Reed Doughty says he’s feeling better three days after sustaining a concussion against the Bears, but the Redskins’ safety still isn’t sure if he’ll be able to suit up in Denver.
“It’s definitely one of those things I’m going to take day-by-day,” Doughty said Wednesday as he pulled on a jersey before heading to the practice field. It was unclear how much, if anything, he would be cleared to do, however.
Doughty was injured when he absorbed a hit to the side of his helmet on the Bears' onsides kick attempt.
“I was kind of in a defenseless position going for the ball and took a hit,” Doughty said. “I wasn’t functioning [well enough] to come back in the game. You want to be okay. You think you’re okay. Then you kind of realize that it’s probably best if you don’t go back out there.”
If Doughty isn’t cleared and Brandon Meriweather’s two-game suspension is upheld today, the Redskins could be left without both of their starting safeties against the Broncos’ league-leading passing offense.
“You always push yourself 100-percent to get back out there, but you let your body tell you what you need to know,” he said. “I’m mentally preparing as much as I can to get ready for this football game. My body will let me know if I’m able to play or not. I take this very seriously. I want to play Sunday if I’m capable of playing.”
Doughty hasn’t lost his sense of humor, though. Asked about facing Manning and Broncos' attack, he cracked: “More headaches. Something I don’t need.”
A native of Greeley, Co., Doughty said he’s purchased 40 tickets for the game at Mile High.
“I grew up in a town of 4,000 [people],” he said. “I’m not sure all of them will be there, but I guessing pretty close. I usually buy zero to two tickets on the road. It will be special.”