​The Washington ​Redskins were able to beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 this past weekend despite playing without two of their top players in tackle Trent Williams, and receiver Desean Jackson. 

Williams is suspended, Jackson has a sore shoulder.

Jackson has game-breaking speed that completely changes how defenses play against the Redskins offense when he's in the lineup.

When asked if Gruden was starting to fear DJax's injury would linger his response was direct. 

“I wouldn’t say a fear. I mean, it’s a reality, I guess. I was happy the way the guys stepped up in his place, but we obviously would love to have DeSean back with his game-breaking speed," said Gruden. "But we have got to get him healthy first and he has to feel good about his shoulder and he has to have the strength back. An injured DeSean won’t do us much good. We’ve got to make sure he’s 100 percent and ready to roll.”

Gruden was then asked if he believed Jackson would be back in time for the Cowboys game on Thanksgiving. “I think this week’s in play for him, really. I do," Gruden said. "I think he got a shot last week and hopefully he’s going to get more range of motion, more treatment today and tomorrow. And we’ll see how he’s doing Wednesday.”