August 23, 2010

Injuries Begin To Mount For Redskins

After two relatively quiet weeks on the Washington Redskins injury front, things took a turn for the worse in last night’s 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens as several players bit the dust including starting safety Kareem Moore.

Washington’s starters played the entire first half of a hard-hitting game and paid the price in full. Trent Williams hurt his forearm , Mike Sellars’ knee was heavily wrapped after the game, ditto for Donovan McNabb’s ankle. Also, Chris Wilson suffered a nasty gash after losing his helmet.

However, it was Moore who suffered the biggest setback as he sprained his right knee in the second quarter on a fake punt attempt by Baltimore. He is expected to miss six weeks, a serious blow to a secondary still learning a new defensive scheme.

Moore was considered by some to be the breakout performer of training camp and he had certainly embraced his role next to LaRon Landry as the last line of defense. His ball skills are among the best out of all the defensive backs on the team and the defense will miss his presence on the field.

Reed Doughty is expected to replace Moore.

Doughty is a smart, gritty player, but he lacks the range of Moore. Landry will have to pick up his game in order to make up for Moore’s absence, and if last night was any indicator, Landry appears to be developing quickly under Jim Haslett.

Landry notched eight tackles and was better than usual in coverage. He was connecting on all his tackle attempts and laid down the wood several times.

The ‘Skins need more of the same from him in the coming weeks because Saturday night, the injury bug bit Washington right where the sun don’t shine.

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