Ron Rivera gave some injury updates after the team’s final practice before Sunday’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brandon Scherff (knee) and Sam Cosmi (ankle) will both miss the game, and the team will replace them with Wes Schweitzer and Cornelius Lucas. Curtis Samuel (groin) and Cam Sims (hamstring) will both miss another game. Rivera said they will learn more about Samuel’s injury on Monday, and make a decision about where he is in his recovery.
Expect to see more DeAndre Carter at WR this week as his role with the team expands due to injury. Dyami Brown missed last week, but is listed as questionable this week, and might return to the lineup. Terry McLaurin showed up on the injury list today, and was working on the side field at practice. Rivera said he came in and felt “tight and sore” and they held him out as a cautionary measure. It sounded like he has a good chance to play Sunday, but hamstring injuries can be tricky.
Rivera was asked about the seemingly out of nowhere announcement that the team will be retiring Sean Taylor’s jersey number at halftime on Sunday. Rivera said the team wanted to honor Taylor. He said that fans being upset by the timing of the announcement shows that they care... Rivera admitted that dealing with the drama that always seems to surround the team was part of the job that he accepted. The never-ending nature of the scandals coming out of Redskins Park does make the challenge a little bit bigger.
LIVE: HC Ron Rivera speaks with the media after practice https://t.co/ci3NY8lxqv— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 15, 2021
RB Antonio Gibson (shin) is also questionable. https://t.co/b7ytjPXKB9— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 15, 2021
Terry DNP today because of a hamstring injury. He is questionable for Sunday https://t.co/I7Cscw9k68— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) October 15, 2021
Ron Rivera's full explanation of Terry McLaurin's hamstring issue: pic.twitter.com/OwcbOUjF7D— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 15, 2021
Rivera said with McLaurin operating more under "an abundance of caution." Similar to how they were with RB Antonio Gibson. Rivera also said Gibson did more this week...— John Keim (@john_keim) October 15, 2021
Rivera, when asked whether they might have to shut down Samuel for a little bit, said they would know more based on how he feels Monday.— John Keim (@john_keim) October 15, 2021
Unfair that Rivera has to answer this question and not Wright.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 15, 2021
But “you can’t change anything” rings hollow. Dedicate the street Sunday. Retire the number next year.
Do it right. https://t.co/P8ytVnKmgy
Rivera said he appreciates the fans being upset about the short notice about Sean Taylor: "It shows that they care. ... We do care about who Sean is. That's why we're honoring him. ... We're going to do the best we can do to make this right."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 15, 2021
Rivera said moving on from the past has "been a challenge." He said he knew it was part of the deal and knew what he was getting into... But says with the info that comes out "it makes the challenge a little bit bigger."— John Keim (@john_keim) October 15, 2021
Ron Rivera on Ryan Fitzpatrick: "He's just going through treating his hip and we'll see how things progress. ... There really is no timeline with that. ... I know he has an MRI coming up pretty soon and that'll tell us more."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 15, 2021
LIVE: LB Jamin Davis speaks with the media after practice https://t.co/emLYqThmjS— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 15, 2021