Redskins Breakdown: Consistency is the difference in close loss
By Ian Cummings
This week, the injury bug bit the Redskins again. And it took plenty of victims.
The Redskins gave a good effort for all four quarters, but the amount of injuries the team suffered drastically hindered their chances at a win. Players were going down left and right, and that lack of sturdiness cost them in the long run.
The biggest injury, by far, is that of Josh Norman. The All-Pro cornerback reportedly fractured his ribs late in the first half, and he has been ruled out for at least a week or two. Norman’s absence was felt in the worst way for the the rest of the game, and more injuries at that position soon followed, as Kendall Fuller and Quinton Dunbar both hit the turf on separate occasions.
Elsewhere on the defense, Zach Brown and Montae Nicholson both missed time with minor physical ailments, but their losses each made the Redskins thinner, and the team could keep up only for so long against the electric Chiefs’ offense. Injuries may have cost this team the win, and while no one likes to lose, it’s good to know that, if healthy, the Redskins can compete with the best of them.
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Most of the injuries seen this week should be resolved by the time the Redskins square off against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. Josh Norman’s is the only report to draw concern, although Robert Kelley was also unable to return to the game after tweaking his ankle. Trent Williams returned to the game on the next drive after suffering a minor non-contact injury. He remained for the rest of the game, and he’ll have plenty of time to get back to one hundred percent as the bye week moves along.
The bye week comes at an opportune time for the Redskins. Hampered by injuries in Week 4, the team can focus on slowly and safely recovering, while also having plenty of time to prepare for the 0-4 San Francisco 49ers. When healthy, this team can be one of the best. And even when injured, their depth players showed they will fight to the bitter end.