Off to a 2-0 start in the preseason, the Redskins return to practice Sunday at 1:35 p.m. in Ashburn, Va. The players and coaches have not spoken to the media since Thursday’s 21-17 victory over Lions. And, yeah, there may be a couple of pressing issues that need to be addressed.
Among the items on Tarik’s pre-practice checklist:
*Obviously, Robert Griffin III will be the big story. As he always is. The last time we saw him, he was walking off the field in Landover, Md., with a dazed look on his face after absorbing six punishing hits (and three sacks) on eight dropbacks. Coach Jay Gruden said after the game that Griffin suffered a concussion and would be subject to the NFL’s concussion protocol. Gruden also noted that Griffin would not be fielding any questions as he underwent further evaluation. A source told CSN on Thursday night that Griffin would be “fine.”
A day later, it was confirmed that Griffin’s injury was not severe and that he probably would be able to play in Baltimore—the all-important third exhibition game which amounts to a dress rehearsal for the regular season.
So what’s the deal? Does Griffin practice? If he does, is he full-go or limited?
*Just as important as what we observe will be what does Gruden has to say following practice. Now that he’s had a couple of days to digest everything, what does he think of Griffin’s performance against the Lions? Does he anticipate Griffin being ready to face Terrell Suggs and the Ravens in six days?
I don’t expect Griffin to address the media, but I’m sure he’ll be requested by reporters.
*On Friday afternoon, the Redskins traded a fifth round pick to the 49ers for 25-year-old tight end Derek Carrier. The reason for the move was obvious; Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen have been lost for the season and there’s little quality experience behind Jordan Reed, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Carrier becomes the seventh tight end on the roster, but it's likely he'll immediately move into the No. 2 role behind Reed given the price Scot McCloughan paid. Where does Carrier line up Sunday? What does Gruden have to say about the move? What has Carrier been told about his role?
*A number of key Redskins did not suit up against Detroit. Among them: DeSean Jackson (shoulder), Will Compton (groin), Junior Galette (pec), DeAngelo Hall (toe), Trent Williams (foot/knee), Reed (hamstring), Jamison Crowder (hamstring), Ryan Kerrigan (knee) and Bashaud Breeland (knee). I’m not all that concerned about Kerrigan and Williams. For them, it was likely just a precautionary day off. As for the others, we should get a status update from Gruden.
*The vibe at Redskins Park figures to be a lot more lively today as it’s Fan Appreciation Day. It’s the first opportunity for local fans (who didn’t want to trek to Richmond) to see the team, and I've got to believe the place will be packed. There will also be performances by the marching band, cheerIeaders, etc.