Jay Gruden Press Conference 10-16-2015

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Jay Gruden Press Conference 10-16-2015

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden spoke with reporters Friday following practice.

Below is a collection of quotes from the presser:

Opening statement:

“DeAngelo Hall, toe, did not participate, out. Jason Hatcher was full, he’s probable. Jordan Reed did not participate, he is out. [Bashaud] Breeland was full, he’s probable. Chris Culliver did not participate, he’s out. DeSean Jackson was limited, he’s questionable. Matt Jones did not participate, he’s questionable. Kory Lichtensteiger did not participate, he is out. Stephen Paea was limited, he’s questionable. Trent Williams did not participate, he’s out. Pierre Garçon was full. Spencer Long, Perry Riley, Chris Thompson, Josh LeRibeus were all full, they’re probable. Limited was Andre Roberts, he’s questionable.”

On what happened with T Trent Williams as the week progressed:

“After the game, we checked him for a lot of things. He was feeling OK, but then he started to develop some concussion-like symptoms and put him in the protocol and he’s out because of that.”

On if Williams is currently in the concussion protocol:


On if Williams is at the stage where he can be in meetings but can’t practice:


On the challenge of not having Williams and C Kory Lichtensteiger on Sunday:

“It’s a great challenge, you know? I told them today, ‘We’ve got a heck of a team not playing but we have got a heck of a team playing.’ It’s a great opportunity for Ty [Nsekhe] to play some left tackle. It’s a great opportunity for Josh LeRibeus to play center. We have confidence that they’ll get the job done. That’s the way we’re going to go about our business. Nothing is going to change. Business as usual. We have a job to do and we’ve got to do it with the able bodies that we have playing.”

On if RB Matt Jones had a setback:

“He just hasn’t got better, really. It’s not so much a setback. He’s been sore and we were hoping that it would progress a little bit better during the week than it has, so he’s questionable. We’ll see. We’ll take him on the trip, see how he does on Saturday at the hotel and see if anything happens.”

On QB Kirk Cousins not having several offensive weapons available:

“It’ll be a challenge, no doubt. We still have — like I said yesterday – we still have some able bodies. I think Jamison Crowder is doing an excellent job. We still have Pierre [Garçon], one of the top receivers around. Ryan Grant’s going to have to continue to step up. [Rashad] Ross, like you mentioned yesterday and Derek Carrier, those guys are going to have to play. Still, Chris Thompson is a good matchup for us against linebackers. We’ll go from there and we’ll have to mix it up. We’ll have to keep them off-balance with the running game and the passing game and the play-actions and quick game and do some screens and try to keep them off-balance the best way we can.”

On when Williams started in the concussion protocol:

“I would say we practiced him I believe it was Wednesday, he did individual, just individual. We had him as limited. Then, after that practice, he just developed some – a few headaches and things of that nature so we wanted to play it safe with him and got him tested and that’s where he is right now.”

On if it is Williams’ first concussion of his career:

“I don’t know for sure. I think it’s the first one with the Redskins.”

On who was No. 15 at practice:

“[Colin] Lockett, practice squad.”

On if there is any concern that the injuries to Lichtensteiger or CB Chris Culliver will extend beyond this Sunday:

“Yes, there is. You know, when you’re not playing in a game, hopefully they miraculously get better in five or six or seven days is probably wishful thinking, but we’ll see. You know, I think Kory is realistic probably for the bye week, after the bye week. But who knows, maybe he’ll get some strength back in that left side and we’ll go from there. And Chris, I think it’s just a matter of him getting the proper treatment and seeing how he does on a daily basis. That’s all we can go by.”

On if WR DeSean Jackson finished practice today:

“He went through individual and we put him with trainer and the strength guy Chad [Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart] and he did some work out there with him. He said he felt OK, but we’ll see.”

On if Jackson will be a game-time decision:

“Yeah, he’ll be game-time.”

On how frustrating it is to deal with this many injuries:

“Yeah, I can’t imagine having any more. You know, I don’t know. It’s tough to deal with. It is frustrating, but it’s pro football and these things happen at certain times. It’s unfortunate they’re all happening in bulk. These guys all want to play. They’re all very competitive players, I know that. Nobody’s quitting on anybody. They’re all as disappointed as we are. They’re fluke injuries too. They’re not like we’re training them too hard. We’ve got a concussion. We’ve got a neck thing. We’ve got a hand. We’ve got a shoulder. We’ve got a calf. We’ve got a quad. We’ve got just a little bit of everything. These guys are working hard, playing hard and want to play, but unfortunately these guys can’t go and the ones that can go are going to have to play, play a lot and play well.”

On if he anticipates making roster moves before Sunday:

“No, we don’t have any room.”

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