One source said after the game Sunday that Kerrigan might not miss any time, thanks in part to the bye week. Gruden reiterated Monday that Kerrigan might return after the bye week for Washington's Nov. 8 game at New England.
But Kerrigan must visit the surgeon again next week to determine his chances of facing the Patriots. Kerrigan hasn't missed a game since entering the NFL in 2011.
Kerrigan broke the third metacarpal in his right hand and might have to play with some sort of padding on his hand. He played with a broken left hand at Purdue.
Gruden said there was concern about corner Bashaud Breeland, who injured his hamstring chasing down running back Doug Martin on a 49-yard run late in the game. Gruden said he wasn’t sure how much time Breeland would miss.
But Gruden was optimistic that linebackers Perry Riley, Jr. (lower leg strain) and Keenan Robinson (slightly fractured rib) would be OK. Gruden said they’ll monitor receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and corners Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe). It’s uncertain which of those three players might return for the game after the bye.
Center Kory Lichtensteiger, who missed the last two weeks with a pinched nerve in his neck, is “getting stronger”, Gruden said. They’re hopeful that he will return for the Patriots game.