INDIANAPOLIS—The Redskins expect to get pass rusher Junior Galette back on the field—and under contract—without encountering any hiccups, Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.
“[Galette’s] rehab is coming along great,” Gruden said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I see him in [the training room] every morning. He’s excited to get back on the field.”
The Redskins signed Galette last July, but the former New Orleans standout suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon during practice in late August. Without him, Washington finished tied for 14th in sacks with 38. It represented a small improvement over 2014, but it still was 14 fewer than the league-leading Broncos’ total.
Getting Galette back and lining the 27-year-old up across from Ryan Kerrigan could help the Redskins close that gap. At least, that’s the plan.
“I feel good about getting Junior back. I really do,” Gruden said. “We didn’t have him very long on the field, unfortunately. But he showed enough on the field that he can be a force for us when he’s right. He’s doing everything he can to get his body right, and now it’s a matter of getting him signed to our football team. I feel good about our chances in doing that, but you never know.”
Galette, who had the Redskins’ logo tattooed on his biceps, is an unrestricted free agent. The Redskins, however, have the first right of refusal, which likely makes it a matter of when, not if, he’s re-signed.
GM Scot McCloughan said Galette and cornerback Chris Culliver, who is recovering from a knee injury, are both ahead of schedule.
“The thing that’s really good right now is that we’ve got a really good medical staff, trainers and doctors that are tracking them daily and letting me know if they’re ahead of pace, behind pace, and they’re both definitely ahead of pace,” he said, also speaking at the Combine. “Again, it’s one of the parts of the job that you never really know until you put the pads back on and get out there. But I feel very comfortable with both of them coming back. They’re going to be good football players for us.”