Redskins injury report: Griffin, Porter questionable for Cowboys game
For their final injury report of the week, the Washington Redskins have listed quarterback Robert Griffin III and cornerback Tracy Porter as questionable ahead of Monday night’s game at Dallas.
Griffin practiced this week in a limited capacity while working his way back from the ankle injury that has sidelined him since Week 2. Porter is nursing a hamstring strain that has forced him out of six of the first seven games of the season.
Coach Jay Gruden has said that he plans to start Colt McCoy at quarterback.
Safety Ryan Clark was limited in Saturday’s practice like Griffin and Porter, but he is listed as probable despite being treated for ankle and shoulder injuries.
Left tackle Trent Williams (knee), defensive lineman Chris Baker (thigh), running back Alfred Morris (ankle), linebacker Perry Riley Jr. (knee) and right tackle Tyler Polumbus (knee) all practiced fully and are listed as probable.
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Redskins’ young DBs will have their hands full versus Dez Bryant
If ever there was a game where the Redskins will feel the absence of top cornerback DeAngelo Hall, it’s Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys and top receiving threat Dez Bryant.
Hall traditionally has matched up well with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant. But with the veteran cornerback lost for the year with injury, the responsibility of trying to naturalize Bryant will fall on rookie Bashaud Breeland and second-year pro David Amerson.
“D-Hall has always done a very admirable job against Dez Bryant. Dez is a great receiver, no question about it, so Amerson, Breeland, they’re going to have to step up and I don’t know if they know what they’re in for yet,” Coach Jay Gruden said with a chuckle. “But we’ve covered some good receivers this year also. But Dez is a lot bigger, stronger, more physical than guys that we’ve faced so far and he’s having a great year and we know that come crunch time, if they need a play, somebody’s got to cover him. Hopefully, Breeland and Amerson will be up to the task.”
Bryant, who boasts great size, strength and speed this season leads the Cowboys with 45 catches for 590 yards (ninth in the NFL) and four touchdowns. But the Redskins’ young defensive backs look forward to the challenge of containing the Pro Bowl receiver.
“I know they’re excited about the challenge,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “I think they’re going to have to stand up, play the guys physical, he uses his hands well. And obviously, he can run after the catch so we have to tackle well.”
Never one to get nervous, Breeland spoke matter-of-factly when asked about the task.
“You’ve just got to be patient with him, physical with him and he’ll be physical with you,” Breeland said.
Breeland said that based on what he observed from studying Hall’s matchups with Bryant and from the lessons his coaches have passed onto him, he must closely read the receiver’s movements and react to them.
“You’ve got to love going against big receivers like that. … They tell you their routes because they’ve got to come down because they’re so high up,” Breeland said. “So if you be patient and just read your receiver you get a lot of keys off of them.”
Breeland also added, “This week that’s going to have to be [a focus] in our preparation: finding the ball in the air. He’s a very good receiver at locating the ball and attacking it. So we have to do the same thing.”
However, Bryant isn’t the only receiving threat that the Redskins must be mindful of. Terrance Williams has 19 catches for 338 yards, but he also leads the team with six touchdown receptions.
“They’ve got some other good players so you really need about 14 players on your defense to defend everybody,” Haslett joked. “They’re going to have to stand up.”
Redskins injury report: Robert Griffin III limited, Trent Williams practices fully
Robert Griffin III, safety Ryan Clark and cornerback Tracy Porter were limited by injury in Friday’s practice. Griffin continues to work his way back from the dislocated left ankle that has sidelined him the past five weeks. Clark sat because of an ankle injury that has nagged him the past two weeks, and Porter continues to nurse the hamstring strain that has caused him to miss six of seven games this season.
Griffin’s status for Monday night’s game remains uncertain, but Gruden maintained that he plans to start Colt McCoy versus the Cowboys.
“As far as the quarterbacks are concerned, nothing has really changed there, either,” the coach said. “… We’re still preparing Colt to be the starter, and Robert is continuing with his practice exertion. He’s getting more and more reps. As far as the status for Monday, we will announce that Monday.”
Gruden had said that if Griffin were deemed unable to start, then he would be inactive. The coach on Thursday indicated that he could change his mind and dress Griffin even if he doesn’t start, but he didn’t guarantee that, and said the decision whether Griffin is inactive or not will come down Monday.
