Washington Redskins Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Thompson could see more big-play opportunities than normal Sunday against the Saints, who have allowed 165 yards on screen plays to running backs this season, ranking 27th in the NFL in that category, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With 38 receptions for 494 yards and three touchdowns in nine games, Thompson has been one of the NFL's preeminent backfield receivers this season, but he's struggled to find the end zone of late. Thompson has failed to find paydirt in three consecutive games, but that could change Sunday with a matchup against a Saints squad that has quieted opposing receivers, but has proven more vulnerable on short-yardage passes. In addition to the favorable receiving conditions, Thompson could take on an elevated role as a runner with Rob Kelley (ankle) landing on injured reserve earlier this week, though rookie Samaje Perine is expected to handle the majority of the carries for Washington.
News: Grant (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Thursday.
Impact: Grant remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, with the Redskins having yet to clear him for full practices as a result. Even if Grant is able to take part in all drills Friday, it won't guarantee that he'll be available Sunday against the Saints, as he would still need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before being removed from the protocol. The slot receiver has been a fairly stable week-to-week producer with exactly three receptions in four of the Redskins' past five games, but he doesn't see much downfield involvement, which typically limits his yardage totals.
News: The Redskins signed Catalina to a contract Thursday.
Impact: The Redskins cut Catalina less than a week ago, but brought him back after T.J. Clemmings (ankle) shifted to injured reserve Thursday. Catalina could see some meaningful snaps in Sunday's game against the Saints with offensive tackles Trent Williams (knee) and Ty Nsekhe (abdomen) uncertain to play this week.
News: Pryor did not practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury.
Impact: Big things were expected from Pryor this season, instead his season in Washington has been a fantasy disaster.
News: Reed (hamstring) said Thursday that he would be a game-time call for Sunday's game against the Saints, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Reed admitted he suffered a setback with his hamstring last week, which explained his downgrade from limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday to no activity Friday. Seemingly poised for a questionable designation in Week 11, Reed added his availability will come down to "how [he's] feeling Sunday." By any measure, fellow tight end Vernon Davis can be expected to be heavily involved again, no matter if Reed is deemed active.
News: Clemmings (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Clemmings had been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 8's loss to the Cowboys. The Redskins used the open roster spot created by the Clemmings move to sign lineman Tyler Catalina.
News: Pryor didn't practice Thursday due to an ankle injury, Master Tesfatsion of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Although the Redskins have regularly posted jam-packed injury reports this season, Pryor didn't make an appearance until Thursday. It's unclear when he injured his ankle, but his sudden listing should be cause for concern. Friday's injury report will relay Pryor's odds to play Sunday at New Orleans.
News: Pryor (undisclosed) wasn't present at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The impetus for Pryor's absence is unknown, but the Redskins can be expected to clarify whether an injury, personal issue or some other concern is to blame. After receiving at least four targets in each of the first six games of the season, he's experienced only four total across the last three outings, displaying his waning relevance in the league's ninth-ranked passing attack.
News: Crowder (personal) returned to practice Thursday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Crowder is back after dealing with a personal matter Wednesday. He's come to life in his last two appearances, combining for 13 catches for 199 yards on 24 targets. If Jordan Reed (hamstring) is held out for a third consecutive game, Crowder could see similar volume Sunday versus a Saints defense that has given up 13.5 YPC and no touchdowns to wide receivers over the last four contests.