The Washington Football Team is starting to hit its stride offensively, but injuries may complicate the rest of the 2020 regular season.
It’s safe to say that the Washington Football Team‘s offensive line has at least performed better than expected in 2020. The steady constants — Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and Morgan Moses — have all been as reliable as advertised, and with Wes Martin having been benched, Wes Schweitzer has filled in admirably.
Additionally, Washington’s left tackle situation hasn’t been a complete disaster, although it has had some hiccups. Geron Christian entered the season as the team’s blindside blocker, and he started the team’s first six games. Christian has been out since the first Giants game, however, and now, his absence will extend further. Per a release from the team’s official Twitter account, the Washington Football Team has placed Christian on injured reserve.
Now that Christian has been placed on injured reserve, he will miss at least three more games, nearly half of Washington’s remaining seven-game slate. The earliest Washington would be able to get Christian back is Week 14, but he would have to return to practice and show noticeable progress before reverting off of injured reserve.
Ideally, the Washington Football Team would start veteran tackle Cornelius Lucas in Christian’s place; Lucas started the past three contests at left tackle, and actually fared rather well, but he left midway through Washington’s recent Lions loss with an ankle injury, and was a non-participant at the Wednesday practice session this week.
If Lucas can’t go either, then we may see a reiteration of the line we saw in the closing stages of the Detroit game: Washington rotated Morgan Moses from right tackle to left tackle, and then filed in third-string blocker David Sharpe on the other side. A noticeable drop in quality came with Sharpe’s arrival on the starting unit, however, so it’s possible that Washington could look for help, especially if Lucas’ absence also proves to be longer than expected.
Washington also has tackle David Steinmetz on their practice squad, whom they protected this week along with Steven Montez, Ross Pierschbacher, and Kaare Vedvik. If Lucas is inactive for Week 11, it’s likely that Steinmetz, a very good athlete with 6-foot-7 length, will be called up to the active roster, to serve as emergency depth.