Redskins will be without top receivers vs. Titans

Ben Krimmel
December 21, 2018 - 10:37 am
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The Washington Redskins will be shorthanded in the passing game when taking on the Tennessee Titans.

Tght end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Maurice Harris will be miss the Skins crucial Saturday night game due to concussions, the team announced Friday. Tight end Jordan Reed will also miss the game due to an ankle/foot injury.

Davis participated in practice earlier this week before entering the concussion protocol after experiencing concussion-like symptoms Wednesday and did not practice. Harris missed all three practices this week. 

In addition to those injuries, wide receiver Josh Doctson is listed as questionable due to lower back spasms. He was a non-participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday the Redskins promoted WR Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad. 

It could be a long day for quarterback Josh Johnson, as their are injuries on the offensive line, too.

The Redskins announced Friday Ty Nsekhe will miss the game with a knee injury.

Gruden said Tony Bergstrom (ankle), defensive linemen Matt Ioannidis (shin) and Tim Settle (pectoral), linebacker Ryan Anderson (hamstring), and Austin Howard (hip) were all listed as questionable. (Anderson and Bergstrom were both out during the Redskins win in Jacksonville.)

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“I think we’ll be okay though," Gruden said about shuffling players around on the offensive line. "We have to just change up our run schemes a little bit, change up our pass protections from time to time and make sure we change the launch point of the quarterback to have a chance. If we think we’re just going to drop back seven steps and throw it every time we’re kidding ourselves. If we’re going to hand it up the middle every time it’s not going to happen. So, we just have to make sure we change it up. It’s our job as coaches to do that and then their job as players is to make sure they handle the movement."

Washington also placed tackle Austin Howard on injured reserve and promoted tackle Timon Parris to the active roster Friday. Howard will be the 21st player on IR this season.

Gruden also said quarterback Colt McCoy may practice next week, but it is unclear.

“He’s chomping at the bit,” Gruden said.

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