Washington Football DB Kendall Fuller out again vs. Cardinals
By Ian Cummings
“Kendall Fuller watch” will go on for at least another week, as the versatile defensive back has been ruled out for the Washington Football Team’s Week 2 contest.
The Washington Football Team signed Kendall Fuller to a four-year, $40 million contract back in March. Coming into the 2020 regular season, Fuller was expected to be a vital piece of the team’s defensive unit. But early on, he’s been unable to hit the field.
Fuller was first held out of the team’s home debut against the Philadelphia Eagles with a knee injury. Earlier this week, he was a full participant in practice for a couple days, but on Friday, he regressed back to “limited” status, and was categorized as questionable for Sunday’s Week 2 bout with the Arizona Cardinals.
Now, with the game less than three hours from now, ESPN’s John Keim has confirmed that Fuller will miss the Washington Football Team’s second game of the season. Keim noted that the hope is that Fuller can suit up in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns.
Fuller was one of our Week 2 players to watch earlier in the week, but that was when he was a full participant in practice, and expected to hit the field in Arizona. With him being on the sideline for another week, he won’t be able to make an impact, and the Washington Football Team’s secondary will lose a little bit of its depth and flexibility.
With that being said, Washington’s cornerback group performed admirably without Fuller in Week 1, albeit against an Eagles offense that was severely hindered by injuries on the offensive line. Jimmy Moreland and Fabian Moreau were particularly effective, both logging an interception and a pass deflection and not allowing a passer rating above 21.0. Moreau did not allow a completion on four targets.
Moreau and Moreland will get another chance to shine today, but they’ll be going up against a different type of receiving core. Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins don’t possess the game-breaking speed that Jalen Reagor and DeSean Jackson brought to the table, but both are at the top of their class in terms of physicality and reliability at the catch point. Washington’s secondary will have to fight to stay on top, and that won’t be easy, especially with Kyler Murray on the other side.
For now, Fuller will wait another Week to make his return as a member of the Washington Football Team, and the secondary will have to get by without him, relying on the pressure generated up front.