Here are the top takeaways coming out of Friday’s practice and locker room availability at Redskins Park:
1) Niles Paul is questionable. The tight end is one of 12 players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings; he suffered a concussion two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys. Paul practiced Wednesday but didn’t participate Thursday or Friday.
“He’s a guy we have to get through the protocol and make sure he’s okay before we even think about activating him,” Coach Jay Gruden said. “We’ll probably get the official word [Friday] afternoon or first thing [Saturday] morning.”
Paul, who didn’t play in Sunday’s win at the Seattle Seahawks, said Wednesday that he would be honest with team officials if he felt any concussion-like symptoms after returning to practice. Gruden said if Paul gets cleared Friday, he wouldn’t be concerned that Paul missed the last two practices leading up to the game.
“Niles has been here and knows the system, been in the meetings, and he’s prepared if he is allowed to play — or if he can play, I should say,” Gruden said. “So that’s not a concern as far as that’s concerned.”
Along with Paul, left tackle Trent Williams (knee), left guard Shawn Lauvao (stinger), center Spencer Long (knee), right guard Brandon Scherff (knee), right tackle Morgan Moses (ankle), offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring), wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring), linebacker Zach Brown (ankle), safety Montae Nicholson (shoulder) and wide receiver Brian Quick (concussion) were listed as questionable.
2) Brian Quick says he has been cleared to play. The wide receiver is expected to be ready Sunday after suffering a concussion against the Seahawks. The injury occurred on Quick’s 31-yard reception during the game-winning touchdown drive, a beautiful catch and throw from Kirk Cousins on the second play.
“It was a critical time, and I just made sure I was there,” Quick said. “I didn’t see the safety. Kam [Chancellor] came out of nowhere. He came out on my blind side. I thought I was going to keep running with it, and he got me.”
The Redskins had been looking for ways to incorporate Quick in games, but they hadn’t had enough snaps to go around. But Sunday, Crowder was sidelined with a hamstring injury, which allowed Quick to receive 23 snaps. He finished with three catches for 49 yards.
“It felt great, man,” Quick said. “Just to be beside these guys, line up beside them, it’s a blessing. I try to take advantage of every opportunity.”
3) Arthur Jones is unsure when he’ll return after dislocating his shoulder. The Redskins have ruled out the defensive lineman against the Vikings, as well as defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis. Jones’s injury happened in his first game with Washington after signing just last week.
Jones said it was a “freak accident” where someone landed on his shoulder, but he is optimistic he will return.
“I have no idea,” Jones said. “I do what I’m told and give myself the best chance to get right, eat right, do the exercises I can and really just listen to my body and assess myself with an honest opinion.”