Tuesday’s practice wasn’t the most physical of training camp, with players dressed in shells rather than full pads. But it was a good sign, nonetheless, that two key offensive starters, right guard Brandon Scherff and tight end Niles Paul, took part despite getting banged up Monday.
Scherff, whom the Redskins made the fifth overall pick in April’s NFL draft, appeared to roll an ankle Monday. “I’m fine; I’m fine,” he said Tuesday, staying late to work with offensive line coach Bill Callahan, as is his custom.
Paul, whom Coach Jay Gruden elevated to starting status for is versatility as a blocker and receiver, showed no evidence of any limitation in practice after taking a hard hit on his shoulder Monday.
“I’m a tough guy,” Paul said. I’ve just got to rehab it a little bit, get it stronger. It felt a little weird yesterday. I took a pretty good hit on it.”
But sitting out Thursday’s preseason opener was out of the question.
“That’s why I’m out there at practice: I love this,” Paul said.
Gruden said that tight end Logan Paulsen, who has been ruled out of Thursday’s game with a toe injury, has gone to North Carolina to see foot specialist Robert Anderson. Also ruled out for Thursday: wide receiver DeSean Jackson (AC joint), outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (precautionary); cornerbacks David Amerson (sprained MCL) and Bashaud Breeland (shoulder), and linebackers Will Compton and Trevardo Williams (hamstring).
A decision about rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who’s expected to challenge for punt-return duty, will be made closer to kickoff. Crowder (hamstring) was held of practice Tuesday.
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