Most of the Redskins’ injury headlines yesterday centered around the offensive line, where four of the five starters are ailing. But there was some other news from Jay Gruden’s day after conference call and not all of it was bad.
—CB Josh Norman should return to practice this week and the chances of him playing against the Cowboys on Sunday are strong. He has missed the last two games with a broken rib. He got some practice in last week but the medical staff would not clear him to play against the Eagles.
—S Deshazor Everett suffered a strained hamstring on October 3 against the Chiefs. After the bye week and two missed games he could be ready to go. Gruden said that Everett will practice this week and he could go on Sunday. That would be good news for two reasons. Everett is a major contributor on special teams and Stefan McClure, who has been the backup safety while Everett has been out, has a hamstring strain and is “questionable, day-to-day” according to Gruden.
—OLB Preston Smith has a groin strain and he also is “questionable, day-to-day” per Gruden. The Eagles game was his first this season in which he did not record at least half a sack. The injury limited him to just 30 snaps. Smith has not missed a game since the Redskins drafted him in 2015.
—CB Fabian Moreau has a hamstring injury and he is, you guessed it, day-to-day. If he can’t play, the impact of the injury will be lessened by the return of Norman, which would allow Quinton Dunbar to return to his usual role as the first cornerback off the bench.
The Redskins will not practice today as they usually would on Wednesday for a Sunday game. Instead, they will conduct a walkthrough. There will be a hypothetical injury report issued which list who would have been limited and out of practice if there had been a normal practice. That will give us a chance to see how much some of these nagging-type injuries have improved (or not) since the Monday night game.