Reporting Grant Paulsen
The Washington Redskins plan for Saturday’s contest against the Chicago Bears is coming into focus.
Here are Thursday’s quick-hitters from Redskins Park.
Trent Williams said he expects to play on Saturday night in Chicago.
Williams is still recovering from a bruised left foot, which he suffered last Thursday night in Buffalo while blocking down-field on a Pierre Garcon touchdown catch. The third-year left tackle says he is about 80 percent, but expects to be closer to 90 percent by kickoff on Saturday night. When asked why it’s important for him to play in a meaningless preseason game, Williams said that he’s a “leader” on offense and he needs to be on the field with his team. I’m not convinced Williams will play the entire time the rest of the starters do, but he should be expected to take the field and see action.
Mike Shanahan says the Redskins starters will play 30 to 35 play, close to a half of football.
Washington’s first team was on the field for 14 plays of offenses in Buffalo last week. This Saturday night the Redskins’ starting group is going to be asked to play somewhere in the vicinity of 30 to 35 snaps. Shanahan said his goals this week will be almost identical to what they were one week ago; to emerge from the game healthy while evaluating as many players as possible.
Alfred Morris should see earlier action this weekend.
Morris didn’t get into the game until late in the second quarter against the Bills. He ended up leading Washington in rushing attempts (15) and yardage. His strong performance came after a couple of impressive weeks of training camp practices, and the Florida-Atlantic product is making a strong case to be added to the Redskins’ roster. I heard from one person that Morris wasn’t going to play much in Chicago until Roy Helu suffered tendonitis in his Achilles this week. Helu won’t play against the Bears so the plan for Morris has now changed. He’ll get plenty of work, as will speedy roster-long shot Tristan Davis.
Maurice Hurt is likely in. Chris Chester is probably out.
It sounds like right guard Chris Chester could miss his second straight preseason game. He’s still recovering from the same sprained ankle that kept him out of the showdown in Buffalo. Shanahan made it sound like Chester is less likely to play than either Maurice Hurt or Trent Williams. Hurt is dealing with an inflamed tendon behind his knee, but got through a nice chunk of practice over the past two days. If Chester can’t start, rookie guard Adam Gettis will work with the first-team for a second straight week. If I had to guess at what Washington’s opening-drive offensive line will look like at Soldier Field, from left to right: Trent Williams, Maurice Hurt, Will Montgomery, Adam Gettis, Tyler Polumbus.