Players on injured reserve may return after eight weeks and can start practicing after six. Teams can bring back two players off injured reserve during a season.
The secondary is already banged up, with Quinton Dunbar (knee) and Fabian Moreau (ankle) missing Sunday’s loss. Moreau practiced Wednesday, but Dunbar did not participate during the portion open to the media.
The team added free agent outside linebacker Noah Spence in a move to help bolster its pass rush. The 25-year-old was a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016 and recorded 5 1/2 sacks as a rookie, playing all 16 games with three starts. He played 12 games last season but finished with just three tackles. The Redskins have the second-fewest sacks in the NFL this season, with just two in two games.
“We’ll get him some reps out there today and tomorrow and see where he’s at,” Gruden said. “If he can be a situational-type rusher for us, give us a little bit of juice, could [help]. ... With DRC going on injured reserve, we had a spot and he was available. One of the best pass rushers on the streets right now. Just want to get a look at him for the next couple days, see what happens.”