The Redskins’ injury problem has become a math problem.
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that there are 13 players who currently are questionable for the game in Seattle this Sunday. They have only seven spots on the game day inactive list so they may need to perform some triage to figure out who will wear a uniform.
There are some players who already are penciled into that inactive list. Gruden said that TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) and DL Matt Ioannidis (hand) are unlikely to be able to play against the Seahawks.
Reed will need at least this week off to heal his hamstring strain. Ioannidis will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand on Tuesday. He may be able to play through the injury at some point but it won’t be this week.
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The offensive line remains in limbo due to the injury issues. As usual, the team will hold a walkthrough on Tuesday and Gruden said that he doesn’t know who will line up at the critical left tackle spot for that workout. Trent Williams is still nursing a knee injury that eventually will require surgery and forced him to miss the Dallas game. Ty Nsekhe, the primary backup at tackle, has been out since Week 4 with a core muscle injury and will start to ramp up his workload this week. And T.J. Clemmings, who started at left tackle on Sunday, has an ankle sprain and his status is day to day.
Gruden was hopeful that they will be able to get Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff back on the field to play against Seattle. He suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 7 against the Eagles and it forced him to miss a game for the first time since the team drafted him in 2015.
Center Spencer Long is week-to-week with knee tendonitis. It would be surprising if he played this week. Gruden did say that he was pleased with how well rookie Chase Roullier played in his place.
Here are the other injuries mentioned by Gruden:
- TE Niles Paul—Concussion protocol
- S Stefan McClure—Hamstring
- G Shawn Lauvao—Stinger, decreased strength in arm
- CB Bashaud Breeland—Knee and groin soreness
- WR Jamison Crowder—Hamstring and lower leg contusion
- S Montae Nicholson—Stinger and AC joint aggravation
The status for all of these injured players will be determined during the week.
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