Washington has ruled out starting running back Matt Jones from Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals in London due to a bruised knee. Jones leads the team in rushing attempts (99) and rushing yards (460) through seven games. In his stead, undrafted rookie Rob Kelley is expected to start. On the season, Kelley has 103 yards on 17 carries while averaging an astounding 6.1 yards per carry.
The teams has also listed cornerback Josh Norman, tight end Jordan Reed, and left tackle Trent Williams as questionable, though all three are expected to play Sunday. Norman and Reed are both currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol and will need to be cleared by an independent doctor to play. Norman suffered a concussion Sunday against the Detroit Lions and Reed has missed Washington’s past two games after a concussion suffered in Week Five against the Baltimore Ravens. Both players expect to play Sunday.
Washington will certainly like to have Norman available to match up against Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green, who leads the NFL with 50 receptions through seven weeks.
Trent Williams sprained his knee Sunday against Detroit. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, he had a noticeable limp during practice Friday morning. However, when asked about his prospects for playing Sunday in London, Williams felt confident he would be able to go.
Washington also listed six other players as questionable for Sunday: linebacker Terence Garvin (hip), cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle), wide receivers DeShaun Jackson (hamstring and shoulder) and Jamison Crowder (groin), tight end Vernon Davis (groin), and guard Brandon Scherff (shoulder).