Despite the Redskins placing three more players on the Injured Reserve list this week, a few players remain in question to play in this Sunday’s game against the Giants.
That doesn’t include the three players listed as “out” for the game, including linebacker Ryan Anderson and Tony Bergstrom, dealing with a hamstring and knee/ankle injury, respectively, and quarterback Colt McCoy with his broken fibula.
Those listed as questionable include defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (shin), center Chase Roullier (knee), linebacker Zach Brown (illness) and wide receiver Josh Doctson (hip).
Among the injuries most concerning at this point seems to be the one belonging to Ioannidis, who missed Monday night’s game against the Eagles. He’s been dealing with a calf injury that he suffered against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and didn’t participate in practice Thursday or Friday.
“We're going to check him out a little bit tomorrow and then right before the game, we will check him out and see how he's feeling,” head coach Jay Gruden said Friday. “He's got a bruise down there that’s pretty deep. He's seen a couple of specialists and I think we'll have to wait and see."
The Redskins are hopeful that center Chase Roullier will suit up for Sunday, especially considering the amount of turnover at the guard position the last few weeks. He progressed throughout the week, limited on Thursday and Friday, so there is optimism he should be able to play.
What’s more uncertain is how they will account for Bergstrom and Jonathan Cooper’s absences at guard. Gruden said he’s leaning towards a certain grouping, but that he could also substitute different players in the middle of a drive based on what they bring to table.
That could include using both Ty Nsekhe and Austin Howard, two big tackles, or going smaller with Luke Bowanko and newcomer Zac Kerin.
“It will be a huge line, there's some merit to that, but there's also some merit to have more athletic guys that get out in space, get up to the next level in screens and all that stuff,” Gruden said. “It's just a matter of how we go."
The injury to Doctson is new this week, and cropped up in practice on Friday. Gruden doesn’t think the strain there is too severe and expects him to play on Sunday barring any unforeseen setback.
"Yeah, he strained it a little bit today, so we kept him out after individuals,” Gruden said. “I don’t think it's serious, but we just have to wait and see tomorrow."