It’s deja vu all over again — the Washington Redskins have lost OLB Junior Galette to an Achilles Tendon tear that will sideline him the entire season. Galette reported the injury over the weekend and it has been confirmed.
I’m told #Redskins OLB Junior Galette has torn his Achilles and is out for the season.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) July 25, 2016
Yes, it’s basically the same injury that cost Galette the entire 2015 season, but this time on the other leg. So it’s pretty devastating.
Haven’t felt so good best shape of my life and this happens to me now Idk what else to so when does da rain stop pic.twitter.com/OEvHa6gDnV
— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) July 25, 2016
The Skins signed Galette just before the 2015 training camp after the New Orleans Saints cut him loose following a protracted dispute with the team over his leadership qualities and off the field issues, which included alleged domestic violence. Galette had been a star for the Saints, racking up 22 sacks in 2013 and 2014 combined. Washington GM Scot McCloughan signed Galette to a one-year deal for the NFL veteran minimum wage, but Galette tore his left Achilles tendon before he could even appear in a single preseason game.
Washington re-signed Galette this offseason to a one-year deal loaded with incentives, with both sides hoping Galette would have a huge year, improve Washington’s pass rush, and be able to cash in on the free agent market in 2017. However, that will now not happen.
Some Saints fans still bear no small animosity towards Galette, as this tweet demonstrates:
@JovaisG Best news I’ve heard all year!! Junior is out for the season!!! Who Dat!!! Lol
— Take Flight! Who Dat (@DatPels) July 25, 2016
The loss of Galette is potentially devastating, as he might have been the team’s top pass-rusher in 2016. The Skins must now fall back on Ryan Kerrigan [9.5 sacks in an injury-marred 2015] and hope for big improvements from OLB Preston Smith, who led all rookies with 8 sacks last season.
Washington’s full training camp begins on Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, but rookies report on Tuesday.