For the second year in a row, the Washington Redskins’ season has become defined by injuries. Three starters will undergo season-ending surgeries, coach Jay Gruden said Monday, threatening to derail what had been a promising start.
Guards Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao and receiver Paul Richardson all are done for the season after Sunday’s 38-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Scherff tore his left pectoral muscle, and Lauvao tore his left ACL. The Redskins signed veteran tackle Austin Howard and guards Luke Bowanko and Jonathan Cooper as a result.nike nfl jerseys cheap china
“You can’t replace a guy like Brandon,” right tackle Morgan Moses said Sunday. “He’s the best guard in the NFL. … For us right now, it’s the next man up.”
Richardson has battled through a shoulder injury since training camp, then later hurt his knee. There had been previous weeks in which he considered shutting it down, but he continued playing until making this decision Monday.
The Redskins are 5-3 and in first place in the NFC East, but they’re also minus starting left tackle Trent Williams for at least another game and possibly three because of a dislocated right thumb. Gruden said he’s hopeful Williams will miss only two more games, but he admitted that was an optimistic viewpoint.china nike nfl jerseys cheap
Gruden said Washington will sign at least three offensive linemen and one of them might need to start Sunday at Tampa Bay. The only two original starters will be Moses at right tackle and center Chase Roullier. They can start veteran backup tackle Ty Nsekhe in place of Williams and Tony Bergstrom at left guard. They have undrafted rookie free agent Casey Dunn on the roster but are hoping to find someone with experience to possibly start at right guard.
The Redskins signed Richardson in the offseason to a five-year deal worth up to $40 million, wanting more speed at receiver. He had suffered a torn ACL in Seattle during a playoff game in 2015, but it was his shoulder that spoiled his first Redskins season. He hurt it early in training camp and eventually the bone started to become visible, almost poking through his skin. Richardson insisted on playing despite the issue, but it required having his shoulder numbed before games.