contest. J.D. McKissic still is on hand for pass-catching reps out of Washington's backfield, while Peyton Barber is available for early-down work and short-yardage situations. Still, in the 11 appearances in which he was healthy this season, Gibson averaged 15.5 touches for 79.8 yards from scrimmage and one TD per game.

Dec 27, 2020 11:41 AM EST


Set to play Sunday

Gibson (toe), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 22-year-old practiced as a limited participant all week to earn the questionable tag, but it appears he has a strong chance of suiting up Week 16. Gibson's status will receive additional clarity about 90 minutes before the 4:05 ET kickoff when Washington releases its list of inactives.

Dec 26, 2020 9:14 PM EST


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