McCoy has missed the past two games with a nagging hamstring injury, while Watkins hasn't played since straining his calf against the Dolphins in Week 3. After taking snaps with the starters, McCoy worked with position coach Anthony Lynn while wearing a resistance band wrapped around his waist. Dunne noted that Shady was "doing everything" during the media portion of practice with rookie back Karlos Williams still shelved with a concussion.
As for Taylor, we're suspicious of his availability against the Bengals after a source told NFL Media on Tuesday that the upstart passer suffered an MCL injury last week and will be kept out of Sunday's game. That could change, but it's possible Ryan is hoping to keep the Bengals guessing right up until kickoff.
"I definitely should be out there Sunday whether I'm hurt or not," Watkins said.
If Taylor can't go, the return of McCoy and Watkins would still serve as a major boost for an attack that hasn't been at full strength at any point this season.
Other injuries we're tracking on this top-shelf Wednesday:
- NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory (high-ankle sprain) is expected to return following the team's Week 6 bye, according to a source informed of the injury. NFL Network's Desmond Purnell reported Dez Bryant (foot) didn't practice, but has showed improvement in his rehabilitation.
- Redskins coach Jay Gruden said DeSean Jackson (hamstring) needs to be 100 percent before he can return. "It's getting closer, he ran some deep balls (on Wednesday)," Gruden said. Jackson has yet to turn on "absolute gas." If Jackson does not return this weekend, Gruden expects the receiver to be back for the team's Week 7 versus the Buccaneers.
- The Raiders fear defensive end Justin Tuck has a torn pectoral muscle, a source informed of the player's situation told Rapoport. Tuck is still undergoing tests, but he will miss games and there's a chance he could be done for the season, Rapoport added. Coach Jack Del Rio told reporters Wednesday that the results of Tuck's MRI were "not good." He did not elaborate on the nature of the injury.