The Redskins will go without running back Chris Thompson, linebacker Darryl Sharpton, defensive end Jason Hatcher and tight end Mike Caussin as they host the Cleveland Browns in their second preseason game.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said last Friday that those players were not expected to play.
The team announced Monday evening – just more than an hour before kickoff – that those four would indeed not play.
Thompson is nursing a low ankle sprain. He is competing for a spot on the running back depth chart behind starter Alfred Morris and third-down back Roy Helu Jr. Thompson’s competition includes fourth-year veteran Evan Royster and rookies Lache Seastrunk and Silas Redd.
Sharpton has a high ankle sprain. He is fighting for a roster spot behind starting inside linebackers Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley.
Hatcher was Washington’s biggest free agent acquisition this offseason. He will start at right end but is still working his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery. Hatcher has practiced for the last week, but isn’t yet in game shape. Fourth-year pro Jarvis Jenkins will start in place of Hatcher.
Caussin seems like a long shot to make the roster. Washington has three virtual locks at tight end in Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. Washington this week signed free agent Matt Veldman as well.