Will Compton injures Lisfranc, candidate for Injured Reserve
The injuries keep piling up for the Washington Redskins. Will Compton is likely to miss time with a Lisfranc injury, and he may hit Injured Reserve depending on the severity.
Just when things were starting to look brighter for the Washington Redskins, the injuries started to pile up again. After their Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the team found out that a couple of their starter are likely to miss extended time. Rob Kelley was the first to fall, and he suffered ankle and knee injuries that will keep him out for a few weeks. Later on Monday, it was confirmed that Will Compton would likely miss time.
Compton, the linebacker who took over Mason Foster‘s starting role after Foster had shoulder surgery, suffered a Lisfranc injury in the loss to the Vikings. Compton had been the starter for the Redskins in 2016, but he was replaced by Zach Brown during the offseason. That move has greatly helped the team’s defense, but Compton did a lot well in place of Foster.
Compton’s pass coverage ability was on display against the Seahawks, and he managed a season high seven tackles and notched a pick. It looked like that he, next to the great tackler Brown, would be a solid fit. But now, there’s a chance he may be done for the season.
Per Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com, Jay Gruden and the Redskins coaches are still evaluating what course of action to take with Kelley and Compton. On Monday, he said the following about the health of the duo at a press conference.
"It’s going to be a few weeks, we just have to figure out how many [and] If they’re IR candidates or not. That’s what we’ll have to determine here in the next couple days."
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We already discussed Rob Kelley’s injury and how Samaje Perine is in line for a bigger role earlier in the day.. If Compton does miss time, then the next man up will logically be Martrell Spaight.
Spaight, a third year player out of Arkansas, actually made one start this season for the Redskins when they took on the Raiders. At the time, he was filling in for Foster and he looked generally solid. In the past, Spaight had struggled when asked to call the defense but in Greg Manusky’s defense, he has looked just fine. He seems likely to play just as well as Compton, if not better.
However, once again, the issue with the Redskins is depth. If Compton is out for an extended period of time, then they will have only one backup linebacker. That would be rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons, who is a converted safety. Harvey-Clemons has upside, but it’s unclear whether or not he would be ready to actually handle duties at the inside linebacker position. This would be a time where having a player like Su’a Cravens could be nice, but alas, he is not with the team.
The Redskins should probably look to add another linebacker soon. Lisfranc injuries are tricky, as seen with Jonathan Allen‘s injury from earlier in the year, so Compton can’t be relied upon. The team could elect to bring back a guy from the preseason squad like Nico Marley to join the roster, or they could try to add a veteran to the team.
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No matter what, Compton’s loss will hurt the Redskins. He is a great leader and without him, the Redskins don’t have a lot of depth. It will be interesting to see what roster moves the team makes in the coming weeks to help patch the injuries they have suffered.