“I don’t think he’s gonna miss time,” Gruden said Monday afternoon, delivering a fairly rosy update of the injuries suffered in the upset of the Ravens, who boasted the NFL’s top-ranked defense entering the game.
Norman, the defense’s highest-paid and most-impactful player, had injured the wrist prior to Sunday’s game. After he aggravated it further, it was diagnosed as a sprain.
Gruden said the plan is to limit Norman’s contact during practice this week, as the Redskins (3-2, 1-1 NFC East) prepare for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles (3-1, 0-0), monitor him closely and perhaps put a brace on it.
The Redskins plan to gradually increase the workload on Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, who has missed the past two games with an ankle sprain, to test his readiness for a game-day return. The same is true of nickel cornerback Dashaun Phillips (hamstring).
“We’re confident that they have a chance to be ready to go — especially Breeland,” Gruden said. “We’ll wait and see.”
And rookie safety/linebacker Su’a Cravens, who was diagnosed with a concussion following the Week 4 victory over Cleveland, is expected to see the NFL-appointed independent doctor for an evaluation on Tuesday, Gruden said.
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