SANTA CLARA, Calif. (CBSDC) — The Redskins have faced their share of injuries this season. They have lost a starting outside linebacker and cornerback. But they had not endured a day like this one.
In a 17-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, one player after another crumpled to the turf. Cornerback David Amerson was suspended for violating a team rule. That left Washington with just four corners.
By the end of the day, E.J. Biggers had left with a concussion, veteran Tracy Porter was gone with a shoulder separation and even Greg Ducre – a rookie signed to the practice squad in October – was fighting cramps. There was no one left. Safety Brandon Meriweather was forced to play corner late in the game. Fellow safety Ryan Clark sustained a stinger after delivering a big hit late in the game before returning.
“We were all over the joint and those guys played the course,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
But while some of those injuries were relatively minor, special teams captain Adam Hayward is done for the season after suffering a tibia plateau fracture in his right knee. That came on a fluke play covering a punt when Hayward jumped to catch a bouncing ball and landed awkwardly. He left under his own power, but the damage was done.
Porter needs an MRI on Monday to check his AC joint. Porter has appeared in just three games this season because of various injuries that began with a hamstring strain during training camp. When he left the game, Ducre was pressed into action.
The undrafted rookie from the University of Washington actually intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass at 9:13 of the third quarter. The Redskins needed their reserves to come through and those players helped the defense hold San Francisco to 312 yards of offense and 17 points.
“I had no doubt about the guys that came in. Every team says they have a ‘next man up’ mentality we know they can hold their own. You see when Greg got in, they’re gonna try him deep. But we know what type of guy he [is]. He held his own and got his first career interception. You can’t be more proud of a guy than that.”
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