RICHMOND — The Redskins have lost inside linebacker Steven Daniels for the season.
Daniels sustained a torn labrum and will have surgery on his shoulder Monday. A seventh-round pick in Washington’s 2016 draft class out of Boston College, he led one of the country’s top defenses last fall.
Daniels was “a little banged up” as Jay Gruden put it on Thursday and didn’t practice. He was on the field Friday in a jersey watching from the sidelines, but not participating.
“It’s extremely frustrating because I’ve never missed a football season before,” Daniels said. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to play in the NFL and be on a team at all, and to not get that is definitely discouraging. I’ve just got to stay positive and keep working.”
Washington had a similar circumstance with a late-round draft pick last summer. Tevin Mitchel, a sixth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2015, also tore the labrum in his right shoulder. He was placed on waivers and the Redskins were shocked and furious when the Indianapolis Colts claimed him.
It was a risk – but one that usually doesn’t involve the team losing a relatively low draft pick. The Colts placed Mitchel on injured reserve on Aug. 31, 2015 and he missed the entire season. But now they have a young defensive prospect in their training camp this season. That could happen again with Daniels, though it’s not expected.
“Yeah, it’s a concern, but this time I think we need to get it done now for him,” Gruden said. “That was just such an oddity and it hardly ever happens. I don’t think it’ll happen again.”
Meanwhile, wide receiver Jamison Crowder missed practice with a slight hamstring strain. Gruden was hopeful that with a day off Saturday, Crowder would be ready to go again on Sunday.
Left tackle Trent Williams also received one more day of rest for a sore knee and is also expected back Sunday. Tight end Jordan Reed missed practice with a “slight sprained thumb” but Gruden said he could have practiced on Friday, but the Redskins decided to hold him out.
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