Redskins tackle Jammal Brown will not need surgery on his ailing left hip, Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Wednesday afternoon.Shanahan also confirmed that Brown had his right hip examined by his personal doctor in New York. Theres no timetable for Browns return to the field, but Shanahan said the news came as a welcome relief.Hes not going to need surgery, which is a big plus, Shanahan said. He had his other hip looked at today. We know that doesnt need surgery either, but its still a little bit sore. The doctor recommended some anti-inflammatories.Were going to bring him back to Ashburn, hell still be on PUP, try to get him back in football shape and see where hes at, the coach continued.Comcast SportsNets Chick Hernandez first reported that Brown would not require surgery and was having his other hip examined via Twitter on Tuesday night.Asked when he expects Brown to return to practice, Shanahan said he doesnt know.I dont think anybody knows until you put him through the conditioning drills, treatment, give him a workout and see how he reacts the next day, he said. After he does get a workout, can he practice pain-free? Were not going to activate him to our normal roster, take him off PUP, until hes ready to go.Shanahan did say, however, that for Browns sake his return had better be sooner rather than later.For him to be a starter, be on our football, hes got to play at a higher level because he has been injured, Shanahan said. I cant tell you if hes going to be healthy or not until he comes back here and gets his anti-inflammatories and goes through the workout. If hes able to go and we feel like theres a good chance he can stay injury free, hell be on our football team. If not, obviously he cant.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.