Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton returned to practice Wednesday and said he wants to play Sunday against the Saints. But he’s not 100-percent sure that his latest bout with cluster headaches will allow him to.
“They are day-to-day,” said Knighton, who did not play against the Patriots or travel to New England last weekend. “If I feel good enough to go out there, I’ll go out there. …It’s just basically if I can tolerate [the pain] then I can go out and play. If not, it’s best I stay away.”
Knighton, who was listed as a full participant in practice, has suffered from severe headaches periodically since his early teens. The last time he had an episode was during OTAs in 2013, when he was in his first season as a Bronco.
“It’s unpredictable,” Knighton said. “I went two days without them [last week]. And then they come back.”
He added: “Usually they last for a month or two, and then I’ll usually be pain free or about two to three years. And then they come back. But it varies. There have been times I’ve had them for a week and they go away. Or there have been times when I’ve had them for two weeks and they go away. I just pray every morning and every night that they go away.”
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said they’ll monitor Knighton’s health each day as they plan for the Saints.
“I don’t think you’re ever really sure,” Gruden said, asked if he can be certain Knighton will suit up. “Today, he said he felt pain free for the first time in a while, which was good news. But tomorrow’s another day. We’ll have to wait and see how he does.”
“Whatever he’s doing to help the migraine issue is working,” Gruden continued. “But it’s a concern.”