Although the team has yet to confirm it, all indications are that the Redskins will have to go the rest of the season without Chris Culliver.
The starting cornerback tore both the ACL and MCL on his right knee during practice on Thursday. According to Jay Gruden, Culliver jumped up for a pass and just landed wrong.
Not that there is a good side to an injury that will cost a starter at a premium position the rest of the season and could, depending on the severity, affect Culliver in 2016, but the Redskins are used to playing without him. He was suspended for their Week 2 game against the Rams for a previous violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Then he was out for three games in Weeks 5-7 with inflammation in his left knee.
With both Culliver and DeAngelo Hall out, the starters were Bashaud Breeland and Will Blackmon with Kyshoen Jarrett coming in as the nickel corner. They could go with the same setup for the last six games.
But Hall is now back and they could elect to change things up and get him into the mix at corner. He has been playing mostly at safety during the two games he has been back and he has been playing sparingly, with just 23 snaps in two games. It seems likely that Joe Barry will go with the Blackmon-Breeland-Jarrett combo with Hall backing up in both spots.
Although that setup should work, you have to wonder if the Redskins can suffer many more injury hits. When Culliver goes on injured reserve he will be the eighth player who was a starter, key reserve, or key special teams contributor to suffer a season-ending injury. Projected starters have missed a total of 60 games with injuries this season. Per the site ManGamesLost.com, the Redskins players (starters and reserves) have missed 115 games this year, the most in the NFL.