The Redskins have a big opportunity to make a name for themselves Monday night in Kansas City but they may need to have some of their key players healthy and able to play.
Listed as questionable for the game are LB Mason Foster (shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), TE Jordan Reed (rib/sternum), S D.J. Swearinger (hamstring), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), and LB Will Compton (ankle).
It was announced earlier this week that backup OT Ty Nsekhe will be out for three to six weeks after surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
Every player with the questionable designation is a starter with the exception of Compton and he could be called upon if Foster can’t go.
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Foster, Kelley, and Reed were injured in Week 2 against the Rams and all three missed the game against the Raiders last week.
It was reported yesterday that Kelley will be active against the Chiefs, barring a setback. Reed said that he intends to play but ultimately, it’s up to the team medical staff.
“They look better because we’re running and not hitting,” said Gruden when asked about his starting running back and tight end. “I think it’s going to be a pain tolerance type thing.
Gruden said that Foster is on the mend.
“He’s getting his strength back,” he said. “He’s still got a little bit of an issue there, but again, he’s the same. All these guys really, I think they’re going to be closely monitored.”
Swearinger did not practice on Saturday, the others listed as questionable practiced on a limited basis.