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Ailing Redskins Offense Uses Bye Week to Heal

Multiple offensive starters for the Washington Redskins went into last week’s bye dealing with injury problems, and the Redskins hope to have used the week of rest to put a healthy core around quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Starting wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been battling a hamstring injury and used the bye week to rest up and work his way back to full health. Although Crowder played Week 4 against Kansas City, his ailing hamstring made him nearly ineffective.

“I feel like I was able to get some rest, get some treatment,” Crowder said. “So, it helped in that area and helped me to get refocused to come back in here this week with a new mind-set.”

Second-year receiver Josh Doctson took a hard fall on his right shoulder two weeks ago while trying to catch a game-winning touchdown against the Chiefs. Doctson was able to practice Monday after getting the week off, and although he will continue to receive treatment on the should, Doctson is expected to play Sunday according to coach Jay Gruden.

After missing Week 3, Jordan Reed played a limited role against the Chiefs and also hopes that the bye week provided the necessary recovery time to make a bigger impact moving forward. Washington’s starting tight end has been nursing injuries to his rib, sternum and shoulder, but he still managed to bring in three catches for 21 yards on just 13 snaps against Kansas City.

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“(He) wasn’t quite 100 percent,” Gruden said. “He wanted to play and felt he could help us in part of the pass game. When we play San Francisco (Week 6) he should be fully healed and a part of more plays.”

Stud left tackle Trent Williams injured his right knee against Kansas City, but an MRI revealed no structural damage and Williams is expected to return from the injury shortly, although whether that will be this weekend is unclear. Gruden said Tuesday that Williams re-aggravated a kneecap issue that dates back to training camp and the team will know more as the week progresses.

Written by: Ben Faunce