Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder looks like he will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s clash with the Carolina Panthers after he didn’t practice Thursday because of an ankle issue. He suffered the injury during the loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday, and Coach Jay Gruden said the ankle remains swollen and labeled him day-to-day. Crowder’s availability against the Panthers will probably be decided Sunday.
Wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. was also a nonparticipant Thursday with shoulder and knee injuries, although his jovial demeanor in the locker room after practice gave reason to believe he might have a better chance of playing in the Carolina game.
Crowder hasn’t been around the locker room much the last two days during the open period for the media, and there was a medical scooter at his locker Wednesday. He has 13 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in 2018.
Rookie safety Troy Apke (hamstring) was the only other player who did not practice. Wide receiver Josh Doctson (heel), running back Adrian Peterson (ankle/shoulder/knee), running back Chris Thompson (ribs/knee), guard Brandon Scherff (knee), tackle Trent Williams (knee), tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) and linebacker Zach Vigil (thigh) all practiced in a limited capacity.
Guard Shawn Lauvao (calf) returned to practice for the first time in weeks after missing the last two games. He was limited, but his presence was a step in the right direction.
“We need to see him practice and see how his calf holds up,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to make sure he gets a little bit of work and make sure that thing can hold up on game day. If it tightens up at all today or tomorrow, then we’ll probably hold him out. But we’ll wait and see.”
Gruden remained optimistic about the availability of Doctson and wants to work him more into the offense on game days. The former first-round pick has just five receptions on 13 targets this season. Doctson’s strength is his size and ability to out-physical opponents for the ball, but there haven’t been many of those chances from quarterback Alex Smith.
“We’re just hoping, when a play presents itself, for him to make a big play for us,” Gruden said. “He’s a guy we have to give opportunities to. He has lacked opportunities. Had a couple that we didn’t cash in on. Had a couple [pass interference calls].
“Overall, he’s a guy we need to try to get the ball to a little bit more. See what he can do with the ball in the air. Even when he’s a little bit slightly covered, we’ve got to give him some opportunity balls. I still expect big things from Josh. Totally confident that he’s going to be healthy and ready to roll.”