For the third consecutive week, wide receiver Jamison Crowder will be out on Sunday due to the ankle injury he suffered against the Saints. Head coach Jay Gruden offered no timetable for his return, but hopes he can participate in practice soon.
The question marks to play against the Giants start with cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who sustained a shin injury against the Panthers. The pain didn’t flare up until last Friday, when he showed up on the injury list for the first time, and it forced him to miss the Cowboys game.
Earlier this week, head coach Jay Gruden indicated that the injury was related to his nerves, and while Dunbar was able to run on Thursday, and practiced on the side field on Friday, there’s wasn’t a clear understanding of whether it will impact his game status.
Among the other players listed as questionable remain running back Chris Thompson (ribs/knee) and wide receiver Paul Richarson Jr. (shoulder/knee). Both of them missed last week’s game against Dallas but have been practicing this week and their chances to play Sunday seem hopeful.
“We're playing it by ear,” Gruden said when it came to Thompson. “We've game planned as if he's going to play like we have the last couple weeks but we'll get a better feel [Friday] for red zone day and Saturday morning. But, we're hopeful, fingers crossed. But ultimately, it's going to be up to him and Larry [Head Athletic Trainer Larry Hess]."
When it comes to Richardson, Gruden seemed more optimistic.
“He's got some good work in and so we are hopeful that he will be ready to go,” Gruden said. “But again, he's the type of guy we have to really keep a close eye on the day after a good day’s work and make sure he's good to go. He's a tough guy really, really tough. He wants to play all the time but we have to do what we think is right for him and obviously for this football team."
Running back Adrian Peterson was not listed on the injury report, a positive sign, as he Redskins monitor his health more diligently, giving him an off day on Wednesday following a Sunday game. He’s still dealing with pain in his ankle and shoulder since sustaining injuries against the Saints.
“I don’t envision him practicing Wednesday the entire year really,” Gruden said. “This is a good chance for him to get in the hot tub and cold tub and all the cool things we bought for our recovery center.”
Linebacker Zach Brown missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with flu-like symptoms, but was able to return to the field on Friday. He's in line to play Sunday.