Although Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan wont update reporters on his teams injuries until 3 p.m., clues trickled out of the locker room in Ashburn this morning.
Adam Carriker (right leg) could miss the remainder of the season, according to defensive captain London Fletcher. Carriker left Sudnays 31-28 loss in St. Louis in the first quarter after planting his foot awkwardly and feeling a sharp pain near his knee.
Adam has been a big part of what weve been able to do around here, a tremendous player for us, Fletcher said. Hes going to be done for, I guess, the rest of the year. Well miss him but its opportunity for somebody else now.
Carriker was replaced by Kedric Golston and Jarvis Jenkins.
Linebacker Brian Orakpo (left pectoral muscleshoulder) avoided the media during the open locker room period. But his backup, Rob Jackson, said hes preparing as though hell start Sunday against the Bengals. Orakpos injury is believed to be to the same muscle he tore in the regular season finale last season and aggravated during the preseason.
Cornerback Josh Wilson, meantime, walked through the locker room and joked with teammate with Madieu Williams. Wilson sustained a concussion in the third quarter against the Rams and did not return. He is not permitted to speak to reporters, per NFL rules.
Cedric Griffin replaced Wilson and rookie Jordan Crawford replaced Griffin in nickel packages.
Shanahan is expected to provide a more detailed update this afternoon.
New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason.
The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended.
Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.
The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes.
Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback.
Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do.
"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."
MORE REDSKINS: Redskins Playbook: Some good news for Kirk Cousins
The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.
Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.
The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10.
After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.
Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too.
The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list.
<<<NFL POWER RANKINGS: WHO GOT BETTER AFTER THE DRAFT>>>
Want more Redskins? Click here to follow JP on Facebook and check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates via Twitter! Click here for the #RedskinsTalk on Apple Podcasts, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!
ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end | Nickel cornerback | Inside linebacker | Running back