Washington Redskins' season could be over before it has even began as they lose yet another QB just two weeks ahead of the opening game of the season.
With the amount of protective clothing in American football you could be forgiven for thinking that injuries are something of a rarity, in truth the explosive nature of the game means that players spend more time on the sidelines than the TV cameras suggest.
One team who has been decimated by injuries in the last few months are the Washington Redskins, a trend which worryingly continued in their latest pre-season game, a 24-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Deputising for the already sidelined Robert Griffin III (RG III),who recovers from a career-threatening knee injury, replacement Quarterback, Kirk Cousins left the field in the second quarter with a foot injury after being tackled from behind as he tried to run out of bounds,
Initial reports have suggested that the injury is just a slight sprain, but if it were to be more severe than that would surely have a huge impact on the team when they host divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles on 9 September.
Confidence in the squad would be at a record low if they had to turn to veteran, NFL, QB Rex Grossman who replaced Cousins and even threw a touchdown pass, you see the Redskins were one of the most hotly tipped teams this year following their play-off defeat last season but without their brightest star and his replacement, big scores might be hard to come by.
In terms of the defence the Redskins will have no such worries ahead of the season which starts in two weeks’ time, as their D-line produced a dominant, error inducing display that led to several turnovers.
Roy Helu ran in a 30-yard TD for the Redskins and looked sharp throughout, the problem however, is that if you can’t get him the ball, then he can’t hurt the opposition.
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