Hoping his absence doesn’t portend more injuries for the offensive line, the Redskins will be without left guard Shawn Lauvao this Sunday as he recovers from a calf injury.
Lauvao sustained the injury against the Colts and didn’t practice this week. Head coach Jay Gruden wanted see how he felt on Friday before making a designation about his status for the Packers game.
"I don’t think it's long term,” Gruden said. “I think short term. How short? I don’t know. It's not IR candidate, no."
That means that center Chase Roullier will swing over to left guard and Tony Bergstrom will take on center duties, much like last week when Brandon Scherff missed few plays and Roullier moved into his spot.
“It’s something I definitely have to get back in the swing of, but I did play so much guard in college and I’ve even been mixing it a little bit during the year this year,” Roullier said. “It’s been pretty smooth, obviously there are a little bit of growing pains here and there, things I need to get better at technique-wise because I haven’t been necessarily doing those techniques in such a long time so, I definitely need to work on those but for the most part the feeling of it is coming back.”
Safety Troy Apke will also miss his second straight game, as he continues working to rehab the hamstring injury he sustained against the Cardinals.
The offensive linemen banged up – Brandon Scherff and Trent Williams, both nursing knee injuries – in Sunday’s matchup are listed as questionable, but head coach Jay Gruden doesn't seemed concerned with his veterans. Linebacker Zach Brown is also listed as questionable with an oblique injury he's been managing for the first two weeks.
"I think it's a pain tolerance with him and he practiced today; did a good job," Gruden said. "We will see how it goes. We intend on him playing but if something changes tomorrow we'll make that adjustment with our other guys."
The questionable desgination is also the case for wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr., as it was last week, with a lingering shoulder injury he sustained in Week 1. He missed practice on Wednesday but was back on Thursday, and head coach Jay Gruden said that an MRI on his knee came back clean.
“It’s very frustrating, but it’s part of the game,” Richardson said. “Gotta figure out how to manage it, play with it, be able to be available.”
The Redskins signed wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Michael Floyd this week after placing running back Rob Kelley on Injured Reserve with a toe injury. They aren’t likely to dress for Sunday’s game, but are available in case wide receiver Maurice Harris won’t be able to play as the team monitors his progress recovering from a concussion.