Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints because of an ankle injury, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Friday. Pryor will visit foot specialist Robert Anderson on Monday in Charlotte to be further evaluated.
Pryor said he initially suffered the ankle injury in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams, a play which he tweeted about after the game.
Pryor has played through the last seven games, but he found it difficult to cut and plant on the foot. Pryor was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice, but he was sidelined Thursday and Friday.
“Wednesday after practice, I was like: ‘Man, I can’t keep doing this. I can’t keep doing this to myself,’” Pryor said. “It was too painful, and it was like that every single day.”
Pryor said he previously did two sets of therapy to help manage the pain until contacting Anderson, an orthopedic surgeon.
“He was pretty concerned from what he saw,” Pryor said. “He said, ‘You’re the toughest son of a [expletive], man.’ He said the stuff that he saw in there, he couldn’t believe that I was still playing on it. I was trying, and I’m still trying.”
Pryor hopes he can avoid surgery and return this season without the team putting him on injured reserve, but it’s been a disappointing season for the wideout. He has 20 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown in nine games as Pryor has transitioned from a starter to a rotational backup over the last few games. Pryor signed a one-year “prove it” deal worth up to $8 million, with a $3 million base salary and $3 million signing bonus, hoping to display his full ability as a wide receiver before hitting free agency again.
“It’s probably not going to work out with that, with the plan,” Pryor said. “As of right now, that plan isn’t working. Right now, my man Larry [Hess], I’m just going to come in and compete man. Whatever next year brings me, brings me. But right now, I’m worried about helping the Redskins as much as possible. As of right now, it hasn’t been working or fitting. But it is what it is. I’m just going to do my job and hopefully I can help the guys and Coach Gruden any way I can. I’m going to try and get this thing as healthy as possible and healthy fast. Hopefully, we get good news on Monday.”
Along with Pryor, tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) and center Spencer Long (knees) have been ruled out. Both did not practice all week. For Reed, this will be the third straight game he will miss since hurting his hamstring in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Washington has 13 players listed as questionable — left tackle Trent Williams (knee), left guard Shawn Lauvao (stinger), right guard Brandon Scherff (knee), offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), wide receivers Ryan grant (concussion) and Brian Quick (concussion), tight end Niles Paul (concussion), defensive ends Matt Ioannidis (hand) and Anthony Lanier (knee), linebacker Zach Brown (Achilles), cornerback Quinton Dunbar (illness) and safeties Montae Nicholson (shoulder) and DeAngelo Hall (knee).
With Grant and Quick as questionable, and Pryor already ruled out, Washington has just three healthy wide receivers — Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Maurice Harris.
“They are three healthy guys, and I’m hoping to get one or both for the game, Grant and Quick,” Gruden said.