The Redskins are going into their most important game of the season with some major injury question marks.

Of primary concern were LB Su’a Cravens (upper arm), S Donte Whitner (quad), and CB Quinton Dunbar (concussion), all of whom were out of today’s practice, and TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) who was limited.

Jay Gruden did not seem to optimistic about the prospects of Cravens or Whitner being able to play against the Giants on Sunday. If they win, they are likely to be in the playoffs. If they lose, they will be eliminated.

Asked about the potential for Cravens being available Sunday, Gruden said, “It’s not looking good.”

He said the exact same thing about Whitner. Gruden said earlier this week that the plan was to have Cravens play safety on Whitner’s place if Whitner couldn’t go. Obviously if Cravens isn’t available that plan would be out the window.

Gruden seemed to be slightly more optimistic regarding Reed’s availability.

“He had a good day today,” he said. “He did a little bit more. He was more involved, so that’s a good sign.”


—RB Rob Kelley (knee) was limited in practice. In the locker room after practice he told CSN  that he should be ready to go on Sunday.

—Not practicing was DE Chris Baker (ankle) but at this point there is little doubt that he will be able to play against the Giants.


—WR DeSean Jackson, who missed most of the second half of the Bears game last Saturday with a jaw contusion, was a full go at today’s practice.

—Also limited were OLB Trent Murphy (foot), ILB Will Compton (knee), C Spencer Long (ankle), OLB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow), ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder), and OT Vinston Painter (calf)