ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins running back Keith Marshall knows one thing: His left elbow is still in a lot of pain. But how long he’ll actually miss, and the impact on his future, remains a bit uncertain. For now, the Redskins say he’ll miss at least three weeks with a sprained left elbow.
Marshall had it wrapped Monday and said it’s still "pretty painful." He said he doesn’t have any range of motion with his elbow.
The Redskins now must decide how badly they want to keep him around. And if there’s a chance he’ll miss a lot more than three weeks they could place him on injured reserve. That also gives them the ability to keep him around without having him take up a roster spot. There’s a chance he wouldn’t make the final 53 even if healthy based on fellow rookie Rob Kelley's performance.
Last year, they placed linebacker Martrell Spaight on injured reserve with a concussion suffered in the preseason when they decided the recovery would take longer than desired.
“We have to do something with him for the roster spot, without a doubt,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “It’s a tough spot. It’s similar to Spaight’s concussion last year. We weren’t sure how long it was going to be and we ended up having to put him on IR and we’re glad because it gave him time to get well.”
Marshall was among a handful of Redskins who did not practice Monday:
Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: The MRI on his groin revealed no further damage and the expectation is that he’ll be fine. Gruden said he’s day-to-day.
Guard Spencer Long: He’s dealing with a sprained ankle, but Gruden said they hope he’s back for the season opener against Pittsburgh. He’s in a tight battle with Shawn Lauvao for the left guard job so if Long isn’t ready the Redskins are OK.
Center Kory Lichtensteiger: He had soreness in his shoulder, but Gruden said he didn’t practice for precautionary reasons.
Receiver Josh Doctson: He continues to increase his activity working on a separate field than his teammates. Doctson won’t play in the preseason finale, but Gruden said there’s still a chance he’ll play in the season opener. Gruden threw to Doctson for the first time, giving him a chance to evaluate him up close. “He looked good coming in and out of breaks,” Gruden said. “Looked very good.”