J.D. McKissic

Washington Redskins
Running Back #21
Washington Redskins
Running Back #21
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J.D. McKissic News

Nixes BUF deal, stays in Washington

McKissic changed his mind about signing with the Bills and now intends to re-sign with Washington instead, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It sounds like the contract terms will be similar or identical to McKissic's verbal agreement with the Bills for two years and $7 million. The veteran scatback might have benefited in fantasy terms from playing in a better offense, but he'll still be an important piece for Washington, replacing Antonio Gibson on third downs and other passing situations. McKissic did see a big drop in usage between 2020 and 2021, albeit with better efficiency to help negate some of the losses.

Mar 16, 2022 10:37 AM EST

Signing with Bills

McKissic is slated to sign a two-year deal with the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: According to Schefter, McKissic's deal with Bills is for $7 million, with potential for another $1 million. The 28-year-old carried 48 times for 212 yards and two TDs, adding 43 catches for 397 yards and a pair of receiving scores in 11 games for Washington last season. He'll provide Buffalo with an adept pass-catcher out of the backfield in 2022, a context that puts McKissic on the PPR radar while working behind the team's top back, Devin Singletary. The Bills also have Zack Moss under contract for the next two seasons.

Mar 15, 2022 10:00 AM EST

Not playing Week 18

McKissic (concussion) wasn't among the players added to Washington's roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Giants.

Analysis: Considering Washington never designated McKissic to return from injured reserve following his move off the active roster Dec. 21, the decision not to activate him for Week 18 hardly comes as a surprise. Washington will have Antonio Gibson, Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams as its available running backs for the finale.

Jan 9, 2022 6:19 AM EST

Out three more games

Washington placed McKissic (concussion) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: McKissic was already set to miss a third consecutive game Tuesday in Philadelphia, but his move to IR ensures that he'll also remain out Week 16 in Dallas and for the Week 17 rematch with the Eagles in Washington. The Football Team's decision to shut McKissic down through Week 17 doesn't come as a major surprise, as he was unable to practice in any fashion this week. With McKissic deactivated, lead back Antonio Gibson should be in line to pick up more passing-down work, while Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams handle small depth roles behind him.

Dec 21, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Ruled out Tuesday

McKissic (concussion) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: McKissic was unable to return to practice this week, and he'll be held out for a third straight game due to a concussion. Jaret Patterson should continue to see a slight uptick in playing time behind Antonio Gibson in Week 15.

Dec 20, 2021 12:05 PM EST

DNP on Saturday

McKissic (concussion) didn't practice Saturday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: McKissic has yet to practice this week and has logged very little on-field work since suffering a concussion and neck injury during Week 12 action against the Seahawks. Washington's Week 15 game versus the Eagles has been pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday due to COVID-19 concerns within the Football Team, giving him a bit more time to get through the league's five phases of the protocol for head injuries. Having said that, McKissic appears to be trending toward a third straight absence, which again would open the door for No. 1 running back Antonio Gibson to pick up a three-down role.

Dec 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

McKissic (concussion) 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. Though McKissic isn't one of the several Washington players who has tested positive for the virus, he could benefit from the two-day delay, given that he has yet to clear the five-step concussion protocol. Even so, considering McKissic hadn't resumed practicing as of Thursday, the pass-catching specialist is most likely trending toward missing his third consecutive contest, which would pave the way for Antonio Gibson to handle a three-down workhorse role out of the backfield.

Dec 17, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Idle for another practice

McKissic (concussion) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McKissic looked to be advancing through the concussion protocol last week after he managed limited practices Thursday and Friday before being ruled out in advance of Washington's 27-20 loss to Dallas, but the running back appears to have since suffered a setback. He's now been listed as a non-participant in two straight practices, which suggests his absence from Wednesday's session wasn't merely a maintenance day. Even if he gets back on the field as a limited participant Friday, McKissic will still need to get the green light to take contact in addition to gaining clearance from an independent neurologist in order to play Sunday in Philadelphia. Given the multiple obstacles in his way, McKissic appears likely to sit out a third consecutive game.

Dec 16, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Not practicing

McKissic (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's unclear if this is indicative of a setback or just caution, with McKissic held out after logging limited practices last Thursday and Friday. He missed the past two games, giving Antonio Gibson more work on passing downs, while Wendell Smallwood (Week 13) and Jonathan Williams (Week 14) also got a few looks. It's unclear if McKissic will be back for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

Dec 15, 2021 12:19 PM EST

Inactive for second straight week

McKissic (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McKissic made enough progress through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol this week to return to practice as a limited participant Thursday and Friday, but he doesn't appear to have been deemed ready for full contact or cleared by an independent neurologist. As such, he'll remain out for a second straight game, which should give top back Antonio Gibson a clear path to a three-down role once again. In addition to carrying 23 times for 88 yards, Gibson drew six targets -- one short of his season-high total -- and caught five passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over the Raiders.

