Kicker Kai Forbath is expected to return to action after a four-week layoff because of a strained groin, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said following Friday’s practice.
Forbath has kicked without any complications or setbacks since last week. He said Monday he believed that he could make his return to action this Sunday, and remained encouraged when he spoke to reporters Thursday.
“After having a few solid days of no pain, that helps build confidence,” Forbath said. “So I’m not even worried about the injury any more. We’re just moving forward and it’s gonna be like a regular week. … We’re putting in work just like we did before. It just feels normal again.”
Forbath, who last season made an NFL record 17 consecutive kicks to start his career, missed his lone attempt in Washington’s season opener against Philadelphia. Then the following Thursday, Forbath strained his groin in practice and didn’t kick in any of the next three games.
Shanahan said starting running back Alfred Morris, tight ends Jordan Reed and Fred Davis also are all listed as probable. Backup nose tackle Chris Neild (calf) is listed as doubtful, Shanahan said.
All three practiced fully this week despite injuries. Morris left the Week 4 victory over Oakland with bruised ribs. Reed missed that game with a bruised thigh, and Davis had been hobbled by a sprained ankle. They had all maintained throughout the week that they expected to play against Dallas.
Meantime, tight end Logan Paulsen and backup outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins remain questionable because of knee and ankle injuries, respectively. Shanahan said both players will be evaluated prior to kickoff Sunday, and a decision will then be made.
Paulsen strained his right medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the game against Oakland and has practiced on a limited basis this week. Jenkins, who sprained his ankle in Week 3 against Detroit and didn’t play the following week, also practiced on a limited basis all week.