Week 17 Injury Report: Why Tyler Polumbus Should Not Start, Even If Healthy
By Kevin Ross
The last injury report of the regular season is evidence to what we already know: Every player has some type of injury that they’ll have to play through. The Washington Redskins listed a whopping 13 players on this week’s injury report; including Robert Griffin III who fully participated in practice this week.
Griffin is listed as “probable” to play as he continues to rehab his injured knee. Coach Shanahan was asked to elaborate on the health and progress of Robert Griffin’s injury. Coach Shanahan being his usual self offered a bit of humor in his response. “I think Robert feels good – you’ll have to ask him obviously for sure, but since you don’t talk to him until after the game, I guess that would be kind of tough, right? But right now, he looked good today in practice. There has been no setback. I think he gets better and better and more comfortable using the brace. Like I said last week, some of the quarterback keeps and some of the scrambles, you could see that it was pretty impressive last week for him to make some of those moves outside the pocket. But it has improved another week and there should be no setback for him.”
Out of the 13 players listed on the injury report, 11 of them are “probable” to play. The only two Redskins that are “questionable” for Sunday’s competition are: (RT) Tyler Polumbus who is still dealing with a concussion and (S) DeJon Gomes who is battling a knee injury. Gomes will be missed if he cannot play, but the bigger focus is on right tackle Tyler Polumbus.
Polumbus has been a part of what has surprisingly become one of the league’s better offensive lines. But the truth of the matter is this: Polumbus has been by far, the weakest link on the offensive line. On Sunday’s Polumbus is traditionally knocked off of his spot and is bull-rushed into the quarterback. When RG3 is forced to scramble it can usually be attributed to the insufficiencies of Tyler Polumbus.
Make no mistake about it, the Redskins will attempt to acquire a new right tackle in the offseason, if one is not already acquired early in the draft. With this being said, the best move for the Redskins would be to start Maurice Hurt, who, against Philadelphia last week, performed better than Polumbus has all season.
Starting Hurt would give the Redskins the opportunity to evaluate him as the potential starter, while also bolstering the play of the offensive line. Coach Shanahan spoke about just how well Maurice Hurt played at Philadelphia, “I’ll be honest with you, I thought Maurice Hurt played great. To ask a guy to come in that hasn’t played that position in the National Football League and to play at that level against some pretty good players, I was impressed with him both in the running game and the passing game. So hopefully that helped him and he’s ready to go if called upon this Sunday.”
If the Redskins can upgrade their offensive line at this point of the season, it’s a no brainer to start Maurice Hurt.
The Washington Redskins Injury Report
Questionable: (S) DeJon Gomes – Knee; (T) Tyler Polumbus – Head
Probable: (LB) Lorenzo Alexander – Shoulder; (DE) Stephen Bowen – Biceps; (WR) Dezmon Briscoe – Not Injury Related; (LB) London Fletcher – Ankle; (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (QB) Robert Griffin III – Knee; (LB) Ryan Kerrigan – Ankle; (C) Will Montgomery – Knee; (WR) Joshua Morgan – Hand; (T) Trent Williams – Thigh; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.