Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver was placed on injured reserve Friday, officially ending his season.
Culliver suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during practice on Thanksgiving while jumping up to catch a football. An MRI later Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury, which could sideline him through OTAs and minicamp.
A corresponding move was not immediately announced.
“He’s a good player for us and you hate to lose good players,” Coach Jay Gruden said. “Unfortunately it happened. It’s just a fluke deal. He just went up for a ball, landed on it and it tore.”
Gruden added: “It's unfortunate but [secondary coach Perry] Fewell, he’s been schooling these other guys up, and that's what pro football is all about. You hear it all the time, ‘next man up’, and that's the way it is. We're very sad for Chris. We're going to miss Chris quite a bit, but other guys are going to have to step up and play. We don't have any other choice.”
With Culliver out, the starting cornerbacks Sunday against Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants figure to be Will Blackmon and Bashaud Breeland, who missed practice Friday with an illness. The team also has DeAngelo Hall, Kyshoen Jarrett, Quinton Dunbar and Deshazor Everett.
Gruden, however, was not tipping his hand as to how he plans to implement his corners against New York.
“We’ve got a couple of options,” Gruden said. “We still have Blackmon, too, [who] can play corner. We have some versatility back there. If there is a saving grace with all the injuries that we've had, [it's that] we've had to try to intermingle everybody in different spots, so they all have a pretty good general knowledge of nickel, corner, safety.”
“So,” Gruden continued, "I think we’ll have it covered. Blackmon can play nickel and he can play corner. Kyshoen can play nickel and safety. D-Hall can play corner and safety. So we have all the spots filled, but you'd like to have better continuity with them being in one spot longer, but it what it is."
Eli Manning (21 touchdowns, 6 interceptions) directs the Giants' 11th ranked passing offense. The Redskins' pass defense ranks 12th in yards allowed per game (234) and 27th in passing touchdowns permitted (20).