During Thanksgiving Thursday’s shortened practice, Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver landed on his right knee, not his left in which he was sidelined four games with inflammation, and “tweaked” it according to Jay Gruden. The Washington Post’s Liz Clarke first reported the Redskins fear of a torn ACL for their prized free agent and now after the MRI was completed, Ian Rapoport reports that Culliver is done for the year with a torn MCL and ACL.
#Redskins CB Chris Culliver has torn his MCL and ACL, source said. His MRI was completed and he's out for the season. Horrible development
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 26, 2015
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said there is “always a level of concern” when a player goes down in practice, in a tone that was far from upbeat. Gruden wanted to wait and see until the team got the results of the MRI, which now clearly are not at all positive.
Culliver’s question for Sunday’s game against the Giants was already in question because of a shoulder injury that the Redskins were looking for a second opinion one, but now $32 million dollar man will finish his first year after playing just six games.
Culliver will finish the season with just 16 tackles and one pass deflection and no turnovers forced. Of course, Culliver was the center of a questionable personal foul call that negated a pick-6 score against the Panthers last week. When healthy early in the season, his cover skills were without question. However, more recently it looks as if a banged up Chris Culliver could not keep up with receivers in coverage.
Washington is no stranger to the injury bug as DeAngelo Hall has missed five games this year with a toe injury. Now it will be up to the likes of Hall and Bashaud Breeland along with newcomers Will Blackmon and rookie Kyshoen Jarrett to make up for the loss of a former Pro Bowler.
Culliver was probably expected to matchup against the young receiving phenom in Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday, but that responsibility will likely be passed to Breeland.
In a season that has been filled with injuries to starters, Junior Galette, Duke Ihenacho, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Niles Paul, Culliver is another casualty to be placed on injured reserve.