Antonio Gibson

Washington Redskins
Running Back #24
Washington Redskins
Running Back #24
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Antonio Gibson News

Competition for carries increases

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday he hopes Gibson and rookie third-round pick Brian Robinson will operate as a "potential 1-2 punch," Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rivera likened the new backfield tandem of Gibson and Robinson to Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, who operated as a formidable duo during his time as the Panthers' head coach. Gibson was already primed have his receiving upside limited by pass-catching complement J.D. McKissic, who opted to stick around in Washington, and it now looks like he isn't a complete lock to dominate the bulk of work between the tackles. While Gibson remains entrenched atop the depth chart, having rushed for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns through 16 games last year, his fantasy outlook will take a notable hit if Rivera indeed deploys a three-headed backfield committee for the 2022 season.

May 5, 2022 9:04 AM EST

Spectacular finish to season

Gibson rushed 21 times for 146 yards and a touchdown and brought in one of three targets for five yards in Washington's 22-7 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year back topped off the campaign with a spectacular showing, putting himself comfortably over the 1,000-yard mark in the process. Gibson was one of the few bright spots during a profoundly disappointing second half for Washington, as he gained 88 yards or more on the ground in three of the last six contests. If the Football Team upgrades at quarterback via free agency, trade or the draft, Gibson could certainly be in line for a true breakout 2022 while operating in what would be a more balanced attack.

Jan 9, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Cleared for Week 18

Gibson (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Giants, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: It is possible Washington scales back his workload in a game without playoff implications, especially after Jaret Patterson's solid showing last week when Gibson was on the COVID list, but it's also possible the second-year pro simply returns to his usual dominance of the rushing workload. Whatever the case, Gibson will be out there this Sunday, presumably starting and working as the lead back in a matchup of disappointed division rivals. He's 109 rushing yards away from 1,000 on the year, and needs one more TD to reach double digits for a second time in two seasons.

Jan 7, 2022 9:43 AM EST

Stays limited Thursday

Gibson (hip) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gibson tended to a hip injury during Week 17 prep before Washington placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list last Friday, resulting in his first absence of the campaign this past Sunday against the Eagles. He made his way back to the active roster Wednesday, but his practice reps continued to be capped by the hip issue. Gibson has managed to play through the pain this season, and Friday's injury report could pave the way for him to suit up Week 18. Even if it doesn't, though, he may have his customary questionable designation heading into the weekend.

Jan 6, 2022 10:30 AM EST

Limited in practice with hip injury

Gibson (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Gibson has dealt with toe and hip injuries late in the season, after playing through a slight shin fracture for most of the year, but the only thing that's kept him from playing in a game so far is the recent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jaret Patterson stepped up with Gibson out for Sunday's 20-16 loss to Philadelphia, taking 17 touches for 98 yards and a TD while playing 62 percent of snaps on offense. Gibson tentatively appears on track for Week 18 against the Giants, having returned to practice Wednesday after Washington took him off the COVID list.

Jan 5, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Returns from COVID list

Washington activated Gibson (hip) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Gibson can now return to team facilities and begin preparing for Week 18's season finale against the Giants. However, the second-year pro's hip injury could still remain an issue, so his participation in practice will need to be monitored closely. The Football team also has rookie Jaret Patterson, who served as the top backfield option Week 17, available.

Jan 5, 2022 8:33 AM EST

Remains on COVID list

Gibson (hip) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles, per Field Yates of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Washington made multiple roster moves Saturday, but Gibson wasn't activated by the team in advance of Week 17 action. Until the running back, who is also dealing with a hip issue, clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Jaret Patterson is poised to serve as Washington's lead option on the ground, with Jonathan Williams also factoring into the team's backfield mix as well as Wendell Smallwood.

Jan 1, 2022 12:19 PM EST

Lands on COVID list

Gibson (hip) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: It's unclear if Gibson tested positive or if he's considered a close contact, but he'll now have a short turnaround before Sunday's matchup with the Eagles to clear the health and safety protocols. Jaret Patterson is poised to serve as Washington's lead back for Week 17 with Jonathan Williams also in the mix if Gibson is unable to play.

Dec 31, 2021 8:09 AM EST

Missing from practice

Gibson (hip) wasn't present for Thursday's practice and is set to be listed as a non-participant on Washington's official report, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: After aggravating a turf toe injury, Gibson was viewed as a game-time decision leading up to last week's matchup with the Cowboys, but he proceeded to suit up and played just 35 percent of the offensive snaps -- his second-lowest share of the season - in Washington's 56-14 loss. The blowout was believed to be the root cause of Gibson's limited workload, but the fact that he's being listed on the Week 17 injury report with a hip issue suggests that the new health concern may have contributed to his light snap count. Gibson was able to practice as a limited participant Wednesday, but his absence from Thursday's workout isn't the most encouraging sign as Sunday's game against the Eagles approaches. Unless Gibson returns to the field Friday as a full participant, he'll likely carry a designation into the weekend.

Dec 30, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Bothered by hip now

Gibson was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a hip injury, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Gibson dealt with a shin fracture for most of the season and more recently a toe injury, but it's the hip that has him listed as limited this Wednesday. He'll likely give it a go this Sunday against the Eagles, following a limited workload in the Week 16 blowout loss to Dallas. Gibson was one of the few bright spots for Washington during a brutal first half, but he barely played post-halftime with the game well out of reach.

