Wednesday's at Redskins Park primarily revolve around injury updates. With uncertainty over DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Jordan Reed (concussion), Chris Culliver (knee) and Trent Williams, this week was no exception. Head coach Jay Gruden addressed this various aches, pains and pulls during his media session ahead of Sunday's game at the New York Jets.
- Jackson, Culliver, Matt Jones (big toe), Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder, finger) Stephen Paea ( low back), Bashaud Breeland (shoulder) were limited participants. Reed, DeAngelo Hall (big toe) and Jason Hatcher (rest) did not participate.
- On if he has seen progress in WR DeSean Jackson: “Yeah, that’s what we’re seeing. We’re slowly starting to give him more and more reps. He’s taking them and is looking pretty good. Like I said, with a hamstring you’ve got to work it and then you’ve got to recover, rehab it. Come out again tomorrow and see if he improves, see if he has any negative effects from the work today and we’ll go from there. If not, then we’ll keep progressing him.”
- On Jackson’s rehab process: “He’s been with the trainers. They do a lot of ultrasound, a lot of rehab, a lot of getting back on the field, working and running. All kinds of treatments that they do down there. Larry [Hess] does a good job, the doctors do a good job. DeSean has actually been pretty good as far as coming in on time and doing his work. He wants to get on the field. He’s put in the work to get back out on the field. Hamstrings just take time. There’s a lot of guys throughout the league you see that have hamstring issues, that just takes time.”
- On Reed being able to attend and observe practice: "It’s very a positive step. To get him back out here and let him come to meetings is the first step back to recovery. It’s a process and we just have to wait and see. It’s out of our hands as far as how he’s feeling. It’s up to Jordan and the doctor when he gets cleared.”
On Williams: “He’s in a little discomfort. He is in discomfort. We wanted to get him out there in individual, he went through all the meetings and all that. He’s still participating from a mental standpoint. Just physically, we want to make sure he’s right. We don’t want to have an unnecessary guy hit him in the neck area or have somebody trip and have him fall and injure himself. He’s such a big part of our offense that we want to make sure that he is right. He’ll let us know when he is ready. I think he’ll be OK.”
On balancing which players should play through injury as opposed to waiting until they’re full-strength: “Well, certain guys can play with certain injuries. But if you’re a sprinter, if you’re a fast runner, it’s hard to play with a hamstring. That’s what he gets paid to do is run fast. If he’s not 100 percent and he’s not running fast, then he’s not effective for us. We’ve got other guys that can run faster when he’s not at full strength. Offensive lineman, Kory is playing with a broken finger, messed up shoulder. All of our guys are playing with some kind of injuries and dings that they can play through. It depends on the injury, depends on the position. Quarterbacks can’t play with a busted up arm. It’s just the way football is. He’ll be ready and I feel like he’s working and when he is ready, he’ll go.”
- Injury report for both teams
As for non-injury angles
- On if the team feels it is close to being very good: “I hope so, I think so. That’s the intent. I think people can see that we do have the talent. We’re competing obviously on a play-by-play basis, on a daily basis. You can see it on tape. When you watch other teams play, you feel like you’re as good. We should be performing better as far as results are concerned. We are making progress in my opinion as far as our effort, our desire to win, our preparation. All that stuff I feel like we’re doing pretty good we just have got to get better results. We’re close but we just have got to keep working."
On his level of concern with the secondary: “Well, the good thing is we’ve had so many guys banged up that a lot of guys have gotten a lot of reps back there. They’ve gotten a lot of work so we feel pretty good. Will Blackmon played an outstanding game, so if one of those two guys can’t go, we feel good about Will back there. If they both can go, obviously it’ll be a great benefit, finally. I just have to wait and see. I think we have enough guys back there where we’re OK right now. I think Breeland is going to be fine. It’s different, a little sore shoulder for a DB than your knee. I feel good about Breeland where he is at, I think he’ll go. We’ll have to wait and see on Chris.”
- Jackson spoke with reporters following practice