Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 11, three days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.
Redskins Park notes and quotes
Here is the buzz from around Redskins Park:
—Jordan Reed’s injury may mean that Santana Moss will suit on for Sunday’s game but not necessarily, according to coach Jay Gruden. "Potentially, yeah. Wednesdays and Thursdays we're trying to look at all options, find out who our healthy bodies are and then our best case scenarios as far as who's dressing and special teams plays a big role in that. If you're going to dress six receivers, you’d like a couple of them to be special team demons.” That last phrase does not describe Moss, who does not play on special teams.
—Robert Griffin III is like a lot of fans in that he would be perfectly happy to put the ball into the belly of his running back on every play. "Yeah, if that's how Coach feels, then dial him up,” he said. “We can give it to Alfred 40-50 times a game. You know, none of us are really worried about numbers, we just want to win football games and that's what it takes, whatever it takes to win games, that's our mindset.” Morris carried only 14 times against the Texans despite averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
—With Barry Cofield out Jason Hatcher will be getting a larger workload on the defensive line, which is fine with him. “I’m going to be all over the place,” he said. “I like it. No telling where I’ll be at this week. They keep using me I’m going to keep playing the best I can play to help this defense.”
—Gruden talked about the promotion of Akeem Davis from the practice squad. “He’s a great special teams player,” he said. “He’s still learning the defense – very raw as far as secondary is concerned. He’s learning, but he really makes his mark on special teams and really helps in that regard.”
—Kedric Golston talked about his injury. “Strain in my groin,” he said. “I’m just trying to get the swelling out of it and get some strength back into it.” Ouch. He said he was day to day and unsure about his status for Sunday's game; Golston did not practice on Wednesday.
—Chris Neild is going to have surgery to repair his torn ACL tomorrow. He and his wife have a young baby and Neild said that she is just staring to crawl. But it’s difficult for Neild to join his child on the floor. He said he has to go down on one knee with his other leg stuck out to the side.
—Special teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica gave us a good analogy for the way the game went for his units against the Texans. "The food was great, the music sounded wonderful and then we hit the iceberg,” he said.
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—Today’s schedule: Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Jim Haslett media availability, Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 3; Redskins @ Eagles 10; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 14
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