ASHBURN, Virginia -- The Washington Redskins will be without their best corner for a second consecutive week, as Josh Norman was ruled out for Monday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a fractured rib.
Norman had held out hope that he'd play Monday, having increased his activity Thursday and Friday. He was limited, but he did participate in individual drills. Norman did not practice Saturday, and coach Jay Gruden said he had yet to be cleared by doctors.
Meanwhile, fellow starting corner Bashaud Breeland was listed as questionable with a sprained MCL. Breeland said after practice that he felt good and Gruden said "he's looking better," but the Redskins won't have his likely status until after Sunday's walk-through.
Losing Norman is a crucial blow for the secondary, as he was playing at a high level, holding down the left side. His ability to play multiple coverages -- and in a variety of ways -- enables him to sometimes fool quarterbacks about what he's playing.
If Breeland can't play, both Dunbar and Moreau would start with second-year Kendall Fuller continuing as the main slot corner.
Dunbar started in place of Norman vs. San Francisco last week. He's considered a long, rangy corner who loves to play press-man coverage, which would help him against a physical receiver such as the Eagles' Alshon Jeffery. The Redskins have allowed 46 catches by receivers, second fewest in the NFL -- though they've only played five games.
Gruden said Friday that he expected Kelley to play, and that Williams remained "gimpy" and that they'd know more about his chances Sunday. Backup safeties Deshazor Everett (hamstring) and Stefan McClure (knee) are questionable.