Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson say they’re ready to play more defensive snaps if needed for the Washington Redskins on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
The two players made their season debuts last Sunday night at Dallas after serving four-game suspensions for violations of the NFL’s drug policies. Jenkins played only six of the Redskins’ 54 defensive snaps against the Cowboys. Jackson played 12.
Jenkins said after Friday’s practice at Redskins Park that he “most definitely” is ready to play more against the Bears if asked to do so.
“I’m just being patient,” Jenkins said. “The coaches are telling me they’ll put me in when they feel I’m comfortable and ready to go. They’re not only thinking about me. They’re thinking about the whole defense. You’re not going to put us in a situation where you don’t think I’m ready. Hopefully I had a good week of practice and I can get a lot more reps.”
Jackson acknowledged that his playing time could depend on the circumstances of the game.
“We’ve got a fast nickel package,” Jackson said. “So if we get them one-dimensional and we feel like they’re gonna pass a lot, I’ll get a lot of reps. It depends on how the game goes. Who knows.”
Jackson had an interception against the Cowboys and said he had no difficulty getting adjusted to playing again following his layoff.
“It felt like I’d been playing,” Jackson said.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan wasn’t tipping his hand on the issue Friday.
“Both of them are fine and ready to play,” Shanahan said. “Obviously we’ve got a game plan. But from a physical standpoint, they’re ready to go.”