Washington Redskins guard Chris Chester and wide receiver Josh Morgan said they don’t know if they will be able to play in Thursday’s preseason opener at Buffalo. Morgan, however said he wants to play if cleared.
Chester on Monday sprained his left ankle and didn’t return to practice. Tuesday morning, he had a compression sleeve on his leg and foot, and only watched the Redskins’ walk-through.
“We’ll just have to see,” said Chester, who suffered the injury, when he got his leg tangled with several other players. “I’m not really sure. I wouldn’t think it’ll take very long.”
Chester said that if this were a regular season game, he certainly would play. But given that it’s early in the preseason, he didn’t know if the team would want to risk further injury. Rookie Adam Gettis likely would start in place of Chester.
Morgan, meanwhile, is coming off of his first day of practice in a week after nursing a strained hamstring last week. The receiver – signed as a free agent in the offseason – missed five days of practice before returning to the field in a limited capacity Monday.
Tuesday morning, he said he looked forward to ramping up his activity. Morgan, who is competing for a starting position, said he hopes to play against the Bills, but that the decision isn’t his.
“You always want to play the game because you’re a competitor but you’ve got to be smart, and it’s a long season,” Morgan said. “I feel like I could go. But that’s me the competitor. I was saying I could play when I had one of my ankles cut up [last season]. … It’s definitely hard [waiting], especially knowing the game’s coming. But we haven’t really talked about Thursday night yet. So I’m going to talk to them and see what they think.”