LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Redskins entered Sunday’s recreation towards the Dallas Cowboys with a excessive variety of accidents.
After which it bought worse.
Earlier than the sport, three beginning offensive linemen have been dominated out together with a beginning cornerback. Then, within the first half of the 33-19 loss, the Redskins misplaced tight ends Niles Paul with a concussion and Jordan Reed with a hamstring harm.
It did not finish there.
Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, the workforce’s simplest inside pbad-rusher, fractured his hand. Defensive backs Stefan McClure and Montae Nicholson left with hamstring and shoulder accidents, respectively. Lastly, beginning left guard Shawn Lauvao departed with a stinger, and backup sort out T.J. Clemmings, who was pressured right into a beginning function with Trent Williams injured, left with an ankle harm.
With gamers dropping like flies, the Redskins did properly to hold with the Cowboys for so long as they did. They might not be as lucky going ahead.
By recreation’s finish, the Redskins’ offensive line included a rookie undrafted free agent taking snaps at left sort out for the primary time as a professional (Tyler Catalina), a left guard signed Saturday (Arie Kouandjio), a rookie heart (Chase Roullier) and a proper guard who was signed earlier within the week (Tony Bergstrom).
Washington already was with out its prime backup sort out, Ty Nsekhe, due to a core muscle harm. He was joined on the sideline by Williams, heart Spencer Lengthy (knees/quads) and proper guard Brandon Scherff (knee).
“It makes me sick to my abdomen,” Lengthy mentioned of all of the accidents.
Of the Redskins’ prime six linemen, just one, proper sort out Morgan Moses, was on the sector at recreation’s finish. He, too, is coping with two sprained ankles.
“I do not know the way you could possibly have extra accidents on the offensive line. I actually do not,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden mentioned. “It is mind-boggling.”
Williams mentioned he’ll meet with medical doctors Monday to find out if he can return this week. In some unspecified time in the future, he’ll seemingly want surgical procedure to restore ligament injury in his knee.
Beginning cornerback Bashaud Breeland could not play after tweaking his knee in observe Friday and mentioned he seemingly will get an MRI on Monday. Gruden wasn’t certain after the sport if Ioannidis will be capable of play at Seattle subsequent Sunday.
The Redskins misplaced beginning nostril sort out Phil Taylor simply earlier than the season. Rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen was positioned on injured reserve two weeks in the past.
“You actually cannot make this up,” Williams mentioned. “That is one thing that I’ve by no means in my life, taking part in soccer — seen an harm bug chew a workforce prefer it’s bitten us.”
Gruden mentioned shedding two tight ends within the first half impacted his playcalling. He wished to make use of extra two- and three-tight-end units however had solely Vernon Davis obtainable. The Redskins’ longest move play within the first half, a 41-yard acquire to Jamison Crowder, got here out of a two-tight-end set. That play was now not obtainable to run after the accidents.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins mentioned all of the accidents on the road — and, extra precisely, all the brand new gamers pressured into motion — prevented the workforce from going deeper into the playbook and from utilizing sure audibles.
“That is the place it will get powerful,” Cousins mentioned.