ASHBURN -- Bashaud Breeland's injured left ankle passed its latest test Thursday as the Washington Redskins prepared for Sunday's "Battle of the Beltway" matchup at Baltimore. That doesn't mean the cornerback will be helping Josh Norman defend Ravens wide receivers Steve Smith and Mike Wallace.
As the team practiced on the main fields, Breeland worked on the side along with fellow injured corner Dashaun Phillips (hamstring).
"It's pretty good. A little soreness here and there that I'm trying to work through," Breeland said of the ankle injury suffered Sept. 25 in Washington's win at New York.
Breeland focused on backpedaling and other movement drills at the start of the practice open to the media. He wasn't moving at full speed most of the time but ramped it up in spots and showed no signs of favoring the injured ankle.
The third-year defensive back will likely need to rejoin practice Friday in order to play Sunday. Though Breeland said, "I feel like I'm ahead of schedule," neither the player nor head coach Jay Gruden was ready to declare him likely for the Ravens game.
“Breeland did some work off the field, didn’t do any team drills today," Gruden said after practice. "[He] worked with the trainers exclusively; we’ll see how he does tomorrow. Question mark, pretty much."
Asked about possibly returning to the lineup Sunday, Breeland told Breaking Burgundy, "If not this week then hopefully next week for sure."
Washington hosts NFC East-leading Philadelphia and rookie quarterback standout Carson Wentz in Week 6.
If Breeland sits, Quinton Dunbar would likely start opposite Norman against the Ravens. Baltimore doesn't possess the most dynamic of passing attacks, but Smith topped 100 yards and scored a touchdown last week. Wallace averages nearly 16 yards per reception.
The Redskins struggled last week to defend the Browns through the air and especially on the ground but didn't allow a second-half touchdown for a second straight game.
* Meanwhile, the prospect of left guard Shawn Lauvao playing Sunday looks strong. He returned to practice after sitting out Sunday's win over Cleveland with an ankle injury.
"Lauvao actually did a lot today," Gruden said. "He did everything. He did all the team periods, so he looked pretty good. So, it’s a good chance for Lauvao.” Gruden confirmed that Lauvao will start if he's active.
* Wide receiver Josh Doctson (concussion) also worked on the side field. Until further notice, don't expect him to be active.
* Linebacker Su'a Cravens (concussion) was not on the field. The second-round pick was expected to meet with doctors Thursday. "We just have to wait, get all results from the independent doctor," said Gruden, who passed on guessing if the impact rookie could play at Baltimore.
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