Although the Redskins did suffer a number of major injuries during training camp and the preseason games, the 53 players who are currently on the roster are mostly healthy as they start their preparations for their opener against the Dolphins.
The team lost two tight ends, starter Niles Paul (ankle) and backup Logan Paulsen (toe), newly acquired pass rushing linebacker Junior Galette (Achilles), reserve inside linebacker Adam Hayward (knee), and backup running back Silas Redd (knee) during the month of August. Although those injuries were some tough blows, the remaining players seem to be good to go.
The one exception may be quarterback Robert Griffin III. He has yet to be cleared after suffering a concussion in the preseason game against the Lions on August 20. That saga has been told in depth over the last few weeks but suffice it to say here that it seems likely that he will be the inactive third quarterback on Sunday whether he is cleared between now and then or not.
Ryan Kerrigan sat out all of the preseason games after having a knee procedure done in the spring but he likely could have played in all of them if necessary. Although the team might keep Kerrigan, who signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension just before the start of training camp, on a slightly limited snap count early in the year, he will be essentially a full go.
Trent Williams, who also got a big-money extension (5 years, $66 million), missed most of OTAs with an ankle injury that was lingering from the 2014 season. He also sat out occasional training camp practices and the second preseason game but he also should be good to go.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson did not play in the preseason after suffering a sprained AC joint during practice. He probably would have missed very little time had the regular season been underway but he did not play mostly as a precaution.
Some players, including tight end Jordan Reed, safety Jeron Johnson, and wide receiver Jeron Crowder, missed time in August with hamstring strains. All three of the played in the third preseason game on August 29 and are likely to play against the Dolphins.
The one word of caution—there may be some injuries that are more serious than they have been letting on but have been able to conceal since practices have been closed to the media and there are no injury disclosure rules before Week 1. That will change this afternoon when they have to issue their first injury report and reveal who practiced fully and who did not. Check back here later for that information.