Dec 12, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Unlikely to play

McKissic (concussion) is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: McKissic was able to log limited practices both Thursday and Friday, though there has not been any indication that he has formally passed the concussion protocol. As a result, he appears likely to miss his second consecutive game. If that were to come to fruition, Antonio Gibson would likely be in line for plenty of work, as he logged 36 touches in a Week 12 matchup that McKissic exited early and 28 touches in last Sunday's win over the Raiders. Final word on McKissic's status will come prior to the team's 1:00 P.M. kickoff Sunday.

Dec 11, 2021 9:43 PM EST

Questionable, still in protocol

McKissic (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Joh reports McKissic was a limited practice participant Friday and remains in the concussion protocol. He's still hoping to gain clearance before Sunday, after Antonio Gibson and Wendell Smallwood split McKissic's usual snaps in the win over Las Vegas last week.

Dec 10, 2021 9:47 AM EST

Gets in limited practice

McKissic (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: Since being diagnosed with a concussion following Washington's Week 12 win over the Seahawks, McKissic was listed as a non-participant in four consecutive practices and sat out a Week 13 win over Las Vegas along the way. His ability to turn in a limited practice Thursday thus marks the first step forward for McKissic as he works his way through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, McKissic was spotted taking part in position drills during the open portion of Thursday's session, but he'll need to still gain clearance for full-contact work and get the green light from an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday against the Cowboys.

Dec 9, 2021 10:29 AM EST

No practice

McKissic (concussion) did some work on a side field Wednesday but didn't take part in practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McKissic was injured in last Monday's win over Seattle and didn't practice at all last week ahead of his absence for a win over the Raiders. The side work suggests he's at least starting to progress through the concussion protocol, but it isn't yet clear if he'll be back for Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys. If not, Washington could again use the combination of Antonio Gibson and Wendell Smallwood on passing downs, though the team did add RB Jonathan Williams on Wednesday.

Dec 8, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Out with concussion

McKissic (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McKissic hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in Monday's 17-15 win over the Seahawks. His absence leaves passing-down snaps in the hands of either starter Antonio Gibson, rookie Jaret Patterson or practice-squad player Wendell Smallwood. It could be a mix of the two, or perhaps even all three.

Dec 3, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Still not practicing

McKissic (concussion) wasn't seen during the portion of Friday's practice that's open to the media, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McKissic appears headed toward his third straight DNP after suffering the concussion Monday against the Seahawks. The 28-year-old will need to fully clear the concussion protocol before being able to participate in full contact work, which is unlikely to happen ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Raiders.

Dec 3, 2021 9:02 AM EST

Missing from practice

McKissic (concussion) won't participate in Thursday's practice, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: The fact that McKissic isn't practicing even on a limited basis for the second straight day suggests he hasn't yet made much progress through the NFL's concussion protocol, which he entered after suffering a head/neck injury in Washington's 17-15 win over the Seahawks on Monday. Unless McKissic takes a significant step forward in his recovery and returns to practice Friday, he'll likely be ruled out ahead of this Sunday's game in Las Vegas. If that's the case, Wendell Smallwood could be elevated from the practice squad to provide a pass-catching option out of the backfield behind Antonio Gibson (shin) and Jaret Patterson. Washington could also simply turn to Gibson to handle more passing-down work, after he nabbed a season-high seven receptions Week 12.

Dec 2, 2021 9:06 AM EST

In concussion protocol

McKissic didn't practice Wednesday due to a concussion.

Analysis: McKissic suffered a scare in Monday's game after his helmet hit off a Seahawks defender, causing him to stay on the turf for multiple minutes. He required a cart to get to the locker room, and it was reported after the game that he was tending to a neck injury. But upon the release of Washington's first Week 13 practice report, McKissic was revealed to be in the concussion protocol. Clearly in the early phases due to his lack of activity Wednesday, he likely will need to get on the practice field by Friday to give himself a chance to be available Sunday at Las Vegas. If McKissic is unable to do so, Jaret Patterson and practice squad member Wendell Smallwood would be the candidates to work behind starter Antonio Gibson (shin).

Dec 1, 2021 3:09 PM EST

Not at practice

McKissic (neck) isn't practicing Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The pass-catching back scored both of Washington's touchdowns in a 17-15 win over Seattle on Monday before suffering a scary-looking head/neck injury in the fourth quarter. With Antonio Gibson and rookie Jaret Patterson being the only other running backs on Washington's roster, practice-squadder Wendell Smallwood could handle backfield snaps in obvious passing situations if McKissic is unavailable Sunday in Las Vegas.

Dec 1, 2021 8:51 AM EST

Diagnosed with neck injury

McKissic suffered a neck injury in Monday's 17-15 win over the Seahawks, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McKissic hit his head on a defender in the fourth quarter and remained down on the field for several minutes after the collision. He was ultimately carted off the field, though the team doesn't yet know the severity of the injury. Optimistically, teammates said that McKissic was walking around the locker room after the game. More clarification on his status should come as the week progresses.

Nov 29, 2021 9:46 PM EST

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