By Kevin Ross II 

The Washington Redskins were optimistic that a bevy of injured players would make their return after the bye week. But with the New England Patriots looming, the Redskins seem to have more questions than answers.

Coach Jay Gruden started Friday’s press conference with a questionable tone, stating, “[Bashaud] Breeland, hamstring, was limited. He’ll be questionable. [Jason] Hatcher was full. He’s probable. [Kory] Lichtensteiger was limited. He’ll be questionable. Anthony McCoy was full. He’s probable. Chris Culliver did not participate. He’s questionable. DeAngelo Hall was limited. He’s questionable. DeSean Jackson was limited. He’s questionable. Ryan Kerrigan was limited. He’s questionable. Josh LeRibeus was full. [He’s] probable. Perry Riley, Jr. was full. [He’s] probable. Limited was Keenan Robinson. He’s questionable. Full was Chris Thompson. He’s probable. Full was Quinton Dunbar. He’s probable.”

After listening to Gruden it seems as if half of the team is “questionable.” The NFL requires each team to list a player as questionable if the team feels as if the player has approximately a 50 percent chance of playing. If a player is listed as “probable,” he is considered to be very likely to play. So as of right now, the Redskins really don’t know which players will suit up. But out of all of the players fighting injury, Washington is really keeping their fingers crossed about DeSean Jackson.

Offensive coordinator Sean McVay took a moment to explain to reporters just why Jackson is so special.

“I think he’s one of those guys that clocks well when running, but he also has functional speed. He’s got a great ability to track the ball down the field and for a smaller guy he plays big when the ball is in the air. That was the thing I was most impressed getting around him. When he sees that ball, he has the ability to change his acceleration, go get it and maybe go track down some balls that look like we overthrew him and then he finds a way to go get it. The one play that stands out to me is you look at the play that he makes against Seattle last year where Kirk threw him about a 50-yard ball down the left sideline. He’s got Earl Thomas and [Byron] Maxwell playing right underneath him and he accelerates through both of those guys. I think he’s got a rare ability to track the ball down the field and really you see that acceleration when the ball is in the air.”

Washington is going to need DeSean Jackson back and are hopeful that all of those listed as questionable will be able to suit up. The Redskins will need on hands on deck if they plan to be competitive against the champs.

Washington Redskins Injury Report :

Probable: DE Jason Hatcher (Knee); C Josh LeRibeus (Shoulder); LB Perry Riley (Lower Leg); RB Chris Thompson (Back); CB Quinton Dunbar (Illness).

Questionable: CB Bashaud Breeland (Hamstring); C Kory Lichtensteiger (Neck); CB Chris Culliver (Knee); CB DeAngelo Hall (Toe); WR DeSean Jackson (Hamstring); LB Ryan Kerrigan (Hand); LB Keen Robinson (Rib/Abdomen/Shoulder).

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

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