Jay Gruden spoke to the media today and gave updates on the Redskins growing injury list. There was only one player designated as out this week, rookie safety Troy Apke who has been dealing with a hamstring injury most of the season. Left guard Shawn Lauvao returned to practice to test his injured calf this week, but he is listed as doubtful and won't play again this week. The Tony Bergstrom at center and Chase Roullier to LG combo will go again for another week.
The Redskins have some big issues at WR right now, and their depth could be tested this week. Josh Doctson missed the Saints game on Monday night with a heel injury that is expected to linger all year. Gruden said he could have gone last week but was held out. He has been limited all week in practice, but could return for Sunday's home game vs Carolina.
Jamison Crowder(ankle) and Paul Richardson Jr.(shoulder/knee) are a little more concerning right now. Crowder didn't practice all week after getting hurt on Monday, and could miss Sunday's game. Richardson only returned to practice today, but has been dealing with these injuries most of the season and has played through them.
The Redskins finally used Maurice Harris last week, and it looks like he could be getting a lot more playing time Sunday. Michael Floyd and Brian Quick are also going to have to step up if multiple starters are forced to sit this week.
The Redskins stsrting RBs were also dinged up on Monday night. Adrian Peterson suffered a shoulder strain that he said was dislocated after the game. He also still has the ankle injury listed from the Week 3 Packers game, and the knee injury likely from an early hit in the Saints game. Peterson is listed as questionable and has been limited in practice all week. Chris Thompson has knee and rib injuries he got during the Saints game. Like Peterson he has been limited, is questionable, and expected to play Sunday.
The only other player listed as questionable is ILB Zach Vigil with a thigh injury. He was limited Wednesday/Thursday, but was a full particapnt in practice today.
WATCH LIVE: Head coach Jay Gruden speaks to the media following practice Friday. https://t.co/VQJ520O7vB— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 12, 2018
Gruden at the podium. OUT: Apke. DOUBTFUL: Lauvao— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 12, 2018
Peterson, Crowder, Doctson, Richardson, Williams and Vigil are questionable.
Safety Troy Apke is out for Sunday. Guard Shawn Lauvao is doubtful. Among the questionable: Jamison Crowder, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Josh Doctson. Coach Jay Gruden said he expects all of them to be game time decisions.— John Keim (@john_keim) October 12, 2018
Crowder (ankle) officially questionable. Gruden said he needs to see him run. Decision won’t be made until Sunday morning. #redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) October 12, 2018
”I think he needs to get up and run. I think that won’t happen. A couple of these guys… I won’t know until Sunday at about 9, 10 o’clock, when they get out on the field. See if they can run and do some things. We have everything covered if they can’t go but there’s three or four of these guys on the list we have to wait and see on Sunday.”
Preparing for the Panthers on short week with injured players:
”It’s difficult. The guys that are here we’re trying to focus on them and getting them ready to play and then have a backup plan in case some of these other guys can’t play.”
Lauvao is doubtful, didn’t practice today. Was sore after going. Through that limited session. #redskins— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) October 12, 2018
”Yeah, he practiced on… what was it, Wednesday? Tried to go, went through all the team periods and was just a little sore. Those calves, like I said, they linger, they get tight again, so we’ve got to make sure he’s right because I think it could be a lingering thing for a long time.”
What the Panthers offense added under OC Norv Turner:
”I don’t know. They added some different conceptual plays. I think every coach in the offseason, they come up with different things that suit their personnel. Things that other teams have run, some things that he’s been successful with in the past. He’s been a big power guy in the past and he’s implemented that both with the quarterback, and they’ve done that before, a lot of teams have. Some of the down the field, play action, things like that he’s added."