The Washington Redskins are dealing with more injuries on their offensive line. This time, reserve tackle T.J. Clemmings will be hitting Injured Reserve with an ankle injury.
The Redskins have been plagued with some of the worst injury luck in the NFL this season. With 10 players already on Injured Reserve and Su’a Cravens on the left squad list, and many more injured on the active roster, the team has just been plagued with various injuries. That continued on Thursday afternoon when it was reported that the team would be without T.J. Clemmings for the rest of the season.
Per ESPN’s John Keim, Clemmings will be going on the IR after suffering an ankle injury. Clemmings, his first season with Washington, had been functioning as the team’s top backup tackle with Ty Nsekhe sidelined. Without him and with Nsekhe’s health still unclear, the Redskins are a bit thin at the tackle position.
As of right now, the Redskins only have three tackles on the roster. They are the aforementioned Nsekhe, left tackle Trent Williams, and right tackle Morgan Moses. Normally, that would be enough to get a team by. However, Nsekhe and Williams are both dealing with injuries at the moment, and it’s likely that Williams will need surgery at some point in the coming months. He may play the rest of the season, but he is far from full strength.
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Because of this, it appears that Washington is going to be bringing Tyler Catalina back into the fold. Catalina, an undrafted rookie out of Georgia, made the active roster at the start of the season but was recently waived. He has the versatility to play guard and tackle, but he hasn’t played well in limited action. However, that has to be expected of an undrafted rookie. He has developmental potential, so using him as the backup swing tackle could be beneficial to that development.
Also, Clemmings had been similarly ineffective during his playing time. A third year man, Clemmings was allowing a lot of pressure when on the field. Though he has more experience and athletic potential than Catalina, he hasn’t developed yet under Bill Callahan’s tutelage. It’s possible that he could improve in the future but right now, Catalina and Clemmings are about equal.
Overall, this doesn’t hurt the Redskins too much. They lose some experienced depth, but they have a player in the fold who can fill in if necessary. That’s all they can ask for at this point in the season. And if Nsekhe is fully healthy, then this loss in even less consequential.