The Washington Redskins have ruled out Su'a Cravens and listed Will Compton as doubtful for Monday's matchup with the Panthers, while Jordan Reed is among those listed as questionable.
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The Washington Redskins will head into Monday's game against the Carolina Panthers without rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens (upper arm) and may not have starting middle linebacker Will Compton, who is listed as doubtful. Additionally, defensive end Chris Baker (ankle), linebackers Martrell Spaight (shoulder) and Ryan Kerrigan (knee), safety Will Blackmon (concussion/thumb), running back Mack Brown (concussion) tight end Jordan Reed (shoulder), guard Shawn Lauvao (groin), center Spencer Long (concussion), center John Sullivan (illness) tackle Ty Nskehe (ankle) will be questionable for the contest.
Both Compton and Cravens were removed from last Sunday's Eagles game and haven't practiced all week. However, head coach Jay Gruden said there's still a "flicker of hope" that Compton will be able to play.
If he can't, the Redskins will go with Martrell Spaight as the Mike linebacker for Monday's contest, after the second-year product from Arkansas filled in nicely for Compton during the second half against the Eagles.
Spaight recorded 38 defensive snaps along with his special teams play, his first extended time playing at linebacker this season, but has gained the trust of his teammates and coaches quickly.
"He had a really good training camp, number one," Gruden said. "He's also played behind a very cerebral player in Will Compton, and that helps when you're playing behind a guy that's very smart, really relies on his instincts and his knowledge of the game and the way he studies. So I think Will has set an example and high standard for Spaight to come in here and play. Spaight has done very good as far as taking notes in the meetings, but you never know until they get out there. He hadn't played much, but we'll have to wait and see. Like I said, we have confidence in him and I think he's going to do just fine."
Without Cravens, the Redskins will rely on linebacker Mason Foster, the team's second-leading tackler, to play more snaps in his absence and may call upon linebacker Nick Moody, who was signed earlier this week and has picked up the defensive system quickly. Gruden said linebacker Terence Garvin is also "ready to roll" if needed, too.
"Obviously Spaight and Foster will get a majority of the work," Gruden said. "We are good with four linebackers and then hopefully Compton, maybe, who knows will play. If Compton can't play, we have those four."
Tight end Jordan Reed returned to game action last week against the Eagles but had a limited role, still in some pain from the separated shoulder he suffered in Dallas. The range of motion in his shoulder has gotten better this week, as he has participated in 1-on-1 drills, but the extent of his playing time will still be determined by his pain tolerance come Monday night.
Gruden said that practicing in 1-on-1 drills is a good sign in his progression.
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"He does his rehab, does his work, he's running around. His legs are under him, he looks good running," Gruden said. "[It's] just a matter of how much he can deal with as far as his strength and the push-off comes."
Safety Will Blackmon returned to practice this week after missing his first game of the season last Sunday with a concussion, as did running back Mack Brown. Both appear likely to be available on Monday with full participation in practice on Saturday.
The offensive line, banged up and bruised for the last several weeks, got two of its starters back in practice this week in center Spencer Long, who missed Sunday's game with a concussion, and left guard Shawn Lauvao, who has been nursing a groin injury.
John Sullivan and Arie Kouandjio, respectively, both performed serviceably in their absence, but it appears as though, barring any setbacks, the season's original starting lineup will be intact for Monday night.
"It goes to show how good our room is," Long said. "Guys have been able to step up and play at a high level. Arie (Kouandijo), John (Sullivan), obviously John's a nine-year vet, but we've got a lot of depth in this room and a lot of guys that work hard and are ready to go each week."
"We feel pretty good about the depth of our offensive line," Gruden said. "But there's no substitute for the starting group, really. Shawn Lauvao back in there, Spencer Long back at center should be beneficial to us."