The Redskins will be without three key parts of their offense this weekend when the Atlanta Falcons come to town.
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder will miss his fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury while running back Chris Thompson (ribs) and left tackle Trent Williams (thumb) will also be out on Sunday.
Head coach Jay Gruden said Crowder’s ankle still felt sore at this week, but the team hopes he can return soon as he continues to work on the side field during practices.
"He's coming along. This is just a tough injury with the ligament and all that stuff,” Gruden said. “We don't want to push it until he feels like he's with the trainers and the strength staff and he's cutting at full speed. We don't want to put him out there when he's 75 percent. There's no point."
Running back Chris Thompson injured a different rib against the Giants last week, and the pain has forced him to miss all of practice this week.
“Anytime you have a rib [injury] like that it's a painful deal especially for the things that he has to do – running the football, protecting and catching the ball,” Gruden said. “We're going to give him a little bit of time, make sure he's ready to roll and he can have all his movement and flexibility and can run out there without pain because it is a tough injury for a running back or for anybody for that matter."
Left tackle Trent Williams, rarely one to miss any time, dislocated this thumb on Sunday and flew to Pittsburgh to have surgery on Thursday. His timetable for return is uncertain, and Ty Nsekhe will play in his place, moving Geron Christian Sr. as the team's backup tackle.
"He's very much a starting tackle in the NFL," Gruden said of Nsekhe.
Left guard Shawn Lauvao played every snap against the Giants, but has still been limited in practice dealing with an injured calf. Wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. (shoulder/knee), running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) and running back Kapri Bibbs (shoulder) also played Sunday and were limited in practice this week, too. They’re all listed as questionable.
Safety Montae Nicholson missed practice Wednesday after doctors examined his hip following Sunday’s game. He was back on the practice field on Thursday and Friday, and while his status for Sunday is questionable, he is likely to play. The same goes for linebacker Ryan Anderson (knee), who is also questionable.