It’s all hands on deck in Ashburn — even the injured ones.
Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that he has no intentions of sitting injured players Trent Williams (knee), Morgan Moses (ankles), Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Terrell McClain (toe) for the remainder of the season.
“No, we don’t have any plans to shut anybody down unless it is a season-ending injury, and that’s something the trainers will get back with us about,” Gruden said after practice.
“Morgan is fighting to get back in the lineup. I know that. I know Trent is going to try like heck to get back in the lineup. Jordan is trying like heck to get back. Terrell McClain is trying. They’re all trying to get back in the lineup.”
Williams, 29, has been hampered by a right knee injury since Week 4, but the veteran offensive lineman has said he will try to hold off on surgery until after the season.
Moses didn’t participate in practice but was without a walking boot — a promising sign for the right tackle who was carted off the field against the Dallas Cowboys with a sprained ankle Thursday. Moses did have both feet heavily taped on Monday.
Safety Montae Nicholson (concussion) has been cleared to practice. “We’ll just take it day by day from here on out,” Gruden said.
Nicholson, who turned 22 Monday, has missed four games this season because of injury. As a result, Gruden said it’s difficult to gauge what the rookie’s prolonged absence has meant for the defense. “Well, he hasn’t been a consistent provider for us, so it’s hard to say,” the coach said.
“Obviously, we love the fact that he can run and hit and do all the things you want a safety to do. But unfortunately for him, he’s had the shoulder injuries and then the concussion, so it’ll be good to get a great look at him the last four weeks if he is healthy enough to play. Any time you have that size, speed, that range that he has, it’s a great luxury to have when he’s available.”
Having Reed on the field also would be a great luxury for the Redskins, but it remains to be seen when the tight end will return from a lingering hamstring injury.
“There’s always hope,” Gruden said, smiling.
Asked how much hope he has regarding Reed’s return, Gruden said: “I’ll leave that to the trainers and Jordan. We’ll see how he does.”
Center Chase Roullier (hand) “did a little bit” during practice Monday but is still not 100 percent.
“It is one thing to snap the ball, but it’s another thing to get your snap hand out of there and be able to protect with that right hand,” said Gruden, who has had to start Tony Bergstrom with Spencer Long on injured reserve and Roullier sidelined. “That’s what we have to just gauge, and today was a start. We will get a good look at him on Wednesday and see where he is.”