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Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: No Derrius Guice update, Adrian Peterson to start, Jonathan Allen's injury not serious

Jay Gruden answers questions after today's practice

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Jay Gruden spoke to the media after today's practice. He gave updates on several injured Redskins players. Fabian Moreau returned to practice. No Derrius Guice update. Jordan Reed did individual practice today, but has not been cleared from concussion protocol.

Jonathan Allen's knee injury isn't considered serious, and he left the door open for Allen to play this week against the Cowboys. He will be getting a second opinion. Caleb Brantley is still getting checked out. Montae Nicholson is dealing with a sprained ankle. Adrian Peterson will start when Guice is out.

Injury Updates:

"Did not participate: [DL] Jonathan Allen, knee, he’s getting evaluated. Same thing with [DL Caleb] Brantley’s foot and [RB Derrius] Guice’s knee. [Quarterback Colt] McCoy was out today and [S] Montae Nicholson was out with a foot. Limited were [TE Jordan] Reed, concussion and [CB Fabian] Moreau, ankle, [CB Quinton] Dunbar, knee. Obviously, we put [CB Greg] Stroman down, he had surgery on a core muscle injury.”

Greg Stroman:

Jordan Reed:

“I’ve explained this 3,000 times, O.K. They’re never really totally out of the protocol, they just continue to get more work in practice. He did a lot of work in team today, which is good. He’s just gotta continue to get more reps and we’ll continue to monitor how he’s feeling afterwards.”

"Whenever a player gets cleared from whatever injury it is, there is no concern because he’s cleared and ready to go – that’s the way we look at it. We would never put Jordan [Reed] at risk any time, any place if we thought there was going to be a future problem. Once he gets cleared and he feels good enough to go, he’ll go.”

Adding Reed to the passing game:

"It does a lot. He’s one of the better receiving tight ends in the league so we’re able to move him around a lot and do some different things with him. It’s just hard right now at this stage when you don’t know if he’s coming in or not because there are plays you design for Jordan [Reed] you wouldn’t design for somebody else. No offense to that somebody else, but he’s different. Hopefully we’ll get a better indication tomorrow so we can kind of solidify our game plan, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Colt McCoy:

"I do not, no. This is something that he’s going to continue to get checked out, work and rehab and then when he feels like he’s 100% and can push off that thing we’ll get him back into team reps.”

Last week's loss to the Eagles:

"I think you learn from what happened in that game and learn from your mistakes, see what you did good and then move on. We have a great Dallas team coming in, won the division last year, beat the Giants pretty good last week so we have to move on. We can’t dwell on what happened last week. We have to learn from it, but move on. Our guys are excited to play our first home game, especially against the Cowboys.”

Derrius Guice:

Adrian Peterson:

Talking to the team about AP inactive last week:

"Yeah, for sure. I have relayed it and it is important for sure. The line loves blocking for Adrian Peterson. He’s a big guy. The line likes to block for Derrius Guice, but we only have one ball. That’s in the past. We’ll worry about when they’re both healthy again, if that decision ever has to come again. I thought our special teams unit did a really good covering kicks, if that makes any difference. [RB Wendell] Smallwood did a great job and [LB Tanner] Vallejo did an excellent job too. Those were the two guys it was between so those guys played a major role in special teams.”

Jon Bostic:

“I think everybody can look at themselves, coaches included, and say there are somethings you can do better. I think he brought good energy to the defense. Overall, defensively wasn’t good enough for anybody, really. Defensive line, not enough push, not good enough against the run. Linebackers, not good enough the run, not good against the pass. [Defensive backs] same thing. Coaching staff, maybe the plan wasn’t good enough. We just all gotta look in the mirror and make sure we all understand we got another game this week and we gotta learn and get better.”

Cole Holcomb:

"It says a lot. It’s not easy. We had a couple rookies step up and play pretty well for their first game. [CB Jimmy] Moreland, [LB Montez] Sweat, [Cole] Holcomb, the receivers all did good – [WR] Terry [McLaurin] obviously. I was impressed with the rookies and they’re going to get better and better. But Cole, to step in the game to play linebacker with all the things you have to do in the run game, pass game, the drops, the communication. He’s an impressive guy. He can run, he can hit, he’s smart, he’s going to be a really good one I think when it’s all said and done.”

Jonathan Allen:

Injury fluke:

"I don’t know. It’s a fluke. Derrius Guice busts his tail to get his knee back [to 100%] and he hurts his other knee. It just happens sometimes. Jonathan [Allen], quarterback sneak, got his leg tangled up. Jonathan’s [injury] is not going to be serious at all. Jonathan should be back maybe this week or next week. They do pile up: Caleb Brantley, Jordan Reed, [Greg] Stroman. We’ve gotta adjust and Montae [Nicholson] now, but hopefully Montae will be O.K.. He’s a tough guy, young. Those guys repair pretty quickly. The ones that are serious are the ones you worry about. Like Stroman, you’re concerned about.”

Holding penalties:

“We have to do a better job with hand placement. We had a point of that in the meeting today. If they’re targeting you, you have a bullseye on your chest then you better be more careful with your hands. That’s the way it is, that’s the way it’s going to be. Hopefully we do a better of disciplining ourselves with our hand usage, getting them outside the framework of the defenders body, latching on where they can’t get off. We just gotta continue to preach it, coach it and make sure they understand the importance of it because they take you out of drives. Two of them took us out. We didn’t have may drives in that game [in Week 1] and two of them were stalled by penalties and that kills you.”

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