Commanders News: Ron Rivera, Efe Obada, Terry McLaurin and Week 12

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Commanders lose Efe Obada

One of the biggest blows to emerge from Sunday's debacle against the New York Giants centered around Efe Obada. The much-loved defensive end suffered multiple fractures in his leg after colliding unfortunately with interior lineman Daron Payne, which Ron Rivera confirmed placed him on season-ending injured/reserve.

Ben Standig of The Athletic confirmed that Obada had surgery to repair the significant damage. A long period of rehabilitation awaits, so it remains to be seen whether or not he'll get a new deal from the Washington Commanders once his current contract expires in 2024.

Obada's story is a sensational one. Nigerian-born and once homeless, the popular pass-rusher fought his way into the NFL, first with the Carolina Panthers and stopping at the Buffalo Bills before reuniting with head coach Ron Rivera in Washington.

This is another dent to the Commanders' pass rush, which came to life in Week 11 against the Giants en route to nine sacks. Others need to shoulder the load - especially considering the team recently traded Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the deadline - but they did add to their ranks on Monday to fill the void left by Obada.

Washington confirmed it had signed Jalen Harris off the Chicago Bears practice squad. Just how much he'll be able to contribute is another matter.