By Kevin Ross II
The Washington Redskins will head into Week 6 against the New York Jets with a starting lineup that resembles that of a preseason game. The Redskins will be without many of their top offensive and defensive weapons, and head coach Jay Gruden started Friday’s press conference with a long list of the wounded.
According to Gruden, “DeAngelo Hall, toe, did not participate, out. Jason Hatcher was full, he’s probable. Jordan Reed did not participate, he is out. [Bashaud] Breeland was full, he’s probable. Chris Culliver did not participate, he’s out. DeSean Jackson was limited, he’s questionable. Matt Jones did not participate, he’s questionable. Kory Lichtensteiger did not participate, he is out. Stephen Paea was limited, he’s questionable. Trent Williams did not participate, he’s out. Pierre Garçon was full. Spencer Long, Perry Riley, Chris Thompson, Josh LeRibeus were all full, they’re probable. Limited was Andre Roberts, he’s questionable.”
The biggest surprise on this list happens to be the team’s best overall player: Pro-bowl left tackle Trent Williams. Gruden had previously stated that Williams was dealing with a neck and spine issue, but all reports circulating outside of Redskins park pointed toward William’s playing. However, things changed as the week progressed, and Williams is now under the NFL’s league mandated concussion protocol.
“After the game, we checked him for a lot of things. He was feeling OK,” said Gruden “But then he started to develop some concussion-like symptoms which put him in the protocol and he’s out because of that. I believe it was Wednesday, he did individual workouts and we listed him as limited. Then, after that practice, he just developed some – a few headaches and things of that nature so we wanted to play it safe with him and got him tested and that’s where he is right now.”
The Jets have one of the league’s most ferocious defensive lines highlighted by rookie Leonard Williams and the return of DT Sheldon Richardson who was suspended for four games. The Redskins must also compensate for the loss of starting center Kory Lichtensteiger, who was also listed as “Out” for Sunday. The Redskins will place the burden on backup tackle Ty Nsekhe to replace Trent Williams, and Josh LeRibeus will be the team’s starting center.
Some speculated that rookie Brandon Scherff, who was drafted fifth overall to play offensive tackle, would replace Williams. However, offensive coordinator Sean McVay dismissed those sentiments during Friday’s press conference. “I think you want to try to keep as much continuity as you can as possible,” said McVay. “Brandon I think has done a nice job settling in at that right guard spot and he and Morgan Moses are continuing to develop a rapport together. Then you throw in Josh [LeRibeus] inside in the mix. You want to try to keep some continuity, losing two key veterans players.”
The Redskins official injury report can be seen below.
Probable: CB Bashaud Breeland (Shoulder), WR Pierre Garcon (Knee) DE Kedric Golston (Hand), G Spencer Long (Knee), LB Perry Riley (Calf), RB Chris Thompson (Shoulder), C Josh LeRibeus (Calf)
Questionable: WR DeSean Jackson (Hamstring); RB Matt Jones (Toe), DE Stephen Paea (Back), WR Andre Roberts (Quad)
Out: CB DeAngelo Hall (Toe), TE Jordan Reed (Concussion), CB Chris Culliver (Knee), C Kory Lichtensteiger (Shoulder/Finger/Neck), T Trent Williams (Neck/Concussion)
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.