Redskins Injuries: Zach Brown likely out for season finale vs. Giants
Zach Brown has been one of the best players on the Redskins defense this year. It’s expected that he will miss the season finale, his third straight game as he deals with a few injuries.
Zach Brown was definitely the best free agent acquisition that the Redskins acquired during the 2017 offseason. Signed to a one year deal late in the free agent period, Brown has been a three down starter and a great tackler for the Redskins defense. His strong fundamentals have been on display every week he played, and that’s what helped him to be the NFL’s leading tackler (127 stops) through 13 weeks of the season.
However, over the course of the past two weeks, Brown hasn’t been able to see the field. He has been dealing with knee and Achilles injuries that kept him out of the lineup. Heading into the season finale, it appears that he will be out once again.
According to NBC Sports Washington’s Rich Tandler, Jay Gruden confirmed that Brown would miss the season finale. This marks his third straight absence but considering that the game is meaningless, being without Brown won’t be too big of a deal.
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At this point in the season, the Redskins are just looking to see if they can bring their record up to .500 in the final game. They have no playoff hopes and at this point, they are just jockeying for draft position. While being without Brown will hurt their chances of winning, the result of this game is inconsequential. Thus, being without him doesn’t matter.
In Brown’s stead, the Redskins will likely continue to start Martrell Spaight and Zach Vigil at the linebacker position. In particular, Vigil has looked very good over the course of the past couple of weeks, and it appears that he might be able to win a backup job with the team moving forward. Meanwhile, Spaight has been solid but unspectacular in extended action. Getting some extra tape on him will be good news, as the team wants to know what they have in him.
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At the end of the day, Brown’s absence will allow the Redskins to further evaluate their young linebackers and choose some future backups. Spaight, Vigil, and Josh Harvey-Clemons all have upside, so seeing them in action will definitely help the team to further evaluate their team. That’s all that they can ask for in the final week of the season.