ASHBURN, VA. (AP) - Jay Gruden says it's on him to fix some issues after Washington Redskins players felt they weren't prepared to play.
Safety D.J. Swearinger, cornerback Josh Norman and other players lamented a lack of consistency from week to week after Washington followed up an emotional victory at Seattle with a 38-30 loss at home to Minnesota.
The 4-5 Redskins visit New Orleans on Sunday with the Saints coming off a 47-10 rout of Buffalo in which they rushed for 298 yards.
At his news conference Monday, Gruden said the Redskins' tough schedule — which so far includes four losses to first-place teams — has an effect. But he adds that if players are struggling with success he needs to "do a better job of making sure they don't get a big head."
Another factor is injuries, which continue to pile up. Linebacker Will Compton has a Lisfranc sprain in one of his feet and running back Rob Kelley has a sprained MCL in his left knee and aggravated a sprained ankle, and Gruden expects each player to be out a few weeks.
The Redskins are planning to add a running back before facing the Saints after prior injuries along the offensive line cost them Mack Brown, whom the Vikings claimed off waivers. Rookie Samaje Perine and third-down back Chris Thompson are expected to split the carries in Kelley's absence.
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