LOS ANGELES—The Redskins have a long list of injuries following their win over the Rams. But it wouldn’t quite be accurate to call it a pyrrhic victory as none of the injuries seem likely to keep any players sideline for any significant length of time, painful as they may be to the players the day after a game.
Here is the list of walking wounded as outlined by coach Jay Gruden.
“Rob Kelley has a rib cartilage injury, he’ll be day-to-day. Jordan Reed has a chest/sternum contusion, he’ll be day-to-day. Josh Norman has an AC joint sprain, day-to-day. [Montae] Nicholson, AC joint sprain, day-to-day. Mason Foster has a shoulder dislocation and the labrum, he’ll be day-to-day; [Deshazor] Everett, knee sprain/MCL, day-to-day; [Morgan] Moses, ankle sprain/shoulder strain, he’ll be day-to-day. Those are the big ones.”
Note that those are just “the big ones” meaning there likely are other bumps and bruises that were picked up along the way on Sunday afternoon.
It appears that Kelley dodged a more serious injury. It was first thought that he had suffered a fractured rib but apparently further examination revealed damage to the cartilage only. The starting running back left the game in the second quarter and did not return.
In addition to Kelley, Nicholson, a surprise starter at strong safety, was the only player to leave the game and not return after getting injured. The rest returned, although sometimes game-day adrenaline will let a player fight through and injury that is much more painful the next day.
Gruden said that it is too early to determine the status of any of the players for the next game, which is Sunday night against the Raiders.
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“They’re all a concern, but they’re all tough guys and hopefully we’ll have them,” he said.
He mentioned the possibility of bringing safety Fish Smithson up from the practice squad if Nicholson and/or Everett are not ready to play and that Mack Brown would be a game-day active if Kelley is out.
The next official word about the injuries will come on Wednesday when we find out who was able to practice.