In a disappointing season, the Redskins have many excuses. One being the numerous injuries the team has had this season. Star players to linemen, every single one has hurt the team in a different way. Here is a look at key Redskins injuries thus far in the 2011 season:
Jarvis Jenkins: Even before the season started, the Redskins lost one of their best new players. During the pre-season, Jarvis Jenkins out of Clemson tore ligaments in his leg, tarnishing any hopes of his rookie season. The defensive lineman should be ready to run through offenses next year
Tim Hightower: Obviously the biggest loss for the team, Tim Hightower went down for good against the Carolina Panthers when his knee “buckled”. Hightower show great signs of improvement since his days in Arizona, and will be looking to join Roy Helu in the back field next year
Kory Lichtensteiger: A big loss for the Redskins, Kory went down in week 4 against the Eagles in what teammates called a “dirty play”. The line has deeply struggled since and is not the same. Lichtensteiger hopes to have his knee healed by 2012
LaRon Landry: Although he wasn’t out for the season, the reckless safety has missed significant playing time. Injuries on his knee and hamstring kept him out the first two games of the season, and still linger over him.
Chris Cooley: Losing a fan favorite always is a drag for a sports team. That is exactly what happened to tight end Chris Cooley. Cooley injured his hand in week 4 against the Eagles, when Nnamdi Asomugha crushed his helmet into the hand of the tight end. Cooley’s status for next year is uncertain, and with the emergence of Fred Davis, a trade may be in the Horizon
Leonard Hankerson: One of the saddest losses of the year, Leonard Hankerson had been waiting all season for his chance. He got that chance in against Miami, when he received for over 100 yards. Unfortunately, his day and season was cut short when he was taken out with a season ending hip injury. Hankerson will be ready for 2012, and the Redskins expect big things from him.
All of these injuries proved fatal in Washington, who sits at 4-9 in the NFC East. Luckily, all of the previously named players injuries will be healed by next season, and all will look to make contributions to a winning season.