The Washington Redskins officially placed Jonathan Allen on Injured Reserve Thursday.
The rookie defensive lineman and 2017 first-round pick suffered a Lisfranc injury in Washington’s Week 5 victory over San Francisco. Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed Allen underwent surgery on his foot this week.
Gruden couldn’t clarify whether Allen’s injury was a break or a sprain: “I just know it’s a Lisfranc. I didn’t pass that class.”
Asked whether the surgery provided a more positive outlook than Allen’s initial prognosis, Gruden said, “Yeah. I think that is the case. We got better news after the surgery, that it wouldn’t be as lengthy as some of these surgeries typically are, so that’s good news.”
“But we still have to rehab it,” he said. “He’s a big man, and sometimes bigger guys take a little bit longer, but we’ll wait and see. We’ll just play it by ear and hopefully we see him again, but it’s up to the rehab.”
The Redskins also placed kicker Dustin Hopkins on IR with a hip flexor strain, and have since signed 23-year-old Nick Rose, a 2016 college free agent. Hopkins was initially listed as “week-to-week” after sustaining the injury in last Sunday’s win.
Gruden remains optimistic that either one, or both Allen and Hopkins, could make a potential late-season return.
“There’s a chance,” he said. “We have the opportunity to bring two back, so we’ll put ’em on IR, see how they do and rehab them and see where they go [from there].”
Asked if he could see Allen, specifically, returning, Gruden said, “Absolutely, yeah. Definitely.”
In a corresponding move, the Redskins signed free-agent defensive lineman A.J. Francis, who was a casualty of final roster cuts earlier in the year. They also signed defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins to the practice squad. Both Francis and Anthony Lanier have a chance to play Monday night against Philadelphia, but each brings a different look to the defensive line.
“Lanier is a different animal,” Gruden said. “He’s a good pass-rusher, still young. Francis provides us some more depth, as far as the interior, as far as nose guard is concerned. I don’t know which combination we’ll use come Monday, but it’s good to get A.J. back here. We liked him a lot. We let him go numbers-wise, and then we’re fortunate that he was on the street so we brought him back.”
Cornerback Josh Norman — who missed his first game as a Redskin with a broken rib — did individual drills in practice, but did not participate in team activities.
“He ran around. Looked fine to me,” Gruden said. “But that’s up to his pain tolerance and what the trainers say.”
Defensive backs Montae Nicholson (shoulder), Fabian Moreau (shoulder/hamstring), and linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) were all full practice participants. Offensive tackles Trent Williams (knee) and Ty Nsekhe (core muscle) did not practice Thursday.
Other limited participants: CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle), LB Ryan Anderson (back), S Stefan McClure (knee), G Tyler Catalina (concussion protocol).