Richmond, Va. - After the team's second off day of training camp, the Redskins were back on the practice field Sunday at 1:00. Washington is four days away from its preseason opener at Atlanta.
Head coach Jay Gruden says his team won't start preparation for the Falcons game until later in the week. Right now, the focus is trimming the roster.
“I think [the practices] have gone excellent," said Gruden. "The biggest thing is we’re trying to just make sure we get our offense and defense and special teams installed so they get it mentally. Obviously we’re going to make sure we start to evaluate our players, so we’re starting to make our decisions on the 53-man roster. It’s not going to be easy, you know?"
Friday, three key members of the Redskins offense missed the team's afternoon practice in pads. Tackle Trent Williams, tight end Jordan Reed and receiver
Jamison Crowder all sat-out. “[Jamison] Crowder’s got a slight hamstring [injury], he’ll be OK," Gruden explained. "We just...thought it was smart to give him [Friday] and [Saturday] off. Hopefully he’ll be back as soon as we come back Sunday. Trent [Williams], same thing. Just one more day of rest – which really means two – so he should be back hopefully Sunday.”
Gruden said Reed has a slight sprained thumb.
UPDATE: Williams and Reed were both back at practice Sunday. Although Reed declined media interviews afterwards, citing his need to go get treatment. Williams did individual work, but was held out of team drills.
“Trent went through individual, did a little bit more today," Gruden said. "We’ll gradually progress him until he’s ready to roll, which is very, very close.”
Crowder's hamstring prevented him from practice, however he was running in front of members of the training/medical staff. Jay Gruden says Crowder is "not far away" from returning to practice.
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