The Washington Redskins are playing it safe with running back Matt Jones, after the second-year tailback sustained a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder during the team’s second preseason contest.
The Redskins are shutting down Jones for the rest of the preseason, according to a report from CSN Mid Atlantic’s Rich Tandler. The expectation is for Jones to be ready for Washington’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Mon., Sept. 12.
The Redskins don’t have much depth at running back even with a healthy Jones. The primary backup behind the Florida product is fourth-year pro, Chris Thompson, who serves as more of a pass-catching threat than a runner. Thompson caught 35 passes for 316 yards while rushing for 240 yards and two rushing scores last season.
Georgia rookie Keith Marshall appears to have the third-string spot locked down and could see a greater workload with Jones sidelined. Marshall ran for only 26 yards on 10 carries during last week’s preseason victory over the New York Jets. Marshall also ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the 2016 NFL Combine, completing the drill in a blazing 4.31 seconds.
Washington let veteran Alfred Morris leave via free agency presumptively to give Jones a crack at the full-time job. This injury will leave some doubting whether Jones can ultimately become the team’s featured back.