The Redskins had 50 of the 53 players on the active roster dressed for practice, a sign that perhaps the wave of injuries that has swamped the team in recent weeks has reached its peak and is started to recede.
“I don’t want to jinx myself but yes, it feels that way,” said Jay Gruden when asked if he thought that the injury outlook was starting to improve.
“Just seeing guys with their helmets—at least they’re wearing helmets at practice today, which is good. Slowly but surely, certain guys are getting back into the flow.
“Now it’s just a matter of getting them back up to speed and making sure we got them mentally right as well as physically, but it is looking a little better.”
That doesn’t mean that there was plenty for Gruden to report on the injury front when he addressed the media after practice on Wednesday.
Not participating were OT Trent Williams (knee), DL Arthur Jones (shoulder), and DL Matt Ioannidis (hand).
Limited were OT Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), C Spencer Long (knees), WR Brian Quick (concussion), TE Niles Paul (concussion), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), TE Vernon Davis (hands), G Shawn Lauvao (stringer), OT Morgan Moses (ankles), Montae Nicholson (shoulder), Jordan Reed (hamstring), and Brandon Scherff (knee).
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Of the players who were limited, Nsekhe, Long, Paul, Crowder, Lauvao, Nicholson, Reed, and Scherff were unable to play in the Redskins’ win in Seattle on Sunday.
It is not yet known how many of these players will be able to play on Sunday but it certainly is an improvement over the last couple of weeks when multiple players were either not on the practice field or watching in warmup attire.
Keep in mind that the “limited” designation covers a wide range of participation, from taking a few reps in individual drills to taking all but a few of the snaps in the team portion of the drills. The picture will clarify over the next couple of days and we will have a better idea of who will be playing on Sunday when the final injury report comes out on Friday.