The Redskins received mixed news on the injury front Monday, following the team’s loss at Detroit.
Head Coach Jay Gruden announced that offensive lineman Trent Williams’ knee is “structurally OK.” Williams left Sunday’s game with just seconds remaining.
Gruden said that Williams needs to be monitored this week and his status for Sunday’s game in London will not be known until later this week.
Cornerback Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion Sunday, is in the League’s Concussion Protocol. Gruden said that Norman would need to be cleared by Thursday to make the trip to London.
According to Gruden, cornerback Bashaud Breeland suffered a sprained ankle and offensive lineman Brandon Scherff suffered a sprained AC joint. Both players will be monitored throughout the week. Tight End Jordan Reed, who has missed the past two weeks with a concussion, has been cleared to practice but still needs to be cleared by the independent doctor in order to play Sunday against the Bengals.
Regarding Sunday’s loss to the Lions, Jay Gruden voiced his frustrations over the turnovers that plagued his team, most notably a Matt Jones’ fumble in the end zone which ended a seven-play drive.
“You can’t put the ball on the ground,” said Gruden of Jones, who also missed a hand-off from Kirk Cousins which ended another Redskins drive.
Gruden stressed that Jones understands the importance of holding onto the football.
“We are not going to give up on Matt,” noted Gruden, who did add that he would look into expanding the roles of running backs Chris Thompson and Robert Kelley.
The Redskins face a challenging week of preparation due to the London trip.
The team will practice in Virginia this week before flying out to London Thursday night, allowing players extra time to adjust to London Time.
“We wanted to get a couple good days of practice here first and get our guys honed in on the Bengals,” said Gruden.
Gruden does not believe that traveling to London will drastically affect his team this week.
“I think the guys will understand that they have got to get some rest this week, early in the week, get to bed a little bit earlier, but I think we’ll have time to adjust.” said Gruden. “It’s such a big game for us, really. I really don’t care where we play them. I just can’t wait to play the game.”