February 22, 2020

Washington Redskins: Injury Updates entering Bye Week

Before heading into the bye week, head coach Jay Gruden took the time to address the Washington Redskins lengthy injury report.

{Photo by: @Redskins)

{Photo by: @Redskins)

As reported yesterday, Ryan Kerrigan broke a bone in his hand sidelining him for all of the second half. Today the pass rusher had surgery on his third metacarpal bone and he will see the surgeon next week to determine whether or not there is a chance for him to play against the Patriots. Although this would seem to be a major blow to the Redskins defense, the fact that there is a chance Kerrigan will not miss any playing time is a positive. Gruden confirmed that Kerrigan would play with a cast or other kind of protection when he returns, which could hinder a defenders ability to grab on the pass rush.

After Kerrigan, Bashaud Breeland might be the next best Redskins defender that played yesterday. Now like Kerrigan there is a concern for Breeland’s availability against the Patriots because of a hamstring injury that he sustained while making the game-saving tackle on Doug Martin with four minutes to go in the game. Gruden put it as “there’s concern” as the team will monitor the sophomore corner day to day but “like all hamstring I’m not sure how long he’ll be out”. You may know that a hamstring injury is the culprit for DeSean Jackson missing the past six games after playing just a handful of snaps in the opener against Miami.

Perry Riley has a bruised lower leg strain and Keenan Robinson has a “slightly” fractured rib and oblique strain, but Gruden thinks both will be ok. The head coach also explained that there were no setbacks in the concussion protocol for either Jordan Reed and Trent Williams.

With regards to those who are still sidelined such as DeSean Jackson, Chris Culliver, and DeAngelo Hall, Gruden hopes that after treatment this week that the team can “get them ready for practice next week”. All four starters would be a huge lift to both sides of the ball for Washington.

Gruden said starting center Kory Lichtensteiger is getting stronger and closer to returning. Similarly to the rest the hope is for the veteran linemen to take part in practice next Wednesday, which Gruden thinks there is a “good chance” of that. At the moment Gruden put Lichtensteiger’s health at 60%.

All teams go through injury bugs, but the Washington Redskins are hoping to finally come out of there nightmare of lost starters before taking on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.


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