Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 28, two days before the Washington Redskins travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.
Three and out: Trent Williams should be back
1. Will left tackle Trent Williams (knee) play on Sunday? “That’s the plan,” said Redskins coach Jay Gruden. Williams, who will be looking for his third straight Pro Bowl appearance this year, had not missed a game due to injury since the 2010 season. It was good to get Morgan Moses some game reps to see what he can do, although he did have issues keeping Aldon Smith out of the grill of Robert Griffin III last Sunday.
2. And those who like to see younger players get a shot will be glad to see that the Redskins will be staying in house to fill in a cornerback given the addition of Tracy Porter (shoulder) to injured reserve and what now looks to be the likely absence of E. J. Biggers (concussion) from the lineup on Sunday. Gruden said that they will go with Greg Ducre, who played his first career defensive snaps last week and got an interception and Chase Minnifield, who got in for 16 defensive snaps earlier this year, at corner. He also said that safety Trenton Robinson could see some duty as the nickel back as he did against the 49ers when injuries forced lineup shuffles during the game.
3. I’m still not sure if Trent Murphy is going to be the starting outside linebacker next year but he’s making a very good case. He nearly made a huge play in his first start against Dallas, almost coming up with an interception. Then Murphy got a sack against the Vikings, a sack and forced fumble against the Bucs, and a forced fumble in San Francisco. If he’s not the solution at his position going into next year, he’s at least a big part of the solution.
Out: A couple of weeks ago Gruden said that the “jury is still out” on the future of Robert Griffin III. Well, the jury came back with its verdict and it wasn’t good for Griffin, at least for the rest of this season and possibly longer. But the jury didn’t go home; it’s now out on Gruden. He said that the quarterback position has been the problem for the 3-8 Redskins and that Colt McCoy is the solution. Not Griffin, not Kirk Cousins who moved the ball but had a bad case of the turnover bug. Gruden didn’t say that he would “stake his reputation” on McCoy as Mike Shanahan famously did with Rex Grossman and John Beck. But that is essentially what Gruden is doing.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Player availability and Jay Gruden news conference after practice, approx. 12:30
—Days until: Redskins @ Colts 2; Rams @ Redskins 9; 2015 NFL Draft 153
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