The Redskins’ bye week, though early, came at a helpful time for a variety of players, except for wide receiver Josh Doctson, who suffered a heel injury at the beginning of the team’s practice week and will be questionable for Monday night’s contest against the Saints.
Head coach Jay Gruden expressed cautious optimism midweek about Doctson’s injury, but the team announced on Saturday that he's listed as questionable for Week 5. If Doctson can't go, that could mean that wide receiver Michael Floyd is active on Monday for the first time since signing with the Redskins a few weeks ago.
"Originally, we had him coming in here to learn one position, but now with the injury to Josh possibly, we've had to have him learn both spots, so a lot of learning for him in the classroom," head coach Jay Gruden said. "[Wide receiver coach] Ike [Hilliard] is doing an excellent job getting him ready. He looks good on the hoof out there."
Left guard Shawn Lauvao will be out Monday night again, still recovering from a calf injury that sidelined him against the Packers. Chase Roullier will continue to play left guard in his absence and Tony Bergstrom will stay at center.
At the end of the line, left tackle Trent Williams is listed as questionable after having undergone a small surgical procedure on his knee before the bye week. Gruden didn’t seem too concerned about his ability to play though, despite his very limited participation in practice this week.
"I think Trent will be ready to go," Gruden said. "Like I said last year, he played with a far worse painful injury than the bursa sac thing that he had. But, he is dealing with it and we will see. We will monitor him also. I just have great faith that he'll stick it out but time will tell."
Others that sustained injuries near the end of the Packers game include running back Adrian Peterson, who sprained his ankle, and cornerback Josh Norman, who strained his hamstring. Peterson began working with the team on Thursday, as did Norman.
Both were limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but had full participation Saturday and should be ready to start on Monday.
Safety Troy Apke continued to work on the side field during the practice week, still hampered by the hamstring injury he sustained against the Cardinals. He had a setback this week and he’ll also be out for the third consecutive game.