When the Browns visit FedEx Field on Monday, the Redskins will be without defensive end Jason Hatcher, linebacker Darryl Sharpton and running back Chris Thompson, all due to injury, according to Coach Jay Gruden.
Hatcher, who had offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, has been practicing in a limited capacity and is expected to make his preseason debut Aug. 23 against the Ravens. Sharpton has a high ankle sprain and has not practiced all week. Thompson, meantime, has been sidelined since suffering a sprained ankle against the Patriots.
And, according to Gruden, Thompson is losing ground to his competitors because of the missed time.
“It gives [other running backs] an opportunity, it really does,” Gruden said. “Every rep that he doesn’t take, somebody is going to take it. Unfortunately for him, his ankle, it’s a sprain. It’s a high ankle, low ankle, I don’t know where it is, but it’s holding him out. It’s unfortunate for him because he was doing a great job, but it does open up a window for other guys that perform. We’ll see what they do with it.”
Safety Brandon Meriweather, meantime, missed a second straight day of practice because of a minor toe injury. He could suit up Monday, Gruden said.
“He just got his toe drained a little bit,” Gruden said. He’s got a chance to play. We’ll wait and see.”