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Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: Montae Nicholson won't play this week, team is gathering information on his arrest

Jay Gruden speaks to reporters after today’s practice

NFL: Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Gruden stepped up to the podium to answer questions after today's practice. Video was released this afternoon of Redskins safety Montae Nicholson's early morning fight that led to his arrest for assault and battery and drunk in public. Gruden said he will not play this week, and the team will discuss his future when they gather more information.

Injury updates:

Montae Nicholson:

Injuries at cornerback:

"Yeah, that’s what we’re working through right now. Like I’ve said many times, I’d like to leave Fabian [Moreau] outside. We’ll look at obviously [Greg] Stroman back out at nickel, and if need be, we can play Fabian at nickel and Adonis [Alexander] and Stroman at corner, so we’ll go from there.”

Jamison Crowder:

"I think it’s been pretty good. He had a couple of unfortunate drops against the Giants, but he came back and made an unbelievable catch in the game against Jacksonville. He’s our force; we know where he’s at. We know that he’s a great weapon for us. How we get him the ball, when we get him the ball is not his fault, but we’ve just got to try and get him more involved in the offense somehow. He had four catches I believe last week, but I think that number has got to go up for this offense, especially with Jordan Reed being sidelined, Jamison has to be a major, impactful player for us in the passing game.”

Vernon Davis:

"I think he’s been in the league for so long, caught so many balls, he has a great routine and he works at it every day as hard as anybody. I think it’s a credit to him as far as why he’s been in the league for so long, it’s his work ethic. It’s just unfortunate. I think that one was such a bang-bang. You expect that one to be down the sidelines further, but Josh [Johnson] had to get it up quicker because he had somebody in his face right away and when he saw it, he saw it late. It hit him in the hands the guy made a good play. But yeah, we expect Vernon to make those plays, he’s a great weapon on vertical routes for us and underneath routes, so he’ll just keep working and try to get another opportunity.”

Derrick Henry:

Josh Johnson:

"I just hope he continues to get more comfortable. We have to throw more at him. Tennessee is an entirely defensive scheme than the Jacksonville Jaguars, so we’re going to have some new concepts and go from there. He’s got to handle it. He’s got to handle the noise again. I think it will be a lot more of an issue at Tennessee, being a Saturday afternoon and a huge game for them as well, so the noise will be a factor. Mainly, it’s just handling what he’s got to handle. He’s got to handle the progressions, the snap counts, the formations, the blitz looks that they give you which I can’t even tell you how many blitzes there are. There are about 3,000 we watched, so it’s going to be a great challenge for him. But, the most important thing is to keep his poise and make plays with his legs when he has to.”

Balancing the run and pass game with RB Adrian Peterson:

"I think he’s always going to be the focal point. Until somebody takes him away, if they start taking him away, then we have to be able to adjust and do some different things. But, still I think you have to be balanced in what you do. I don’t ever want to go into a game saying we’re going to hand it to Adrian 40 times. I think that’s unrealistic. I think we’ve got to be balanced, mix in some different types of schemes in the running game, mix in some quick passes and some bootlegs and options and all that good stuff. The more success we have on first, second down, the more successful we’ll be.”

Titans defense:

“They’re physical. Their linebackers are very physical. [Rashaan] Evans is very physical, [Wesley] Woodyard – how do you say his name? Woodyard, he’s a very physical guy. We know [Brian] Orakpo very well, Jayon Brown runs around there. Obviously Jurrell Casey is a very explosive player at defensive tackle and he moves around. But really, it’s the multiplicity of what they do, especially on third down. They have three defensive linemen, four defensive linemen, they’re in double A’s, and they’re all over the place. Coach [Mike] Vrabel has always been an outstanding defensive coordinator and he’s got those guys playing very hard.”