The Washington Redskins are going to be without a couple of key players in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, as Derrius Guice and Ryan Kerrigan will miss the game.
For the most part this season, the Washington Redskins have been able to avoid disastrous injuries to top players. While they have 17 players on injury lists (including the PUP and NFI lists), a lot of the players that have suffered in-season injury are just depth pieces.
In all, only two starters are on IR in Jordan Reed and Reuben Foster, while Trent Williams is on the NFI list after refusing to play for the team to start the season and then dealing with helmet issues upon his return.
But ahead of Week 15, it looks like the team will be without two key players on each side of the ball.
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At Monday’s press conference, Redskins coach Bill Callahan confirmed that Derrius Guice (knee) and Ryan Kerrigan (calf) will both be out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Both could also be sidelined longer.
Guice is dealing with a knee injury that he had suffered in Sunday’s game against the Packers after being hit low in an awkward fashion. It is believed that he has an MCL sprain, but he is having an MRI on Monday to clear up exactly what the issue will be.
With Guice out, Adrian Peterson will continue to serve as the lead back with the now-healthy Chris Thompson mixing in as a pass-catching option. Wendell Smallwood would be the third stringer and may play sparingly as a part of the backfield rotation as he did after Guice exited last week’s contest.
As for Kerrigan, this will only be the second game of his career that he has missed. Both have come in the past two seasons after he started 139 consecutive games to begin his Redskins career.
In place of Kerrigan, Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson will get extra work while Nate Orchard and Chris Odom will serve as the backups. The latter two performed well against the Panthers as top backups, so it will be interesting to see them fight for spots on the team moving forward.
These injuries aren’t good news for the Redskins, but at 3-10, their record down the stretch doesn’t matter. So long as they are able to stay competitive and see growth from their young talent, they’ll be fine. Hopefully, they don’t suffer any major injuries down the stretch as they start looking ahead to the 2020 campaign.