The Redskins are getting some of their banged-up players back to health and they will be approaching full strength as they take on the Packers Saturday night in preseason game No. 2.
Jay Gruden said that five players will be out against Green Bay—S Su’a Cravens (knee), OLB Junior Galette (hamstring), WR Maurice Harris (knee), and WR Levern Jacobs (lower leg).
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In addition, TE Jordan Reed (toe) and S DeAngelo Hall (knee) remain on the PUP list and will not play.
This means that several players who did not play against the Ravens last week have a chance to see the field. The most likely to play against the Packers are WR Jamison Crowder, CB Fabian Moreau, S Montae Nicholson, and ILB Martrell Spaight.
In addition, Gruden said that WR Josh Doctson (hamstring), OLB Preston Smith (ankle) and OLB Ryan Anderson, who played against the Ravens but suffered a stinger in the game, will have their statuses determined before the game.
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If Doctson and Smith play, the Redskins will have 20 of their 22 anticipated 2017 starters on the field. Only Reed and Cravens will be missing. Reed said that he anticipates being able to start practice next week and after getting his knee scoped for some meniscus repair, Cravens should be back to play against the Eagles in the regular season opener on September 10.
The starters still must manage to stay healthy for two more preseason games (they won’t play in the fourth on in Tampa) and that’s not a given. And they already have lost OLB Trent Murphy, a key reserve who is out for the season. But for right now it appears that the Redskins are rounding into good health.