The Redskins were already decimated by injuries, and that’s showing no signs of letting up heading into Week 9.
Washington entered Sunday’s game against Dallas without three of its starters on the offensive line, had to start rookie Chase Roullier at center, and signed Arie Kouandjio and Orlando Franklin as last-minute reserves. They left the game missing four starters, after Shawn Lauvao suffered a stinger.
Jay Gruden may have to cancel another practice this week, as he did last week, due entirely to a lack of warm bodies as his team readies for its road trip to Seattle (5-2).
Coming off consecutive losses to divisional opponents (Eagles, Cowboys), the Redskins (3-4) are snake-bitten with incredible bad luck heading into the toughest stretch of their schedule. After Seattle, the Redskins have the Vikings (6-2) and Saints (5-2).
Suddenly, that nightmare scenario — which could involve five straight losses — doesn’t seem all that unrealistic.
Here’s Gruden’s Monday injury report, which is somewhat remarkable considering 13 names are listed:
DT Matt Ioannidis (broken hand)
TE Niles Paul (concussion protocol)
S Stefan McClure (hamstring)
TE Jordan Reed (hamstring)
OL Shawn Lauvao (stinger, decreased arm strength)
OL T.J. Clemmings (ankle)
CB Bashaud Breeland (knee, groin)
WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring, lower-leg contusion)
DB Montae Nicholson (stinger, AC joint aggravation)
OL Spencer Long (knees)
OL Ty Nsekhe (core muscle)
OL Brandon Scherff (knee, back)
OL Trent Williams (knee)
Morgan Moses, not mentioned in Gruden’s report, is also nursing two dinged-up ankles.
106.7 The Fan’s Craig Hoffman added some key injury notes.
Injuries are one thing, but the sheer volume of banged up players makes it a challenge for the Redskins to even field a team.
“The issue is we’ve got 13 guys that are questionable, and we only have seven guys that we can put inactive,” Gruden told reporters Monday. “That’s the major issue that we have right now, so we have to try to get six of those guys up, at least. Somehow.”