The Washington Redskins had their projected starting running back return to practice on Monday.
Matt Jones took part in Monday’s session on a limited basis, according to The Washington Post.
The running back has been out for the last two weeks after he partially separated his left shoulder in Week 2 of the preseason after he fell on it while being tackled.
Like quarterbacks do in practice, Jones was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey during the team’s workout.
After the practiced concluded Jones was excited about how his shoulder held up.
“You can tell a big difference from a week or two ago,” Jones said, per The Washington Post. “I couldn’t even move, and now I’m out here banging around. I feel like I’m in a great position right now.”
Jones believes he’ll be ready to go for the Redskins’ regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but coach Jay Gruden was a bit hesitant on the running back’s status. Gruden hasn’t committed to Jones’ availability for Week 1. The coach wants to see how Jones’ shoulder reacts after a full practice week.
With the Redskins game being on Monday night, Jones will get an extra day to prepare and get healthy.
Barring any setbacks, expect No. 31 to be in the starting lineup on Monday night at FedExField.