Left tackle Trent Williams (knee) practiced fully Friday after being limited in practice Thursday and sidelined completely Wednesday. Nose tackle Chris Baker (thigh), linebacker Perry Riley (knee), running back Alfred Morris (ankle) and tackle Tyler Polumbus (knee) all practiced fully despite receiving treatment for injuries.
Polumbus has struggled this season for reasons unrelated to injury and last week alternated second half possessions with third-year pro Tom Compton.
Gruden said earlier this week that he was considering making a change at right tackle, and then on Friday announced that Compton will indeed take over.
“He’s done a good job. All throughout camp he’s been a good swing guy for us,” Gruden said. “He’s been our extra tight end. … He played well against Tennessee in the reps he got, so we’re going to give him an opportunity to start. Still, Tyler will be ready to roll, and [rookie] Morgan [Moses]. We’ve just got to decide who’s going to be active as far as the extra tackle’s concerned.”
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Griffin breaks silence, trying to listen, learn while working his way back
Robert Griffin III, whom the Redskins had prohibited from speaking to the media since he suffered an ankle injury in Week 2, issued a brief statement Friday in which he said that he is doing his best to listen and learn while sidelined and that he will not rush his recovery in a way that would risk a setback.
With a group of reporters gathered around his locker following Friday’s practice, Griffin said, “A quote that I stumbled upon during this process of being injured and being out was by Winston Churchill, and it says, ‘Courage is what it takes to stand up and do something. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.’ So, during this time, I’ve been listening, learning, growing as a player in this offense.
“It’s our job to help this team win, and I’ve been there for Kirk and Colt as much as I possibly can and being there for this team to make sure they’re as ready as possible during this process, and it sucks that I can’t get out there and play with them and help them get wins. But I’ve been listening to the doctors, listening to the trainers, listening to the coaches, and we’re not going to rush my ankle. It’s a blessing I wasn’t hurt as bad as it could have been. It’s been a blessing, and I’ve been recovering right on time, so that’s good. But at the same time, we don’t want to rush that.
“And it’s Dallas week. We all want to beat Dallas. We know what this game means for our season. So that’s what I’ve been trying to do this week, in making sure I’m ready to go, making sure this team is ready to go and making sure whoever plays quarterback is ready to go. That’s all I’ve got to say. Beat Dallas.”
The team did not permit Griffin to take questions.
The quarterback dislocated his left ankle during the first quarter of Washington’s Week 2 victory over Jacksonville. He spoke the day after suffering his injury, briefly expressing relief that he hadn’t more seriously injured himself, but since then, the team has declined to make him available for interviews despite repeated requests.
Griffin ramped up his activity this week in the hopes of playing against the Cowboys, but Coach Jay Gruden has maintained that the young quarterback still has a ways to go before he returns to game-ready form. Gruden has stopped short of ruling Griffin out, but he said Friday that he is proceeding with his plan of starting Colt McCoy.
Gruden said that he would wait until Monday to determine if Griffin would dress for the game or again be inactive.
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Cowboys prepared for Redskins offense rather than QBs
A degree of uncertainty has loomed over Washington’s quarterback position this week, so in preparation for Monday night’s game, the Dallas Cowboys chose to study the Redskins’ offense rather than worry about whether Colt McCoy or Robert Griffin III would start. Jay Gruden said Monday that McCoy would get the start but allowed himself some wiggle room, saying that Griffin remained the “wild card.”
Asked why he didn’t attempt to plant more doubt in the minds of the Cowboys and their coaches, Gruden said Monday, “I don’t think it matters. They’re preparing for our offense. They’re not preparing for a quarterback. Both of them are very good quarterbacks in my mind. It’s just I want to make it clear to our team and our quarterbacks who the starter is moving forward so we can prepare that way. That’s the only reason.”
However, on Thursday, Gruden did his best attempt to tap-dance in regards to his quarterback plans, saying he wouldn’t rule Griffin out.
On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said that while he is keeping an eye on news out of Washington, the main intent of Dallas’ defense is studying Washington’s offense and tendencies.
“I think you prepare for the whole offense, and then what you try to do is you go back and watch their team play with each of them playing quarterback and see if there is a discernible difference between how they are calling the game or what schemes they are running,” Garrett said. “And then you try to be ready for both.
“So, we will try to keep an eye on what they are doing throughout the week, but we certainly have to be ready for both of them and just get ready to play our best football.”
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