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Gruden makes decision on Crowder, Jackson for Thursday's game

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Gruden makes decision on Crowder, Jackson for Thursday's game

RICHMOND—Injured Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder remained on the sideline Monday and won’t play Thursday.

“We’ll keep him out,” Coach Jay Gruden said. “I want to make sure he gets a couple of good practices before we put him on the field in a game situation. But he’s coming along good.”

The rookie also missed the preseason opening victory in Cleveland with a nagging hamstring strain.

Crowder, the Redskins’ fourth round pick out of Duke, is expected to return punts this season and could challenge Andre Roberts for time in the slot. But he needs to get on the field sooner rather than later.

“Well, I think before Jamison got hurt, he was pushing the envelope quite a bit,” Gruden said. “He was doing a great job of fielding [punts]. So we’ll have to wait and see how he does in a game situation.”

Gruden added: “Andre obviously fumbled in the last game. He wasn’t dynamic for us last year, but he was consistent. …We really want to see Jamison when he gets back healthy and see how he does.”

Assuming Crowder does not suffer a setback, the third preseason game in Baltimore on Aug. 29th would seem like a reasonable goal.

Gruden also said that wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be out against the Lions as he works his way back from a shoulder injury.

“He’s got almost full range of motion back and he’s feeling pretty good,” Gruden said of Jackson.

Asked if was disappointed in any aspect of camp, which concluded Monday morning here, Gruden said: "I just wish we didn't have as many of the nagging little hamstrings, the little ankles and the calves and the obliques."

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.

On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:

You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization. 

It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.

Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release. 

However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:

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It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long. 

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