SNIDER: Foster injury continues Redskins bad luck

Rick Snider
May 20, 2019 - 4:45 pm

The Redskins now lead the league in offseason injuries.

Three snaps into the team's first OTA for veterans on Monday, Reuben Foster went down with a knee injury. An MRI is pending, but the linebacker was in distress, pounding the ground in frustration while coach Jay Gruden and team president Bruce Allen silently observed. Gruden admitted there wasn't much to say at the moment, just hope for the best. But, reading the room indicated a serious injury that threatens Foster's ability to play this fall.

After all, when does this team ever get good injury news?

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It was a non-contact drill, a "naked and boots" when Foster stepped on offensive lineman Tyler Catalina's foot and then entangled his left knee while falling. The cart soon arrived and that's never good news.

"I don't know how to process it, really," Gruden said. "We've had some bad luck over here for the last couple years, but this one here takes the cake because this was a non-contact drill, and there was really no contact involved in it. He just landed funny. But, we have to move on."

Mason Foster may be next man up, perhaps Shaun Dion Hamilton. After two straight seasons undermined by excessive injuries, the first one has come for 2019 some three months before the first regular-season game.

Foster was hoping for redemption after missing last season amid two years of turbulence. After undergoing rotator cuff surgery in Feb. 2017, he was dismissed from the NFL Combine for arguing with medical personnel. Two months later, his urine sample for a drug test was labeled "dilute" and treated as a positive.

The sure first-rounder nearly fell to the second before going 31st overall to San Francisco. After a good rookie season, Foster was suspended two games for the league's personnel policy over weapons and drug charges. Following another domestic-violence charge that has since been dropped, San Francisco released Foster in November.

The Redskins took a PR hit by claiming Foster, but were hoping he would be cleared and the team would have a young former first-rounder on a rebuilding defense. And, the league opted not to suspend him this spring, so the team's gamble seemed to pay off.

And now Foster was on the ground in obvious pain. The kind of reaction that means the player knows it's bad.

And that was just day 1 of OTAs.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks