ASHBURN — The Redskins run game remains the biggest mystery for the team's offense, and on Friday, head coach Jay Gruden revealed that starting running back Matt Jones has not been hit in practice since suffering a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.
The injury occured in the second preseason game, and Jones took nearly three weeks of practice off before returning this week.
"He hasn't been hit," Gruden said when asked about his confidence in Jones' shoulder.
"I don't think he feels it but we'll only find out on Monday night. But he's a tough guy," the coach said. "I think he can play through a little soreness, which a lot of running backs do in the National Football League. It's just a way of life."
Asked about not being hit, Jones clarified that he's been bumped around plenty in practice, just not fully tackled to the ground.
"When I was in full go, I got banged around a little bit, not tackled to the ground though," Jones said.
As a general rule, the Redskins do not tackle to the ground in practice. Monday night, the Steelers absolutely will tackle, and Jones feels ready. He described himself as 95 percent healthy, and by Monday, he expects to be 100 percent.
"Going through the holes I've been banged around a little," the second-year running back said. "I just wanted to bang a little bit anyway so I kinda ran into people trying to see how it felt. It was good so far."
So far, so good. The real test comes Monday night.
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