All but eliminated from playoff contention at 5-7 with four games left, the Redskins will need to consider whether they should place certain players battling significant injuries on injured reserve. During Friday’s conference call, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said each player will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
“I think if they’re good enough to go, they need to go,” Gruden said. “But we’ll see how they’re doing from a longevity standpoint. We obviously don’t want to hurt anybody’s future and a chance for them to injury themselves long-term. But if it’s just a nagging ankle sprain or something like that where the guys can play through it, then they’ll play through it. We’ve got to dress 46 guys out there, and we’ll dress the healthiest guys we can.”
Gruden was later specifically asked about left tackle Trent Williams, who has played through a right knee injury since Week 4. Williams has started in nine games despite the injury, including against the Cowboys. Williams has said on multiple occasions this season that he’s trying to push off surgery until the end of the season. On Monday, Williams said he had no intention of shutting himself down even if the Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention.
Gruden said the biggest factor in Washington’s decision regarding Williams will be his recovery timeline if he does need surgery.
“Let’s find out what the timeline is for the surgery — if he has to have surgery number one, what type of surgery it’s going to be and how long it’s going to put him out,” Gruden said. “We’ll take all that and figure out what we’re going to do with him. If he’s good enough to finish the season, we’ll finish out the season. We need him. Kirk [Cousins] needs him. We’ll go by what the doctors say, how Trent feels and make our decision with Trent.”
Gruden said the same process applies for tight end Jordan Reed, who has missed the past five games because of a hamstring injury. Reed has played in just six games in a season in which he opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
“We’ll talk to Jordan about how he’s feeling and get the doctor’s opinion on everything, and that’s all we can really do at the end of the day,” Gruden said. “Talk to the player, talk to the doctor and then we’ll make a decision moving forward on a week-to-week basis or a season basis.”
The Redskins also will monitor two injuries that occurred against the Cowboys. Right tackle Morgan Moses will be day-to-day after leaving the game because of an ankle sprain. Wide receiver Maurice Harris left the game because of a concussion suffered on a kickoff return, Gruden said.
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