What's happening at quarterback for the Redskins — between Case Keenum's foot injury, Dwayne Haskins' development and Colt McCoy's possible return — is understandably drawing the most attention when discussing the team.
But what's happening at tight end is pretty insane, too.
There were three players going through tight end drills at Wednesday's practice: Jeremy Sprinkle, Jerome Cunningham and practice squad member Drew Belcher. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis were both absent, as the former is dealing with a concussion he suffered in the preseason and the latter is in the protocol for one he just recently suffered.
With Reed's football future in question and Davis' status for Week 5's game against the Patriots totally unclear, there's a good chance the Burgundy and Gold head into that matchup with Sprinkle as their top option. That's far from ideal for Jay Gruden. Very, very far from ideal.
How's this for a stat? Reed and Davis have more than 900 career catches between the two of them. Sprinkle, on the other hand, has just 12 in two-plus seasons while Cunningham has eight to his name as a pro. So, the offense will obviously be quite limited without those two veterans if that's ultimately what happens.
Now, when asked at his press conference if the Redskins would think about putting Reed on injured reserve considering how difficult it has been for him to get past this particular concussion, Gruden told reporters no. So, for the time being, it appears they'll carry four tight ends on their 53-man roster. The head coach didn't give much of a response about Davis' availability for Sunday.
As for other notable injuries, Case Keenum was held out of Wednesday's action and was seen in a boot, Josh Norman, Terry McLaurin and Chase Roullier were all limited and Brandon Scherff was off working to the side.
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Derrius Guice's 2019 season is over.
After suffering an MCL sprain to the same knee he tore the ACL in a year ago, the Redskins are placing the running back on injured reserve.
This will be Guice's third time landing on IR in just two NFL seasons. He landed on the list after tearing his ACL in August of 2018, costing him his entire rookie season. Guice was placed on IR earlier this season after he tore the meniscus in his other knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss to the Eagles, causing him to miss the Redskins next eight games.
The move this time is prioritizing Guice's health for the 2020 season and beyond. Theoretically, if the Redskins were to be in the playoff hunt, Guice could have recovered in time to play again this season. But with the Redskins 3-10 and eliminated from January football, the organization values Guice's health in the future more than playing in three relatively meaningless games this season.
Since returning from his meniscus injury, Guice seemed to be hitting his stride. In Week 13, Guice rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Before suffering the MCL sprain on Sunday, Guice was well on his way to another big day. He finished with 42 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard run.
The 2020 offseason will be the first time Guice has a full offseason healthy to workout and prepare for the coming year since entering the NFL. Although he's played in just five career games, Guice has shown plenty of flashes of how good he can be.
Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority for No. 29 moving forward, and the Redskins are doing their best to make that happen with this move.
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