The Redskins activated Riley from the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday one day after placing him on it and some seven months since suffering a foot injury that ended his 2015 season.
"Feel great. Been trying to get out there for the longest [time]," Riley said following the afternoon practice session. "The medical people finally gave me the thumbs up. I'm ready to move on."
Riley suffered a setback early in the recovery process as he attempted to rejoin in the playoffs. "The screw wasn't healing properly. The bone wasn't regrowing . They had to replace the screw and put a bone graph on top of it," Riley explained. "Just a whole bunch of doctor stuff."
The return answers one question involving the 2010 draft pick, but another remains.
Riley primarily worked with the second unit Friday as Will Compton and Mason Foster enter camp with the first team. Even before the injury, Riley faced competition, but that doesn't mean he's buying the situation.
"Actually, I'm not with the two's," said Riley, sounding a bit taken back when presented with the day's observation. "I'm where I was. They're just working me back in. I'm only getting 10 plays a day, which I did. ...Every day they're going to feed me more."
If Riley doesn't start, there's a chance he doesn't make the team as Washington can save significant cap dollars by cutting him.
By cutting hm, the Redskins would have scant experience behind Compton and Foster. Conundrum.
The only Riley-themed talk Friday involved the positives of the return.
"I expect him to come on and continue his strides," coach Jay Gruden said.
Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels and Terence Garvin are the other ILB options with rookie Su'a Cravens in a hybrid role. Interesting young players, sure, but Riley isn't close to conceding his spot.
"We've got a good group. We're ready," he said. "That's all I got to say about it."
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