While Robert Griffin III’s status became somewhat clearer Thursday, Tyler Polumbus’ seemed to get a bit murkier.
The Redskins tackle did not practice, a day after he participated in a limited capacity. He suffered a concussion in the second half of Sunday’s victory in Cleveland.
“We just rested him today,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully there’s no setback and he can go tomorrow and practice.”
If Polumbus can’t play, it’s possible Shanahan would turn to second-year utility lineman Maurice Hurt or rookie Tom Compton because veteran Jordan Black was suspended on Monday for using performance enhancing drugs. Neither Hurt nor Compton has taken a regular season snap in the NFL at tackle.
Should the Redskins need to insert a player other than Polumbus, it will also mark the first time this season that they’ve been forced to make a change along the offensive line.
“We possibly could have some challenges this week,” Kyle Shanahan said. “But for us to go this year with the same O-line makes a world of difference. I think we started out pretty good last year, and once we started shuffling our O-line, things went downhill.”
Center Will Montgomery, meantime, completed a second straight practice despite a Grade 2 knee sprain. He said he’s “good to go” Sunday.