Commanders news: Jayden Daniels, Johnny Newton, schedule and transactions

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Johnny Newton's prognosis

For all the positives surrounding the Washington Commanders this offseason, there's one concern that cannot be ignored. This centers around the injury problems of second-round selection Johnny Newton, who faces another period of rehabilitation after suffering a second foot complication.

This is not the foot that prevented Newton from participating in pre-draft workouts. Dan Quinn stated that recovery from that Jones fracture is going well. This problem is on the other foot, which is a body blow to the player in pursuit of making an immediate impact next season.

According to Jordan Schultz from The Bleacher Report, Newton had successful surgery on his other foot and could be ready for Washington's season opener.

"Commanders 2nd-round pick Johnny Newton underwent successful surgery on his Jones fracture yesterday at HSS in New York City. The surgery was done by Dr. O’Malley. Washington is optimistic that Newton will make a full recovery before the regular season."

Everything seems to have gone according to plan, which is pleasing. Newton will now begin his rehabilitation in the hope he can be on the field in Week 1. However, the Commanders would be wise to err on the side of caution throughout the process.

Thanks to the presence of Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne as the team's starting defensive tackle tandem, the Commanders don't need to rush Newton back. They can take their time and only put him back onto the rotation when he's 100 percent healthy. This is a luxury most teams don't have with their high-end picks, which is something the staff must take advantage of.

It'll be frustrating for Newton, but keeping the bigger picture in mind is crucial. The Commanders don't need another Phidarian Mathis situation on their hands. They need to ensure the former Illinois standout is fit and firing on all cylinders before unleashing him on the rotation. Anything less is organizational malpractice.