Jamison Crowder could return on Monday Night

Brian Tinsman
November 29, 2018 - 9:23 pm

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The Washington Redskins have lacked a threat out of the slot for much of the season. If health is wealth, they're about to get rich.

Jamison Crowder, who missed the last seven games with a bad ankle sprain, says he is close to returning and could be back as soon as this Monday Night vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I’m just taking it day-by-day right now," Crowder told the media. "It felt alright out there running, I’ve still got a few more days left until we go play, so I’ve just got to see."

The Redskins have found success in the slot even without Crowder this season. Maurice Harris had his turn in the slot and put together a career day vs. Atlanta with 124 receiving yards--nearly matching his production through the first two years of his career, combined (126 yards).

Since then, rookie receiver Trey Quinn has returned from injured reserve and proven to be a valuable outlet for Colt McCoy, making at least four receptions in each of the last two games. So valuable, in fact, that the Redskins could make room for both he and Crowder in the offense.

"Oh there will be a chance for sure," Jay Gruden said of his options. "We'll just have to Gerry-rig how we are going to do that.

"Right now with Trey (Quinn) being limited and Crowder being semi-limited, we'll see, probably this week play the healthiest one. If we can play both, we'll figure out a way to do that. The good thing about Jamison, he can play all three positions. Quinn can probably play all three also. He's a very smart guy but we'll just have to figure out where we want to put them as far as matchups are concerned. We could play both."

More than just a sprain, Crowder suffered a bone bruise as part of his injury and did damage to the ligaments in the joint. He seemed close to returning several weeks ago but suffered a setback that kept him out of practice and drills.

The good news is that Crowder no longer feels unbearable pain when he tests the ankle, planting and cutting in his routes. It took longer than expected, but injuries can be unpredictable.

"It’s been tough, that’s a part of the game though you deal with injuries," Crowder said. "I didn’t think that I would be out this long, you know my ankle, I messed it up pretty bad with torn ligaments and things of that nature, some bone bruises like that. It was bad.

"It was tough, but I’m coming around now so just moving forward now."

 

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