Wednesday, August 6, 2014
DT Siliga, TE Williams sidelined for Pats
By Mike Reiss
RICHMOND, Va. -- With the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins holding a walk-through practice on Wednesday morning, just a few notes to pass along:
Siliga & Williams sidelined. Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and tight end D.J. Williams did not participate in the walk-through after getting injured in Tuesday's practice. Siliga was spotted with a black cast on his left hand on Tuesday, while Williams was rolled up on a running play on Tuesday and was wearing a black sleeve over his lower right leg on Wednesday. Neither player is expected to play in Thursday's preseason opener. At tight end, that should mean extended repetitions for undrafted free agents Justin Jones (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) and Asa Watson (6-3, 240).
Washington starters for eight to 10 plays. Washington coach Jay Gruden said he expects his top players on the field for eight to 10 plays against the Patriots in the preseason opener. He added that while he and Bill Belichick worked together to script joint practices, there is no such arrangement as to how they will approach Thursday's preseason opener. After Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson "twisted his ankle just a hair" in Wednesday's walk-through, it could take a Jackson vs. Darrelle Revis matchup off the table.
Browner with extended practice reps. Veteran cornerback Brandon Browner took extended practice reps in the walk-through, staying on the field with some lesser-experienced players. As Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly pointed out, that could mean we see a bit more of Browner on Thursday as he could perhaps benefit from extended reps from a conditioning standpoint and also because he will miss the first four games of the regular season due to suspension.
Media interviews. In addition to backup quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo, safety Patrick Chung, running back Roy Finch, and receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell were among those speaking with reporters after practice.