The Washington Redskins have certainly had their share of significant injuries this year. Quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 and is sidelined for at least six weeks. In Week 3, cornerback DeAngelo Hall tore his Achilles tendon, and he is done for the year. At least the team knows they have to replace those players for an extended time. Perhaps the bigger challenges come in evaluating the week-to-week or day-to-day injuries, where not knowing whether a player is available runs right up until game time. This week is not made any easier since Washington faces the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Here's a look at some key players currently battling injuries:
DeSean Jackson, WR: Last week, Washington faced uncertainty with Jackson, who was questionable with an AC sprain in his left shoulder suffered in Week 2. With an AC sprain, one of the more difficult tasks soon after the injury is getting the arm overhead; this is an important requirement for a receiver. AC injuries are also easily aggravated by a fall on the point of the shoulder, a fairly common occurrence in the skill positions, especially for a receiver.
At issue in deciding whether to return any player to action is determining how functional he can be, and whether he can get through the game without suffering a setback. Apparently, Jackson was convincing enough in his recovery throughout the week for the team to allow him to play, and he promptly put both questions to rest. Jackson tallied 100-plus yards on five receptions and emerged from the game no worse off than when he started. That bodes well for him suiting up again this week, despite the short break. ESPN.com’s John Keim noted Jackson was limited in practice Monday, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he retains that status until Thursday.
Alfred Morris, RB: Despite being listed on Monday’s injury report with a knee injury, Morris was rated a full participant (it should be noted the team conducted only a walk-through, so this is an estimate). Morris exited Sunday’s game briefly to have his knee examined, but ultimately returned to the game; that's always an encouraging sign. There seems to be little doubt as to his availability for the matchup against the Giants.
Jordan Reed, TE:Perhaps the trickiest status is that of Reed, who injured his left hamstring in the season opener and has yet to return to practice. Coach Jay Gruden has indicated at several points that Reed’s status is day-to-day, and he remains constantly under evaluation. However, his failure to participate at any level in practice does not bode well.
The biggest concern with any hamstring strain -- even a mild one, as Reed’s was initially reported to be -- is the susceptibility to reinjury, which often translates into a more significant injury with delayed recovery. It’s hard to imagine Washington utilizing Reed in Thursday's game, when there will be 11 days until their next contest (they host Seattle on "Monday Night Football" in Week 5). As of now, it appears that Niles Paul will get another start at the tight end position for Washington.