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."
MORE REDSKINS: Redskins' DeAngelo Hall gets x-rays on ailing toe