WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins came into Sunday without four key offensive linemen, a starting cornerback or inside linebacker. Things got much worse in the first half.
On the team’s first touchdown drive, tight end Niles Paul cleared the way for running back Rob Kelley but absorbed a mighty collision from Sean Lee in the process, which left him crumpled on the field. He eventually walked off the field with the team’s training staff, but is unlikely to return.
This immediately impacted special teams, goal line packages and the three-tight end sets that the offense has run in recent weeks. With Jeremy Sprinkle listed among the team’s inactives, only Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis remained.
At the start of the second quarter, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was shown on the sidelines receiving treatment for a groin injury. He was listed questionable but returned to the field, toughing through the pain.
He was effective while on the field:
Towards the end of the second quarter, starting tight end Reed was shown running a seam route and pulling up lame, holding his hamstring in the process.
This is a difficult injury to start with, potentially impacting a player’s explosiveness for weeks. But throwing in the wet field conditions and cooler weather at FedExField, and suddenly it becomes unlikely that he will return for the second half.
He is also listed as questionable.