The Washington Redskins' play-off opportunities were a heavy blow on Monday, with the news that they will not have three offensive starters for the remainder of the season. Coach Jay Gruden announced that right-wing guard Brandon Scherff, left-wing guard Shawn Lauvao, and broad receiver Paul Richardson will lose the rest of the year due to injury.
Scherff suffered a torn pectoral muscle and Lauvao a torn ACL in the 38-14 defeat on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Richardson struggled with a shoulder AC injury for much of the season, and the team decided to turn it off on Monday.
The injuries are a major setback for a team leading the game in the semi-finals of the NFC East on Sunday after suffering a bleeding injury.
An offense that has trouble scoring points is now in a particularly bad shape. Star Left Tackle Trent Williams missed the Atlanta game after a thumb surgery and is expected to have two or three more games.
"Of course that has a big impact," Gruden said. "Your two starting gardards go out in the same game, and you already play light left tackle, which makes it difficult. , , , This is something you do not want to go through, but it is professional football and you have to go through it. Fortunately, we have a very good offensive coach in Coach [Bill] Callahan, and we'll find out for it to work. "
The Redskins brought in six Offensive Offensive Officers for a workout on Monday and they signed the guards Luke Bowanko and Jonathan Cooper, who deal with Austin Howard this afternoon. Howard started 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season with the right tackle, Cooper was number 7 in the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, and in 2014 Bowanko was the sixth round of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Before the signing was announced, Gruden had said that one of the linemen who signed the team would probably have to start Sunday in a street game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Right Attack Morgan Moses injured the medial collateral ligament in his knee on Sunday, but he is referred to as commonplace.
The receiving corps staggers following the loss of Richardson, who signed a $ 40 million five-year free-agent agreement during the offseason. The Redskins were already without slot receivers Jamison Crowder, who had missed the last four games of the team with an ankle injury and is for the Buccaneers game no support. Pass-Catch Reward Chris Thompson has had a rib injury that could stop him against the Hawks.
Richardson will have surgery to repair the shoulder, and his recovery time is expected to be six to eight months.
"We recommend that he try to play for eight weeks," Gruden said. "But I think it's time to fix it."
Washington have to use their fourth start-offensive combination of the year against Tampa Bay. It ended on Sunday with the defeat of freshman Geron Christian, who prepared his NFL debut in left tackle, reserve Swing tackle Ty Nsekhe on left guard, Chase Roullier in the middle, Tony Bergstrom on right guard and Moses on right tackle. The Redskins were up to their last active offensive liners.
"We have some perspectives that we worked out this morning that could come here and immediately play with experience and help us," Gruden said. "We'll be asking a lot of them, whoever, or we have to get some people who are already here. , , , But we can not slow down. The train does not stop. "
Center Casey Dunn is the only remaining offensive lineman in the 53-man squad that was not active on Sunday. Duels with Timon Parris and Justin Evans. Veteran Arie Kouandjio will not return in 2018 after being in the reserve before the season.
The situation is reminiscent of 2017 when Williams, Lauvao and Moses ended the season in the injured reserve – out of a total of 23 players.
"They've learned from last year that it does not matter who's next to you, they just have to move on," Roullier said Monday. "You need to help the boys learn positions quickly, and just make sure they communicate out there. Make sure any new guy who could come in needs to help you with things. That's why communication is very important and the key to success out there. "
There are several challenges to blending the offensive line at this stage of the season. Any new signing or re-player requires extra time to become familiar with the responsibilities in the Redskins scheme, and it's important to get comfortable levels with new teammates.
"It's always a balance," said Roullier. "When new people come in, you have to teach them something. Coaches will teach them hard, probably additional discussions and all sorts of things. As other players we will help where we can. , , , We'll just go out and play with the five guys who want to drop them off in the field. "
The ground game has been the strength of the team's attack so far, but Adrian Peterson has to run back when he runs back.
"It's something you're not prepared to do, but if it does, you need to do it," Gruden said. "We have some young guys who are developing in-house and have very little experience with NFL that we want to develop for the future, but not for Sunday. If we have to play them, we play them. But let's take a look at some of these experienced guys, see how they are doing, how they look, how they look and how they are, and hopefully continue. "
In other injury news, Gruden said he hopes to get Crowder (ankle) back to training, but the broad receiver still has a lot of pain in running and cutting. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar is considered commonplace because he's still dealing with a lower leg nerve problem.
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