Jonathan Allen knows Daron Payne can play through pain Bill Bates Jersey , but is glad his former Alabama teammate doesn’t have to with the Washington Redskins.
Payne injured his left ankle when he was stepped on in practice, and coach Jay Gruden said the first-round pick is expected to miss two to three weeks. This is the second consecutive year the Redskins have had a defensive lineman they drafted in the first round from Alabama go down with a foot injury after Allen had his rookie season cut short five games in because of a Lisfranc sprain.
”I feel like it’s going to be tough for him mentally just because he’s still `Bama-nized’ and he still thinks he has to push through everything,” Allen said Saturday. ”But at the same time I’m like, `Payne, we’ve got to get you ready for the opening game, so just take it day-by-day, work your butt off and do what you’ve got to do to get back.”’
Payne shrugged off questions after practice Friday when he got rolled up on but wasn’t on the field 24 hours later and wearing a walking boot. Gruden said Payne would be in the boot for about a week and downplayed the injury’s effect on the 13th overall pick ‘s acclimation process to the NFL.
”He’s in great shape,” Gruden said. ”He’s big http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/ty-montgomery-jersey , strong, physical. He’ll probably get stronger in his two weeks working out. He’s in great shape, so it’s not a big deal. He’s already very smart, knows the defense, so he’s in great shape.”
It’s still not a great development for the Redskins, who easily could plug in Payne as their starting nose tackle when the season begins. But because he and Payne no longer play at Alabama where players are counted on to gut out injuries, Allen isn’t worried about the missed time stunting Payne’s development.
”He’s definitely going to try to rush it back, try to get out there as quickly as possible Terrell Owens Jersey , but he’s going to be fine,” Allen said. ”Trust me. I have no doubt in my mind.”
The two-to-three-week timeframe means Payne will likely miss the preseason opener Aug. 9 at the New England Patriots and possibly the second exhibition game Aug. 16 against the New York Jets. Washington still has good depth on the defensive line with Allen, Ziggy Hood, Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis and Phil Taylor, and the injuries to Payne and Stacy McGee (core muscle surgery) open the door for fifth-round pick Tim Settle to show what he can do and earn a spot in the rotation.
”That means there’s more reps,” Settle said. ”I just want to show them that I can ball and I can hang in there with everybody else.”
NOTES: CB Orlando Scandrick was held out of practice because of back spasms. … WR Josh Doctson said there was nothing to an Achilles tendon MRI he had before camp, calling it a ”tuneup.” The 2016 first-round pick has been bothered by Achilles tendon soreness off and on through his first two seasons.
Jon Gruden is still claiming he hasn’t officially been named the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/tyron-smith-jersey , but his broadcast partner apparently didn’t get the memo.
Sean McDounough, working play-by-play in the booth with Gruden before today’s playoff game in Kansas City, began the broadcast with a sendoff.
“It’s an emotional and bittersweet day for our Monday Night Football family as today we say goodbye to Coach Gruden after nine very distinguished years,” McDonough said. “But I know you’re looking forward to getting back to coaching. We congratulate you as you head back to the sideline with the Raiders.”
Gruden replied that it’s too early to make such an announcement.
“Well, thank you, nothing’s official yet, but these Chiefs fans have been on my case since I got here,” Gruden said.
Everyone knows that Gruden has agreed to become the Raiders’ next head coach http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/brian-quick-jersey , but for some reason Gruden is continuing to play coy. Regardless, McDonough removed any doubt: Today is Gruden’s last day at ESPN, and next he’ll coach the Raiders.