Dec 29, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Scores on eight touches

Gibson rushed six times for 29 yards and caught two of four targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 56-14 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gibson is one of Washington's top producers, and he proved that by scoring one of just two scores his team could muster in a crushing divisional loss. The sinking Football Team hasn't been able to provide positive game scripts for its starting running back, resulting an average of 31.3 rushing yards over his last three games (64.7 yards per game over previous 11 contests). Gibson has managed to keep his fantasy value afloat with two scores over the last two weeks. Next week's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, aren't world beaters on defense, but it is worth noting that Gibson was held to a 15-26-1 rushing line when these two teams met in Week 15.

Dec 26, 2021 9:47 PM EST

Playing Sunday

Gibson (toe) is active for Sunday's game at Dallas.

Analysis: Clearly, Gibson was held out of practice this week due to the toe injury he picked up Tuesday in Philadelphia for maintenance-related purposes. Now that he's confirmed to be available to the offense, he's poised for his typical 14.7 touches per game, though Jaret Patterson, Jonathan Williams and Wendell Smallwood are available for any RB reps that linger.

Dec 26, 2021 4:32 PM EST

Game-time call Sunday night

Gibson (toe) is a game-time decision for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Gibson didn't practice this past week due to a toe injury, Rapoport suggests that there's some optimism the running back could be able to give it a go. Given that Washington kicks off at 8:20 ET on Sunday, ideally those considering Gibson in Week 16 lineups would have alternatives available. Options include running backs from Dallas, Miami, New Orleans and those behind Gibson on Washington's depth chart, starting with Jaret Patterson.

Dec 26, 2021 4:51 AM EST

Takes questionable tag into Week 16

Washington lists Gibson (toe) as questionable for Sunday's game in Dallas, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: After logging 21 touches for 65 yards from scrimmage in Tuesday's loss to the Eagles, Gibson didn't log any practice activity Wednesday or Thursday while nursing the toe injury he sustained in Week 15. Per Matthew Paras of The Washington Times, head coach Ron Rivera said Gibson is dealing with an injury similar to the turf toe the running back dealt with in 2020, which sidelined him for a pair of games. Washington remains hopeful that Gibson will be ready to go by the time Sunday arrives, but with the game kicking off at 8:20 p.m ET, fantasy managers planning on including him in weekly lineups could be in a bind if he winds up on the inactive list. Jaret Patterson is the next man up for touches out of the Washington backfield, while fellow reserve back Jonathan Williams could also see an enhanced role if Gibson is limited or sits out Week 16.

Dec 24, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Sits out second straight practice

Gibson (toe) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Gibson has been playing through a stress fracture in his shin for most of the season, but it's a toe injury that has kept him off the field for Washington's first two practices of Week 16. The 23-year-old appeared to pick up the injury during Tuesday's 27-17 loss to the Eagles, but he was able to check back into the contest and compiled 65 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 21 touches (15 carries, six receptions). Washington may just be exercising some extra caution with Gibson with the Football Team facing a quick turnaround for its Week 16 game in Dallas, but the running back will likely need to practice in some capacity Friday to have a chance to play Sunday. With J.D. McKissic (concussion) on injured reserve, Jaret Patterson is the next man up for touches behind Gibson in the backfield.

Dec 23, 2021 11:19 AM EST

DNP on Wednesday

Gibson was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate due to a toe injury, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: Gibson made a brief exit from Tuesday's loss at Philadelphia and played sporadically after his return to the game, finishing with 21 touches for 65 yards and one rushing TD. Meanwhile, reserve running backs Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams combined for five carries, 25 yards and one score. With a short week to prepare for Sunday's game in Dallas, Washington didn't hold a practice Wednesday, so Gibson's status could be clarified further once the team logs some on-field work Thursday and/or Friday.

Dec 22, 2021 1:02 PM EST

Garners 21 total touches in loss

Gibson rushed 15 times for 26 yards and a touchdown and brought in six of seven targets for 39 yards in Washington's 27-17 loss to the Eagles on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Gibson overcame a minor toe injury early in the contest to log a solid workload, but there was little running room to be had against a surprisingly stout Eagles front. However, the second-year back did make a sizable impact through the air, pacing the team in receptions in the process. Gibson may have a more favorable matchup as a rusher in a Week 16 road battle against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Dec 21, 2021 8:21 PM EST

Returns from toe issue

Gibson (toe) returned to Tuesday's game against the Eagles, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Gibson was deemed questionable to return after picking up the toe injury during the first quarter, but he was able to retake the field without missing too much time. He'll continue to lead Washington's backfield as long as he remains healthy.

Dec 21, 2021 5:14 PM EST

Dealing with toe injury

Gibson exited during the first quarter of Tuesday's game against the Eagles with a toe injury.

Analysis: Gibson carried seven times for 20 yards and had two receptions for 25 yards during the first quarter before exiting with the injury. Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams should split the backfield work for Washington while Gibson is sidelined.

Dec 21, 2021 4:45 PM EST

Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

Gibson and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the game is held Tuesday as expected, Gibson could be on track to fill a three-down workhorse role out of the Washington backfield, as pass-catching specialist J.D. McKissic hadn't resumed practicing as of Thursday and may not be on track to clear the five-step concussion protocol.

Dec 17, 2021 1:37 PM EST

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