Jim Haslett: Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson May Be Inactive
The defensive end and the outside linebacker were recently reinstated from suspension, and the coaching staff will need to evaluate this week whether each player is physically ready to play.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday that he’s unsure if either defensive end Jarvis Jenkins or outside linebacker Rob Jackson will be able to play Sunday against the Cowboys in their first game back from suspension.
“First of all, you find out where he’s at physically, and then mentally, what did he retain?” Haslett said, speaking specifically about Jackson. “Because you’re talking about three days of work before you’re going to play a game. But we’ll work it and see where he’s at at the end of the week.”
Jenkins and Jackson were each reinstated by the league on Sept. 30, but because of the Redskins’ bye week, they practiced just once before returning from the break on Monday.
The five-week layoff from the last time they played in a game through this week can be challenging for the players. Because Jackson was suspended for a violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse, he was allowed to attend meetings and workouts at Redskins Park but could not practice. Jenkins, suspended for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, was not permitted to even be in the building.
Each player completed a full practice on Monday and Wednesday. Jenkins seems more likely to play than Jackson, considering the uncertainty surrounding nose tackle Chris Neild, who strained his right calf against the Raiders on Sept. 29. If Neild can’t play, it stands to reason that defensive end Chris Baker would see some time inside, with Jenkins taking a portion of Baker’s snaps. Jenkins was also utilized often when the Redskins went with a two-man front in their nickel package last season.
Jackson, meanwhile, said earlier in the week that he expected to play at least on special teams. With his reinstatement, the Redskins have nine linebackers on their active roster; Darryl Tapp was wearing a scout-team jersey in practice on Thursday, though that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t play.
“We’re still kind of in the evaluation process with [Jenkins and Jackson],” Haslett said. “I think they’re in pretty good shape based on what I saw based on two practices Monday and Wednesday. Again, we’ll see how they go today, tomorrow, and we’ll sit down with [head coach Mike] Shanahan and figure out how we want to use them, activate them, and all that. But right now, we’re still in the evaluation process with those guys.”