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Redskins minicamp Fast Five: Callahan may call some plays

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Redskins minicamp Fast Five: Callahan may call some plays

There are the five things that you need to know after today’s minicamp practice:

1. Robert Griffin III was not quite as sharp at practice today as he was yesterday but he still put on a solid performance. They were working on more red zone plays today so he was throwing the ball into tighter windows. All in all, a slight step back but nothing that is not to be expected as he works to reestablish himself as a solid starting QB (details to follow in the practice report).

2. Matt Jones took a lot of snaps with the first team. The rookie running back ran well and I don’t recall him having dropped a pass the entire offseason. Jay Gruden emphasized that Alfred Morris has done everything asked of him and more and that there his role will not diminish. But I think there are high expectations for Jones.

3. With Ryan Kerrigan out, Preston Smith and Trent Murphy both spent time at left outside linebacker with the other one lining up on the right. They have been playing Trevardo Williams or Jackson Jeffcoat on the left side and having Smith and Murphy split time on the right. Murphy had a very strong showing today, spending a lot of time in the offensive backfield.

4. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan is going to have a hand in play calling. “Coach Callahan will be the guy who will devise the run game, pretty much, game plan wise and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s calling the majority of the runs on game day,” said Gruden.

5. Gruden is happy with the conditioning of the team compared to this time last year. “As a whole, the guys are in better shape,” he said. He credited both the work ethic of the team and the methods of new strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark for the change. 

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.

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