Redskins notebook: Injuries and more injuries

Jay Gruden updates the Redskins unwanted run of injuries, a position switch and discusses the physical style of rookie runner Matt Jones.

The latest from Redskins training camp including more and more injury updates... * No position is undermanned more than the cornerbacks or the secondary overall. DeAngelo Hall (groin) and Chris Culliver (groin) remain "day-to-day," coach Jay Gruden announced. As for David Amerson (shoulder), Gruden said the third-year corner "is getting close. We just want to make sure he’s staying out of contact today — one more day." Along with Bashaud Breeland (knee), that means Washington faced Houston without its four top corners plus strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring). "Right now we’re being probably cautious with them and making sure they get right," Gruden said. "But, you know, the good thing is we’re getting a look at some young guys and seeing what that they can do." Justin Rogers, Trey Wolfe, Deshazor Everett, Tajh Hasson and DreQuan Hoskey are the available corner options along with... * Redskins wide receiver Reggie Dunbar is no longer Redskins wide receiver Reggie Dunbar, but rather Redskins cornerback Reggie Dunbar. The basic reason for the position switch is clear: Gruden: “We're pretty thin in the secondary. I was watching punts and (Dunbar) was blocking the flyers. He was very long and looked like he could get his hands on people and changed direction pretty good. We put him out there on one-on-ones on receivers and he played pretty dang good. We decided to give him a chance and he was up for it. There's a great opportunity there for him. He's long and obviously he's got a ways to go with his technique and all of that stuff, but he's got the measurables to be a pretty dang good corner, so we’ll see. In high school he played [cornerback] a little bit.” * More injuries - Tight end Logan Paulsen sat out practice with a big toe sprain. Though he wanted to give it a go, Gruden held Paulsen out after seeing "him limping around pretty good [Thursday]." - Rookie linebacker Preston Smith (groin) watched practice - Defensive end Stephen Paea suffered a slight groin strain while defensive end Frank Kearse banged his knee during practice. - Rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder "hurt his hamstring a little bit, too," said Gruden, who commented on what's now a truckload of injuries. “Yeah, you know, every year it seems sometimes you're very fortunate and you don't have many and sometimes it’s like it's a bug, and right now we’re having some issues with them." * For non-injury storylines, Gruden talked about the physical play of running back Matt Jones. The rookie participated in his second straight day of practice after sitting out with a knee injury. "A lot of the times in these practices you're not sure how to finish runs, but we want him to finish violently," Gruden stated. "That's what type of guy he is and he did that today, so I was excited to see Matt. He had a couple of really good cuts in the hole, unblocked. We had a poor assignment on a defensive end. We didn't block him and he made him miss in the hole. He made a great positive run in one of the run periods. He had a much better day today than he did yesterday.” Jones is a roster lock, but Alfred Morris remains the clear starter while Chris Thompson and Silas Redd are in the mix for third down work.

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