By Kevin Ross II 

In the biggest game of Jay Gruden’s tenure in DC, he will once again be without his full compliment of players. Coach Gruden delivered a lengthy list of the wounded during Friday’s press conference, making it clear that his lineup will be shorthanded against the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“Chris Culliver did not participate, he’ll be out. D-Hall will be out. Limited was Jason Hatcher, he’s questionable. DeSean Jackson did not participate, he’s out. Kory [Lichtensteiger] did not participate, he’s out… Limited was Keenan Robinson, he’s questionable – I’m sorry, he was full today, he’s questionable. Did not participate was Chris Thompson, he’s doubtful. Stephen Paea was limited, he’s questionable. Jordan Reed was limited, he’s questionable. Trent Williams was limited, he’s questionable. Probable and full were Bashaud Breeland, Matt Jones, Ty Nsekhe, Andre Roberts and Trenton Robinson were all full today and probable. As far as Jordan and Trent are concerned, Jordan has seen the independent doctor; we’re waiting on written confirmation. Trent is going today, this afternoon, and we’ll wait and see. Both of them had no setbacks whatsoever but they still have to get cleared and have no symptoms leading up into the game, that’s why they’re questionable.”

The best news coming from Gruden’s statement just might be the fact that rookie Matt Jones fully participated in practice and is probable for Sunday. The Redskins entire offense, and possibly the success of their entire team, relies on a stout running game. Without the run, Kirk Cousins morphs into statistically one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Without an effective run game, drives end with three-and-outs, the team loses the time-of-possession battle, and a tired defense gets blitzed in the second half. This is why those inside the organization are optimistic that Matt Jones can provide a spark to a pedestrian run game that was awful with Alfred Morris last week.

Coach Jay Gruden was asked if Alfred Morris can do anything different to elevate his play. “I think a lot of people can do a lot of things differently. We just have to play better. Everybody has to play better; quarterback, running back, offensive line, tight ends. I think it’s just a matter of offense as a whole doing things a little bit better, holding ourselves to a higher standard, staying on blocks a little bit longer, quarterbacks being more patient. I don’t think there is anybody in that locker room that will tell you that they’re satisfied with the way they’re playing.”

Other notables from the injury report include tight end Jordan Reed and left tackle Trent Williams, both are highly optimistic that they will return this Sunday from concussions. As of now, Jordan Reed is a step ahead of Trent Williams and if Reed remains symptom free up to game time he will play. Trent WIlliams still needs to be cleared by an independent doctor who he met with on Friday evening. If Williams is cleared and remains symptom free he will be allowed to see the field .

The Washington Redskins full injury report can be seen below.

CB Bashaud Breeland (Knee)
RB Matt Jones (Toe)
T Ty Nsekhe (Foot)
WR Andre Roberts (Thumb)
S Trenton Robinson (Ankle)

DE Jason Hatcher (Knee)
LB Keenan Robinson (Heel)
DE Stephen Paea (Back)
TE Jordan Reed (Concussion)
T Trent Williams (Concussion)

RB Chris Thompson (Back)

CB Chris Culliver (Knee)
CB DeAngelo Hall (Toe)
WR DeSean Jackson (Hamstring)
C Kory Lichtensteiger (Neck)

Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on


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