Both players are listed as questionable, Washington with an ankle injury, McCourty with a concussion. Also, linebacker Patrick Bailey is questionable with a hamstring injury after missing practice again. Linebacker Barrett Ruud remains out with a groin injury. Center Eugene Amano is probably with a knee injury after practicing fully again Friday.
Washington admitted that his injury is a high ankle sprain, but he said he still has hopes of playing on Sunday.
“It's a high ankle. It's just taking it one day at a time. Tomorrow will be Saturday so we'll evaluate it again Saturday. I'll be here tomorrow getting in every bit of work I can,” Washington said. “"When Monday came around I could barely walk,” Washington said. “Today, there's a little pain but there's some progression.”
There is the possibility that Washington will be active on Sunday, but have less than a full-time role in the offense.
“I will do whatever they ask of me. If that's being a cheerleader, then I'll be the best cheerleader I can be. If that's playing half the reps, then I'll play half the reps at 110 percent,” he said.
As for McCourty, he will be evaluated by an independent doctor as he tries to make his way back from a concussion.
“That's out of our hands. It's not like it's something you can look can and say, 'He looks pretty good.,' because he can look good and feel good and not be ready to go,” Coach Mike Munchak said of McCourty.
The cornerback did say he feels much better, but still has to pass the independent evaluation in order to be cleared to play.
“I'm just going to wait and see, I assume I'll be a game-time decision, so we'll see how it goes,” McCourty said. I did some running with the helmet on and change of direction stuff to see how it felt. … I feel fine. Nothing is bothering me. I'm back to normal.”
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