The Redskins avoided serious injuries in the Superdome on Monday, but they did compile some issues that raise availability questions after a short week.
S Troy Apke—The rookie suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener and he hasn’t been active since. He appeared to be on the road back when he was seen participating in a couple of practices prior to the Saints game. However, Gruden said that he suffered a setback, experiencing tightness in the muscle. He was out of practice all week.
G Shawn Lauvao—Lauvao returned to practice this week albeit on a limited basis. Jay Gruden quickly answered in the affirmative when asked if Lauvao would get his left guard spot back when he is healthy. Tony Bergstrom did well at center against the Packers.
WR Josh Doctson—After missing last week’s game with a heel injury, Doctson has been limited in practice all week. He has been wearing padding on his left heel. It looks like he will play, but will he produce?
RB Adrian Peterson—Peterson has injuries at three different levels of his body. He came into the Saints game still recovering from a sprained ankle he suffered against the Packers. On the first play in New Orleans, he sustained a hyperextended knee. Later in the first half, he was thrown to the ground, straining his shoulder. Peterson is expected to start and play his usual workload.
WR Jamison Crowder—The slot receiver had his normal workload against the Saints (52 of 61 snaps) but he emerged with a concerning ankle injury. He was out of practice Wednesday and Thursday and his status is up in the air. If he can’t go, Maurice Harris will start in the slot.
WR Paul Richardson—Richardson was out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and he was very limited on Friday with both knee and shoulder injuries. The shoulder has been a lingering problem since he injured in in the season opener while the knee is a new issue. The short week is not doing him any favors. If he can’t go, a combination of Brian Quick and Michael Floyd could go in his place or, if Crowder plays, Harris could start.
RB Chris Thompson—The third-down back sustained injured ribs when he tried to catch a pass over the middle on a two-point conversion attempt. He was limited in practice all week and although it seems likely that he will play, Jay Gruden put him in the category of being a game-time decision.
LB Zach Vigil—The reserve linebacker and special teams contributor has a thigh injury. He was limited in practice and he will be a game-time decision.
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