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#STLvsWAS Injury Report: Reed, Knighton Questionable


Tight end Jordan Reed and nose tackle Terrance Knighton are among the 10 players listed on the Redskins' Week 2 injury report before Sunday's game against the Rams.

The Washington Redskins enter Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams at FedExField with three players confirmed out and tight end Jordan Reed and nose tackle Terrance Knighton as questionable.

Cornerback Justin Rogers (foot), linebacker Martrell Spaight (concussion) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) have all been ruled out for this weekend's matchup.

Reed, who scored the Redskins' lone touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, is dealing with a quad injury while Knighton was limited Thursday and Friday with a rib injury. He missed Wednesday's practice.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that Reed "did some good things today so we have reason for hope."

The Redskins were counting on Reed last week and he delivered, as the third-year Florida product recorded a team-high seven receptions for 63 yards and a four-yard touchdown reception in which he overpowered safety Reshad Jones as soon as the ball was released from Kirk Cousins' hands.

Hyped as one of the best run stuffers in the NFL, Knighton helped lead a Redskins defense that held the Dolphins to just 74 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Starting running back Lamar Miller recorded 13 carries for 53 yards – his fewest since Week 15 of the 2014 season.

Also listed as questionable are offensive lineman Tom Compton (calf) and linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat (thigh), both of whom were inactive for the season opener.

Compton can be used at guard, tackle and even as a blocking tight end, but if he can't go, the Redskins will more than likely use Anthony McCoy after he was also inactive last week.

Signed by the Redskins on Sept. 7, McCoy is a player Gruden says is "like a true tight end."

"A true Y, a blocking tight end," Gruden said last week. "Obviously he's got great length, which you're looking for at the point of attack. And he can run good enough. He's had a couple injuries. Watching him on tape, he looked like he's a good long strider, gets down the field. Mainly we're looking for him in the core, blocking for the running game. It looked like he was very good at that. Now it's just a matter of getting him acclimated to our terminology. It's a totally different language for him. He's just got to learn it and as soon he gets ready he will be out there."

Since Jeffcoat was unable to play last weekend, the team signed Houston Bates from the practice squad as the college free agent appeared exclusively on special teams. Bates has since been waived and then re-signed to the team's practice squad.

Left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (rib), meanwhile, are listed as probable.

Hall left the season opener with the injury, but quickly returned to the lineup, as he finished the day with a team-high eight tackles in his first action since Week 3 of the 2014 season.

With Spaight still not cleared through concussion protocol, the Redskins may bring up Terrance Plummer from the practice squad for Sunday's game.

Plummer was among the final roster cuts to 53, as the Central Florida product eventually signed with the practice squad after recording 13 tackles and a pass defensed in the preseason.

And with Jackson confirmed out for at the very least the next few games, the Redskins will rely on three of their younger wide receivers – Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder and Rashad Ross – to fill the void opposite Pierre Garçon.

"We have to utilize them," Gruden said earlier this week. "That's the only option we have. So those guys have got to step up and make some plays."




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