The Redskins originally thought it was a hyperextension or meniscus injury and gave a 2-3 week timeline for return. Jay Gruden also said there was no structural damage, but they had to wait for the swelling to go down. Schefter reports that Cravens will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season on September 10 at FedEx Field when the Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles. That will be a month for Cravens to rehab the knee following surgery.
Cravens switched positions this year from LB to SS and is said to be more comfortable in his current role. The loss of practice time before the season opener, if he is ready by then, will be an a setback in his development. The Redskins continue to try to solve their safety problem and will have players like newcomer D.J. Swearinger and Deshazor Everett ready to go if Cravens can't go next month.