October 24, 2020

Washington Redskins: Week 9 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins were buried in injuries going into the bye week after a franchise record comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As much as many were optimistic that the Redskins would be completely healthy before playing the defending champion New England Patriots, it seems that Washington will still have a few missing pieces. That being said, today marks the first day that the team has not had to rule anyone out ahead of time although there are a number of game-time decisions.

  • Bashaud Breeland (hamstring): DNP Wednesday, but limited on Thursday and Friday making him QUESTIONABLE. Breeland’s grade two hamstring strain puts him in doubt to play against the Patriots. It is hard to have a good idea of how good the Redskins defense actually is when they seemingly can never have their top three corners on the field at the same time.
  • Kory Lichtensteiger (neck): DNP Wednesday and Thursday while working individually on a side field to rehab, but was able to ramp up participation on Friday making him QUESTIONABLE. It is now unlikely to suit up in New England. Gruden discussed that the Redskins center has to start figuring out how much of his strength does he need to play effectively. Josh LeRibeus would start his third game in the middle of the line of Lichtensteiger is unable to go.
  • Jason Hatcher (knee): DNP Wednesday and limited Thursday with a knee injury that seems to be progressing worse as Hatcher has been taking more days off. The Pro Bowler has regularly taken the first day of practice off as a rest and/or maintenance day, but his status for Sunday is PROBABLE after practicing fully on Friday.
  • DeSean Jackson (hamstring): limited throughout the week and QUESTIONABLE as the receiver hopes to return to the fold against the Patriots to get in his first action since the opening quarter of the season. Jackson’s presence will be a great addition to the offense as safeties will be unable to consistently creep into the box to defend the run without fearing the top being taken off by elite speed.
  • Ryan Kerrigan (hand): limited during the entire week and QUESTIONABLE as he experiments with different casts to protect his hand to contact. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry indicated that Kerrigan will be playing on Thursday because he will be have the use of his fingers by not needing to where a club that encompasses the entire hand. Kerrigan will see his surgeon Thursday night to determine if he is fully cleared to play.
  • DeAngelo Hall (toe): limited in all practices and QUESTIONABLE as he continues to work back from an injury that Gruden calls the worst possible injury for a corner because of the need to back pedal, plant their foot in the ground, etc. Even though there is no guarantee that he is out, I do not think Hall is at a healthy enough level to help the team at the moment.
  • Chris Culliver (knee): limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but DNP on Friday as he was feeling some knee soreness which makes him QUESTIONABLE. Earlier in the week  there was an extra pep in Culliver’s step for the first time in a while. Gruden does not believe that Culliver playing in the Eagles game made the injury worse and enjoys the “competitive spirit” he brings to practice. According to Culliver, he had his knee drained a couple of weeks ago.
  • Keenan Robinson (shoulder): DNP on Thursday but practiced fully during the rest of the week, which makes him PROBABLE. The shoulder injury was described as a rotator cuff “normal wear and tear” by Gruden who considers the linebacker day-to-day.
  • Quinton Dunbar (ill): DNP on Thursday because he was sick but PROBABLE to suit up against the Patriots.
  • Josh LeRibeus (shoulder), Perry Riley Jr. (lower leg), and Chris Thompson (back) all practiced fully during the practice week and as a result are PROBABLE.

On Saturday, Terrance Knighton was ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to migraines he was experiencing on and off throughout the week.  The nose tackle did NOT travel with the team to New England.

In another sudden change of events, OLB Jackson Jeffcoat was placed on season-ending injured reserve with an undisclosed injury that was not included during the weekly injury report below. Practice squad member Houston Bates will replace Jeffcoat, who Gruden wanted to utilize more, on the 53-man roster.

As a bit of enemy intel, their only really big loss is offensive lineman Ryan Wendell who is expected to be placed on IR before the game.

This post will be updated as more injury information comes into play up until kickoff on Sunday from Foxborough.


About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.


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