The Redskins continued preparation for Sunday's showdown at the Atlanta Falcons. Here's the latest from Redskins Park:
* Chris Culliver, who was clearly limited in the Week 4 over the Eagles with a knee injury, sat out his second straight practice Thursday. Philadelphia completed two long touchdowns passes this past Sunday on throws either directly at Culliver or in his vicinity. Other than revealing MRI results, coach Jay Gruden's comments provided little clarity as to whether the cornerback would be ready to take on the looking threat of Atlanta's passing game, specifically Julio Jones. "“Yeah, they came back and they were positive. They were positive — good — in a good way for us," Gruden said. "No damage, just some things that he’s got to deal with from a pain standpoint. We’re trying to get it alleviated but we don’t know how long that will be.”
* Asked on how he would make a decision on Culliver, Gruden said, “I think a lot of it is on how he feels. You know, I think if he’s dealing with a lot of pain then obviously he probably won’t go out there. I think it’s going to depend tomorrow with how he’s feeling. If he can go out there and run around a little bit tomorrow and feel pretty good, then there’s a good chance he’ll play. If not, then there’s a chance we’ll have to wait a week — see how he’s doing next week. I can only go by what he says. I trust Chris very much so and if he feels like he can’t go, he can’t go. If he feels like he can go, we’ll give him a shot.”
* More injury talk from Gruden on if CB DeAngelo Hall had a setback. Hall was briefly spotted on the practice field Thursday: “No, he’s in a normal rehab. He went out there with the trainers early to try to get some work in. He’s slowly progressing. He’s actually coming along a lot better than we thought, but we’ll have to wait and see on him, too.”
* On WR DeSean Jackson’s progress: “Yeah, he’s making progress…. We’ll have to wait and see, you know. Hamstrings, man… I don’t know if anybody has ever pulled a hamstring, but you just, you have to really gradually take it day by day and slowly push your limits a little bit more. You can’t overdo it right away, otherwise you’ll re-pull it, but he’s taking the right steps. [Head Athletic Trainer] Larry [Hess] and he are working very hard together and we’ll have to wait and see, too.”
* With lots of talk about offensive line ratings this week, Gruden was asked for his assesment.
Gruden: “I think they’ve done a good job. I think there are still things we can improve on, no question about it. We’re working on that every day. I think we’re No. 1 in rushing. I think our third down conversion rate is right around 50 percent, which is excellent. And we’ve only given up four sacks, four and a half, if you want to say five you can – and we’ve thrown the ball quite a bit. I think they’ve been very solid. We lost [Shawn] Lauvao, Spencer Long stepped in and played well. Trent [Williams] has been excellent at left tackle. Kory Lichtensteiger has been solid at center, making all the calls and communicating. Brandon [Scherff] for a rookie and Morgan [Moses] for only his second year and those two guys playing together for the first time, I think have done some excellent things. I feel like those guys are just going to continue to get better and better. We’re excited about the way they are playing.”
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