ASHBURN, Va. – Matt Jones’ next game action will be during the regular season. The Redskins starting running back will miss the remainder of the preseason after suffering a second-degree sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder. He sustained the injury in Friday’s victory vs. the Jets.
“He’s made significant strides already in a couple days, so we have high hopes he’ll be ready,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Monday.
“He just landed funny, he landed on his elbow and the shoulder popped out or what have you,” Gruden explained. “We think the recovery time will be pretty quick. He could be a little sore, but I think he’s going to be fine. Sometimes as a running back, you’re going to fall awkwardly, and things like this happen, but we have hopes that he’ll last a season, without a doubt.”
Jones, a second-year player out of Florida, is entrenched as the ‘Skins starter at running back after the departure of Alfred Morris this offseason. Rookies Robert Kelley and Keith Marshall are expected to see increased playing time with Jones out. Chris Thompson, Jones’ back-up, is also banged up.
“Chris is a little sore right now,” Gruden admitted. But we still have, obviously, Rob [Robert Kelley] and Keith [Marshall] and Mack [Brown]. So those guys will get a lot of the first-down carries. So I think we feel pretty good there.”
Washington hosts the Bills Friday at 7:30pm in the team’s third preseason game. The contest can be seen live on WGNT.
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