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USA TODAYRedskins coach Jay Gruden’s decision to make running back Adrian Peterson a healthy scratch in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles didn’t sit well with at least one of Washington’s players.“Any time you’ve got a Hall of Fame guy that doesn’t dress, man, it’s a slap in the face,” right tackle Morgan Moses said Monday in an interview with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.“The older guys on the offensive line have to speak up and say: ‘We need him.’ Obviously, you don’t put a Hall of Fame guy like that on the sideline, and when he’s healthy, as well. I think he brings a lot to the game. I think he brings a lot to our team. But to have that guy just standing on the sideline is just, it doesn’t sit well to guys on the team or the NFL. I think that’s something we need to correct cause he’s a hell of a football player.”More: 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2019 NFL seasonMore: NFL Week 1 winners, losers: Browns look sloppy against TitansMore: Sorting NFL Week 1’s best and worst debuts, from Kyler Murray to Adam GasePeterson is listed on Washington’s depth chart behind starter Derrius Guice as the team’s second-string back with Chris Thompson rounding out the roster as the third option. In Sunday’s 32-27 loss against Philadelphia, however, the running game was a non-factor with Guice and Thompson combining for 13 carries for 28 yards.After the Eagles stormed back to erase a 17-0 lead, Gruden and Washington faced criticism for its second-half strategy. The Redskins gained just 6 yards in the third quarter.Guice was making his NFL debut in his second season after he suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason of his rookie campaign. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday, however, that Guice could miss some time and is being evaluated for an injury in his other knee. “You know with Guice coming off the injury and him having his first action, a lot of us felt like Adrian should’ve been out there, even if it was just to spare Guice,” Moses said in the radio interview. “Cause, obviously, Chris Thompson is not a guy that you want to give the ball to in the A-gaps, in the B-gaps when (the Eagles) have got their big, heavy guys sitting in there. Chris Thompson is good at opening space and that’s what he does well.“We’ve just got to figure out what’s going on. I know I’m not the only person that feels that way, but we’ve got to correct some things.”Moses added that he “would be very surprised” if Peterson is inactive in Week 2’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.“He’s a first- and second-down back,” Gruden said of Peterson after Sunday’s game. “So is Derrius. So, really, what do we have? About 20 first downs a game. Probably eight of those are passes, 12 of those might be runs, and Derrius can handle those 12. So if we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in an I-formation, then sure, I’ll get him up.”Gruden added that he expects the decision surrounding Peterson’s participation to be a “week-to-week” situation.Peterson, who is 34, had never been a healthy scratch at any other point in his career. In 12 seasons, he has carried the ball 2,825 times for 13,318 yards and 106 touchdowns.Follow Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide
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