Kevin Ross II
Week 2 of the injury report is highlighted by the Washington Redskins most dynamic offensive weapon, DeSean Jackson. Jackson was early exit in Sunday’s loss to Miami, as he partially tore his left hamstring. Head coach Jay Gruden took time to elaborate on what Jackson’s injury does to the team, “He’s one of our stars. You hate to lose a star especially with his speed. He has burning speed that gets downfield and scares safeties and corners to death.”
The timetable for Jackson has been set at 3-4 weeks, but the evidence leads to his return being unknown as hamstring injuries tend to vary greatly from person-to-person. Jackson being officially listed as “out” for Sunday’s game was no surprise. And it also may not be a surprise that tight end Jordan Reed found a way to sneak onto the injury report.
Reed seems to work hard to keep himself injured, and is listed as “Questionable” for Sunday with a quad. “It’s a muscle, so there’s always concern there. Jordan did some good things today so we have reason for hope,” said head coach Jay Gruden at Friday’s press conference. And this is becoming a career threatening trend for Reed, as week-to-week you can only “hope” that he sees the field come game time.
With Jackson being out indefinitely Reed morphs into the team’s most formidable weapon on offense. He’s the only pass catcher who can consistently win his individual battles whether that be on intermediate routes or down the field. Reed is also now the team’s most explosive receiver after making the catch, as he typically gives defenders hell in the open field. But all of this skill will be for naught if Reed is unable to shake off what was initially described during the week as a “minor little tweak” by the head coach.
Another notable injury includes starting safety Duke Ihenacho, who will miss the entire regular season, after injuring his wrist against the Dolphins. “Duke is going to have to have surgery on his wrist. It’s fracture/dislocation,” said Gruden. Ihenacho had a great offseason and was considered to be the team’s best defensive back next to cornerback Chris Culliver. Trenton Robinson will likely get the call and start against the Rams.
Fantasy Football Implications
With DeSean Jackson out, other pass catchers will have an opportunity to make a name for themselves. For daily fantasy football leagues, both Pierre Garcon and Ryan Grant may pay dividends. On FanDuel, Garcon is modestly priced at $5400 and Ryan Grant who will see significant playing time is priced at a pedestrian $4500. Garcon is now essentially Washington’s number one receiver and could see a plethora of targets this week against the Rams. Grant is a little bit more of a risk, but if he has a breakout game he will easily be the steal of the weak.
Washington Redskins Injury Report
CB DeAngelo Hall (Rib)
T Trent Williams (Ankle)
C Kory Lichtensteiger (Finger)
NT Terrance Knighton (Rib)
LB Jackson Jeffcoat (Thigh)
TE Jordan Reed (Quad)
T Tom Compton (Calf)
WR DeSean Jackson (Hamstring)
CB Justin Rogers (Foot)
LB Martrell Spaight (Concussion)
St. Louis Rams Injury Report
CB Trumaine Johnson (Concussion)
LB Daren Bates (Knee)
RB Tre Mason Thigh
RB Todd Gurley (Knee)
RB Chase Reynolds (Knee)
DE Eugene Sims (Knee)
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.