ASHBURN — The Redskins reported no major injuries after Sunday’s game in Baltimore and could get reinforcements back for the upcoming NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (sprained left ankle) will see his workload increase this week, according to coach Jay Gruden. That’s a big deal even with some early struggles against top receivers on Washington’s schedule early.
Breeland was injured in the first quarter of a Sept. 25 game at the New York Giants. He did not practice at all last week. Quinton Dunbar has started in his place the past two weeks. Breeland would provide some security given star corner Josh Norman’s right wrist injury.
Norman was hurt on the final play of the first quarter when he jammed his right wrist trying to make a diving knockdown of a Joe Flacco pass. Norman missed six plays before returning and finished the game. He had been on the injury report during the week with what was labeled a hand injury, but never missed a practice and was listed as full go.
“I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to go back out there.’ But at one time, there was some doubt in my mind,” Norman said. “But I just sucked it up, and I was like, ‘Look man, you’re not hurting, you’re not going to die. You can walk. You’ll be fine. You can use one hand and be the one-hand bandit and do your job.’”
But Norman said after the game that he needed an injection in the right wrist to quell the pain. That’s a situation that bears watching.
“I don’t think he’s going to miss time,” Gruden said. “I think he just aggravated it a little bit. We’re going to monitor it, limit his contact during the week – maybe put a brace on it – but I think he finished the game OK.”
Added Norman: “When [the injury] first happened, I couldn’t really move my hand. It was sprained pretty bad. But we’ll treat it this week, and I’m sure it’ll be fine. It’s one of those injuries where it will take some time, but you can’t look at that and just have to fight through the obstacles.”
Meanwhile, inside linebacker Su’a Cravens will again see an independent neurologist on Tuesday to try to gain clearance to practice this week. He remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol after suffering a concussion in the Oct. 2 win over Cleveland and did not practice last week or play against Baltimore.
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