ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have meetings and film work Tuesday, but return to practice Wednesday. Here are three areas of interest to start your day:
Injuries. Last week, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said receiver DeSean Jackson would return by the Tampa Bay game at the latest. That was before he tweaked his hamstring in practice Thursday. The Redskins will monitor him this week and hope that he can play Sunday. But, Gruden said, “It’s not a definite, no.” The Redskins also will monitor a handful of other injuries, including one to starting safety Trenton Robinson, who exited the stadium with a walking boot on his left foot for a sprained ankle. He’s day-to-day. The Redskins can’t afford more injuries, especially to a secondary already missing its two starting corners in Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe).
Code red. Wrote about this Monday, too, but Gruden expounded a little bit on why he referred to the Tampa Bay game as a code red one. “They’re all important games, but this is big,” Gruden said. “We’re getting backed into a corner right now and everybody’s taking their shots at us right now and we can either come out swinging or we can take it. I hope we all come out swinging. I have faith that the competitive group I have in the locker room -- the coaches, players and myself -- will come out swinging to get this thing turned around and get some positive thinking going on during our bye week.” Yes, that’s precisely what they need. I do think this group can come out swinging; the question will be how much their health issues continue to be a problem.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III’s contract. Gruden said Griffin's contract option is not a factor in any of his decision making. The Redskins picked up Griffin’s $16.155 million option, guaranteed for injury only, for next season. Griffin has been the No. 3 quarterback all season, though he was active for the first time with the Redskins having seven injured players on the inactive list. “That’s not an obstacle for me,” Gruden said. “For my line of thought, my line of thinking, no. We’re going to play with the guys we think are starters, coach them up and then the other guys will get ready to play when they’re asked to play.”