- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Redskins cornerback Tracy Porter (hamstring), tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Kedric Golston (groin) are unlikely to play Sunday game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Strong safety Duke Ihenacho (ankle) has improved after a minor injury at the start of Wednesday’s practice. Coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expect him to be ready to play Sunday.

How much is unclear. Haslett on Thursday defended strong safety Bacarri Rambo, who missed a tackle that led to a 76-yard touchdown in Sunday’s opener against the Houston Texans. Haslett said Rambo played 54 snaps, and 52 were good ones. He made two mistakes, the most costly the one that led to the touchdown.

“That just happened to be a bad, bad play,” Haslett said. “He had a run play where he stuck his nose where it shouldn’t belong and he got a 9-yard run. But, even that, he was just trying to be a football player. That [touchdown] disappointing from the standpoint, as a team, because we had miscommunication; we didn’t have anybody run with him.”

Haslett has already lost two nose tackles. Starting nose tackle Barry Cofield was put on injured reserve (with a return designation) Monday because of ankle and groin injuries. He can’t return to a game until after Week 8. He can start practicing after Week 6. The Redskins are allowed only one such designation.

Chris Neild tore his ACL and will have surgery. He is out for the season.

That pushes Chris Baker into a starting spot at nose tackle. Haslett thinks a good 3-4 defense starts from the middle man, out.

“When you build it, I think you start up front,” Haslett said earlier in the season. “You’ve got to have a nose that’s a good football player. You’ve got to have rush guys on the outside that are good players. You like to have a safety that can do a little of everything. You’ve got to have unselfish guys up front. You can do a lot of different things out of it, I think that’s most important.”

A new addition to this week’s injury list is kicker Kai Forbath. He was limited Thursday because of a right groin issue. Linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle) was again limited in practice.

Linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday.

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