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Redskins unsure about Jordan Reed, but optimistic about offensive line

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins saw a positive sight Wednesday. It also, at least recently, was an unusual one. Almost every offensive lineman was able to participate in practice. In fact, it was the most linemen they've had practice in nearly a month.

But, while there's optimism over the line, there's still uncertainty when it comes to pass-catching targets Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder. Both were limited. The Redskins only had three players who couldn't practice, which, after the last two weeks, qualifies as a feel-good story. More than half their starting offense worked off to the side in shorts and T-shirts last week.

"At least they're wearing helmets out at practice, which is good," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Slowly but surely guys are getting back into the flow. Now it's a matter of them getting back up to speed and making sure we get them mentally right as well as physically. It's looking a little bit better."

Here are the key injury updates:

Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring): The Redskins never really anticipated him playing last week, but he was able to take part in some limited individual drills. That's a good sign, but what that means for Sunday remains uncertain.

Receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring): He said he's feeling better and was able to do a little more Wednesday. He was able to do more than Reed last week, performing agility work with the athletic trainers.

Left tackle Trent Williams (knee): He did not practice, marking the start of a fourth week in which he hasn't done so. He's missed the last two games, hoping to have the bone bruise in his knee get to a point where he can play. He's hoping to increase the workload to test his knee and get a better feel for when he might return.

But Williams said he's unsure about Sunday.

"The rest is definitely helping," he said. "But it's a physical game and it's an injury that's going to linger. I've got to get healthy enough to be able to go out there and contribute. I really don't know. It could be this week; it could be the next two weeks."

Guard Brandon Scherff (knee): He was limited, but Gruden said Scherff was "on the upswing" after missing the last two games. He dressed Sunday but could not play.

Center Spencer Long (quad/knee): He said he was optimistic about playing Sunday after missing the last two games. Long would return to center, but he could also play guard if they needed him to and leave rookie Chase Roullier at center. But Roullier played guard in the Philadelphia Eagles' game last month when Scherff was injured with Long staying at center.

Guard Shawn Lauvao (stinger): Like Scherff, he, too, was said to be "on the upswing." But the key will be making sure he has all the strength back in his arm.

Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (hand): He's wearing a cast on his broken hand, but they're still not sure when he'll be able to play -- it could be this week or possibly the following week. He'll have to play either with a cast or heavy padding. But they want to make sure he can function that way, considering he must use his hands on every play.

Receiver Brian Quick and tight end Niles Paul (concussion): Both were limited.

Tight end Vernon Davis (hands): His right hand looked like it had a hut in the middle of it after Sunday's game because of the swelling. But Gruden has said he thinks Davis will be fine for Sunday.

Defensive lineman Arthur Jones (shoulder): The Redskins will have a better idea soon about how much time he'll miss with a dislocated shoulder. They signed defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes to the practice squad to provide more options if Jones must miss extended time and if Ioannidis can't return Sunday. That would leave Washington with only four defensive linemen.

Tackle Ty Nsekhe (core muscle injury): For the first time since getting hurt in Week 3, Nsekhe was able to practice, albeit limited. Still, it was a positive step for him. If he can return, it would provide Washington with a stronger backup option if Williams must continue to miss time or, eventually, shut it down. Also, with Morgan Moses limited because of two sprained ankles, Nsekhe's return would come at a good time.