Left tackle Trent Williams, arguably the most indispensable player on the Redskins roster, has been ruled out of Washington's Week 6 road matchup against the New York Jets. Making matters worse, he'll have notable company on the sideline.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden revealed Friday that the Pro Bowl tackle entered the NFL's concussion protocal program. The team previously announced Williams missed practices with a spine injury. Following Sunday's loss at Atlanta, a team spokesman initially told reporters that Williams suffered a concussion, but quickly changed the diagnosis to illness.
Other starters out Sunday include cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), center Kory Lichtensteiger, tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe). Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and running back Matt Jones (toe) are questionable.
Credit the Redskins offensive line for better than expected play for most of this season, especially the first two games when the running game ranked No. 1 in the league. Production dipped when left guard Shawn Lauvao suffered a season-ending injury against the Giants in Week 3. Now the Redskins will play without three starters and do so against the No. 1 ranked defense in the league.
Washington largely survived without Culliver last week despite facing Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones. The Jets have a strong wide receiver combination with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.