By Kevin Ross II 

A win against the New Orleans Saints will have the Washington Redskins in striking distance of first place in the NFC East. All of their season goals are still right there for the taking. The good news for Washington is that the team is finally getting healthy at the time it matters most.

On Friday, Coach Jay Gruden delivered the shortest injury report of the year, which has to be a relief for Redskins nation.

When examining an injury report, the best news will always occur when certain players are left off of the list. And for the Redskins, it’s DeSean Jackson, who for the first time since Week 1 was excluded from the injury report. Jackson was full go at practice, and was not limited by his bothersome hamstring.

Coach Jay Gruden was asked in Friday’s press conference if he was encouraged by Jackson’s progress. “Very much so. Very encouraged. You know, when you have a chance to put back-to-back-to-back practices together after being out so long, it’s just going to make him stronger, make him feel better mentally where he can really let it go. We saw him this week really let a few go — running fast like we know that he can do. I think the big thing is getting his confidence back and his speed and the ability to really stretch it and push it. I feel good about the progress that he’s made and where he’s at right now.” Jackson will finally need to play like himself if the Redskins are to keep up with the Saints offense.

Other notables on the injury report include cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who is listed as “questionable.” If you ask DeAngelo, he is 99 percent sure that he is playing against the Saints. But if you ask anyone else in the organization, they’ll tell you he’ll be a game time decision.

The head coach offered a little perspective on DeAngelo Hall’s situation, saying, “DeAngelo is still playing with a little bit of soreness but I think he’s the type of guy that really wants to get out there. He’s one of those veteran guys that has been dying to get back out there. He’s done everything he can. He’s gone — I don’t know how many specialists he’s gone and seen, but he’s seen a lot. He’s close to being ready but we’ll find out tomorrow if he feels good enough to play. ”

Washington Redskins Injury Report

Questionable : LB Keenan Robinson (Shoulder/Neck); CB DeAngelo Hall (Toe); WR Andre Roberts (Ankle); NT Terrance Knighton (Migraine)

Probable : DE Jason Hatcher (Knee); CB Chris Culliver (Knee); S Dashon Goldson (Wrist/Hamstring); CB Bashaud Breeland (Hamstring); LB Ryan Kerrigan (Hand); C Josh LeRibeus (Elbow/Shoulder); RB Chris Thompson (Back)

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

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