Jay Gruden said that Rob Kelley and Will Compton -- both of whom were removed from Sunday's game with injuries -- could be placed on Injured Reserve. Determination of their status will be made in the coming days.
Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley could miss more time this season, as head coach Jay Gruden announced on Monday afternoon that the Tulane product suffered both a high ankle and MCL sprain. Additionally, linebacker Will Compton suffered a Lisfranc sprain.
Kelley suffered both injuries on a goal-to-go run in the Redskins' 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField in Landover, Md., while Compton was removed from the game after 32 defensive plays.
"It's going to be a few weeks, we just have to figure out how many [and] If they're IR candidates or not," Gruden said. "That's what we'll have to determine here in the next couple days."
Late in the first quarter, Kelley received a handoff on 1st-and-goal from the eight yard-line and was immediately met for a two-yard loss. As the second-year running back was being tackled lowed by safety Andrew Sendejo on his left leg, Kelley tried to cut away from defensive end Stephen Weatherly.
Kelley would land awkwardly before briefly getting up and then going back down. He would walk off the field under his own power but did not return to the game.
He finished the contest appearing on 10 offensive plays, recording 10 rushing yards on four carries along with two receptions for four yards.
Depending on how much time Kelley misses, the Redskins will have to look to the combination of Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine along with a potential newcomer.
Thompson, of course, has been the Redskins' top dual-threat through the first nine games of the season, as the 27-year-old currently leads Washington in both rushing (277 yards) and receiving (494 yards).
Perine, meanwhile, has collected 210 rushing yards along with 55 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.
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While the Redskins have faith in both running backs, Washington has struggled to rev up the ground game in recent weeks.
The Redskins haven't had 100 rushing yards since Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. And since the bye in Week 5, Washington has tallied a combined 350 rushing yards on 116 carries (three yards per rush).
While Perine has had mixed results so far during his rookie season, Gruden has confidence that he can become more productive over the final seven weeks of the regular season.
"I think with Rob's injury, I think we'll see a lot more of Samaje down the stretch here, and I think he's probably – by looking at him at Oklahoma and what we've seen a little bit of him here – probably better as the game goes on," Gruden said. "He's the type of guy that can wear down a defense, then his low center of gravity will take over and he'll be able to bounce off some tackles."
Washington previously had four running backs on the 53-man roster, but waived Mack Brown to make room for offensive line signings when the unit was at it's worst injury-wise.
He was claimed by the Vikings.
As for Compton, he has appeared in all nine games so far this season, recording 13 tackles with three passes defensed and an interception.
He started each of Washington's last two games after Mason Foster was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 28.