Finlay: Redskins in 'dire, dire' injury situation

Chris Lingebach
November 05, 2018 - 5:45 pm

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The Redskins confirmed their worst injury fears stemming from Sunday's loss to Atlanta were all justified: Three offensive starters are done for the year.

Starting guards Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff, and starting wideout Paul Richardson were all placed on the injured reserve Monday evening.

Washington will be without starting left tackle Trent Williams (thumb surgery) for at least another two games. Right tackle Morgan Moses is day-to-day and will assuredly be playing through pain with an MCL sprain.

Jamison Crowder has missed four consecutive games with an ankle injury and Chris Thompson missed Sunday with a rib injury that could keep him sidelined even longer.

So, how devastating is this all, really?

"You're now talking about an offensive line that's without its six-time Pro Bowl left tackle, its Pro Bowl right guard, and the left guard," JP Finlay told Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. "You've lost 60 percent of your offensive line and it's a dire, dire result for this team."

Okay, then.

"If you watched the game yesterday, you saw both of those guys come off the field. It's not a surprise," Finlay continued. "But it doesn't dull the effect of what this is going to do to the offense. The Redskins are able to win games when they are able to run the ball, and losing Brandon Scherff for the season – arguably their best run-blocker, Jay Gruden just called him the best pulling guard in the NFL – that is a major, major blow."

Some might wonder, if Jay Gruden says Paul Richardson's been dealing with this shoulder injury all season and knew it could be an issue, why not trade for another wide receiver before last week's deadline?

"You and I talked about it last week when they didn't trade for a wide receiver then, and wondered why not, even when they thought Paul Richardson was healthy," Finlay said. "Here's what I've been told, is that the surgery for Richardson could have come as early as the bye week."

That was five weeks ago.

"The shoulder injury – the reality is, when you have that separated shoulder, nothing gets it better except surgery or rest, and rest isn't an option during the football season," he said. "And ultimately what happened is, Richardson running around, banged up shoulder, banged up knee, he can't get to that high-end speed. He deserves credit for really gutting through the injury – playing in a lot of pain – but at the same time, if he's not that incredible, vertical speed guy that the Redskins need him to be, he doesn't have a ton of use in the offense."


"So he's gutting through it with not getting a ton of snaps," Finlay continued, "and there kind of starts to be a disconnect there, and I think now is the right time to go ahead and shut him down, let him have the surgery. I don't have an answer, Chad. I think what was known all along at some spots is the Redskins believed they had a good team in the building. Jay Gruden, he was asked about what happens now at wide receiver and he basically said we've got the bodies here to make it work."

"It doesn't sound like Chris Thompson or Jamison Crowder are coming back any time soon," he went on to say. "Certainly not for Thompson – he's got a cartilage issue in his ribs. It's just crazy to me. We did this song and dance last year. I remember talking to you when I was in Seattle, Chad. And it's like, Oh, how can the Redskins do it? Their whole O-line is beat up. Here we are a year later and it's the same thing."

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