It would be a stretch to say that the Redskins’ injury situation is such that they will be limping into New Orleans on Monday night, but they do have a few situations that warrant watching. Since the game is on Monday we will not get the final injury report with the game status of each player until Saturday afternoon, a day later than normal.
WR Josh Doctson—Out for Friday’s practice
There was no injury concern about Doctson until he was not seen at practice on Wednesday. It turned out that he was kicked in the heel during practice on Monday. After he missed all but two games of his rookie 2016 season with an Achilles injury, he acquired a reputation for being injury prone. The reputation sticks even though he played 16 games last year and appeared on the injury report just once.
If Doctson can’t play on Monday, veteran receiver Michael Floyd will be active for the first time since the Redskins signed him during Week 3, according to Jay Gruden. The coach said that Doctson’s starting role at the Z receiver position will go to Maurice Harris, who made his season debut against the Packers two weeks ago.
G Shawn Lauvao—Out
Lauvao has not practiced all week and it looks like he will miss his second straight game. He suffered a strained calf muscle against the Colts in Week 2. The offense functioned well the following game against the Packers as center Chase Roullier moved into Lauvao’s left guard spot and Tony Bergstrom moved to center.
T Trent Williams—Limited
The Pro Bowl left tackle had surgery done on his right knee shortly after the Packers game. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. Last year, Williams often played without having practiced during the week as he dealt with a knee injury that required surgery in December. Gruden was optimistic that Williams will be able to play, saying that he played through a more severe issue last year.
RB Adrian Peterson—Limited
He sprained his ankle on the last play of his 120-yard rushing performance against Green Bay. Peterson said this week that it was fortunate that the Redskins had their bye since the injury needed the time to heal. The Redskins had practices on Monday and Wednesday and Peterson did rehab work on an auxiliary field during the time that reporters could watch. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday and he appears to be on track to play.
CB Josh Norman—Limited
Norman strained his hamstring in the late going against the Packers. Like Peterson, he told reporters that the bye week gave him a needed chance to recover. He was with Peterson on the auxiliary field on Monday and Wednesday and he also was limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. Put him alongside Williams and Peterson as veteran players who are likely to gut it out and play on Monday night.
S Troy Apke—Out
The rookie suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener and missed the Colts and Packers games. He appeared to be on the road back when he was seen participating in the Monday and Wednesday practices. However, Gruden said that he suffered a setback, experiencing tightness in the muscle. He was out of practice on Thursday and Friday and it is unlikely that he will play.
G Brandon Scherff—Limited
The Pro-Bowl right guard has been practicing with a brace on his left knee due to an injury he suffered during the Colts game. He has been limited in practice this week but he should be able to play on Monday.
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