Redskins Health Improving as Steelers Game Approaches

ASHBURN — It is the NFL so asking their good fortune to last is probably too much to ask. But the Redskins have received goods news almost all week on the injury front heading into their Monday night opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Running back Matt Jones (separated left shoulder) participated fully in practice for the second day in a row. That is yet another sign that Jones will be ready to go – as he insisted earlier this week.

Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson’s (sore left Achilles tendon) status remains unclear, but he was again on the field Thursday and made a pair of nice receptions in the end zone during one-on-one drills. That’s especially nice to see because with the depth in front of him at receiver, Docton’s early role figures to be as a big weapon in the red zone.

“We will see,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “This thing – again, I keep saying it – new to all of us and it’s kind of a day-to-day thing, how he feels. Today he felt better than yesterday and hopefully tomorrow he feels better than today.”

Doctson backed off most activities in practice on Wednesday after participating in individual and some team drills on Monday. But a final decision won’t come until Saturday after two more practice days, Gruden said.

Meanwhile, defensive end Kendall Reyes (groin) was back on the field after missing two practices. Gruden only has six available defensive linemen on the roster, but said he is prepared to go with just five on game day, if needed. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy – who began training camp as a defensive end – could always shift up front again to defensive end.

That decision, Gruden said, will come down to how many linebackers and defensive backs the team dresses vs. the Steelers. Also, left guard/center Spencer Long (right ankle sprain) was a full-go at practice, too, on Thursday.

“We have choices, which is a good thing,” Gruden said. “Then we just have to make that final decision.”

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