Neither team in Thursday’s game will be going in entirely healthy. That is not shocking news in Week 11 of the NFL season.
For the Redskins two key players are questionable. Linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) and wide receiver Pierre Garçon (toe) both practiced on a limited basis and will be game time decisions. For Fletcher, it simply will be a matter of if he can run and cut on that ankle. They know the condition of Garçon’s toe but they want to see how it does on the Cowboys Stadium field turf before saying whether or not he’ll suit up.
Josh Wilson (shoulder) and Logan Paulsen (hip) are both probable.
It is safe to say that the Cowboys are a bit more banged up.
Two key Cowboys, left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and running back Felix Jones (knee) are questionable and will be game time decisions. Earlier in the week it was reported that Smith, who has the dreaded high ankle sprain, would not be able to play but now there seems to be some hope.
With first-string running back DeMarco Murray out since Week 5 with a sprained foot, Jones’ status becomes critical. If Jones can’t play, undrafted rookie Lance Dunbar would get the starting nod. He has 67 yards on 20 carries this year.
Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree is out with a concussion and Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff is questionable with a groin injury.
WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—While they wanted to wait until after the bye week to make this determination they sent the top draft pick to some more specialists and the decision was made to put him on the shelf. Jay Gruden said that he could return later in the season. The earliest he could do so would be Week 15.
TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—The star tight end had symptoms after the Ravens game and it was determined that he has a concussion. This week he did get to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday but he was not on the field Thursday or Friday. This will be the second game missed for Reed.
WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but he practiced on Friday and Gruden said “he ran around pretty good”. Both Jackson and Gruden seem to be confident that he will play but that remains to be seen.
Not on injury report
LB Su’a Cravens (concussion)—He entered the concussion protocol immediately after the Browns game. The rookie was a full go in practice on Thursday and Friday and Gruden said that “he’s good to go” after missing two games.
- TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee)
- LB DeAndre Levy (knee/quad)
- DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
- RB Theo Riddick (ankle)
- T Corey Robinson (ankle)
- DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle)
- G Larry Warford (groin)
- RB Dwayne Washington (ankle)
- LB Tahir Whitehead (abdomen)
When the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson No. 22 overall, the idea was the rookie receiver out of TCU would push DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon for snaps and catches. An Achilles injury limited Doctson's ability to hit the field, and now has landed the receiver on the injured reserve list.
Washington coach Jay Gruden announced the move to IR on Friday and said "It's best for him. For his state of mind it's important to get this thing fixed."
Doctson opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not play in the preseason. He did not open the regular season on the IR, however, and played in the Redskins first two games against the Steelers and Cowboys, both losses.
From there, Doctson was inactive for four weeks before landing on the IR.
"I feel terrible for Josh," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said.
Moving Doctson to the IR had been discussed for a few weeks as his Achilles injury did not seem to improve, but Gruden and the Redskins front office wanted to wait and see if the rookie could rebound from the injury. A myriad of tests have been done on the affected area and did not reveal damage, so the cause of Doctson's pain remains unknown.
Expect much more information on Doctson and what it means for the Redskins receiving group to come.
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