Geron Christian out for the season with torn MCL

Chris Lingebach
November 12, 2018 - 4:24 pm

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Another week and another season-ending injury along the Redskins offensive line.

"Only injury of note in the game was Geron Christian," Jay Gruden said as he addressed the podium at Redskins Park on Monday. "Tore his MCL. He'll be out for the year. He'll need surgery."

Washington's third-round pick in 2018, Christian made his NFL debut last Sunday against Atlanta after season-ending injuries to guards Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff. He exited this Sunday's game against Tampa with a knee injury in the second half. Now he too is done for the year.

The Redskins signed three offensive linemen off the street after losing Lauvao and Scherff, but Gruden says, with the addition of Austin Howard, they may not need to look outside the building for help this time.

"I don't know yet," Gruden said. "We still have some other things we have to do with our roster, but I think right now, with Austin Howard here, I think we're okay. And hopefully Trent will get back in a week or two or what have you. We have three tackles in the building right now and then we also have one on the practice squad, so we should be okay for the time being."

Wide receiver Trey Quinn could be designated for return form the Injured Reserve this week.

"Trey Quinn we'll talk about Wednesday or Thursday," Gruden said. "There's a good chance we activate him and get him rolling. But we'll make sure that he has some good work on Wednesday in individual and go from there."

Asked how close wideout Jamison Crowder, who's missed five games this season, is to returning from an ankle injury, Gruden said he likely needs another MRI "just to make sure everything's on track, as far as the healing process is concerned."

"And if it is, and he can practice Wednesday and Thursday, then there's a good chance he'll be up," Gruden said. "But you just can't tell. He's not quite 100 percent coming in and out of his cuts right now. I don't think he's totally comfortable with it. But hopefully by Thursday he has a chance."

Gruden says they'll most likely still take a wait-and-see approach with running back Chris Thompson, who has missed four games with a rib injury.

"The rib thing, there's really not a lot of rehab you can do," Gruden said. "It's just got to heal on its own and we'll wait and see."

Gruden doesn't have a handle on how long cornerback Quinton Dunbar will be out. Dunbar, after missing two straight weeks with nerve damage in his shin, was able to return last week against the Falcons, only to miss Sunday's game at Tampa.

"I do not have a handle on that one. That is a unique injury," Gruden said. "When you're talking about the nerve in the leg, I don't know, that's new to me. It probably just takes time for that thing to fire. I don't know when that will be, if it'll be tomorrow or next week or two weeks. So we just have to play it by ear and keep testing it out, and see if he has full strength and can run. He just can't run full speed right now, so it's a problem."

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