Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with one day remaining until their road contest against the New York Jets?
For the final time this season, the Washington Commanders will hop on a plane and head on the road. Sunday's clash with the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium has all the makings of a mundane affair considering where the two teams stand currently. The respective fanbases are more concerned about their draft standing than winning the clash. However, that won't matter to players fighting for jobs with landmark changes on the immediate horizon.
Until then, the stories causing debate include Sam Howell getting another season, two key offensive linemen being ruled out in Week 16, Josh Harris looking to copycat one successful league model, and the Commanders going with a franchise quarterback in a recent 2020 redraft.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders OL duo ruled out
Not many anticipated running back Brian Robinson Jr. returning from injury at the New York Jets. The running back missed a good portion of practice this week. This led the Washington Commanders to rule out their best backfield weapon in pursuit of avoiding further complications to the hamstring issue he suffered against the Miami Dolphins.
The Commanders will also be without starting center Tyler Larsen and veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr. Something that gives Sam Howell a mountain to climb if Cornelius Lucas and Nick Gates cannot make a decent contribution versus the Jets' stout defensive front led by Quinnen Williams.
Aside from that, it's a relatively clean bill of health. Percy Butler is the only other Commanders' player carrying a designation into the game. He's questionable through illness.