Oliver racked up four combined tackles during Sunday's 38-14 win against the Redskins.
Oliver was exposed in the red zone by veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who completed a fade in the front left corner of the end zone to Josh Doctson shortly before the halftime whistle, providing Washington with its initial points of the afternoon. The rookie cornerback surrendered another long completion to Doctson in the third quarter (24-yard pass), but the play was walked back 15 yards following a taunting penalty. If Robert Alford (ankle) is once again unable to suit up in Week 10, Oliver will log his third career start against Cleveland's No. 23 passing attack (222.9 yards per game).
Oliver will start in place of Robert Alford (ankle) in Sunday's game at Washington, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alford was ruled out for Sunday -- breaking a string of 46 straight starts -- providing Oliver the opportunity for the second start of his career. The Redskins will be without running back Chris Thompson (ribs) and wide receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle), which could create an increased reliance on Adrian Peterson and the run game.
Oliver will make his first start since Week 4 if Alford is unable to suit up Sunday (though head coach Dan Quinn was unwilling to rule him following Thursday's practice). In that Week 4 shootout against Cincinnati, Oliver let his man A.J. Green slip past him for a last-second touchdown reception as the Bengals pulled out a 37-36 victory. Sunday's opponent, Washington isn't the most pass-heavy bunch (22nd in pass attempts with 32.6 per game), but veteran signal caller Alex Smith may put the ball up a couple more times to try and expose the inexperienced defensive back in coverage.
Oliver (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Olived has logged two full practices this week after being sidelined for the first two games of the regular season due to an ankle injury. The rookie second-rounder is trending in the right direction to make his NFL debut against the Saints on Sunday.
Oliver had been questionable in the lead-up to Sunday's divisional game after sitting out Week 1 with the same injury. For the time being, he should be considered questionable for the team's Week 3 tilt against the Saints. Oliver was limited at practice late last week, indicating that he's progressing through his recovery and could return any day now.
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