ASHBURN — Quinton Dunbar worked off to the side during Monday’s OTA session as the Redskins remain cautious about re-incorporating the cornerback after he suffered a nerve injury in his leg that lingered throughout last season.
Dunbar missed nine games in 2018. At one point, the 26-year-old tried to return from the the injury — only for his leg to give out on him again on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins placed him on injured reserve in December.
Now months later, coach Jay Gruden said Dunbar is doing “very, very well.”
“We want to make sure that thing is strengthened,” Gruden said. “He’s running full speed, feels good, but still we just want to make sure we take the precautionary route and make sure he is 100% before we let him go.”
Without Dunbar in the lineup, the Redskins’ cornerback depth took a serious hit. They were forced to play rookies Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson and Adonis Alexander — all of whom struggled. The Redskins also had cornerback Josh Norman shadow opposing No. 1 receivers in Dunbar’s absence.
Dunbar had become an important contributor for the Redskins. A former college wide receiver turned cornerback, Dunbar signed a three-year, $10.5 million extension in 2018, paving the way for him to start opposite Norman. The Redskins let Bashaud Breeland, their former starter, walk in free agency that offseason.
Dunbar had two interceptions and nine passes defended in seven games last year.