Redskins fans might be terrified every time the Falcons are set to return a kick regardless, but fears can diminish a but knowing Devin Hester won't be on the field.
The Falcons placed Hester, one of the top returners in NFL history, on injured reserve-designed to return on Tuesday. He's battled a "nasty turf toe injury" this season, according to Orlando Ledbetter with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“We have decided to place Devin on short-term IR,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We have been trying to treat his toe injury the best we could, and he has been doing everything in his power to get back on the field, but at this point we think this is the best plan of action. We are confident this time will let Devin get healthy and be a big contributor to this team once he is back on the field.”
Hester will not be eligible to return to the active/inactive list until Week 13.
Punt retuners are averaging an NFL-best 29.8 yards per return against the Redskins this season. Miami's Jarvis Landry scored the go-ahead touchdown off a punt return in Washington's Week 1 loss. Philadelphia's Darren Sproles returned his lone attempt Sunday 45 yards.
Only four of punter Tress Way's 15 punts have been returned this season.
Eric Weems is averaging 11.5 yards on five punt returns this season and 22.0 yards on kickoffs.
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