ASHBURN, Va. — Redskins running back Matt Jones returned to practice on Monday and said he expects to be ready for next week’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field.

Jones separated his left shoulder in the second preseason game on Aug. 19 against the New York Jets. He has worked on a side field since then. But despite wearing a yellow non-contact jersey at practice, Jones said he will be “full go” on Wednesday.

That’s a good sign for a team that kept just three running backs on the roster — Jones, Chris Thompson and Robert Kelley. Mack Brown was cut on Saturday, but added to the practice squad the next day. Jones stayed late after practice on Monday holding a blocking pad while Thompson smacked into him repeatedly.

“I feel awesome. You can tell — big difference,” Jones said. “Two weeks ago I couldn’t even move and now I’m out here banging it around. I feel like I’m in a great position right now.”

Jones wasn’t exactly thrilled about wearing the yellow jersey on Monday. But he’s looking forward to practice on Wednesday and Thursday when coach Jay Gruden expects to have his team in full pads with some contact on at least one of those days.

“They gave me this yellow jersey today just to be a little cautious,” Jones said. “But next practice I’ll be out here full go. I feel great about everything — pass blocking, taking a hit, giving a hit. I’m just ready to be back out there.”

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