ASHBURN, Va. -- The last thing the Washington Redskins want to do is face New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with their top three corners sidelined. But after one day of practice this week, they’re still not sure if any of them will return.
Corners DeAngelo Hall, Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver still have injury issues that could force them to miss Sunday’s game. Hall came the closest to being optimistic about playing Sunday. Hall said he’s gone from being week-to-week to now being day-to-day because of a grade 2 toe sprain. Hall has missed the last four games.
“Last week, I couldn’t even put cleats on without feeling a tremendous amount of pain,” Hall said. “I’m still feeling it a little bit and will feel it a little bit, but it’s about trying to manage the pain and making sure I can still do what I need to do. If I can go out there and get out of breaks and move efficiently, the pain is something I have to deal with. It’s really trying to make sure I can do a lot of the movements I require to play defensive back. If I can get that done, I’ll be out there without a doubt.”
Both Hall and Culliver participated in individual work Monday but did not take part when the Redskins performed one-on-one drills with the receivers.
When asked if he had fluid drained from his knee, Culliver said he had ‘a little something [done] a couple weeks ago.’ Culliver wasn’t yet ready to say if he thinks he’ll play or not. But he said he notices improvement.
“It feels real good,” Culliver said. “It feels a lot better, moving around good.”
Breeland, too, was uncertain about his status. While his teammates practiced, he worked to the side with trainers. Breeland injured his hamstring in the Oct. 24 win over Tampa Bay.
“I really can’t call it,” Breeland said. “Hamstrings feel good one day and then not the next. You really can’t tell.”
Among other injured players:
Receiver DeSean Jackson: After missing the last six games with a hamstring injury, Jackson said “everything’s a green light” for Sunday. Jackson said he practiced in full Monday and that his left hamstring feels great. “I’m good and ready to go, man,” Jackson said.
Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: He was participating in the work during the portion open to the media, with his right hand wrapped. Kerrigan said he’ll see the surgeon Thursday, but is optimistic about playing Sunday.
Center Kory Lichtensteiger: Participated in all the work during the portion open to the media. Lichtensteiger has missed the past two games with a pinched nerve in his neck. The Patriots’ game was the targeted return, but he still must increase the strength in his shoulder to handle the load at center.