ASHBURN Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul missed practice for a third straight day with a sickness, which likely will limit his participation in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Paul is still at home recovering from an illness. He said Paul was suffering from nausea and a headache. Shanahan said Paul was given antibiotics and was feeling better Friday.
However, even if he starts to feel better it would be difficult for Paul to play much.
“If he did play it would be more of a special-teams role,” Shanahan said.
Paul is the Redskins' third tight end and if rookie Jordan Reed plays as expected, then Paul wouldn’t have a big role from scrimmage anyway. The only way he might have is if fullback Darrel Young can’t play because of his hamstring. Paul or one of the tight ends would fill in for Young.
This also could mean Fred Davis is active for a second consecutive week.
Young, Paul and Reed, recovering from a concussion, are listed as questionable. Reed was limited for a third straight day. The Redskins have said he'll be able to play barring the return of any symptoms. Young will be a game-time decision.
For the New York Giants, four players already are out: running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) and cornerback Corey Webster (ankle).