LONDON—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 29, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals in London.
—Today's schedule: Team walkthrough, no media availability
—Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 15; Packers @ Redskins 22; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 26
Injuries of note:
Out: Matt Jones (knee)
Questionable: Trent Williams (knee), Brandon Scherff (shoulder), Spencer Long (chest), Jordan Reed (concussion), Josh Norman (concussion), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), Jamison Crowder (groin), DeSean Jackson (hamstring/shoulder)
Around the Wasps rugby football club facility on Friday
—The seven-mile bus ride the media took to the practice facility of a rugby team that has been around since 1867 took around 40 minutes. It took the Redskins, who are in a hotel a little further downtown than the media hotel, close to an hour and they were around 15 minutes late arriving. But they got going quickly once they got there and they worked for a long time. Normally a Friday practice lasts about an hour and a half. This one stretched out to nearly two hours.
—Josh Norman (photo above) did not look good getting off the bus for practice as the Wasps rugby football club facility. He was wearing sunglasses and he had a blank expression on his face. But as practice got going he got more lively. He said after practice that was all jet lag and no concussion problem. That said, it appears that he was very limited in practice. I’d say he’s better than even money to play on Sunday but far from a sure thing.
—We will see if Rob Kelley is worth all of the emotional investment that many fans seem to have in him. Just remember that he has seen little playing time (32 snaps this year) for a reason. The coaches just aren’t sure how much he can do beyond running the ball. It remains to be seen if he can handle the other aspects of the job. Can he pass block? He has been asked to do so only three times this year. He did catch that TD pass against the Lions but is he enough of a threat out of the backfield that other teams have to honor it? I think he can play well but we just don’t know until he gets out on the field.
—If you have too many worries piled on your plate about Sunday you can probably unload Jordan Reed from the pile. He is almost certainly going to play. The tight end has been limited in practice this week but by the NFL’s definition that means that he participated in fewer that 100 percent of his normal practice reps. By all accounts he has been quite active in practice and barring something unforeseen he will be out there tomorrow.
—Should you want to add one under the radar injury concern to your list look at Jamison Crowder. He is suffering from a pulled groin that has had him limited in practice all week. Again, note that limited can cover a wide range of levels of participation, from taking a handful of snaps off to taking part only in individual drills. Crowder almost certainly will play but there has to be some concern over his effectiveness.
—The Bengals, meanwhile, are the picture of health. They have eight players on their practice report but three of them were on their for non-injury reasons. All 53 players were full participants in practice on Friday.
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