Redskins probably without Matt Ioannidis again on Sunday against Vikings


Redskins probably without Matt Ioannidis again on Sunday against Vikings

Redskins probably without Matt Ioannidis again on Sunday against Vikings:-The Redskins are expecting to be without Matt Ioannidis for at least one more game. The second-year defensive lineman is still recovering from surgery to repair a fracture in his hand. He’s been unable to practice again this week and isn’t likely be ready for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

“It feels good,” Ioannidis said, sitting in front of his locker at Redskins Park on Thursday. “About a week out from surgery. But it’s going to take a little time.”

He said he doesn’t expect to visit with a doctor again until next week for an update. When he does get the green light to return, he’ll probably be competing with a cast on his left hand. He did that once before, after injuring his thumb in college, and doesn’t seem too concerned about how it might impact his play.

“It just is what it is,” he said. “One of those things.”

But coaches and the training staff will certainly be paying close attention to just how effective he’ll be with a cast, and that will probably tell them when Ioannidis is ready to slide back into the defensive line rotation.

“He’s going to have to cast it up, and he’ll have his fingers free, so he can still grab and stuff like that,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. “I think that’s the important thing: Can he grab without any pain, and is it safe to grab right now so close to surgery? So I think we want to make sure it’s stable and he can do it without damaging it more.”

Ioannidis fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand in the first quarter of the Redskins’ 33-19 loss to Dallas on Oct. 29 and had surgery a couple of days later. He’s been present at the Redskins’ practices since then, watching his teammates from the side with his hand wrapped.

Without Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen, the rookie who went on injured reserve last month with a foot injury, the Redskins have been relying more heavily up front on Ziggy Hood, Terrell McClain and Anthony Lanier, particularly in nickel packages, occasionally bringing in four linebackers in boost their pass rush.

When Ioannidis went down, the Redskins signed free agent Arthur Jones for some added depth. But Jones dislocated his shoulder early in last Sunday’s win at Seattle. He hasn’t practiced since and isn’t expected to play against the Vikings.

With both Ioannidis and Jones probably sidelined Sunday, the lone roster move the Redskins made this week along the defensive line was adding Tavaris Barnes to the practice squad.