The highlights from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden's Friday press conference including the lowlight of confirming Chris Culliver's season-ending ACL and MCL tear...
"He's a good player for us obviously and you hate to lose good players," Gruden said of Culliver, who became the sixth starter placed on IR this season. "Unfortunately it happened. It's just a fluke deal. He just went up for a ball, landed on it and it tore. But, you know, these other guys are going to have to step up and be ready to go – [Quinton] Dunbar, [Deshazor] Everett if he's able to go, [Bashuad] Breeland and we'll go from there."
* More concern for the secondary heading into the matchup for first place in the NFC East: Bashaud Breeland missed practice with an illness. "You know hopefully it's just a 24-hour bug or something like that," Gruden said. "But he had a little fever and was sick, but you never know."
Gruden: "You know, it's unfortunate but Coach [Perry] Fewell, he’s been schooling these other guys up and that's what pro football is all about. You hear it all the time – next man up and that's the way it is. We're very sad for Chris. We're going to miss Chris quite a bit, but other guys are going to have to step up and play. We don't have any other choice. These guys are ready. They've been eager and waiting for their opportunity to play and they're going to get it. We'll see how it goes. We have some guys that are ready to step up and fill in. You know [Quinton] Dunbar has been playing a lot. Obviously you know D-Hall [DeAngelo Hall] is still on our football team and he's a veteran guy who can play. We still have Breeland, so we're in good shape."
* As for good injury news, Gruden is "very high" on left tackle Trent Williams (knee) facing the Giants. "He had a good day of practice yesterday in his limited work and then today he got the majority of the snaps and he looked good. Like I said before, it'd have to be a tough injury to keep him out of the game."
* The Redskins OL needs all available options against a New York front-7 that received a boost with the recent return of Jason Pierre-Paul.
Gruden: “He’s still big, still long. He’s still a very good athlete. You know, I don’t exactly know the extent of his injury but he looks the same to me. He’s very effective and it’s somebody you have to deal with. He can line up on the right side or the left side. He’s an effective pass rusher. Morgan [Moses] has had a good year, Trent [Williams] has obviously had a good year and they’re going to have to be ready for his speed and athleticism off the edge.”
* Injury update from both sides:
* As for the matchup
Gruden on his feeling going into an important divisional game:
"It's a division game and it's the New York Giants. Obviously they've beaten us the last three times and we need to step up. We're not worried about the race right now, so to speak, as we are about playing our best football. We're talking about playing the right fundamentals with the right attitude, the right intensity and taking care of what we need to take care of, what we can control and go from there."
On if he has had more of an edge in practice this week and if the players needed it:
"I don't know. It just depends on the day. You know, sometimes they need a little more rev – they need to be revved up a little more. If I feel like practice is just going through the motions, so to speak, that might've been the case yesterday, I don't know. You try to have a consistent approach really as a coach. You don't want them to be all tight one game because of an important game. All the games are important and I try to have a consistent approach every week. But obviously we know this is a big game with a lot at stake. The guys will be ready."
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