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Brandon Scherff suffers mild sprain; Redskins consider resting Trent Williams

The Washington Redskins received good health news for Brandon Scherff -- but they still must decide how much left tackle Trent Williams can, and should, play in upcoming weeks.

Scherff suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain of his right knee, meaning there’s a chance he’ll play Sunday vs. Dallas. Scherff also injured his back after getting hit from behind at the end of a play. Corner Josh Norman (rib) is expected to practice this week, a good sign for his chances of playing Sunday.

Williams might be the biggest injury concern, though he has yet to miss a game. He’s been dealing with a knee injury that, he said, will require surgery whenever he stops playing this season -- whether it’s in two weeks or after the season.

The Redskins need to balance Williams’ need to sit vs. their need for him to play tackle, especially with backup Ty Nsekhe still recovering from a core muscle injury.

“First off, we’ve got to do right by Trent,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “And then the big thing is finding out from a longevity standpoint, how much this could affect him if it does or not. That’s something we have to take into account and then make a good decision.”

Williams said after Monday’s 34-24 loss to Philadelphia that he’s not sure if taking a week or two off will help, or if it just delays the inevitable.

“As of now I’m just trying to push through,” he said.

Right tackle Morgan Moses (two sprained ankles) and center Spencer Long (knee quad tendonitis) both exited in pain. Gruden said he’s not sure if either player will be available Sunday, though he said of the injured group Moses had the best chance to play. Moses is considered day to day.

Gruden altered the schedule this week because of all the injuries and because it’s a short week. They won’t practice Wednesday, opting for a walk-through and classroom work instead. Once they practice on Thursday and Friday, the Redskins could do less individual work and more seven-on-seven because they might not have enough offensive linemen.

Guard Tyler Catalina dealt with a concussion last week, but is expected to practice.

On defense, linebacker Preston Smith (groin), safety Stefan McClure (hamstring) and corner Fabian Moreau (hamstring) are considered day to day.

With their bye week already done, the Redskins have to find a way to get healthier over the next 10 weeks.

“The one thing that I’m pretty decent at is trying to get a gauge for how our team is feeling, physically, No. 1,” Gruden said. “The majority of these guys will run through a brick wall for the Washington Redskins, that’s for sure, that’s why I love this group. But I also have to be smart and make sure I understand that this is a long year and I’ve got to make sure that these guys are healthy.”