During Jay Gruden’s interview session with reporters at the NFL owners meetings this week, the Redskins’ head coach provided several updates on his team’s injured players, scattered over the course of an hour-long interview. Here are the updates all in one place:
- DE Stephen Paea (toe): He missed the final six games (including the playoff contest), but Gruden said he expects the vet to be full-go at the start of OTAs in late May.
- CB Chris Culliver (ACL): Suffered a major knee injury on Thanksgiving and landed on injured reserve. Gruden said Culliver is aiming to be ready for the season opener in September.
- OLB Junior Galette (Achilles’ tendon): Missed all of 2015 and, according to Gruden, he could be held out until mandatory camp in mid-June or training camp in late July, just to be sure he's 100-percent. “I imagine there’s a good chance we’ll keep him with the trainers," Gruden said.
- RB Matt Jones (hip): Expected to replace Alfred Morris as the No. 1 back in 2016, Jones had a minor hip procedure after missing the final three games last season. Gruden, however, expects Jones to be 100-percent this offseason. “I think he’ll come back ready to roll,” Gruden said.
- RB Chris Thompson (shoulder): Had a labrum repaired in January. It was previously reported that he'll be out until training camp in late July.
- OG Shawn Lauvao (both ankles): Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 3 and had multiple surgeries to clean up other issues while recovering. “I would probably think he’d be [out until] mandatory minicamp or training camp. More likely training camp,” Gruden said.
- TE Niles Paul (ankle): Suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason and could be held out until training camp, according to Gruden. Gruden also said Paul needs to get “his weight back up to where it was” after shedding some pounds while recovering.
- TE Derek Carrier (ALC): Missed the final four games after suffering a major knee injury in Chicago. He’s expected to be out “at least” until training camp and possibly longer, Gruden said.
- S Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve/shoulder): As we’ve mentioned several times, Jarrett’s situation ranks among the Redskins’ biggest injury concerns. In fact, there's no timetable for his return at the moment. “It’s going to take some time,” Gruden said. “I don’t know how long that’s going to be yet.”
- WR Andre Roberts (knee): Sidelined the final six games after having the meniscus in his knee repaired. He’s still on the mend. Gruden indicated that he could be out until mandatory camp or training camp.
- LB Adam Hayward (knee): Missed the entire season with a knee injury. Gruden didn’t provide a timeframe, adding only, “He’s recovering like the rest of them. …We’ll have to wait and see [about] his recovery.”
- LB Martell Spaight (concussion): Missed all but one game of his rookie season. Gruden indicated that he’s been “fine” for a while now and will be good to go for OTAs.
Finally, Gruden acknowledged that the above updates are ballpark estimates and that things can change—for the better or worse—as the team’s offseason program ramps up in the coming weeks.