3 former Commanders players who might be done in the NFL

J.D. McKissic
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J.D. McKissic - Former Commanders RB

Considering the presence of Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson leading the Washington Commanders' backfield, there didn't seem much urgency for J.D. McKissic to get back from injury quicker than expected. But after the prognosis wasn't overly encouraging surrounding his neck complication, those in power had no option other than to cut the player with a failed physical designation.

This was a blow to McKissic, who is a useful performer when healthy and especially when it comes to the passing game. But the best ability is availability - something the Commanders could no longer rely upon ahead of a critical campaign for head coach Ron Rivera.

What this means for McKissic's future aspirations remains to be seen. Other teams will be wary until the former Arkansas State standout receives 100 percent clearance from doctors, which might not arrive at all when one factors everything into the equation.

McKissic has made $9.2 million throughout his career according to Spotrac, so the dual-threat weapon shouldn't need the money to continue playing. And nobody in any form of life can put a price on long-term health.

That's why McKissic needs to take things one day at a time. If things improve and the neck fully heals, then he has more than enough in his locker to get an opportunity elsewhere.

Considering the nature of this injury, anything less than 100 percent conviction isn't worth the risk. There are more important things in life.