Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden spoke to reporters today and the focus was on the growing number of injuries the team has suffered this season. The Redskins were missing 3 out of 5 of their starting offensive linemen going into the game, and had more linemen go down with injury during the team’s loss to the Cowboys. Trent Williams will reportedly be week-to-week as he tries to rest his knee that will need surgery. Brandon Scherff and Spencer Long also missed yesterday’s game. Shawn Lauvao was injured with a stinger, backup LT T.J. Clemmings injured his ankle, Ty Nsekhe is still recovering from core muscle surgery, and Morgan Moses has been playing on injured ankles all season. Not good.
Another big injury on the defensive line happened yesterday when second-year DL Matt Ioannidis fractured his hand in the 1st quarter. Gruden said Ioannidis will need surgery and could miss a few weeks. The Redskins already lost rookie stud DL Jonathan Allen for the year with a Lisfranc injury. The pair had been a force together, and were the best players on the Redskins defensive line this year.
Gruden also expects to be without TE Jordan Reed for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Reed hurt his hamstring in the 2nd quarter and was unable to return. The Redskins were down to one healthy tight end after Niles Paul left the game with a concussion after being the lead blocker on a Rob Kelley touchdown and taking a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit from Sean Lee. The Redskins will look to rookie Jeremy Sprinkle to be active this week.
Gruden was asked about tomorrow’s trade deadline, but didn’t give any indication the team would be active. There are too many injuries, and the team isn’t looking to move core players, injured or not. This could all change by tomorrow, but for right now the Redskins aren’t in the market...
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Matt Ioannidis hand injury:
Jay Gruden says Matt Ioannidis will have surgery on his injured hand and should be able to return hopefully in two weeks or so.— JakeKring-Schreifels (@jakeks19) October 30, 2017
Gruden says #Redskins DL Ioannidis (hand) will have surgery on Wed, fractured 4th metacarpal during #DALvsWAS. Could play again this season. https://t.co/MDPXyxAxIk— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 30, 2017
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said if he had to guess now, tight end Jordan Reed won't play Sunday after hurting his... https://t.co/TDCSWy5eEp— John Keim (@john_keim) October 30, 2017
“Matt Ioannidis is going to have surgery on Wednesday. There’s a possibility he could return. He has a fracture of his fourth metacarpal. Niles Paul is in the concussion protocol, possibility he could miss some time. [Stefan] McClure has a hamstring strain, could miss some time. Jordan Reed – hamstring strain – same. Shawn Lauvao – stinger – decreased strength in arm. He could miss some time. T.J. Clemmings has an ankle sprain, he’ll be day-to-day. [Bashaud] Breeland has a knee [injury] and also developed some groin soreness, he’s day-to-day. [Jamison] Crowder has a hamstring and lower-leg contusion, he’ll be day-to-day. [Montae] Nicholson has a stinger and AC joint aggravation. And then updates, [Spencer] Long will be week-to-week. Trent Williams – knee – he’s going to see how he feels during the week. Ty Nsekhe is going to increase his workload and see if he can practice. And then [Brandon] Scherff will be the same; hopefully we can increase his work and see if he can go or not.”
Gruden: We have 13 guys that are questionable, but only 7 that can be inactive— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 30, 2017
Gruden on injuries: We got it on our shirt, we got by any means, we just got to find a way to get it done— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 30, 2017
Gruden expresses that all the injuries trickle down to some struggles on special teams, too.— JakeKring-Schreifels (@jakeks19) October 30, 2017
Gruden on starters not practicing but still playing on Sunday: I'd jump for joy if people can play— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 30, 2017
Strength and conditioning coaches:
Gruden: There's so many injuries on this list that I dont think it's strength and conditioning related. Coach doesnt blame training staff— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 30, 2017
Who starts at LT?:
Gruden says he has no idea who’d be @ LT if #Skins practiced tmrw, w TWilliams, TNsekhe, TJClemmings all out. That’s 1-2-3 on depth chart— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) October 30, 2017
Jay Gruden says #Redskins couldn't have much of a practice tomorrow if he wanted to because "I don't have a left tackle."— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 30, 2017
Depth is getting thin:
Gruden says #Redskins are short at DLine, safety and in limbo on OLine. Cant make many roster moves bc of the injuries— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 30, 2017