The Redskins are slowly getting healthier. But new injuries pop up every week, and old injuries still linger. Three offensive players have already been ruled out for Sunday.
The Redskins need as much help as they can get on Sunday to take down the New Orleans Saints. Not only do they need a better effort from their defense, but it’s also imperative that the offense starts to find its rhythm before the final stretch of the season. They may have trouble doing that on Sunday, however. Three starters have already been ruled out, per ESPN’s John Keim.
Jordan Reed‘s absence was to be expected. The oft-injured tight end was recovering from a hamstring injury, and he reportedly suffered a setback earlier in the week. It’s a frustrating development for a talented player who rarely sees the field to begin with, and it’s gotten so bad that the Redskins might want to consider dealing him away in the offseason.
Spencer Long‘s status was also expected, to an extent. He’s been on the road to recovery for weeks now, and although he played sparingly last week against the Vikings, it’s no surprise that the team will give him more time to rest. The surprising omission from the team’s lineup on Sunday is Terrelle Pryor. The embattled receiver was absent from practice earlier in the week, and now we know why.
Despite Pryor’s struggles so far this season, his presence will be missed. With Ryan Grant and Brian Quick both questionable, the Redskins only have three healthy receivers in Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris, and Jamison Crowder. It seems unlikely that they’d add another body, perhaps elevating Robert Davis from the practice squad. The team has no room for new players, and they’re already thin at other positions. The likely outcome of this ordeal will be Grant and Quick both playing Sunday at less than one hundred percent.
Still, it’s too early to rule out a roster move, and the Redskins have been on top of those lately. If a new wide receiver is brought onto the active roster, we’ll be sure to let you know here at Riggo’s Rag. This game is important, and the Redskins will want to put their strongest lineup out on the field. A win is possible, but injuries only make it harder.