- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cornerback Josh Norman and left tackle Trent Williams, who each left Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions injured, were limited participants at Redskins practice Wednesday, while starting tailback Matt Jones unexpectedly sat out with a sore knee. 

An MRI revealed earlier this week that there is nothing structurally wrong with Williams’ left knee, though the offensive lineman acknowledged he had some pain during practice. Still, Williams made it very clear that he fully anticipates being available for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals in London.

“It’s going to have to be torn or broken,” Williams said on what it would take to not play. “Other than that, a sprain? I can get through that. Bruises? I can get through that. As long as the doctor tells me there’s nothing structurally wrong with what I got going, then I’ll do everything I got to do to get on the field.”

Williams also joked that he hoped the upcoming seven hour plane ride has some sort of accommodation for a 6-foot-5 lineman with a sore knee.

“That’s going to be a little challenge,” Williams said of the situation. “But that’s the only way to get over there in a timely fashion.”

Norman, recovering from a concussion, was not available for comment following Wednesday’s practice, but coach Jay Gruden said the Redskins corner will be examined by an independent doctor Thursday to determine his availability for the weekend.

Tight end Jordan Reed, also going through the league’s ‘“concussion protocol,” was another limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. 

“I think — and I’m not too sure about this — Thursday they are going to go to the independent doctor, and if they’re cleared, they’ll go on the trip. If they’re not cleared, if we’re still having some pain and setbacks, at that point we’ll make a decision to probably leave them back.”

Reed, who did participate in one practice last week in a non-contact jersey, said that he does feel better than he did a week ago.

“I’m feeling good,” Reed said. “I feel 100 percent. So right now it’s just up to the coaches and trainers.”

“I feel symptom free,” Reed added.

Additionally, running back Matt Jones sat out of practice with a knee injury. Gruden said Jones just came into the Redskins’ practice facility with a bit of soreness, and he wasn’t sure what exactly caused it.

“You know, he just came in, I guess today, had some soreness laterally, had some pain cutting,” Gruden said. “He was okay running straight ahead, so we kept him out today.”

Offensive guard Brandon Scherff, who suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder against Detroit, was limited in practice. Scherff briefly came out of last Sunday’s game but was able to return after receiving some numbing medication.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who injured his left ankle against Detroit, was a limited participant. Breeland missed Weeks 4 and 5 with a right ankle injury earlier this season.

Two wide receivers, Jamison Crowder and DeSean Jackson, were limited in practice. Crowder was limited with a groin injury and Jackson, who missed practice last week with a shoulder injury, dealt with the same shoulder injury and an additional hamstring injury.

Offensive lineman Spencer Long (chest) and tight end Vernon Davis (groin) were limited. Linebacker Terence Garvin (hip) did not participate.

 

 

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