Redskins RB Matt Jones might not play Sunday

ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he’s not sure if rookie running back Matt Jones will be ready to play Sunday, thanks to a nagging hip injury.

Gruden said Jones was limited in practice and, “unless he shows major improvement tomorrow and Friday, he’s going to be the odd man out.”

Jones has missed the last two games because of a hip pointer. If he’s healthy, it would leave the Redskins with a difficult choice to make about which running backs to deactivate.

They also will have fullback Darrel Young and Alfred Morris active. They also have Pierre Thomas and Chris Thompson, both of whom fill the third-down back role. But Thompson, too, is dealing with a toe and shoulder injury.

Gruden wants a healthy backfield, so he said the decision who to sit is between Jones and Thompson because of their injuries. Gruden said they would know Friday or Saturday.

Meanwhile, three other players were limited Wednesday: end Jason Hatcher (neck/knee), linebacker Perry Riley Jr. (foot) and corner Quinton Dunbar (quad). Thompson was a full participant, as was left tackle Trent Williams, receiver DeSean Jackson and corner Dashaun Phillips.