Redskins suddenly have an O-line problem

Brian Tinsman
September 16, 2018 - 5:57 pm
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New season, same old problems for the Washington Redskins, who can't seem to stay healthy along the offensive line.

It's only Week 2, but lauded left tackle Trent Williams was hobbled enough by a knee injury to be listed on the team's injury report this week. It bothered him enough during the game that he came out briefly and had to be helped off the field after returning to the field.

After the game, Williams told reporters like Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic D.C. that his injury was due to complication from knee surgery last offseason.

"Williams has consistently had the ice bag on his knee after practices and was on the injury report this week," 106.7 The Fan's beat reporter Craig Hoffman said. "'Complications' is scary and something worth following up on tomorrow, though he'll have to not be able to walk not to play."

Williams a big part of anything this team is trying to do on offense. He is the insurance policy on the major contract given to aging quarterback Alex Smith this offseason. He is also an important part of Adrian Peterson's and Chris Thompson's success out of the backfield this season.

Elsewhere on the line, Brandon Scherff also went down with the knee injury on Sunday and was attended to by the team's medical staff before being helped off the field. He ultimately returned to the field, but his absence had a cascading effect on the line.

While Scherff was out, starting center Chase Roullier replaced him at guard, bringing in backup center Tony Bergstrom, which disrupts chemistry at two positions.

On the opposite side of the line, bookend tackle Morgan Moses is also dealing with knee problems again. He too was listed on this week's injury report and was limited in practice all week before being Questionable for the game.

It remains to be seen how these injuries will affect the offensive line, but this is certainly a storyline to watch, yet again, this year.

Last year, the Redskins used more than 20 different combinations of personnel on the line, juggling more than a dozen injuries. It affected every part of the offense and helped lead to a personnel shakeup in every other offensive until last offseason. The Redskins resisted high-profile change on the O-line, and that decision could be coming home to roost.

 

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