Redskins WR Jamison Crowder practices, pushes past sprained MCL

The second-year receiver won't play in the final two preseason games because of a knee injury, but he tells Breaking Burgundy a Week 1 return remains the goal.

ASHBURN -- Much of Monday's focus centered on members of the Washington Redskins kept out of practice, including Ryan KerriganSpencer Long and rookie receiver Josh Doctson. Jamison Crowder went the other way after sitting out Friday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills as he works his way back from what he described to Breaking Burgundy as a slightly sprained MCL.

The slot receiver isn't likely to play in the finale against Tampa Bay as many of the key contributors will watch with the regular season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 12 looming. Crowder feels confident he'll be ready by then.

"I feel alright. Just banged my knee (Aug. 19) against the Jets in the second preseason," Crowder said. "Went out there today. Felt pretty good. I'm just taking it day by day. Get ready for Week 1."

The 2015 fourth-round pick caught 59 passes during his rookie season and turned into a valuable third-down target for quarterback Kirk Cousins

As he dealt with the new injury, Crowder didn't feel right making the moves he needs for success.

"I kind of sprained my knee a little bit, my MCL. It felt kind of uncomfortable cutting, getting in and out of my breaks," he said. "I took last week off for treatment."

Crowder's name didn't come up specifically when coach Jay Gruden went through the various injured players. He listed Kerrigan (groin) as day-to-day. As for Long, an option at center and left guard, Gruden said "we hope to get him up for Week 1." Starting center Kory Lichtensteiger was held out Monday as "just a precautionary (move)."

"[He] had some work done on his shoulder, just a little sore, but he’ll be OK," Gruden said of the center.

The Redskins practice Tuesday with more roster cuts coming before 4:00 p.m. in order to reach the needed limit of 75. Another batch of cuts follows as 53 players will be with the team as they prep for the Steelers.

"Yeah, you can tell the season is right around the corner when they start having cuts," Crowder said. "With the guys, you can tell everything is getting a lot more serious. ... It just makes you want to go out there and work hard, so hopefully I don't get cut."

There's no danger in Crowder getting cut. Though done with the slightest of hesitation, he also said there's no danger in him missing the opener."

"Nah, I think I'll be ready for Week 1," Crowder stated, "for sure."

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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