Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will not play Saturday vs. the Ravens, while others – including Bashaud Breeland and Jamison Crowder – are gametime decisions.*
Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will once again not play Saturday in the team's preseason Week 3 matchup against the Ravens, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Friday.
Kerrigan is yet to appear in any preseason games this year as the team holds him out as a precaution after he had minor knee surgery in May. He's been a full participant in the team's practices, however.
"He's good to go, I believe," Gruden said. "We just want to make sure he has necessary recovery time. We don't want anything crazy to happen."
The Redskins have already lost five major contributors to season-ending injuries this preseason: tight ends Niles Paul (ankle) and Logan Paulsen (toe); special teams captain and linebacker Adam Hayward (knee); running back Silas Redd Jr. (knee); and linebacker Junior Galette (Achilles).
Crowder, Breeland doubtfulTwo other players who suffered minor injuries this preseason will be gametime decisions Saturday vs. the Ravens.
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder and cornerback Bashaud Breeland could instead make their 2015 debuts in the team's Week 4 preseason matchup Sept. 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField.
Crowder, a rookie who was impressing as a receiver and returner until he injured his hamstring during a training camp practice, warmed up for last week's game against the Detroit Lions, but didn't play. He practiced all week, Gruden said, but "felt a little fatigue in his hamstring" one day.
"We don't know if we're gonna risk it yet or not," Gruden said. "But he'll definitely get some work in the fourth preseason game as a returner if he doesn't go (Saturday)."
Breeland, meanwhile, sprained his MCL in training camp on July 31. His original prognosis was to sit out 4 to 6 weeks, but he returned to team drills in practice on Sunday.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, meanwhile, will not play in Saturday's game with the Ravens after suffering a concussion last week vs. the Lions. Independent league neurologist Robert N. Kurtze on Friday said "we had anticipated yesterday that the patient would be cleared for full participation in gameplay this weekend; however, upon further scrutiny today of the neuropsychology data, I agree with the neuropsychologist that he should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one-two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made."
Compton, Hall, Reed, Williams returnThe good news for the Redskins on Saturday is they could see the return of four other major contributors.
Check out these photos of the Redskins' defense and special teams preparing for their Week 3 preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
Linebacker Will Compton (groin), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe), tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) and left tackle Trent Williams (foot) all practiced fully this week after missing last week's game against the Lions.
Compton, a key special teams contributor and backup at middle linebacker, is yet to play in the preseason after dealing with intense pain from osteitis pubis, an inflammation of tendons in the groin and pelvis region.
Hall, who sprained his big left toe Aug. 16 in a training camp practice, played in the Redskins' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, but missed the Lions game.
Reed, who this week practiced fully for the first time since straining his hamstring Aug. 11, is also yet to make his preseason debut. The Redskins will lean heavily on Reed after losing Paul and Paulsen, and have also recently signed Derek Carrier, D.J. Williams and Ernst Brun Jr. to compete at the position, along with first-year players Je'Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina.
And Williams, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed last week's game with a sprained foot, is expected to drastically help a first-team Redskins offensive line that gave up three sacks and three other quarterback hits vs. the Lions.