Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 25, five days before the Washington Redskins travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.
Notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s Monday press conference
—Will Robert Griffin III start at quarterback against the Colts? Here’s what Jay Gruden had to say one of several times that he was asked if there is a chance there will be a change made at the position: “There’s a chance at a lot of positions, yes. It’s Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and right now, we have every intent for Robert [to be the starter], but we’ll look at the tape and make our evaluations here shortly.”
—That could mean that Griffin will start on Sunday. Or it could mean that Gruden is trying to figure out a Plan B. Or maybe he has decided to make a change but he had not yet informed the parties that need to be informed before there is a public announcement. At this point, I expect Griffin to start but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he isn’t.
—If a change is made, does that mean the end of Griffin in Washington? Possibly, although I will warn people that careers can take unexpected twists and turns. All three Redskins Super Bowl quarterbacks, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien, went through phases where they were benched before getting the call again. If Griffin does get benched it could be the end for him or it could be the start of another phase.
—Whoever winds up behind center on Sunday will be happy if he sees Trent Williams line up at left tackle. Gruden said that he hopes to get Williams back at practice on Wednesday and get him ready to play on Sunday. If he can’t go, Gruden said that he will stick with Morgan Moses, who would probably have an easier time dealing with the likes of Bjoern Werner and Arthur Jones, the right-side outside linebacker and end for the Colts, than he had last Sunday with Aldon Smith and Justin Smith of the 49ers.
—As expected, Adam Hayward is done for the season with a tibial plateau fracture. He’s not someone that fans are necessarily going to recognize as a key contributor but as the leader on special teams he has been a key to turning those units around. The kicking teams aren’t discussed much because they have been getting the job done and as the captain of those units Hayward has been a key part of that turnaround.
—Gruden didn’t have second thoughts about deactivating cornerback David Amerson for the game, even though the team ended up having Tracy Porter and E. J. Biggers exit the game due to injuries. “I don’t have any regrets,” he said. “We have rules that have to be adhered by, and if you don’t adhere by them, we have to discipline accordingly. That’s a done deal right now, we’re all moved past it and we expect David to be the starter next week and moving forward and hopefully I don’t think it’ll ever happen again with David. He’s a good kid and just made a mistake.”
—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Colts 5; Rams @ Redskins 12; 2015 NFL Draft 155
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