- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2014

Seventeen players were listed on the Washington Redskins‘ injury report in advance of their Thursday night game against the New York Giants, but coach Jay Gruden said that all of them, except for quarterback Robert Griffin III, may be able to play.

“Obviously, this is a week that I’d rather not have a Thursday night game,” Gruden joked.

Defensive end Jason Hatcher, who strained a hamstring in the third quarter of the Redskins‘ 37-34 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, surmised that he tweaked the muscle because he was dehydrated.

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo plans to visit a hand specialist to check on the middle finger of his left hand, which he said “hurts like hell,” while an MRI examination taken Monday morning on left guard Shawn Lauvao’s right knee showed only bruising and swelling.

Running back Alfred Morris has a knee injury, nose tackle Chris Baker has right ankle and right hip injuries and center Kory Lichtensteiger has groin, rib and hip injuries.

Neither the Redskins nor the Giants held an actual practice on Monday, preferring instead to hold a walkthrough. Because they had to submit an injury report, the players were assigned a status based on what the teams would have allowed them to do.

In addition to cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins also placed strong safety Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve Monday, ending his season. Ihenacho, claimed off waivers before Week 1, broke a bone in the heel of his left foot on the 102-yard kickoff return by Eagles running back Chris Polk that ended in a touchdown in the first quarter.

To replace Hall, the Redskins signed practice-squad cornerback Chase Minnifield, in his third year out of Virginia, to the 53-man roster. The other roster spot will remain vacant until Tuesday.

“We’ll have a better idea tomorrow after practice,” Gruden said. “We’ll see what the trainers say and whatever position we need, we’ll probably call somebody up then.”


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