Commanders News: Sam Howell, Jonathan Allen, Jeremy Reaves and power rankings

Looking closer at the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as preparations gather pace for their Week 6 game at the Atlanta Falcons?

The calls for change have been deafening among some sections of the Washington Commanders' fanbase after their dismal loss against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. But for Ron Rivera, his staff, and the players, looking back with regret is not an option as they look to get their campaign back on track this weekend at the Atlanta Falcons.

Until then, the stories causing debate include Jeremy Reaves' concerning status, putting pressure on quarterback Sam Howell, Jonathan Allen's confidence, and where the Commanders stand in ESPN's weekly power rankings.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders' concern for Jeremy Reaves

The Washington Commanders made the expected move of placing starting safety Darrick Forrest and All-Pro special teamer Jeremy Reaves on injured/reserve. But in the latter's case, the prognosis is much more concerning than many feared.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the perception is that Reaves will be out for the year thanks to a torn ACL. This is nothing short of disastrous for the player and Washington, especially considering he's out of contract in 2024 after getting tendered earlier this spring.

"Commanders DB Jeremy Reaves, a first-team All-Pro special teamer last year, suffered a partially torn ACL on Thursday and could miss the rest of the season, sources say. Reaves is gathering more medical opinions before making a decision on his immediate future."

Mike Garafolo via X/Twitter

Obviously, further developments will emerge once more tests are done. Until then, all fans can do is wish Reaves the best and hope he gets back onto the field sooner rather than later.