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Redskins rookie Matt Jones tweaks tender knee

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Redskins rookie Matt Jones tweaks tender knee

RICHMOND—Redskins running back Matt Jones re-tweaked his right knee during Saturday’s fight-filled joint practice with the Texans.

Jones originally hurt his knee in practice a week ago, and he's been in and out of pads since.

“I think that’s the only new injury we have, but he’s going to be fine,” Coach Jay Gruden said of the rookie, who, like the rest of his teammates, will get the day off Sunday.

Jones was also in the news Saturday because at least one Redskins veteran believes his physicality during Friday’s practice may have precipitated Saturday’s fisticuffs.

Meantime, a number of other key Redskins were held out of Saturday’s session altogether. Among them: Linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder and Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trent Williams. Kerrigan and Williams are still working their way back from offseason injuries, while Smith (groin) and Crowder (hamstring) are nursing minor ailments.

“This is really the toughest stretch [of] the season,” Gruden said. “We go four, five days in a row now without a break sometimes. So some of the veterans we’ll give a day off [if they’re] coming off an injury, like Kerrigan and Trent.”

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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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