The Redskins emerged from their game with the Vikings with no new injuries but a couple of existing ones were topics of discussion at Jay Gruden's news conference on Monday.
Right tackle Morgan Moses missed a few plays after he aggravated an ankle that he suffered against the Bengals on October 30. Gruden said that he is “day-to-day” with the injury but he seemed to be confident that Moses will play next Sunday against the Packers.
“He's played with some injuries before and an ankle sprain won't stop Morgan,” said Gruden. “He's a big man, plays extremely hard and played well yesterday despite his ankle injury.”
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed the Vikings game with a shoulder injury.
“DeSean, we’ll do the same thing as last week, just kind of figure out where he's on Wednesday when we come back,” Gruden said of Jackson’s status.
He was asked if there was fear that Jackson’s injury, which involved his rotator cuff, could turn into a long-term concern.
“I wouldn't say fear. It's reality, I guess,” he said. “I was happy with the way the guys stepped up in his place. We obviously would love to have DeSean back with his game-breaking speed but we have to get him healthy first and he has to feel good about his shoulder and he has to have strength back. An injured DeSean won't do us much good, we have to make sure he is 100 percent, ready to roll.”
Gruden didn’t see nearly as optimistic about Jackson’s chances of playing against the Packers as he did of Moses’ but he believes it’s a possibility.
“I think this week's in play for him, really,” he said. “He got a shot last week and hopefully he's going to get more range of motion. More treatment today and tomorrow and we'll see how he's doing on Wednesday.”