RICHMOND—Redskins Coach Jay Gruden cut Thursday morning’s practice a little short because, well, he sensed that his players needed a break from the grind of training camp, which is now eight days old.
“I felt like the guys were a little sore, a little banged up,” Gruden said. “A lot of our guys might have a sore back, back spasms, or hammies are a little tight, got kicked in the shin [like Trent Williams].”
Another reason Gruden gave his players a brief respite? On Friday morning, they're putting the pads back on for practice.
“Tomorrow we’re going to do pads again in the morning,” he added. “Saturday we will have our fan day. Sunday, they’ll be off and then New England will be here Monday. My goal is to get them to Monday, ready and healthy so they can compete against New England at their finest form.”
Some other notes and quotes from Gruden’s news conference:
- Gruden said he expected Tyler Polumbus back later Thursday and the right tackle showed up in time to participate in the afternoon walkthrough. He had missed Wednesday’s practice while tending to a family matter.
- Asked about the kicking competition between Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker, Gruden said: “We’re still evaluating. It’s hard to evaluate a kicker out [without the pressure of a game situation]. The decision to keep one or two [kickers] will be made at the very last minute.”
- Wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. suffered a shoulder injury in the morning practice. “I’ll know more once I get the results back, but it’s pretty significant, I believe.”
- Safety Phillip Thomas and wide receiver Pierre Garçon continue to nurse minor hamstring injuries and missed practice. “We’re watching that very closely,” Gruden said, referring to Thomas.
- On working under Jim Haslett in the UFL a few years ago and now being Haslett’s boss, Gruden said: “There is no funky dynamic. We get along very well and I have a lot of respect for what he’s done, not only working with him [but] his knowledge of football. The big thing with him was just trying to get him some a few more horses, some better personnel. …We’re trying to do a better job of getting him better players in here to fit his scheme and what he wants to do.”