Injury report for Redskins vs. Bucs
CB Chris Culliver (knee)—This will be the third straight game that Culliver has missed. Jay Gruden said that an MRI had been done on the knee and that no surgery is planned. “He’s just having some things done to it to hopefully relieve the issue and get him where he feels more comfortable to play. He’s still dealing with some pain and we’re trying to alleviate that pain,” said Gruden. That’s vague but it’s all we have. Will Blackmon will make a third straight start in his place.
CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)—He has done some one-field rehab off and on but his return does not seem to be imminent. This will be the fourth game missed since the grade-two sprain he suffered against the Giants. The original assessment passed along by Gruden was “three to four weeks, maybe longer”. It seems likely that we will get into “maybe longer” territory but we’ll know more after the bye. The best guess now is that he won’t be back until after the Week 8 bye. Bashaud Breeland will continue to start in his place with Kyshoen Jarrett taking Breeland’s slot corner snaps.
C Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder and broken finger): He got through the Falcons game with what Gruden described as a “disc area” injury but he was worse for wear after doing so. “The goal for him is just to get stronger and get some strength the back on the left side of his arm,” said Gruden. “It’s not a serious deal where he’s threatened paralyzation or anything like that, it’s just a matter of getting strength back on his left side.” It’s easy to see that a center needs strength on both sides to be able to function. The veteran will miss his second straight game and Josh LeRibeus will start at center.
WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)—Early last week Jackson seemed to be a sure bet to play when he looked pretty good in the early part of practice. But on Thursday he stopped practicing early when he “felt a little twinge”, according to Gruden. That knocked him out of the Jets game, his fifth missed game on what originally was thought to be a three- to four-week injury. Ryan Grant will start in his place.
Doubtful (25% chance will play)
RB Chris Thompson (back)—The third-down back sustained a back contusion when he jumped up trying to reel in an errant pass against the Jets and laded flat on his back on the MetLife Stadium field turf. Thompson has some swelling and may have some fluid drained if doctors believe that it will help him be able to play. If Thompson can’t go, Gruden brought up the possibility of moving Trey Williams or Mack Brown up from the practice squad if Thompson can’t go but they also could go with Matt Jones, assuming they are confident in his health, and Alfred Morris at running back with Jones likely assuming most of the third-down duties.
Questionable (50% chance will play)
DE Stephen Paea (back): He was in uniform last Sunday but only because there were seven less-healthy players on the injury list. He has practiced on a limited basis all week.
LT Trent Williams (concussion): He suffered a neck sprain during the Falcons game and he passed the concussion baseline test after the game. The neck injury appeared to be improving when he started to feel concussion symptoms and was placed in the NFL concussion protocol. After sitting out the Jets game he was cleared to participate this week.
TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—Reed missed two games with a concussion and there was a lot of concern that he could have an extended absence with his second diagnosed concussion in three years on the NFL. But he showed signs of improving last week and the fact was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday of this week was a good indicator.
DL Jason Hatcher (knee)—This is not an injury that happened during a particular play, it’s more one that is due to wear and tear. “It's something that he's played a lot of football in his day,” said Gruden. “He's a big man, and when you're that big carrying that much weight on your joints, sometimes they get a little sore and stiff this time of year.” Keep an eye on this, it probably will get better during the bye but it could be a bigger problem as November turns to December.
Probable (virtual certainty will play)
RB Matt Jones (toe): He injured his toe on his last carry in the fourth quarter against the Falcons. Jones has been a full participant in practice all week.
S Trenton Robinson (ankle)—Although he left Sunday’s game early with a sprained ankle, he was full in practice all week.
Check back later when the Bucs’ injury report is distributed.