Since the Redskins’ game in Dallas on Sunday has no effect on their playoff seeing, the Redskins might play a good chunk of Sunday’s game with some players who haven’t been with them for very long. If that’s the case, it will be business as usual.
All year long, Joe Barry has had to deal with shuffling in players due to injuries. Three key defensive players, starting cornerback Will Blackmon, nickel back Quinton Dunbar, and inside linebacker Mason Foster, were not on the Redskins’ 53-man roster on opening day. Blackmon and Foster were unemployed, having been cut at the end of training camp. Dunbar was on the Redskins’ practice squad trying to learn the ropes at cornerback after having been converted there from wide receiver just about a month earlier.
On Sunday the Redskins might take advantage of the situation to give some playing time to cornerbacks Deshazor Everett and Dashaun Phillips and linebackers Houston Bates and Carlos Fields. But Barry says it won’t be his call.
“I honestly do not get involved with that one ounce,” he said when asked about a substitution plan for Sunday. “That’s Jay [Gruden’s] call. When and if he decides to pull the trigger on a guy, but it always is exciting just like all year long when you have a guy that gets an opportunity to go play and see what he has, so yes, if it does happen that’d be great.”
The same decision-making process applies to players who are nursing injuries. Safety Dashon Goldson (rib) did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but DeAngelo Hall (calf) was able to participate on a limited bases Thursday. Barry put out the mantra that he will coach the players he has to coach.
“I have ‘DC’ on my business card. Jay has ‘HC’ on his,” said Barry. “I let him make those decisions and handle those things. We have 53 men on this roster and we’ll have 46 on game day and those guys will play their butts off.”
One note, Larry Hess, the guy with “Head Athletic Trainer” on his business card, will also have a big voice in who goes and who doesn’t.