A number of Redskins players missed Monday’s practice in Ashburn, but two of the most important pieces were there and participated.
Trent Williams and Chris Thompson took part in the session and Washington head coach Jay Gruden called their work encouraging.
Williams was last seen loaded into an ambulance and leaving Cowboys Stadium for precautionary reasons last Thursday. He was cleared by the doctors and back at practice on Monday.
Thompson hasn’t played since an October win against New York and looks to be near a return to action. Gruden said Thompson took some team reps but the real test will be how he feels tomorrow as he tries to recover from cracked ribs.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is lengthy, but requires some context. Monday’s practice was a bonus session as the ‘Skins don’t have a game for another week.
This is the type of practice where if a player is at all beat up, they should skip the session. And a number of players skipped.
Morgan Moses, Jordan Reed, Quinton Dunbar, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Anderson and Zach Brown are just a clump of the names not taking part in practice.
For many of these guys, there’s nothing to be worried about. Gruden said there would be no official injury report until Wednesday but that many people sat out today because of bumps and bruises.
Other players bring reasons for concern. Crowder did not seem to be running. Same with Dunbar. Matt Ioannidis was forced to leave the Cowboys game with a calf injury and was not practicing Monday.
The Redskins are fortunate to have a full week of practice before their next game and that’s coming off a weekend when the team got to rest.
By next Monday, that will probably be the healthiest the Redskins will be the rest of the season.
Will it be enough? Wednesday’s practice session will reveal more information.
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