With Bashaud Breeland week to week with strained tendons in his ankle and Dashaun Phillips day to day with a hamstring strain the Redskins are in need of help at cornerback. The first person they are going to turn to is third-round draft pick Kendall Fuller.
“He’s obviously our No. 1, Option A,” said Jay Gruden. “We’re excited to see him play.”
The Virginia Tech product has been inactive for the first three games of the season.
“I think he finished really strong in training camp and I think he had a good preseason,” said Gruden. "He was right there, neck and neck with Phillips and we played Phillips there to start the season with the idea to get Fuller a little bit more time to get ready, his body and his mental state of mind and I think he's more than ready.”
Even though he could miss multiple games with his injury, the news on Breeland was about as good as could be expected after the initial diagnosis.
“I think there was fear that he had a high ankle sprain, the bad one, or maybe even broke a bone in there,” said Gruden. “But I think this is good news. And he's always been a quick healer. He's going to be back a lot sooner than I think most people anticipate, hopefully.”
Breeland will be on the inactive list for each game while he recovers and Fuller will take his spot on the 46-man game day roster. But the unclear status of Phillips may necessitate bringing in another cornerback.
“We’re going to have to work a few guys out, see where they stand,” said Gruden.
As far as replacing Breeland in the lineup, one possibility is having Greg Toler start or perhaps having Quinton Dunbar on the outside with Toler in the slot. A lot of how they work it out depends on Phillips’ status.
Nate Schmidt did not participate in the Capitals’ intrasquad scrimmage on Monday, a day after the defenseman suffered a lower body injury.
Associate coach Todd Reirden said Schmidt is day-to-day.
“Lower body soreness for him,” Reirden said. “We’ll just continue to evaluate it every day. For him to go right into a scrimmage today wasn’t really worth it.”
Schmidt was injured when he got tangled up along the boards with a teammate during an intense battle drill on Sunday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. After lying on the ice for a moment, he limped to the dressing room and did not return.
“We’ll see how he’s doing in the morning and go from there,” Reirden said after Monday’s practice.