Here are some Redskins who had their stock go up against the Colts on Saturday and some who saw their stock drop.Stock upThe offensive lineIt would be charitable to say that the Redskins starting offensive line struggled against the Bears as they gave up three sacks in the first quarter alone and didnt open many holes in the running game. Against a weaker Colts defense the line got some mojo back, not allowing a sack and clearing the way for Alfred Morris to pick up 107 yards rushing in a little over a half of play.WR Josh MorganHe has been the forgotten member of the top four wide receivers but he showed why the Redskins went out and got him on the first day of free agency. Morgan made two athletic catches of passes, one from Rex Grossman for a touchdown.RB Alfred MorrisYes, he had an OK game against the Bears but he gained only seven yards on his last eight carries. On Saturday he kept it going, piling up 107 yards in just over a half of play. Again, the Colts defense is not among the strongest in the game but that is an impressive performance in a half against any starting NFL defense.LBs Chris Wilson and Markus WhiteA sack for a safety was the only tackle Wilson recorded but he also was credited with three QB hurries as well. White, in competition with Wilson for the last outside linebacker spot, was very active, recording six tackles, a quarterback hurry, and a pass defensed. This may be such a tough decision for the coaches to make that they may keep them both.QB Rex GrossmanHe entered the game to a smattering of boos but he earned cheers as he went 8 for 8 with two touchdown passes. Any thoughts of him being released to save a roster spot are not gone.Stock downMadieu WilliamsAndrew Luck did make a very nice throw on his touchdown pass to T. Y. Hilton. But Williams let the rookie receiver get past him on a third and seven play. With Tanard Jackson playing a strong game, Williams could find his way back to the bench when Brandon Meriweather returns.Anthony ArmstrongHe caught the one pass that was thrown his way but that likely wasnt enough to keep him on the roster. Wednesdays preseason finale against the Bucs will be huge for him.Tristan DavisHe probably isnt playing to make this roster but he had a chance to get some good film for the rest of the league to examine and he didnt impress. Nine yards on six carries is not a performance that will get your phone ringing when you find yourself a free agent.
At least 51 Redskins will be making the trip to London on Thursday night, including some who are pretty banged up. And there is hope that the other two will be able to make it across the pond.
“We're taking everybody, which is a good thing,” said coach Jay Gruden. “If something happens on Friday or Saturday, we can make adjustments if needed.”
He later clarified the statuses of tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman. Both of them are in the NFL’s concussion protocol, at least partially.
“I’m not too sure about this — Thursday they are going to the independent doctor and if they’re cleared they’ll go on the trip,” said Gruden. “If not, if we’re still having some pain and setbacks, at that point we’ll make that decision to probably leave them back.”
In other words, stay tuned on those two key players.
Two players were out of practice on Wednesday. Reserve linebacker Terrance Garvin was out with a hip injury, and starting running back Matt Jones missed with a knee problem.
The injury was as much a surprise to Gruden as it was to reporters when they saw that Jones was not participating in practice.
“He just came in, I guess, today, had some soreness laterally,” said Gruden. “Had some pain cutting, has to problem running straight ahead so we kept him out today.”
Limited in practice were wide receivers Jamison Crowder (groin) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring/shoulder); guard Brandon Scherff (shoulder), offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee), Reed, Norman, offensive lineman Spencer Long (chest), cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and tight end Vernon Davis (groin).
With six offensive starters limited and Jones out, Gruden had to alter practice somewhat.
“We had to do kind of a slower tempo on the offensive side of the ball because of the amount of injuries we had,” said Gruden.
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Both Josh Norman and Jordan Reed, two important players who are in the concussion protocol, were on the field for the early part of Redskins practice today,
But starting running back Matt Jones was not with the running back during individual drills. He out of uniform, doing some rehab work off to the side. The team did not announce an injury to him during or after the game.
The presence of Reed, who has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion on October 9, at practice was expected. Coach Jay Gruden announced on Monday that Reed would participate today for the first time in a week.
Norman left the Redskins game against the Lions last Sunday in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a concussion. It was a mild surprise to see him on the field so soon.
Reed and Norman practicing today is a positive sign but far from a guarantee that either will play against the Bengals on Sunday in London. Both must be cleared by an independent neurologist prior to playing and that usually doesn’t happen quickly. It’s possible that they may need to be cleared by tonight in order to go to London since there are no NFL-approved independent neurologists in England.
We will find out more about Reed and Norman and get information on Jones’ injury when Gruden addresses the media after practice.
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