The Redskins have signed G Luke Bowanko, G John Cooper and T Austin Howard to bolster the battered offensive line. The offensive line took serious hits with injuries in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. To make room for the new signees, the Redskins placed G Shawn Lauvao, WR Paul Richardson Jr. and G Brandon Scherff onto Injured Reserve.
As if the 38-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcon wasn’t humbling enough, the injuries that mounted int hat game threaten the remainder of what was a promising season for the Washington Redskins. Remember the promise of last season? Then it was decimated by injuries. Well, are we about to go through round two.
The devastating injuries for the Washington Redskins is on their offensive line. The starting offensive line was one of the top five lines in the NFL. It helped power a resurrection for RB Adrian Peterson’s career. Now, the injuries loom large on the remainder of the season.
The Redskins lost two of their interior offensive lineman yesterday. The first one is absolutely huge, as they lost Pro Bowl RG Brandon Scherff. Scherff suffered a torn pec muscle and will need surgery. Scherff is an absolutely devastating loss on the front line. Ad if that was not enough, the Redskins also lost LG Shaun Lauvao to a season ending injury, a torn ACL. Lauvao has a significant injury history in his career, but his absence will be felt more so because of the other losses. The Redskins will work this week on patching together some sort of offensive line framework. That will likely not include Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams for a few weeks, as he continues to recover from a finger injury.
Now, that is not it. The Redskins also lost WR Paul Richardson for the season. Richardson has a shoulder and knee injury and will have season ending surgery. The free agent acquisition was suppose to provide Washington the down field threat they missed last season. After signing a five-year deal in Washington, Richardson’s season ended with 20 catches for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Washington’s success this season has come from dominating play upfront on both sides of the football. The Redskins offensive line easily had the reputation as one of the best in the NFL. You have to wonder if the decimation to the interior of the line could completely dismantle the Redskins hopes for a division title and playoff appearance.