We’ve touched on this already, but the Washington Football Team‘s injury list for Week 6 is already long enough as it is.
They could ill-afford another key piece to go down with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs coming to FedEx Field on Sunday.
After Thursday’s injury report was released, all that was left was a final day of practice on Friday to get through unscathed.
Unfortunately for Washington — it feels like we’ve said that A LOT this season — the undisputed best player on their roster this season popped up on the injury report at quite literally the worst possible time.
We’re talking about Terry McLaurin. Yup. The doomsday scenario. The star wide receiver was listed as a DNP at Friday’s practice due to a hamstring injury and is officially questionable for Sunday.
Washington Football Team superstar Terry McLaurin is questionable for Sunday with a hamstring injury.
You really can’t be serious. McLaurin is the one player — the ONE player — that Washington can’t be without on Sunday. If the injury gods wanna take Brandon Scherff, Curtis Samuel, and Sam Cosmi away for Week 6, then so be it.
We still believe Washington could topple Kansas City without those studs. After all, when No. 17 is lining up out wide, you always have a chance. McLaurin is simply that good, and the national audience is finally starting to come to grips with that. If he’s not out there, though, this one could get ugly.
Think about it. The Chiefs are pissed off after they were humiliated at Arrowhead in Week 5. Couple that with Taylor Heinicke being down a slew of playmakers, including McLaurin, and you have all the ingredients of a blowout.
There’s obviously a chance that McLaurin suits up on Sunday. However, you have to figure he won’t be close to 100%. Hamstrings just don’t cooperate like that. Never have. Never will. We don’t make the rules.
If there’s a silver lining to be had here, McLaurin was withheld from practice out of an “abundance of caution,” per Ron Rivera. The 2019 third-round pick said he felt “tight and sore” after going through individual drills and installation.
The phrase “abundance of caution” suggests he’ll be out there, but that’ll hinge on how McLaurin’s hamstring responds. Is 24 hours enough time for him to recover? We’ll know soon enough. What we do know, however, is that Washington doesn’t stand a chance against KC if the 26-year-old is forced to sit out.
Through five games, McLaurin’s managed 29 receptions for 400 yards and three touchdowns. He has the most targets (49) of any receiver in the NFL that’s yet to record a drop this season, and has the most receptions (11) and touchdowns (3) on contested targets at the WR position.
Amazingly, those numbers don’t fully grasp how indispensable McLaurin is to Washington’s offense. All we can do now is cross our fingers and hope he’s cleared in time to play on Sunday.
The injury gods owe us one. Let’s see if they come through.