Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden expressed concern over safety Kyshoen Jarrett's recovery and reiterated that corner Chris Culliver might not return until the season opener and that tight end Niles Paul might not return until training camp. Those were among the injury updates he provided at the owners meetings, via ESPN reporter Eric Williams.
Here’s a breakdown of the wounded Redskins:
TE Niles Paul (fractured ankle): He’ll probably be out until training camp. Gruden said it’s a matter of Paul regaining his strength and then also being able to add weight. He reported to camp around 255 pounds but said after the season that he had lost a lot of the weight he had gained. Paul’s versatility will be tapped into even more; if they keep four tight ends, he likely would play some fullback as well.
S Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve damage): Gruden said he was “very concerned” about when Jarrett would be ready. Jarrett will continue to see doctors and nerve specialists, but Gruden said he doesn’t have much strength in his arm and that it’s “going to take some time.” Jarrett is not in line to start, but he would be a key contributor
DE Stephen Paea (sprained toe): Gruden thought he would be ready for organized team activity sessions in the spring.
CB Chris Culliver (torn ACL): Gruden said the hope was to have Culliver back for the start of the season, but he stressed that they don’t yet know for sure. But the timing makes sense considering Culliver was injured on Thanksgiving Day and the recovery timetable was up to 10 months.
OL Shawn Lauvao (feet/ankle): He tore multiple ligaments in his left ankle and later underwent surgery on his right foot to repair tendons. Lauvao said doctors sawed the bone of the first metatarsal in his right foot as well. Gruden said he’s hoping Lauvao can return by the mandatory minicamp in June or “more likely by training camp.” Lauvao was playing well before his injury. He will have to earn that job back, whether it’s to beat out Spencer Long or Arie Kouandjio. Long improved in his absence, but as of a couple weeks ago there was still talk they might try him at center.
LB Junior Galette (Achilles): Gruden said he’s not sure when he’ll be ready, though he said there’s a good chance he’ll be held out until the mandatory minicamp or training camp. They want to take it slow with Galette; there's no reason to rush.
RB Matt Jones (hip): Gruden said he should be ready for the start of the OTA sessions in April. He said that it became noticeable down the stretch that Jones’ hip was bothering him.
RB Chris Thompson (shoulder): He underwent surgery in the offseason, and Gruden said he might not be ready for the start of training camp. The Redskins likely will draft another running back and have maintained contact with Pierre Thomas; but if he’s re-signed it won’t be until after the draft.
TE Derek Carrier (torn ACL/MCL): Gruden said he still doesn’t know yet when he’ll return. Considering Carrier suffered the injury in December, there’s a chance his recovery will carry long into the season. But it’s still early yet in his process.
LB Adam Hayward (knee): Gruden did not mention him when discussing the inside linebacker position, but later he said he’s still recovering and did not put a timetable on his return. The Redskins signed Terence Garvin, who would fill a similar role: backup linebacker and special teamer.
LB Martrell Spaight (concussion): Gruden said he assumed Spaight had been cleared to resume activities. But that was not yet official. He, too, would play a similar role as Hayward, which is why the veteran might get pushed out.
TE Logan Paulsen (toe): He should be fine to return for OTAs, having said earlier this offseason that he hoped to be cleared by the end of January.