ASHBURN — Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson should be ready to play on Sunday against the New York Giants despite ankle and knee injuries.
Jackson was injured in the second half of last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. He did not practice on Wednesday and was listed as limited on Thursday.
But Washington coach Jay Gruden said Jackson “had a good practice” on Friday and “based on the injury report he’ll be ready to roll.”
The only player definitely declared out for Sunday’s game is defensive end Kendall Reyes (groin), who will sit for the second week in a row. He worked on a side field with team trainers on Friday.
Other players listed as questionable: Defensive end Chris Baker (rib, elbow, hip, toe, knee); rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson (left Achilles tendon); inside linebacker Martrell Spaight (concussion), who practiced full on Friday; inside linebacker Su’a Cravens (hip); center Kory Lichtensteiger (back spasms) and reserve left tackle Ty Nsekhe (foot).
That’s an ever-growing list and Lichtensteiger’s injury, especially, has to rate as a concern. Spencer Long would fill in there, if necessary.
Gruden joked about Baker’s laundry list of injuries – jokingly adding “finger” and “eye” to his ailments.
It doesn’t appear that cornerback Kendall Fuller will be active this week. The third-round pick has sat the first two games and Gruden wasn’t ready to put him ahead of starting nickel corner Dashaun Phillips.
“The reps he gets on scout team right now and some of the reps he gets with the ones – he’s doing an excellent job,” Gruden said. “We have a logjam back there. I feel like we have seven really good corners that are up. Right now he’s just the odd-man out, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be forever.”
The Redskins actually only have six corners on the 53-man roster – though Gruden might have added in one of his reserve safeties. Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett both transitioned from corner to safety this offseason and could presumably switch in a pinch. Unlike last year, corner depth isn’t necessarily an issue. But Fuller should get his opportunity soon.
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