After sitting out the last five games due to an ankle injury, wide receiver Jamison Crowder is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. He is one of five players questionable for the Thanksgiving matchup, with cornerback Quinton Dunbar (shin), left tackle Trent Williams (thumb), offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom (knee) and running back Samaje Perine (calf) rounding out the list. Running back Chris Thompson (rib) is the only player that has been ruled out.
Although the Redskins' did not take any live reps this week, Crowder was listed as "did not participate" for all three days. He has not played since sustaining an ankle injury in the Week 4 loss at New Orleans.
Arguably the biggest potential lift for the Redskins would be the return of Williams, who was a game-time decision against the Texans on Sunday. Ultimately, the coaching and training staff didn’t feel as though Williams could move his thumb enough to go, and opted for a few more days to see his progress.
“It's just a matter of if he can feel comfortable gripping with that cast on,” Gruden said. “If he does, then I think he'll go, but only time will tell."
Should he be able, it’s unclear how the rest of the offensive line might shuffle. Ty Nsekhe has taken over at left tackle in Williams’ place, but could potentially shift to left guard, where Jonathan Cooper has been working for the past two weeks.
“Ty [Nsekhe] has done some left guard but Cooper is doing a good job at left guard, so we'll see,” Gruden said last week. “Ty is kind of banged up a little bit, but he's ok, so having those three guys [Williams, Moses, and Nsekhe] would be a luxury but we've got to wait and see."
Dunbar is another key component to the defense the Redskins would like to have back this week. He’s done some running and practiced in limited fashion, but it’s hard for Dunbar to know just how he’ll fare in game action.
In his absence, cornerback Josh Norman has been traveling with teams’ top wide receiver for the past few weeks, including Julio Jones, Mike Evans and DeAndre Hopkins. It’s not an ideal scenario, but Gruden says he’s liked the way Norman’s stepped up.
"I think it's been good, I really do,” Gruden said. “I think in [Quinton] Dunbar's absence, we've had to travel a little bit more and I think he's doing a pretty good job. You're talking about Mike Evans and [DeAndre] Hopkins and Julio Jones and he's done a pretty good job.”
If Crowder can’t go Thursday, he’ll hope to join the team for Monday Night Football next week, as will Thompson, who seems to be feeling better after treatment this week.