DENVER — The Redskins will be without starting strong safety Reed Doughty on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. He is still suffering from the effects of a concussion sustained last weekend against the Chicago Bears and was ruled out by the team on Saturday. Doughty did not even make the trip to Denver.
The other inactives against the Broncos: Third-string quarterback Rex Grossman; running back/punt returner Chris Thompson; linebacker Brandon Jenkins; offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus, tight end Fred Davis and defensive lineman Chris Neild.
Davis is a scratch for the second week in a row and sits amidst rumors he wants to be dealt before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday. Davis denied that in a radio interview last Tuesday with radio station 106.7 – The Fan.
Neild sits again with a calf injury originally suffered in Oakland on Set. 29. LeRibeus has yet to appear in a game this season.
The absence of Doughty means both of Washington’s starting safeties are out. Brandon Meriweather was suspended one game for two illegal hits against Chicago last week.
That leaves a host of inexperience at the position. The active safeties include Jose Gumbs, primarily a special teams player, rookie Bacarri Rambo, inactive the last three weeks, and Trenton Robinson, cut by Philadelphia on Oct. 8 and signed last week by Washington. Gumbs and Rambo are the starters.
Jordan Pugh, who made the Redskins out of training camp, was cut to make room for Robinson. But he was brought back this week once it was clear Meriweather would be punished. It is likely reserve corner E.J. Biggers will shift to safety, too. He has seen limited action there this season.