WATCH: Redskins RB Matt Jones exits with shoulder injury

The second-year running back suffered a sprained left shoulder in the first quarter. He spoke on his status after the game.

LANDOVER -- Running back Matt Jones, one of two starting skill players actually playing in the Washington Redskins' second preseason game, exited in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury.

Jones, who struggled with injuries during his rookie season, left the field slowly in the first quarter after a run. After a quick check by the training staff on the sideline, he headed to the locker room. The team announced Jones was set for an X-ray on his left shoulder.

He finished with 31 yards on seven carries.

Regardless of the injury's severity, this scenario exposes a major fear with the current roster construction. Chris Thompson took over initially in the backfield, but his limited size doesn't allow for bell cow work. Robert KelleyKeith Marshall and Mack Brown are inexperienced runners battling for possibly one roster spot. 

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Jones wore a sling on his left arm following the game. He used his right arm and hand to deal with some basics needs, like rubbing his left foot and pulling his T-shirt over his left shoulder. The time frame for his return is unclear. Jones spoke about the injury in the above video.

If Jones is out for any amount of time or simply scares the organization into thinking about what happens if he does suffer a major injury, the team might look to add a veteran option sooner than later. Considering Jones' injury history, it's rather bizarre the team hasn't made a move by now regardless of the appeal that comes with not having to pay a guaranteed contract to a veteran if they wait until Week 2 of the regular season. The young kids are interesting, but that's not the same as being the main starter early in an NFL season.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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