The Redskins got some bad news on the injury front on Friday. We’ll get to some silver linings in a minute.
Inside linebacker Mason Foster will be put on injured reserve later today. He has been trying to play through a torn labrum he suffered in Week 2 against th e Rams.
Earlier today he told the coaches that he can’t go with the pain and limited range of motion in the arm any longer and he will undergo surgery to repair the injury.
Jay Gruden said that Will Compton and Martrell Spaight will handle the starting Mike linebacker spot.
Here's another dose of bad news —starting center Spencer Long is out with knee tendonitis. The issue could sideline him more than this one game. Rookie Chase Roullier will make his first NFL start at center.
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Out for the fourth straight game is reserve OT Ty Nsekhe, who still is recovering from surgery to repair a core muscle. He is a very trusted backup and his absence makes it that much more important that Williams and Moses are in the lineup.
You’re probably ready for some better news by now. Cornerback Josh Norman, who has missed the last two games with a broken rib, is listed as questionable for Sunday and he should be ready to play.
Also questionable are OT Trent Williams (knee), G Brandon Scherff (knee) and OT Morgan Moses (ankle). There is a reasonable chance that all three will start although none of the three is a sure thing.
If one of the tackles can't play, T.J. Clemmings, who started 31 games at tackle for the Vikings the last two years, would start.
Tyler Catalina, who also is questionable, could start at guard if he gets final clearance after suffering a concussion two weeks ago.
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OLB Preston Smith (groin) also is questionable. A source told NBC Sports Washington that Smith will start, although he could be on a limited snap count.
Also questionable are CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring), S Stephan McClure (knee/hamstring), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring).
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