The bye week helped several Washington Redskins players recover from lingering injuries, though their status for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys won’t be known until later in the week.
Start with the tight end position where both Jordan Reed (thigh bruise) and Logan Paulsen (left knee) are testing the team’s depth at that position. Reed was injured in the Detroit game on Sept. 22 and missed the Sept. 29 game against Oakland. He sat out the early drills during Monday’s practice inside the team bubble at Redskins Park, but eventually ran routes and caught passes.
“Just a little rest on the first day back,” Reed said. “I was ready to do everything block, run routes and all that.”
They key for Reed is being able to bend his leg and open up his stride on passing routes. But asked if he would play Sunday against Dallas, Reed said only “Yup. No doubt.”
It remains to be seen if that holds. Paulsen was more circumspect. He remained in the area during the bye week for treatment, but wouldn’t say how limited he was during practice.
“Well, I did everything that I could do,” Paulsen said with the hint of a smile. “So whatever that was.”
Paulsen did deem himself cautiously optimistic he would play against the Cowboys. The knee held up at least for one day.
“Every day it got a little bit better, which was really encouraging,” Paulsen said. “That’s the most you can ask for.”
Meanwhile, kicker Kai Forbath says he’s on pace to return for the first time since Week 1 on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has missed the past three games with a groin injury. But Washington cut John Potter, Forbath’s temporary replacement, last week.
Forbath took limited repetitions in practice on Monday with 15 to 20 kicks and says there is no lingering pain. He kicked as normal on Thursday and Friday last week.