3 winners (and 1 loser) from Commanders 2024 rookie minicamp

It was a fascinating start to their NFL journeys.
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Loser No. 1

Johnny Newton - Commanders DL

For all the excitement over rookie minicamp, one notable negative emerged. This centered on second-round selection Johnny Newton, who isn't expected to be on the field anytime soon after suffering another injury setback.

The ferocious defensive tackle is dealing with a Jones fracture that prevented him from participating in on-field testing throughout his pre-draft assessments. Newton had a walking boot on the other foot as he watched from the sidelines during the team's rookie minicamp - something that caused concern and was explained in greater detail by head coach Dan Quinn when speaking to the media.

Quinn revealed via CBS Sports that the complication on his foot will require surgery in the coming days. There is no timetable set for his return, but the Washington Commanders would be wise to err on the side of caution to prevent any additional problems down the line.

"The foot that he had the procedure done is actually doing really well. So, he has an issue with the other foot. He'll get a procedure done in the next week and then get back started and get going with the process again. But, man, do we have high hopes for him. Like he is such a kick-ass competitor. So, in some ways when you have to get a procedure done, better to do it early, that this didn't happen in the end of August or in September where it sets you back. So, the fact that it's happening now, much better to get that organized first. I'm not giving any timelines for that. We'll get right into him getting the procedure and get started. Knowing him, this is one tough customer, so like it'll be likely slow down, than hurry up."

Fortunately for the Commanders, they have the luxury of building Newton up gradually. Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne represent a productive defensive tackle starting tandem to call upon immediately. Once the former Illinois star is 100 percent healthy, he can begin to accumulate reps.

It's not ideal. It could also be a reason why Newton slipped out of their first-round entirely and into the Commanders' laps at No. 36 overall. However, pressing the panic button would be foolish.