The Washington Redskins' 29-27 win over the New York Giants Sunday came at a cost. How much of a price they'll pay for the various injuries remains unclear until, in some cases, the timelines firm up. For now, we gauge the impact based on the player, the depth chart and what coach Jay Gruden said of each Monday and the
6. CB Dashaun Phillips -- "And [Dashaun] Phillips has a hamstring strain." The secondary occupies 43% of this list so the cumulative aspect is notable. That Phillips has struggled in the slot -- lowest rated nickel package starter per Pro Football Focus -- and that rookie Kendall Fuller, who perhaps should have been active for a game by now, is ready to step in limits the downside of this particular matter.
“I think he finished really strong in training camp and I think he had a good preseason, I really do. He was right there, neck-and-neck with [Dashaun] Phillips and we played Phillips there to start the season with the idea to get Fuller a little bit more time to get ready with his body and his mental state of mind. I think he’s more than ready. He’s a bright, bright football player. He’s got great, natural ball skills and instincts and I think he’ll be ready to go.”
5. WR DeSean Jackson -- "DeSean Jackson aggravated his knee and ankle, came back and finished the game." Never underestimate the potential for issue when ever Ferrari takes on a pothole or emits odd noises. That Jackson returned is the headline -- though he only gained 12 of his 96 yards in the second half -- but we cannot forget he required a check up.
4. LG Shawn Lauvao and C Kory Lichtensteiger -- "Shawn Lauvao has a moderate ankle sprain, we’re going to evaluate him on a week-to-week basis. [Kory] Lichtensteiger has a moderate calf strain, again, week-to-week." Let's lump the two offensive linemen together because Spencer Long is the primary backup for both. Long replaced Lichtensteiger which forced Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams inside when Lauvao exited for the second half. That odd scenario could unfold again if the coaching staff decided they'd rather have Ty Nsekhe play alongside Williams at left tackle rather than Arie Kouandjio at left guard.
If they pick the former which moves a Pro Bowler to another position, that would say a lot about their overall lack of depth inside. Gruden suggested adding outside help ("We’ll probably have to bring in a center-type body... We’re looking at that right now."). There's some irony in facing Cleveland this coming week since the Browns signed C Austin Reiter off Washington's practice squad earlier this month. By the way, Josh LeRibeus remains available.
3. WR Josh Doctson -- "Doctson went out to pregame warmup and could not push off the way he wanted to, his Achilles was too sore, so we’ve just got to continue to treat him and figure out the roots of the problem and try to get it fixed." This situation deserves its own article. Still don't understand why the Redskins rushed their first round pick to play in the opener after only practiced a few days following an entire summer of not practicing or playing. That receiver is a position of strength makes the decision odder. Doctson stated throughout the month that he's playing through discomfort. Without knowing the exact medical report, I don't see why Doctson plays against Cleveland. If this is setback is a SETBACK, the second-guessing will be of the charts.
2. FS DeAngelo Hall -- “DeAngelo, torn ACL, has surgery – he’ll be out for the season." Ouch on many levels, especially leadership. Will Blackmon, 31, now takes over with an assist from Deshazor Everett. Like Hall, both are transitioning from corner to safety. Gruden noted Blackmon's ease of adjustment going back to Richmond. In the short-term, don't be surprised if he equals Hall on the field if not provides more production. Yet with more snaps comes more exposure. I won't be surprised if the 24-year-old Everett start pushing Blackmon for snaps somewhere around the Week 9 bye.
1. CB Bashaud Breeland -- "Breeland, he got an MRI, he has strained tendons in his ankle – he’ll be week to week." The good news, as Gruden admitted, is that the injury isn't a feared high ankle sprain or worse. That said, it also sounds like Breeland could miss a couple of games. Quinton Dunbar once again stepped in and made plays, but the pairing of Josh Norman and Breeland is the strength of the defense. The game plan must already compensate for the loss of Hall and possibly a rookie in the slot. Playing without Breeland, even against Cleveland's rookie QB Cody Kessler, cannot be minimized. The bigger issue is will he be ready to face Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford or Andy Dalton in the coming weeks.
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