ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins offensive lineman Maurice Hurt came off the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time Wednesday. However, defensive lineman Adam Carriker still hasn’t been taken off the PUP list.
The Redskins have three weeks to make a decision as to whether or not they want to place Hurt on the active roster. As for Carriker, ESPN980 reported that he would not play this season. Carriker has had three surgeries to repair a torn quadriceps tendon, an injury that likely would end other players’ careers. The Redskins have kept Carriker around because of how hard he works, holding out hope that he could someday recover.
All coach Mike Shanahan would say of Carriker is, “He still can’t go.”
Shanahan said he wanted to see how Nick Williams, signed off the practice squad Tuesday, handled fielding returns in practice this week before determining whether or not he’d be active Sunday. “You get a chance to see guys, when they are activated, how they practice and how they do things and that’s what we’ll try to do is make that evaluation and decide what gives us the best chance to win,” Shanahan said.
At 3-6 last year, Shanahan talked about evaluating players and who would be worthy of sticking around. That led to a question about evaluating players now. “You always see when you have a little adversity how hard people work in practice, how they play in the game, and that’s a constant evaluation, especially when you’re 3-6,” Shanahan said. “You find out which guys are mentally there, which guys practice well, which guys play well, if they give you effort for 60 minutes – it’s all part of the process.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III first went into cliché mode when discussing the Redskins’ season and what they face: “I think it’s just ‘one at a time.’ It’s a cliché. It’s a huge cliché. But everyone wants to talk about a 7-0 run, you know, win the division. We just know we have to take care of Sunday. That’s it. That’s all we have. That’s all a lot of guys have, and we have a lot of things at stake when it comes to those kind of games and I think guys understand that. Last year we played with that same amount of pressure on us and we performed. I don’t think it’s going to crush anybody. They say pressure breaks pipes and I don’t think it will.”
For a second consecutive game the Redskins enter as the healthier team as everyone practiced Wednesday. Four Eagles did not practice: linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee), linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), tackle Jason Peters (quad/pectoral) and safety Earl Wolff (knee). Tight end Brent Celek (hip), corner Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) and quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) all were limited.